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Last month, the Tufts Institute of the Environment welcomed the new 2018-2019 cohort of Fellows with an orientation brunch on April 27th, 2018. The TIE Fellowship program, which supports and funds academic research across disciplines, provides graduate students at Tufts with the opportunity to conduct independent, interdisciplinary environmental research projects. This is an opportunity for students to collect data and explore topics relating to their focus area of interest and obtain mentorship and guidance from Tufts faculty and TIE staff to help build research expertise. The orientation brunch, which allowed the new Fellows to meet and converse with last years' cohort, saw the gathering of students from a variety of schools and areas of emphasis to make and foster connections across disciplines. 

The 2018-2019 cohort of TIE Fellows represent almost all of the graduate schools at Tufts University and a range of emphasis areas relating to environmental research. From the impact of light pollution on firefly courtship to Puerto Rican resistance in the wake of climate change-induced hurricanes and the social perception of Wù Mái (Chinese Air Pollution), the TIE Fellows will explore a unique variety of interests as they complete their research this summer. While the range of interests in this year's cohort is impressive, the 2018-2019 group of Fellows is additionally noteworthy in that it is composed entirely by women. A first for TIE's Fellowship program, this reflects the ever-growing number of women in environmental fields and the proficiency they bring to their focus areas. 

Congratulations and welcome to the new TIE Fellows! 

READ MORE about the 2018-2019 Fellowship Cohort and their projects!