What is the Sustainability Applied Research Program (SARP)?
The Sustainability Applied Research Program (SARP) is a research program designed to facilitate interdisciplinary, independent research within the areas of sustainability at Concordia College. This program aims to enable students to identify social, economic, and environmental issues and generate sustainable solutions that best address a campus and/or community need. The purpose of each project is to offer a new sustainable practice for consideration by the college through the use of academic research, experimentation, economic analysis, and collaboration with organizations beyond the Concordia College. The project cumulates with the presentation of findings to campus officials on the President’s Sustainability Council and to peers at the Celebration of Student Scholarship.
Why consider applying?
In addition to being a paid research position ($750/ academic year) and an impressive addition to your resume, SARP offers an excellent opportunity to:
- Research a topic related to sustainability that you are passionate about/ want to learn more about
- Design your own research project, present your research, and work closely with a faculty member
- Develop writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills
- Better the Concordia college and/ or F-M community
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors of all majors interested in sustainability and campus action are encouraged to apply. Prospective applicants must submit an application by the assigned closing date (TBA) and be prepared to commit to their project for the entirety of the academic year if selected.
Applications will be sent out early in the fall semester (TBA). Contact Nicole Schmiedt ’16 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or specific questions about the application process. Students will be notified via email about the acceptance of their proposal.
When drafting your proposal, consider the following:
- What environmental issues are of concern to you? How do they directly impact the campus community?
- How will your project help create a more sustainable campus?
- What is the call to action? How will your research help in implementing action on campus?
- What will be the specific outcomes of your project, and how will you measure its success?
- Who will your campus partners be? What will they each contribute towards the project? Try to identify a staff or faculty member and (if you wish) other students that have a shared interest in your topic. Contact them early on when drafting your proposal to see if they would be willing to serve as an advisor/partner.
- What are your own experiences and achievements that may assist you in the implementation of this project? No past research experience is required, but do draw upon past academic and work experiences.
SARP Project Guidelines
Students who are selected to participate in the SARP are expected to:
- Meet with a faculty advisor at least twice a month to ensure that research is on track and meeting deadlines. It is up to the student and advisor to determine the appropriate deadlines for the completion of specific tasks, meetings, and trials as relevant to the research project.
- Send an update about the research to the SARP committee prior to the end of the fall semester, at which point the committee will provide feedback and guidance for moving into the second semester.
- Submit a complete first draft of the proposal by mid-February and revised second draft of the proposal by the end of March/ beginning of April. Feedback will again be provided after each submission.
- Submit a finalized, complete report of the research to the President’s Sustainability Council by mid-April for consideration of implementation.
- Submit an abstract for and present research at Concordia College’s Celebration of Student Scholarship in mid-April.
SARP Selection Committee
Faculty and Staff
Dr. Kenneth Foster, Global Studies; Chair, President’s Sustainability Council
Dr. Susan Larson, Psychology; Director of Undergraduate Research
Nathalie Rinehardt, Senior Associate Director of Campus Life for Student Engagement
Nicole Schmiedt ’15
Joleen Baker ’16
Kim Haley ’16
Katie Black ’17