Post-Graduate Study & Careers


Rhodes Early Career Award in Environmental Sciences & Studies

Rhodes College believes that learning is a life-long pursuit. In support of this ideal, the Environmental Program at Rhodes has established the Rhodes Early Career Award in Environmental Studies & Sciences to assist graduating seniors who majored or minored in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science as they pursue early career opportunities or post-graduate study.

The Award will provide one $1000.00 award annually to support the student’s initial post-graduate endeavors in work or post-graduate study and reinforce the Environmental Studies & Sciences program’s interest in the continued development of our Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors and minors.

Rhodes faculty may nominate graduating seniors who have completed or will complete the requirements for a major or minor in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. 

Nominations must include:

  • a letter of nomination from a Rhodes faculty member that explicitly identifies the student’s participation in the Environmental Program at Rhodes and dedication to environmental issues;
  • a letter from the student describing in detail his or her intended post-graduate work or study and a statement of how he or she will put to use the ideas learned as an Environmental Studies or Science minor at Rhodes. The student must also provide his or her GPA as of the end of the senior fall semester.

To qualify for the award, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of the fall semester of their senior year and have been engaged in research, a creative activity, or an outreach/community enrichment program that clearly addresses environmental issues broadly defined to include (but not limited to): environmental law, environmental justice, environmental economics, environmental policy formulation, environmental impact assessment, environmental education, environmental engineering, environmental arts, and environmental science.

Nominations should be submitted electronically to the director of the Environmental Studies & Sciences program. Nominations will be reviewed by faculty in the Environmental Studies & Science program and the award may be announced at the annual Awards Convocation.

Environmental Studies Graduate Programs:

American University
Global Environmental Policy

Columbia University
Environmental Science and Policy (MPA)
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Sustainability Management

Duke University
Nicholas School of the Environment
Sanford Institute of Public Policy

George Mason University
Environmental Science and Public Policy

George Washington
Environmental and Resource Policy

Indiana University
School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

New York University
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Environmental Conservation Education

Tufts University
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

University of California, Berkeley
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM)
Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP)

University of Miami
The Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy

University of Michigan
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Gerald Ford School of Public Policy

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
UT Graduate Landscape Architecture Program

University of Washington
Evans School of Public Affairs

University Wisconsin-Madison
Center for Culture, History, Environment
La Follette School of Public Affairs


Environmental Science Graduate Programs

Arkansas State University | Environmental Science
Columbia University | Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Duke University | Nicholas School of the Environment
George Mason University | Environmental Science & Policy
Indiana University | School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Ohio State University | Environmental Sciences Graduate Program
Oregon State University | Environmental Sciences
University of California, Berkeley | Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University of Pennsylvania | Department of Earth and Environmental Science 
University of Maryland | Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Program: Emphasis Environmental Science
Vanderbilt University | Earth and Environmental Sciences
Wright State University | Department of Earth & Environmental Science 

Top Law Schools for Environmental Law

Vermont Law School | South Royalton, VT
Lewis and Clark Law School | Portland, OR
Pace University Law School | White Plains, NY
University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley, CA
University of Colorado at Boulder | Boulder, CO
Florida State University | Tallahassee, FL
University of Maryland | Baltimore, MD
Stanford University | Stanford, CA
Tulane University | New Orleans, LA
University of Oregon | Eugene, OR


Green Jobs

The Green economy is growing by leaps and bounds, and students with training in Environmental Studies & Sciences are poised to secure some excellent opportunities.

Information on Green Jobs

Green Jobs Network
Sustainable Business - Green Dream Job
Sustain Lane - Green Jobs
Green Jobs Ready
Rhodes College Career Services


Green Jobs Attract Graduates, The New York Times
Earth Day 2011: Green Jobs Steadily Growing
M.B.A. Programs Gear Up for Green

What Our Graduates Do

Jennifer Whatley ′10 did an internship the summer after graduation with a division of NOAA: Northeast Regional Office (NERO) of the National Marine Fisheries Service in which she will use GIS.

Julia Goss ′10 was selected for two prestigious internships in marine biology at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and the Dolphin Research Center.

Alison Graham ′10 was hired to conduct research on the human-elephant conflict in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania beginning in July 2010.