Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ConE Green Fellowship for Collaborative Research on the Environment



Call for Proposals

Solving society's environmental problems is an inherently interdisciplinary effort, requiring both innovation within disciplines and collaboration across them. The Council for the Environment will award a 10K Green Fellowship for the Environment this fall to be shared by two currently supported University of Maryland graduate students whose research is relevant to the environment in a broad sense.  This award is not intended to replace current student support, but rather to encourage broader thinking about environmental problems both here and abroad. A major goal of this award is to foster collaboration across disciplines relevant to environmental problems. It is intended that this fellowship be shared jointly between a team of two students, one each from two different disciplines (e.g. an engineer and an economist, an soil scientist and an epidemiologist). Thus, students will usually be from different colleges as well as different departments.

Who is eligible?

Currently supported UMCP graduate students who are interested in formulating new transdisciplinary research ideas pertaining to the environment are eligible.

What is required for the application?

  1. A CV from each of the team members
  2. A short proposal (two page limit) describing the transdisciplinary project, including a brief description of how the students represent different disciplines and their collaboration crosses traditional academic boundaries in a way that is innovative and likely to have significant impact.
  3. The proposal should have some cost analysis without a full budget and should not be used for travel; the proposal must be an original collaboration among graduate students, not extensions of faculty inspired/directed research; a timeline and defined legacy of the project should be included in the proposal as well.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, one from each student’s advisor.  These brief letters should   address the innovative methods used in the transdiciplinary research.

Please submit all materials in one pdf to Cathy Stephens ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) no later than close of business, Friday, November 7, 2014. 

What is required of the award winners?

The fellowship team will be expected to propose a project connected to the environment of a transdiscplinary nature to be accomplished one year from the awarded fellowship, and to present the results at a spring meeting of the Council on the Environment. A letter of appreciation and a brief report to the donor of the Fellowship is also expected.

The University of Maryland is committed to diversity and encourages programs to offer support to a diverse range of students consistent with campus principles of equal opportunity.

To assist students in finding a research partner, ConE has developed a website where students can register their areas of interest and expertise and view those of others. Please see

If you have any questions regarding this fellowship please contact Cathy Stephens, Director of Planning, Programs and Communications for the Council on the Environment, at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 301-405-6346.


2013-14 ConE Green Fellowship Recipients

  • Ravindra Kempaiah (Chemistry/CMNS), Rianna Murray, Crystal Romeo Upperman (Public Health): Redefining the concept of "Green": the Fate and Characterization of Nanomaterials in the Anacostia Watershed - Given the current ubiquitous use of nanomaterials and the void of risk assessment, the objective of this research is to conduct a pilot study to detect and characterize nanomaterials in surface water in the state of Maryland. The data from this project will benefit a plethora of policy makers and researchers who aim to characterize potential environmental exposure to such materials. 
  • Tim Vinciguerra (Chemical Engineering) and Linda Hembeck (AOSC/CMNS): Interfacing Air Quality and Chemical Engineering: Evaluating the Impacts on Health and Energy due to increased Fracking Activities -  This collaborative study will determine: 1) the overall human health benefits including the potential damage to agriculture and livestock from increased regional ozone and PM, and 2) identify a potential tipping point where wide spread natural gas extraction and utilization becomes a liability. Following in the spirit of this fellowship, the study could later be further expanded by collaborating with different academic disciplines. This would result in a broader analysis of environmental impacts by incorporating new perspectives to account for additional effects of fracking, such as water contamination and geological instability.


2012-13 ConE Green Fellowship Recipients

  • Joe Maher (Agricultural and Resource Economics) and Xiaopeng Song (Geography) : Linking Remote Sensing and Economics: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Protected Areas in Reducing Tropical Deforestation. The project aims to create an integrated framework linking annual satellite-based deforestation data with quasi-experimental methods to measure the effectiveness of protected areas in reducing tropical deforestation. they hope to generate significant policy implications for the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
  • David Daily (Engineering) and Scott Tjaden (ENST) for their project titled: Improving Efficiencies: Integrated Green Roof and Photovoltaic Research. The project aims to compare the energy production from a combined green roof with photovoltaic panels thereby integrating natural systems with the built environment to solve environmental problems while achieving economic, ecological and social sustainability.