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Tufts Institute of the Environment students are driven by a shared purpose: the pursuit of a more sustainable future through education, research, and outreach.

TIE provides avenues for students to explore environmental projects through the Master of Science in Sustainable Water Management, Fellowships, Internships, Travel Grants, and events like the UNFCCC COP.

"TIE created a space for my interdisciplinary research on art, science and the environment. The expansive research platform allowed me to engage in work critical to the field and to my own professional goals--this experience was irreplaceable. " 

-Isabel Beavers, TIE Fellow AY 2017 - 2018

 "My dissertation involves an analysis of national climate funds in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. The TIE Travel Grant Award was vital in allowing me to complete my field work." 

- Rishi Bhandary, Ph.D. in International Environment and Resource Policy

Our Students by Program

TIE hosts nearly 50 students through various programs and internships. TIE students represent every school, both graduate and undergraduate, at Tufts University. With diverse backgrounds and academic interests, TIE students are a perfect representation of our interdisciplinary environmental mission.

The newly launched Sustainable Water Management (SWM) Master's Degree Program is an interdisciplinary experience, focused on addressing water-related problems domestically and internationally. This intensive 12-month program offers classes in a wide variety of departments such as Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Economics, and Biology. After two semesters of course work, students complete a 10 week summer practicum in a water-related discipline of their choice. SWM students come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, ranging from environmental science to air pollution to law. The current SWM cohort features students from 5 different countries. To learn more about individual SWM students, click on their photos below. Learn more about and apply to the SWM Master's Degree Program here.

Blanche Butera Trad Alroweilly
Sahrin Jahan Haddush Gidey Gebremedhin
Taylor Evans Berit Stimmler-Beckner
Paul Tetenbaum Ngodoo Atume
Lukman Fashina

The TIE Environmental Research Fellowship is a unique opportunity for students to pursue independent environmental research within their own area of interest. Students receive faculty mentorship from two separate departments in hopes of gaining an interdisciplinary perspective on their research topic. TIE Fellows receive up to $5,000 to support their research.

The current 2020-2021 cohort of 14 represents students from 6 Tufts graduate schools. Projects range from global soil health to primate electrocutions in Costa Rica to the environmental impact of school lunches. To learn more about individual TIE Fellows, click on their photos below.

Learn more about the TIE Environmental Fellowship here.

 

Daria Clark

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

“Tough Tides: Exploring the Effects of Toxic Red Tide Algae (Karenia brevis) on Development of the Marine Snail Crepidula fornicata

Molly Elder

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences/The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

“Costs and Benefits for Carbon Mitigation of Fire Management in Alaska’s Boreal Forests”

 

Jonathon Gass

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

“Bioaccumulation of environmental contaminants and Influenza A virus risk among migratory gulls in Iceland”

 

Camille Heylen

Graduate School of Engineering

“Evaluation of the efficacy of locally-manufactured ceramic filters in removing Vibrio cholerae from drinking water”

 

Samuel Lounder

Graduate School of Engineering

“Cross-linked zwitterionic copolymer membranes for the removal of micropollutants”

 

Ifeanyi Mbah

Graduate School of Engineering 

"Carbon Sequestration of a Synthetic Lightweight Aggregate in Concrete"

 

Julie Powers

Graduate School of Engineering

“Water treatment and child development”

 

Emily Riseberg

School of Medicine

“A Longitudinal Study of the Association between Urinary Tungsten and Incident Diabetes”

Simone Schenkel 

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

“Research & Development on a Global Soil Health Platform”

 

Ryan Simpson and Breanne Langlois, (IRES Team)

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

“Climate-related vulnerability mapping in Central Java, Indonesia: An examination of flood severity, livelihood disruption, and food/waterborne disease risk”

Alexandra Stern 

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

“The environmental burden of school lunch in the United States”

 

 

The Water: Systems, Science & Society (WSSS) graduate certificate is an interdisciplinary certificate program open to any Tufts graduate students. Over the course of this two year program, students enroll in an interdisciplinary set of pre-approved courses related to water in addition to completing individual research or participating in a professional practicum. Upon completion, students receive the WSSS certificate alongside their master's or doctoral degree.

The current WSSS cohort includes students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy Program, the Friedman School, the Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Fletcher School. To learn more about the current WSSS students, click the photos below.

Learn more about WSSS here.

Katie Harrigan

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Meredith Houghton

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Sean M. Hogan

Graduate School of Arts and Science Dual Degree with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

 

Travel Grants are a unique opportunity for students interested in presenting or attending at environmental conferences or workshops, or collecting data for environmental research projects. Travel grants offer monetary support to students to offset transportation costs and/or conference registration fees, both domestically and internationally.

Through the travel grant program, nearly 50 students and Tufts faculty have traveled to over 20 different countries and 15 different states. Travel grants are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students at any school within Tufts. To learn more about the academic year 2019-2020 Travel Grant Recipients, click the photos below.

Learn more about travel grants here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie Sanchez

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

“Native Waters on Arid Lands Summit”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Morrow

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

“Transportation Research Board, 99th Annual Meeting”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda Briseño

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

“Transportation Research Board, 99th Annual Meeting”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Alexander

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

“Community Food Systems Conference”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allie Wainer

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

“Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group - It Takes a Region Conference”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridget Moynihan

School of Engineering

"IMAC, Society for Experimental Mechanics Conference"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maycon Cesar de Paula Santos

School of Arts and Sciences

"Nuffield International Contemporary Scholars Conference"

The TIE Student Internship Program is an opportunity for students to contribute to the management and running of TIE's various programs. Student interns work closely with TIE staff to help TIE's programs and daily operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Current TIE interns come from a wide range of academic backgrounds. Representing the Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Engineering, the Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy program and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, TIE interns collaborate with one another on various projects in a true representation of the interdisciplinary nature of TIE.

Ally Friedman

Ally Friedman

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Environmental Programs Intern

Justin McCollum

Undergraduate School of Arts & Sciences

Administrative Intern

 

Taylor Wurts 

Undergraduate School of Arts & Sciences

Communications and Outreach Intern

 

Chelsea Alexander

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Environmental Programs Intern

 

Eleana Baskouta

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Environmental Programs Intern

 

Rachel Madison

Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences

Administrative Intern

 

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an international non-profit research organization that works to shift environmental policy and practice towards sustainability. TIE has partnered with SEI to provide students with an opportunity to work on real global environmental policy issues. TIE-SEI Interns participate in programming alongside the TIE Fellows, and receive mentorship and guidance from staff of both SEI and TIE.

This year's TIE-SEI Interns are working on projects relating to equitable transitions and water nexus modelling. To learn more about this year's TIE-SEI interns, click the photos below.

Learn more about TIE-SEI Internships here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mai Mahmoud

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

“Water Nexus Modelling for Jordan and Morocco”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anisha Nazareth 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

“Equitable Transitions for Developing Countries”