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Climate Scholars

As the effects of climate change become more apparent and severe, now is the time for everyone to take responsibility and do what they can to prevent the worst impacts.

 

With forests burning in California, in the Amazon, in Siberia, with sea levels rising while the ice in the Arctic shrinks and the permafrost melts, with people forced to migrate away from the coasts and arid farmland, we see how the changing climate impacts every aspect of life on the planet. To guide the world to a more sustainable future, we need leaders in every profession who understand these challenges and are ready to make a difference.

 

Those future leaders are you. As a Climate Scholar, you’ll not only gain an understanding of the challenges we face, but you’ll also engage with the community to create solutions to our changing climate.

Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.

Ban Ki-Moon former secretary general of the United Nations.

Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.

Ban Ki-Moon former secretary general of the United Nations.

Program Highlights

  • Work with others who share your passion about climate change

  • Learn how you can develop tools to help adapt to and mitigate climate change 

  • Participate in a local community engagement project related to climate change

  • Address climate change at UD and in your career

  • Climate Scholars who complete the program will earn a transcript credential
     

Specialized Coursework

  • A customized first-year experience class for Climate Scholars 

  • Reside in the Discover Our World living-learning community as first-year students

  • Complete one three-credit course on the fundamentals of climate change 

  • Participate in a climate change seminar (like GEOG229 Climate Change and Food Security or  GEOG417 Seminar in Climate Change)

  • Complete a capstone project addressing a climate challenge 

  • Be recognized for scholarship and leadership at annual spring event
     

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a Climate Scholar, you will be able to apply in your My Blue Hen Home starting in early December 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions    

Climate Scholars is open to first-year students admitted to Newark campus.

Admitted students can access the essay prompts to apply through their My Blue Hen Home student portal. Students may apply to multiple programs, but will only be admitted to one program. To be considered, you must demonstrate a commitment and passion to take on the challenges of climate change.

Essay prompts must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Applicants will be notified by email no later than April 13, 2021.

Learn More

For questions regarding admissions, please contact admissions@udel.edu or 302-831-8123.