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Engaged Scholarship

We work closely with the ENRI-administered Environmental Resource Management (ERM) Program—the College’s multidisciplinary environmental science major—to provide students with an enhanced educational experience through engaged scholarship. We leverage our extensive partnerships with agriculture and conservation interests in government, NGO, academic, and private sectors to provide unique and enriching opportunities for Penn State students, including internships with the AEC and its partners, and active participation in the innovative, solution-based initiatives which we lead and facilitate.

In Spring 2014, AEC Director Matt Royer offered an innovative new ERM class entitled “The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Issues and Careers in Complex Environmental Problem Solving.” The class introduced students to the complexity of the issues involved in restoring the Bay, and exposed them to a diversity of related environmental career opportunities through guest lectures and field visits. As a companion to the class, on March 20, 2014, the AEC and ENRI sponsored a Chesapeake Bay Issues and Careers Panel.

The AEC has involved undergraduate students as interns. Because of our extensive partnerships with agriculture and conservation interests in government, NGO, academic, and private sectors, our interns are provided with unique and enriching experiences, and invaluable connections with conservation professionals.