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ESF Career Fellowships

Page Contents

  • Overview and Eligibility
  • Amount of Support
  • Application Types and How to Apply
  • Application Timeline
  • Final Reports and Responsibilites
  • Past Recipients of ESF Career Fellowships

The Career Services Office is excited to be able to offer annual ESF Career Fellowships to students. We strongly encourage you to learn about Fellowship opportunities, review examples of what past selected recipients have used Fellowship funding for, and to submit an application this upcoming year. You can learn more about the ESF Career Fellowships online, at monthly information sessions (see Application Timeline below), and through meeting with a Career Advisor.


The ESF Career Fellowships are intended to promote the career and professional development of students at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. These Fellowships are made possible by the generous donations of alumni and supporters of the college, who are committed to solving environmental challenges, and supporting students who strive to do the same.

The ESF Career Fellowships support internships, interdisciplinary projects, and conference attendance for undergraduate and graduate students. ESF Career Fellows are exceptional students who seek to pursue experiences that can truly shape their development. With the help of the ESF Career Fellowships, the chance to pursue career dreams can become a reality.

Fellowship applicants must demonstrate:

  • Dedication to the environment and their field of study;
  • Passion and enthusiasm for their proposed experience;
  • Demonstrated promise in pursuing their career goals; and
  • Ability to plan and follow through with a professional experience.

Applicants must provide evidence of their exceptional engagement in their field of study, as well as their intention to pursue a career in it.



The ESF Career Fellowships provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed at least one full semester at SUNY-ESF. Students must be full-time, in good standing with the College, and be returning to campus for at least one semester following the experience.


Amount of Support

The ESF Career Fellowships process provides funding to students based on merit and identified need. Support will vary depending on the experience proposed. Awards can range from $200 - $6,000.


Fellowships to be Awarded in 2019-2020
We are excited to offer the following Fellowship opportunities this year:

  • Cotton Fellowship
  • Fink Fellowship
  • Robert M. Sand '50 Internship Fund

Multiple awards are given as a part of each Fellowship. It is also possible that additional Fellowships may be added to the process depending on time of the donation. Students submit one application per experience to appropriate category to be considered for all available Fellowships in that year.


Application Types and How to Apply

Which Fellowship application is right for you? Read below to learn more about the different application tracks to decide which your experience aligns best with. You can always meet with a Career Advisor to further discuss your ideas and seek recommendation on which application would be best to use. Examples of previously funded internships, conferences, and projects can be found after the application timeline below.



The internship application is used to provide an hourly payment for students wishing to complete an unpaid internship in collaboration with a host organization. Students work directly with host sites to determine when the internship will be completed and what will be done during that time frame.


Download and complete the ESF Career Fellowships Internship Application and submit along with two letters of recommendation (one from Faculty Member - typically the Faculty Sponsor - and one from the Internship Host Site Supervisor), a copy of your unofficial academic transcript, and your resume/CV to the Career Services Office, Old Greenhouse, or via e-mail to careers@esf.edu.




The conference application is used to provide supplemental funding for students looking to either attend and/or present at a professional conference. Students are expected to also seek out additional funding sources as the max assistance is $200 (just attending) and $500 (presenting research).


Download and complete the ESF Career Fellowships Conference Application and submit with one letter of recommendation (from a faculty member in your department, or other individual familiar with the conference and/or the student's work), a copy of your unofficial academic transcript, and your resume/CV to the Career Services Office, Old Greenhouse, or via e-mail to careers@esf.edu.



The project application is used to supply financial assistance for students looking to create or complete an independent or group project. This application is broad by nature to encompass entrepreneurial endeavors, multi-disciplinary group competitions, student experiences that are not internships, and more.


Download and complete the ESF Career Fellowships Project Application and submit along with one letter of support from a Faculty Member/Mentor, a copy of your unofficial academic transcript, and your resume/CV to the Career Services Office, Old Greenhouse, or via e-mail to careers@esf.edu.


Application Timeline

Date Time and Location
Friday, September 21, 2018 Final reports due from 2018 ESF Career Fellowships recipients (submitted as MS Word docs via e-mail to careers@esf.edu)
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Information Session, 4-5pm, 110 Moon Library
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Information Session, 4-5pm, 110 Moon Library
Thursday, December 6, 2018 Information Session, 4-5pm, 110 Moon Library
January 2019 Information Session, 4-5pm, 110 Moon Library
February 2019 Information Session, 4-5pm, 110 Moon Library
Friday, March 22, 2019 ESF Career Fellowships Applications due to the Career Services Office, 110 Bray Hall or via e-mail to careers@esf.edu)
March 25-29, 2019 ESF Career Fellowships Committee will convene to review applications and narrow the pool of applicants to a group of finalists
April 1-5, 2019 ESF Career Fellowships Committee will conduct interviews with finalists
Early April 2019 ESF Career Fellowships recipients will be chosen and notified of their selection
Friday, September 20, 2019 Final reports due from 2019 ESF Career Fellowships recipients (submitted as MS Word docs via e-mail to careers@esf.edu)
Mid-April 2020 ESF Career Fellowships recipients for summer 2019 will participate in the Annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the [ESF] College Foundation


Final Reports and Responsibilities

ESF Career Fellows must submit a digital copy of a final report to the Career Services Office following the internship, project, or conference. A lengthy final report is unnecessary; generally 3-5 pages is sufficient for internships and projects, 1-2 for conference attendance. Pictures, videos, blogs, and other forms of media of produced during the experience will also requested.


Returning Fellows will also be asked to serve as representatives at on-campus events (such as the Internship and Engagement Expo) and at future Information Sessions depending on their schedule and availability.


Past Recipients of ESF Career Fellowships



  • Nicholas Bentley ($3,450): Nicholas will be engaging with therapeutic horticulture, the use of plant and plant-related activities to promote mental well-being, a state of restfulness, and to accelerate healing and recovery, with several local Syracuse sites that have active programs. His goals are to complete assessment and research on therapeutic horticulture in regard to patient involvement and engagement, and cost-benefit analysis of specific activities.
  • Timothy Bova ($1,750): Timothy will be researching frogs of the Pelophylax genus assisting with field capture, data collection, and lab work alongside faculty and graduate students at Nanjing Forestry University in China. He will also assist with additional on-going projects and herpetofauna including viper niche partitioning and radio tracking endemic vipers/elapids.
  • Mikayla Call ($2,500): Mikayla will conduct wildlife research in the Darhad Valley region of Mongolia, focusing on local flora, fauna, and ecosystem processes, all which are understudied. She will also directly assist with research regarding the Mongolian Wolverine Project, dedicated to documenting the wolverine (Gulo gulo) for the first time in Mongolia.
  • Reilly Carlson ($2,500): Reilly will be working with the Northwoods Wildlife Center working directly with all phases of wildlife rehabilitation including basic medical procedures, transports and releases, and care of non-releasable animals. She will educate center visitors through short ecology program and site tours.
  • Rebecca Cosgrove ($4,250): Rebecca will be interning with Baltimore Woods Nature Center assisting Environmental Educators delivering lessons in the Syracuse City School district and on-site field trips to the nature center. She will also work on program development, review and assessment of educational programs, and grant-writing.
  • Harris Eisenhardt ($3,600): Harris will be developing a prototype sustainability impact report focusing on the construction and planning of a new museum to be erected in Easton, PA with a team of interns. Specifically he will be analyzing key information regarding community health, energy, and economic impacts from the project and will be reporting and presenting results to various stakeholders.
  • Billie Li ($2,400): Billie will complete an internship with Big Island Farm, learning, farming, and developing an independent project focused on tropical horticulture, permaculture, community land restoration, and indigenous farming practices of Hawaii.
  • Taylor Mallaber ($500): Taylor will be focused on helping to rebuild communities in Puerto Rico and relieving recent hurricane devastation, expanding her skills in construction and working in unstable communities with the All Hands and Hearts organization.
  • Laine McCall ($2,900): Laine will be completing a policy internship with Natural Resources Solutions, an organization that tackles modern conservation problems, specifically performing qualitative research used to gain an increased understanding of stakeholder resistance to the Endangered Species Act.
  • Alexandra Sholk ($3,840): Alexandra will be assisting faculty researchers from Federal University of Amapa in Brazil to research of yellow-spotted river turtles, specifically collecting and analyzing data on nesting sites. The data collected will be used to determine the locations of hydroelectric dams to be constructed in that region.


  • Molly Devlin ($2,640): Molly will be working with Wind Cave National Park surveying and performing paleontological digs, and monitoring air quality and surface/groundwater. She will also be assisting a world renowned cave microbiologist testing for new antibiotic resistant bacteria.
  • Carrick Palmer ($5,760): Carrick will be interning with Friends of the Chemung River Watershed assessing and monitoring the many waterways of the watershed and spearheading the educational clean water program for youth called “What’s that in Our Water?”.
  • Elliott Carlson ($3,360): Elliott will be completing a self-developed internship associated with World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms assisting three different farms in planting, harvesting, land restoration, invasive species removal, and building construction while also assessing overall farm sustainability practices through research he will be conducting. 
  • Alexandra Grove ($5,500): Alexandra will be interning with the Council of Park Friends at Clark Reservation State Park as a naturalist where she will be developing and leading public programs and designing interpretative exhibits focused on environmental education and stewardship.
  • Rozayra Mori Millet ($4,440): Rozayra will be interning with Baltimore Woods Nature Center removing invasive species that are threatening native wildlife and habitats, impacting forest succession. She will also be assessing and collecting data on the impacts of current management strategies to evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Robert Pedian ($1,025): Robert will be traveling to Chiapas, Mexico with an ESF faculty member and graduate student to complete field research on measuring vegetation productivity and soil fertility. He will also be assessing environmental restoration techniques and their impact on local systems in collaboration with the native peoples.
  • Alden Morris ($6,720): Alden will be completing an self-developed research internship in collaboration with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (Clarks Reservation State Park) to gain and understanding of Amsterdam’s park planning and programming practices. Alden will be developing an outline of intervention to incorporate successful practices from Amsterdam into the NYS Parks system.
  • Joey Wagner ($4,950): Joey will be in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe at a private game reserve assisting directly with wildlife conservation of many animals, including the big five (rhinos, elephants, buffalos, lions and leopards) and on-going research.
  • Dana Carris ($3,500): Dana will participate in underwater archaeological fieldwork in Menorca, Spain as part of the Sanisera Archaeology Institute for International Field Schools. Specifically, he will excavate shipwrecks and submerged structures at the ancient Roman port of Sanitja and create a GIS platform of the submerged site.


  • Tom Baker ($5,760): Tom will be working with Andropogon in Philadelphia, PA understanding landscape performance metrics and monitoring, how to utilize this information in the design process, advance his technical design skills, and participate in designing real-world projects.
  • Rand Michaels ($3,240): Rand will be interning with Cross Islands Farms in Wellesley Island, NY seeking to gain firsthand expanding the Edible Forest Garden and working on building, planting, and assisting with educational activities on the farm. Rand will utilize his experience to develop a non-site workshop centered around sustainable and healthy diets for members of the local community.
  • Vanessa Gravenstine ($4,790): Vanessa will be working with GVI’s elephant conservation and habitat preservations in Thailand. She will be networking with staff, obtaining practical field experience, and gaining tangible skills in data collection methods.
  • Maria Scicchitano ($5,000): Maria will collaborate with researchers and practitioners at the School of International Training (SIT) in Iceland taking classes in resources economics and renewable energy, engaging in educational excursions, and conducting independent research. 
  • Kristine Earley ($4,440): Kristine will work closely with rangers and animal caretakers to assist on the animal reserve in Hartesbeespoort, South Africa. She will be doing varying "life improvement projects" for the animals in rehabilitation care as well as upkeep of the properties' grounds.
  • Chloe Blaisdell ($4,926): Chloe will use her time to study in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem in Tanzania Africa, working hands-on in the field to learn wildlife and conservation practices.
  • Taylor Brown ($3,559): Taylor is aiming to pursue a unique internship with SODIS, a non-profit organization that promotes solutions for accesses to safe water, works to improve the health of families in rural and peri-urban areas. She will go to Cochabamba, Bolivia and build sanitation facilities, teach appropriate hygiene practices, and design portable water supply systems for in need communities.
  • Ian Blochwitz ($3,836): Ian will be participating in a self-designed internship in Stockholm, Sweden with the urban agriculture company Plantagon International AB. He will focus on understanding the company's energy demand for multiple, company-specific building designs and become educated on the company's relationship as a nonprofit and other entities.
  • Olivia Iannone ($3,090): Olivia will travel to the provence of Cordoba, Argentina to work as a volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary called Pumakawa. Pumakawa does work in regional conservation and is home to twelve pumas as well as a variety of other mammals, birds, and reptiles that cannot be released back into the wild.


  • Jazmine (Angela) Galarreta ($5,000): Angela was accepted to work with Operation Wallacea- a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programs. Angela will work closely with professional wildlife biologists and graduate students to conduct biodiversity surveys in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in Mexico including surveys on jaguars, monkeys, and bats, and assist with camera trapping, mammal tracking, and ANABAT recording.
  • Anna Poliski ($4,000): Anna will collaborate with researchers and practitioners at the School of International Training (SIT) in Iceland. She will take classes in resources economics and renewable energy, engage in educational excursions, and conduct independent research.


  • Austin Demarest ($4,367): Austin will travel to the Philippines to conduct habitat research on a type of minnow native to Lake Manguao in the Phillipines. Austin will also participate in local conservation outreach, collaborate with partners at Western Philippines University, and provide assistance in establishing Lake Manguao as a Municipal Protected Area.
  • Katie Mott ($6,580): Katie seeks to spend six weeks volunteering with a non-profit organization, Soil for Life in Cape Town, South Africa. Katie will immerse herself in the culture and will assist the organization in creating soil quality maps that will benefit the organization and surrounding community. She will also work on educating the community through workshops, as well as volunteering in the organization’s garden.
  • Erin Reidy ($4,090): Erin will be working directly with a program called Gap Medics in Thailand which gives students the opportunity to work with doctors and patients while learning about tropical diseases.




  • Xue Dong ($500): Xue received funding to attend the International Conference on Interpretation where she will be presenting on “Interpreting China’s Dujiangyan Irrigation”, a specific interpretative planning project for a World Heritage Site in China.
  • Aimee Hudon ($446): Aimee received funding to present her research which investigates fungal communities growing on scrub oak roots in a fire-regulated ecosystem, which serve as important tools for restoration, at the International Mycological Congress. 
  • Alexander Young ($500): Alexander received funding to present on his research regarding tardigrade community response to nitrogen and phosphorous addition at the International Symposium on Tardigrada.


  • Anish Kirtane ($475): Anish received funding assistance to present his research conducted at Fayetteville Green Lake, NY on how bacteria transform non-toxic elemental mercury to neurotoxic methylmercury in the anoxic part of Green Lake at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference at SUNY Fredonia.
  • Molly Welsh ($500): Molly received funding assistance to attend the American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting in New Orleans, LA to present her research on measurement of groundwater and surface water pollution from nitrogen and phosphorous in fertilizer in agricultural areas and assessing the effectiveness of different strategies implemented to improve water quality.


  • Jeremy Driscoll ($200): Jeremy received funding assistance to attend the 2016 EWB-USA International Summit in Denver, CO where he will learn form and network with NGO, volunteer, academic and industry sector who all have sustainable development goals.
  • Jessica Fletcher ($500): Jessica received funding to attend and present at the American Society of Mammalogists 96th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. Jessica will be discussing the National Park Service’s need for tools to inform management of bat species in Cape Cod National Seashore – an area of research that is quite limited.
  • Wendy Leuenberger ($500): Wendy received funding to attend and present at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Wendy will be serving as an invited speaker in an organized oral session discussing the effects of disturbance on the diversity of organisms.




  • Alicia Bateman ($2,500): Alicia will be completing research on the relationship between the Korle Lagoon and the surrounding urban settlements, culminating in a proposal for ecological engineering solutions to mitigate flood risks of the area and improve ecosystem health in Accra, Ghana.
  • Michael Mahoney ($860.61): Michael is receiving funding to assist with start-up costs regarding a summer research internship with the NYS DEC where he will be exploring the impacts beavers have on forest structure and composition in NY as they begin creating management challenges.
  • Joanne Pereira-Melo and Olivia Pinner ($4,050): Joanne and Olivia will be participating in several workshops and design charrettes in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain engaging in discourse involving urban green systems and green infrastructure. They will also complete and independent field study of a park system analysis of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Madrid and Bilbao to gain a stronger understanding of how urban parks play a role in connecting culture and ecology.
  • Cameron Piper ($2,500): Cameron will be furthering her skills in field research, study design, project management and monitoring techniques through an immersive conservation experience in northern Mongolia with a specific focus in under-studied landscapes and wildlife.
  • Kiley Voss ($2,500): Kiley will be traveling to Costa Rica to complete research that directly affects stakeholders in their communities as it relates to their natural and human resources, with a direct aim to solve relevant and real environmental problems such as the growth of ecotourism and increasing practice of agriculture.


  • Jacquelyn Gier ($1,810): Jacquelyn will be at The Omega Center for Sustainable Living participating in an ecological literacy program and obtaining her permaculture design certificate.


  • Denali Trimble, Grace Belisle, Mark Tepper, Kristina Macro, Julia Woznicki ($876): Denali, Grace, Mark, Kristina, and Julia are working as an interdisciplinary team in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.  Their goal is to identify a problem in the food system and use biomimicry design processes to create a solution. Their design will have environmental, economic, and social impacts that will lead to a more sustainable food system.
  • Melanie Wilson ($4,928): Melanie is looking to collaborate with existing contacts to photographically document the fruiting fungi of the Nagano Prefecture of Japan. The overall purpose of this project is to gain a greater understanding of the breadth of fungal species on two different continents and to explore the scientific and cultural aspects of Japanese society.


  • Rachel Scudder ($3,000): Rachel will study and document the comparative impact of culture and accountability of solid waste management practices in Syracuse and Washington State (Carson and Seattle).  Rachel work with the World Wide Opportunity on Organic Farms (WWOOF) during the summer then travel to Kyoto, Japan, this fall during her fifth-year landscape architecture study abroad experience .  She will create a comprehensive comparative analysis of the three regions to share with the campus community and hopes her study and reference guide will help others better assess methods of waste management.


  • Elizabeth (Katja) Fierta ($3,850): Katja will travel to Katmandu Valley to work with the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation at an ecovillage. Katja will design a water filtration system for the village so they no longer have to drink bottled water. She has several design possibilities and seeks to work with villagers to train on them on the system. She also hopes to design and implement a rainwater collection system to reduce water shortages.
  • Stanley Kolosovskiy ($2,100): Stanley seeks to complete an entrepreneurial venture of a home aquaponics system. His system will utilize highly efficient LED’s for lighting while recycling waste heat to warm the water in the system. Stanley will use Arduino and Raspberry Pi technology to implement water parameter tests that can notify the user of problems with the system using online messaging. Stanley hopes to develop a system that is user-friendly enough to be sold in stores like IKEA so the average person can grow their own fruits and vegetables at home.