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Climate Education

Research & Living Labs


Student research related to climate change and other topics takes places in a variety of ways. Research opportunities include research projects conducted as part of a course, independent research, research assistantships, student-faculty research, special projects, and National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF REU).

Many of the opportunities require students to be proactive. Talk with professors with teaching and research interests that are related to your interests and ask if and how you might participate in a collaborative student-faculty research project, work as a research assistant, develop an independent research project, or apply for a NSF REU.

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Living Laboratories

Dickinson students learn important competencies for climate action, creating sustainable systems, and community building through Dickinson’s Living Laboratories. Working with each other, faculty, staff and community members, student interns and volunteers identify and define problems, examine their causes, develop solutions, and test their ideas.

Living Laboratory activities include:

  • Producing greenhouse gas emission inventories for Dickinson, Carlisle, and Cumberland County
  • Developing and implementing climate action plans
  • Assessing climate resilience
  • Collecting, processing, interpreting, and using data for sustainable campus operations
  • Managing The Handlebar Bike Cooperative and leading campus biking programs
  • Growing food for the campus and community on Dickinson’s organic farm
  • Beekeeping at The Hive