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The Environmental Frontiers Initiative invites applications from University of Chicago students to join the EFCampus Program in Summer 2023, a unique experiential learning program that creates student-faculty-staff research opportunities focused on the intersection of environmental sustainability and urbanization.


Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2023

Deadline: January 22, 2023

The Environmental Frontiers Initiative invites applications for EFCampus Undergraduate Research Assistants for Summer Quarter 2023. EFCampus is designed to bring together a variety of campus stakeholders – students, faculty, and staff – to collaboratively explore issues of campus sustainability. It is a unique research opportunity for students interested in environmental issues and broader climate change goals. Research assistant positions will be full-time roles for 10 weeks during the Summer. The role is paid $15/hour. RA positions may have the opportunity to extend into the 2023-2024 academic year, which will be determined upon completion of summer work. This will be a hybrid internship, with an expectation of interns working 2-3 days per week in the office and the option to work remotely the remaining days. The deadline to apply is January 22, 2023.



Graduate Student Lead, Spring/Summer 2023

Deadline: January 15, 2023

The Environmental Frontiers Initiative seeks a Graduate Student Project Lead to oversee research efforts under EFCampus, which brings together students, faculty, and the UChicago Office of Sustainability Planning to conduct research that advances sustainability practices on campus. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in bridging sustainability research and operational planning, and includes direct access to the University’s sustainability efforts and institutional leads. The position will be approximately 5 hours/week beginning in Spring Quarter 2023, shifting to a full-time role for 10 weeks of Summer 2023. The role is paid $20/hour, and there is also potential to extend this role into the Fall/Winter quarters for interested students. Applicants must be enrolled in a UChicago graduate program in Summer 2023 to be eligible to apply. This is a hybrid opportunity, with an expectation of working 2-3 days per week in the office and the option to work remotely the remaining days. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2023.


About Environmental Frontiers:

Environmental Frontiers, an initiative housed in the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, focuses on issues at the intersection of environmental sustainability and urban development, enabling research and curricular opportunities that provide UChicago students a scientific and practical understanding of sustainable urban development. EFCampus is the campus-based component of Environmental Frontiers, positioning students to use campus data as a case study for understanding a path to a more sustainable future, on campus and beyond. EFCampus provides undergraduate students opportunities to advance research and applied projects that explore campus sustainability, with an eye toward transferable knowledge to inform strategies in neighborhoods and whole urban areas. Environmental Frontiers is a partnership between the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, the Program on the Global Environment (PGE), the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP), and the Offices of Facilities Services and Campus Planning + Sustainability at the University of Chicago.

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