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Environmental program seeks students

The MIT Council for the Environment has invited juniors and sophomores to apply for the new MIT Environmental Scholar Program. About 15 scholars will be appointed for two consecutive terms beginning January 1. The deadline for applications is November 30.

"This new program is designed for individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, and an interest in environmental and sustainability issues," Professor Rafael L. Bras wrote in a letter soliciting applications. Environmental Scholars may come from any major.

"Come and join us, learn more about environmental and sustainability opportunities and issues facing the world!" Professor Bras wrote.

The Environmental Scholars will join the 1997 and 1998 Martin Fellows for Sustainability, a selected community of graduate students who have excelled in their studies and interest in issues of the environment and sustainable development. Activities include periodic (every six weeks or so) dinners with invited guests for open exchanges and discussion, informal lunches and participation in some of the activities of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, a partnership between the University of Tokyo, ETH (Zurich) and MIT.

UROP opportunities will be available with one or more of the Martin Fellows and their advisors. The Scholars may receive pay or credit for these UROPs.

To apply, a student should submit a one-page statement explaining why he or she wants to become an Environmental Scholar; courses taken, with grades received; and at least one recommendation from a faculty member. Address them to Professor Bras, Environmental Scholars Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rm 1-290.

The Council for the Environment will make the selection of scholars. Successful candidates will be notified by December 15.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 18, 1998.

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