Environmental Sciences

Information for Current Students

General Information

Activities & Organizations

EVS Graduate Student Association

The Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Association (EVS-GSA) is organized to promote knowledge, research, and involvement activities among the Environmental Sciences graduate students. Monthly meetings are held to inform members of upcoming social, volunteer, and discipline related events. Environmental topics of interest are discussed and a guest speaker presents at these meetings to offer professional insight. The EVS-GSA provides financial funding for travel grants, equipment and other fees associated with accelerating professional interest and fellowship among graduate students and the community.

 Seahawk Wildlife Society

Founded in 1937, The Wildlife Society’s mission is “To inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation.” The Wildlife Society enhances our members’ networking and learning opportunities, professional and career development, and provides numerous ways for them to get more involved in creating a better future for wildlife and their habitats. The Wildlife Society’s student chapters are composed of student and professional members of the Society. Based at college campuses across North America, these chapters establish their own locally-focused objectives and have their own bylaws, officers, committees, and dues structure.

The Seahawk Wildlife Society Chapter was founded in Fall 2017. The purpose and objectives of our chapter is to allow UNCW students to gain field experience, network with wildlife professionals, learn about contemporary wildlife conservation research, and have the opportunity to attend local, state, and national workshops and conferences. Meetings and events for this chapter will allow UNCW students to learn skills, gain knowledge, and develop as a wildlife professional, thereby better preparing themselves for careers in the wildlife field and creating a better future for wildlife and their habitats.

Join our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SeahawkWildlifeSociety/) for more details or contact our UNCW Faculty advisor Dr. Rachael Urbanek.

The Coastal Society

The Coastal Society is a national organization of private sector, academic, and government professionals and students. The Society is dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships, and promoting communication and education (http://www.thecoastalsociety.org).

TCS helps to foster the next generation of coastal leaders through student chapters. The entirely student run chapters are committed to furthering the mission of TCS. Each chapter focuses on local coastal issues through education, restoration, and fund-raising.

In 2013, the UNC Wilmington Chapter was founded. Our Chapter promotes wise use of coastal environments and provides a forum for professionals and students. Every month TCS hosts guest speakers, volunteer events, and social events. Guest speakers are selected from local, state, and national environmental professionals. TCS is open to all undergraduate and graduate students interested in the coastal environment and willing to lend a helping hand. Working with local environmental organizations on coastal restoration projects not only is beneficial for the environment, but also great for networking.

Stay connected by joining our Facebook page: 


For more information, contact UNCW faculty advisors Devon Eulie (eulied@uncw.edu) or Dr. Larry Cahoon (cahoon@uncw.edu).

Study Abroad

Gaining an international perspective requires that students have some real international experience. Although there are several way to achieve this international experience, UNCW's Office of International Programs offers a wide variety of exciting Study Abroad and Exchange opportunities. There are more than 500 programs in over 50 countries.

Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Environmental Sciences has the following scholarships and awards available:

The Department of Environmental Sciences Field Research Award

The Department of Environmental Sciences Field Research Award is intended to encourage research and scholarship in undergraduate Environmental Sciences students by funding research-related expenses. Students who are actively engaged in research supervised by a Department of Environmental Sciences faculty member are eligible to apply. Eligible expenses which may be covered include supplies, equipment, conference registration, and travel. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 11:59pm.

The Department of Environmental Sciences has the following scholarships and awards available include:
  • NC Department of Transportation
  • UNCW Bookstore
  • Graduate New Scholar
  • Graduate Tuition Scholarship

A complete list of scholarships can be located on the Office of University Advancement website. In general, scholarships and awards are determined at the end of the spring semester for the upcoming academic year and students must have an established grade point average at UNCW to be eligible. 

To apply for scholarships at UNCW, applicants must be an admitted student for the upcoming academic term with access to the SeaNet student portal. Using their assigned student ID number students may access the features within the student portal, including the scholarship application on the Scholarships & Financial Aid Tab.

IMPORTANT: Students who wish to be considered for need based scholarships should also fill out a FAFSA form by March 1.