When it comes to research and innovation, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and the College of Arts and Sciences consistently achieve a level of excellence unparalleled by most. Our groundbreaking, globally renowned undergraduate research has continually led to industry-evolving innovations.
At the heart of the Environmental Studies undergraduate program are student-developed research projects that focus on areas such as energy, food, water, social dynamics, and climate.
We prepare students to contribute solutions for current and future local, regional, and global environmental challenges.
Our program has at its foundation the systemic principle of sustainability for the development of solutions to environmental and natural resource issues.
Research: ENVR 101 & Lincoln Public Schools
In an effort to move students to action in our program, we have developed integrated learning opportunities that begin in year one! Our Environmental Studies Orientation course, ENVR 101, has partnered with the Lincoln Public Schools Sustainability office since 2015 to actively engage new Environmental Studies students in making local change happen. ENVR 101 students have conducted waste audits for 31 elementary, middle and high schools as well as the District office, providing data and analysis to the building administrators. The result of this active research has been the implementation of new composting programs in K-12 schools. These same buildings are already participating in recycling programs and thus have a greatly reduced environmental impact with tons of waste now being diverted from the local landfill into the composting and recycling facilities in this area.
Similarly, our ENVR 101 students have worked in the Fall and Spring terms to develop Earth Day and Green Apple Day of Service projects in collaboration with LPS staff throughout the District. These projects have varied in scope, but have included the renovation of courtyards into outdoor learning spaces and gardens, the development of grade-appropriate sustainability-focused learning projects and curriculum, and hands on activities and special events.
Kate Lagerstrom, Class of 2017
While at UNL, Kate's undergraduate research centered on studying Arabidopsis calmodulin in plant immunity against Pseudomonas syringae. Post-graduation from Environmental Studies Program, Kate's life revolves around graduate school at Stanford University, where she is a part of the PhD program in Biosciences. Her "home program" is Biology, and within that, she is in the CMOB (Cellular, Molecular, and Organismic Biology) track. They are given a year to find a lab to join, so she's currently rotating in a lab focusing on environmental microbiology research. More specifically, she will be a small part of a project on nectar microbes and their impact on the plant-pollinator relationship.