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Department News

R&D Internship at Sherwin-Williams: Applications Due March 4th

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Ashland University science majors who have completed at least two semesters of Organic Chemistry should check out this summer internship opportunity at Sherwin-Williams. · An… Read more

Summer Research Programs in the Health Sciences

Students interested in the medical field should consider opportunities for summer internships. Examples of summer research programs are listed below. The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship… Read more

International Summer Research for Undergraduates--Applications Due Jan 25

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Check out the ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) "Students spend 10-12 weeks working on frontier chemical and materials science research projects under the… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Patricia Saunders
Dr. Patricia A. Saunders, associate professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002 and is the director of the University's Environmental Science Program...Read more

Support the Program

To designate your gift to the environmental science program, select “Other” in the "Designated Options" and type one of the following for your preference into the the associated box:
  • EVS Lecture Series
  • EVS Preserves (programming and small projects)
  • Sciences Student Research

Program Info

Dr. Patricia A. Saunders
Director, EVS Program

Dr. Richard Stoffer
Preserve Manager

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Student Spotlight: Cassie Nix


Senior Cassie Nix is a Toxicology, Environmental Science and Biology triple major with a Chemistry minor.  Yes, she is super enthused about science!   She also is very active in campus life.  In addition to being an excellent student in the classroom and lab, Cassie has been active as the Ashland University Recycling Intern, a paid position that includes coordinating the campus recycling program, writing a monthly newsletter and active participation and leadership on the campus “Go Green” committee.   Cassie also works as a tutor to biology and chemistry students, is an AU Band Tombone Section Leader and she will be TriBeta president for 2013-2014! Read More

Environmental science is truly interdisciplinary.  Projects typically depend on collaboration among scientists and other professionals with different areas of expertise, and require  knowledge of  biology, chemistry and geology.  Environmental science majors at AU train in science fundamentals and national and global context, preparing students to take on new environmental problems. The Gulf oil spill; climate change; water resources management; emerging pests and invasive species; and the changing energy economy are a few examples of environmental issues where science is needed.

AU’s Environmental Science Program Attracts Students Who Excel!

Congratulations to Maria Bon (EVS & Biology'16), Cassie Craig (EVS & Biology'16), Emily Hetman (Toxicology & Forensic Biology'16), and Olivia Macek (EVS & Biology'16), They have each been awarded a $2,500 Ohio Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year from the Ohio EPA and Ohio Academy of Science. All four had to demonstrate "strong skills and interest in the environment" and explain their research experience. Since 2010, 15 AU seniors have competed successfully for this award, all with majors and minors representing each student's preferred mix of  Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Toxicology.

Hands-On Classroom Experience and so much more...

Interdisciplinary preparation makes students competitive for off-campus summer internships, post-graduate jobs, graduate schools and professional schools. Each student has an experienced faculty advisor who assists with developing a program of study, including lots of options for upper-level courses, that will help each student prepare for specific career goals.

What You’ll Love About Environmental Science:

  • Personal attention from professors that would be impossible at a state university.
  • Professors who are committed to excellence in teaching.
  • Environmental Science courses that emphasize current issues and global and international perspectives, plus options for studying abroad.
  • Our new GIS course! (That’s GEOL/EVS 320 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems).
  • Options (as early as your freshman year!) to conduct in-depth research and skill-development with faculty who are experts in their disciplines and highly regarded scientists.
  • The opportunity to work in our five environmental preserves.  These are used by classes and for faculty-student directed research projects.  They are also important for our education and outreach programs.
  • Opportunities to meet and network with guest scientists and professionals informally before attending lectures in our Environmental Lecture Series and departmental seminar series.
  • A new 2,500 square foot greenhouse and expanded research facilities.
  • Working with state-of-the-art equipment in undergraduate labs and as research students.
  • **EVS minors: You can use your experience in science as preparation for interdisciplinary work in journalism, business, creative writing, arts, political science, etc.

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.