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The Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton has launched a graduate fellowship program for the 2021-2022 academic year to attract high-quality students with sustainability interests to UD. Applications are invited for the six specific opportunities listed below. Applicants also must apply (separately) and be accepted to the UD graduate program of their choice. Successful candidates will receive financial support in the form of tuition and a stipend, guaranteed for the 2021-2022 academic year and renewable for an additional semester or academic year pending satisfactory progress.
To apply, please send a cover letter describing your interest, the specific fellowship opportunity and relevant experience, a curriculum vitae, and an unofficial transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your application by Jan. 31, 2021.
The six research opportunities are: Community Based Integrative Sustainable Strategies to Address Climate Change and Build Resilience; Forest Ecology & Sustainable Management; Entrepreneurship and Sustainability; Sustainability Education; Behavioral Activation at the Shelter Farm; Business Waste Assessment. See the fellowship webpage for more details.
Behavioral Activation at the Homeless Shelter Farm:
This project involves building on a decade-long effort on behavioral activation at a homeless shelter in Dayton. Behavioral activation (an evidence-based practice) provides residents at the homeless shelter with opportunities to engage in productive activities that yield response-contingent reinforcement (a feeling of reward), which increases their productive behavior, sense of mastery, quality of life, mood, and cognition.
This program provides three categories of behavioral activation for shelter residents: (a) enhance self-sufficiency/empowerment; (b) enhance coping and social support; and (c) enhance shelter social environment. In collaboration with Ohio State University Extension, a Shelter Farm has been established on the grounds of the Gettysburg Gateway Shelter for Men (located in a food desert) in order to enhance the nutrition of shelter residents. Previous research suggests that shelter residents who volunteered to work alongside UD students on the Shelter Farm showed decreases in anxiety and improvements in wellness.
This HSI Graduate Fellow will help sustain and expand the Shelter Farm, recruit and involve shelter residents to assist on the farm, and perform related psychological and/or sustainability-related research. A variety of studies are possible, and examples include (a) determining whether undergraduate students who assist at the Shelter Farm show significant improvements in environmental attitudes (relative to comparison groups) and (b) a comprehensive investigation of the many benefits of the farm for the physical and psychological functioning of shelter residents.
The HSI Graduate Fellow’s research is expected to lead to publications in journals related to community psychology, experiential learning, and/or agricultural/environmental sustainability. This HSI Graduate Fellow will also work with HSI and other campus partners on food-related and/or behavior change efforts to advance campus sustainability. Students may apply to any graduate program at UD.