Student Research

Each summer, the Schiller Coastal Studies Center supports faculty-mentored research and creative projects. Projects take place at the center or at other coastal or marine locations. 

One of the goals of the SCSC is to support and encourage independent student research and projects. Activities related to coastal and marine topics from all disciplines are welcome, and multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. During the academic year, the center supports independent student research that is often a continuation of summer research that sometimes leads to an honors project.

Coastal Studies Research Fellowships

Students are encouraged to apply for summer fellowships to conduct independent research on coastal or marine topics under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Doherty Charitable Foundation offers coastal studies research fellowships for marine and coastal studies research, while the Rusack Fellowships offer fellowships for projects with a humanities, social science, or natural science focus that provide new insight and understanding into the multiple facets of coastal studies.

For more information on fellowship applications and deadlines (applications are available mid-January and due in early February), visit the Student Fellowships and Research website. Students should also contact potential faculty advisors early in the application process.

Honors Projects and Independent Study Projects

Students are encouraged to sign up for independent studies or honors projects within their departments to engage in research, or in work pertaining to marine or coastal topics that may not be immediately or completely located at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center. Such projects will usually take place during the academic year. Current and past projects are described on the honors projects page.