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Sustainable Development Research Opportunity Program

Geography and Philosophy


Sustainable Development Research Opportunity Program

Applications DUE March 6th, 2018

The University of MN Duluth’s (UMD) Sustainable Development Research Opportunity Program (SDROP) provides students an opportunity to work closely with a variety of NE MN communities on their various Sustainable Development projects. Students will gain the valuable research and project design/implementation experiences only ‘real-life’ community projects can provide, and community partners will benefit from the community service provided by UMD’s finest students. Together, UMD and its Community Partners will work to implement Sustainable Development in NE MN.

The program is funded by UMD’s College of Liberal Arts (CLA), the University of Minnesota’s Northeast Region Sustainable Development Partnership (NMSDP), and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) on an annual basis. SDROP directors will maintain an evolving database of interested students, and community projects. Students will be matched to projects based on interest and qualifications. Students will be expected to spend a minimum of 120 hrs on a project, and receive up to a $1500 stipend. All projects will last up to 1-year. SDROP Directors will be in constant communication with both students and community partners to make sure all are benefiting from their experience. Each year a project fair will be held at UMD to highlight the numerous SDROP community projects.

Each of our community partners are currently working on active sustainable development projects.  With over a dozen community partners participating, students will have numerous project types to choose from.  Examples include all aspects of local food, energy, and water systems as well as environmental education and natural resource management.