There are many opportunities available to Earth and Climate Sciences students—from research and employment during the academic year and summer months to library resources available for students doing research and projects.
Field Study Funds
Plan ahead for summer. Apply summer field camp funding through the Baldwin-Coney fund or the Dr. John L. Smith ‘58 Summer Field Course Scholarship at the Indiana University Geology Field Station* providing one student with a fully paid experience at the IU Geology Field Station in Montana.
apply here by 3/31/2023
*Required for the IU Field Station in Montana: Completion of ECSC 0201 OR GEOL 0201 and one or more additional field course is highly recommended
Baldwin Coney Scholarship
The Baldwin Coney Scholarship is available to Middlebury students to help defray the cost of attending field camp. It was established in 1987 to honor Peter Coney and Brew Baldwin, both of whom taught in the Earth and Climate Sciences department. Peter Coney taught at Middlebury from 1966 until 1975. Brew Baldwin taught here from 1958 until his death in 1992. Both emphasized the importance of student immersion in fieldwork on real geological problems. In many respects, they formed the foundation for and shaped the current Earth and Climate Sciences curriculum.
Middlebury Earth and Climate Sciences majors can apply for funds from this scholarship by submitting a letter of intent to the department chair. Alumni who wish to contribute to the fund can do so directly to the College.
Ethel and William Schuele Scholarship
The primary goal of the Burlington Gem and Mineral Club (BGMC) Ethel and William Schuele Scholarship is to promote and support original research on Vermont geology by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a college or university within New England or New York. Requests for scholarships are judged on how well the proposed research will advance the science of geology and its related branches within the state of Vermont. One scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded on a competitive basis per calendar year. Find more information and application instructions.
NOAA Hollings Scholarship
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time, paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.
Dr. John L. Smith ‘58 Summer Field Course Scholarship at the Indiana University Geology Field Station
The Dr. John L. Smith ‘58 Summer Field Course Scholarship at the Indiana University Geology Field Station pays all expenses for one student to attend the Indiana University’s Field Geology In the Rocky Mountains summer course at the award wining IUGFS Judson Mead Geologic Field Station in Montana.
Middlebury College offers these awards for Earth and Climate Sciences majors:
- The Baldwin Coney Scholarship: Awarded to offset the cost of attending field camp.
- The John M. White ’52 Memorial Award (see below): Given each year at graduation to an exemplary Earth and Climate Sciences senior.
John M. White ’52 Memorial Award
This award was established in 1988 to honor Jack White, Class of 1952, by family and friends. It is given each year to a Earth and Climate Sciences senior who has done outstanding work in the Earth and Climate Sciences Department. The student is not only outstanding academically but also has contributed in many other ways to the department and the community. Recipients of the award are chosen by the Earth and Climate Sciences faculty.
The Vermont Geological Society (VGS) Research Grant Program supports original research on Vermont geology by undergraduate and graduate students and secondary school teachers (grades 7–12). Requests for grants are judged on how well the proposed research will advance the science of geology and its related branches within the state of Vermont.
- Lake Champlain Research Consortium: Research grants
- Geological Society of America: Research and travel grants
The John M. White ’52 Research Fellowship: Awarded annually to the rising senior who has been selected to participate in collaborative research with Middlebury faculty in Earth and Climate Sciences.
Summer and Experiential Opportunities
In addition to the Earth and Climate Sciences Department’s experiential curriculum, there are numerous opportunities to experience Earth sciences hands-on by participating in summer internships and, less frequently, J-term internships. Examples include National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), student-faculty research with a professor at Middlebury or elsewhere, internships with government (e.g., USGS, EPA, state agencies) or private entities, summer field camps, and more. Not including field camp, most of these include salary, and in cases where students are able to find unpaid internships, the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) may provide funding. The list below provides many possible options:
- Undergraduate Research Experience with Bigelow Laboratory
- NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- NSF International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
- Geoscientists in the Park
- Keck Undergrad Summer Projects
- Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)
- William M. Lapenta NOAA Student Internship Program
- Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) Undergraduate Program
- The Comparative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies Research (UW)
- NASA Student Airborne Science Activation program
- Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
- USGS Internships and Postgrad Jobs
- Pathways to Science
- UNAVCO RESESS (summer internships dedicated to increasing diversity)
- IRIS (seismology)
- UVM BREE Internships
- Harvard Forest Summer Internships (ecology, landscapes, etc.)
- Environmental Data Initiative (U. Wisconsin)
- Nature Conservancy (other internships)
- Bighorn Basin Paleontology Institute
- Teton Science School (postgrad)
- SULI (National Labs)
- National Park Service Opportunities
- National Park Service (youth programs)
- Santa Clara Water District (State of California)
- Scripps Marine Physical Laboratory
- Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (planetary and remote sensing)
- Doris Hoffleit (astronomy)
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- Alaska DNR Internships
- Student Conservation Association (SCA)
- Ocean Drilling Program
- Student Experiences Aboard Ships (STEMSEAS)
- GSA Field Opportunities
- UNIS (runs Svalbard summer field courses)
- Leadership Alliance
- Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System Program (CIMES) (Princeton)
- State Agency Jobs
Postgrad and Summer Jobs
Marine Postgrad Jobs
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The Churchill Scholarship funds grad school in England.
Americorps provides a wide range of opportunities around the country.
USGS Employment Resources
USGS Student Employment
- Student and Recent Graduate Employment Opportunities (GIP 211)
- USGSPathWays Fact Sheet
- USGS Intern Positions Fact Sheet
- Swiss Semester
- Teton Science Schools (Americorps)
- Student Conservation Association (SCA)
- Caltech Space Challenge
- School for International Training: Critical Global Issues - Climate and Environment Programs
- University of Michigan
- Frontiers Abroad (New Zealand)
- U.S. Geological Survey List of Field Camps
Many of our majors go on to graduate school, not necessarily immediately after graduation but perhaps one or two years later. However, if you think you might eventually end up doing graduate work, it is a good idea to take advantage of resources at Middlebury before you leave.
The place to start is with Earth and Climate Sciences faculty—talk to them about graduate programs in the U.S. and abroad. Also, the Career Services Office has useful information about the process.