Student Research Opportunities

Conduct meaningful research your first year.

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Environmental Conservation:
Field Experience


Marine Conservation course fieldwork

It is important for Environmental Conservation students to “get into the field” to experience first-hand the issues that are affecting the world’s species, habitats, and ecosystems. You will also gain valuable and marketable experience for applying to internships, to graduate school, or for your first job after graduation. Previous Environmental Conservation students from Cedar Crest who are in graduate school, have done internships or have jobs report that their success was in large part because of their field, and research, experiences.

Environmental Conservation students can satisfy the field requirement in several ways (scroll down to see all of the exciting opportunities):

Cedar Crest faculty-led field courses

  • BIO 228 Marine Ecology
  • BIO 261 The Amazon Basin: Natural History, Culture, and Conservation
  • BIO 301 Ecology and Natural History of the American Southwest


Maureen Manning'11
Seed germination research

The School for Field Studies

Cedar Crest College is an affiliate member of the School for Field Studies (SFS), an organization whose mission is to create “transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research.” Through this affiliation, Cedar Crest students are able to conduct hands-on, community-focused environmental field work in SFS programs around the world, including sites in:

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Bhutan
  • Costa Rica
  • Kenya and Tanzania
  • Panama
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (Caribbean)

These are semester-long and month-long summer programs.

  • As a Cedar Crest student, you receive the following benefits from our affiliation with SFS:
  • Credit for the program directly from Cedar Crest (i.e., not transfer credit)
  • Waiver of the $150 SFS registration fee
  • Preferential consideration for SFS financial aid
  • Access to specially designated spaces held for affiliates until March 15 and October 15 for the following fall and spring semesters, respectively

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (B.A. students only)

Field work

Other field experience opportuinities:

Design your own field experience, international or domestic, that is approved by your advisor.

Or through your independent research project (if approved by advisor).