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Beyond the Classroom

BSU’s Sustainability Program engages students and the community beyond the classroom through multiple opportunities: internship opportunities throughout the year, a variety of research opportunities supervised by our dedicated faculty, and hands-on experiences in the real world through events during Sustainability Week and Sustainability Month.

Summer and spring sustainability interns working in the permaculture garden
Undergraduate Research

As high-impact practices, undergraduate research always is the key for the Sustainability Program. The program used to fund students participating in Adrian Tinsley Program (ATP) Projects and Summer Internships.

Starting in Spring 2021, the program launched a new grant for undergraduate on sustainability through collaboration in an interdisciplinary team with students and faculty.

Learn more about the Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research grant (pdf) »  (BSU login credentials required.)

In the summer of 2021, the Sustainability Program funded the following two research projects:

Project 1

“Green Campus Initiative: A multidisciplinary partnership for promoting sustainability research through 'green' learning spaces on BSU campus” by Drs. Robert Hellstrom (Geography); John Kucich (English); Margaret Black (Computer Science), and students: Alexandra McGrath (English), Nicole Parent (Biology), Kayla Anger (Social Work) and Nicholas Souza (Computer Science) 

Project 2

“Assessing the factors that influence local governments’ adoption of sustainability policies and programs: A case study of Southeastern Massachusetts towns, USA”  by Drs. Yongjun Shin (Communication Studies), Boah Kim (Geography), Melinda R. Tarsi (Political Science), and students: Devin Munroe (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Hayden Doherty (Communications and Elementary Education) and Yvonne Gorski (Marketing, GLBT).

During Sustainability Week and Sustainability Month, students can attend different webinars, guest lectures and symposiums to embrace and exchange top-notch research ideas and integrate those ideas into their research agenda.



BSU’s Sustainability Program offers 10 internship opportunities throughout the year: four interns in the fall, four interns in the spring, and one to two interns in the summer. Students also are encouraged to explore more job opportunities through Handshake (BSU's database for internship and career development), the internship office and Career Services.

Environmental Action Team (EAT)

EAT is an active student club on campus. EAT has been working closely with the Sustainability Program for a variety of interesting year-round events (such as movie nights, clear-up, pledge and the Climate March) on campus and in the community. One of the Sustainability Program coordinators usually serves as the academic advisor for the student group.

In October 2019, EAT was selected as the regional winner of the Organization of the Month by the National Residence Hall Honorary.
 EAT Involvement Network

Members of the EAT club participating in a clean-up event
Members of the EAT club participating in a clean-up event in 2021.