Undergrad Resources

Travel funding

TIE offers two types of financial awards to offset travel costs:

  1. Conference Presentations Travel Grants, supporting transportation costs and conference registration for Tufts students who are making presentations at environmental conferences, meetings, and workshops.
  2. Data Collection Travel Grants, supporting transportation costs for Tufts students who are collecting data for academic research that is specifically environmental in focus.

Visit the Travel Grants webpage to find guidelines and grant applications.

Summer Scholars research grants

TIE offers a few summer grants each year to students interested in pursuing environmentally focused research in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. In addition to financial support, students are given mentoring opportunities and a space in our office to work throughout the summer.

Undergraduate research projects must fulfill the following criteria:

  • The research project is interdisciplinary.
  • The problem or issue addressed is significant and timely.
  • The approach that the student plans to explore or develop is appropriate to the problem.
  • The project relates directly to TIE’s mission.
  • The student has relevant and exemplary qualifications.
  • The proposal is well-written and referenced, and conforms to the format requested.
  • Team proposals will be considered with appropriate materials for all applicants.

If your project meets these goals, download our undergraduate research Request for Proposals here. Completed RFPs are due on May 15, 2013.


TIE regularly employs both undergraduate and graduate students as paid interns during the academic year. Interns work on a variety of tasks, from communications and website management to research and event coordination.

Click here to view available positions with TIE.

Workshops and Events

Visit the TIE Events page to see what events we have coming up. The Tufts Environmental Events calendar features events hosted by TIE, the Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Studies Program, and various environmentally focused groups at Tufts.  In addition, we run a monthly educational series – TIE Talks – inviting faculty from various disciplines within the university to share their environmental research experiences and foster interdisciplinary idea exchange.

Throughout the year, TIE hosts various skills workshops for students.  In the past, we have arranged grant-writing workshops and tips on interviewing for research. While these workshops are geared more toward graduate students, they can be of great help to undergrads considering or pursuing independent research projects.

Beyond what TIE hosts, we have compiled a list of skills based workshops and resources at Tufts for everything from public speaking consultations to GIS courses. You can find that information on our document (PDF) – Skills Based Workshops and Resources at Tufts University.

Environmental Course Guide

Each year TIE releases an environmental course guide that contains information about environmentally related courses in a number of categories, including environmental education; energy and the environment; and climate change/climate justice. Additionally, the guide includes information on the various environmentally related degree programs that Tufts University has to offer in its undergraduate and graduate schools. The guide for the 2011-2012 academic year, along with some of our other publications are published electronically to the TIE Issuu account.