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School of the Environment Excellence Funds

Whether graduate students or undergraduates, students in the School of the Environment typically learn, work, and study outdoors in many different kinds of environments.

Students working on internships, as graduate research assistants, or in any number of other capacities and educational activities may find themselves needing to traverse and stay in remote locations. Working in remote locations obviously raises a number of safety and other concerns for student well being.

SoE Field Study / Safety Kits for Students

From Dr. Allyson Beall King, Director:

The School of the Environment often sends our graduate students out into the wilds of the world to conduct difficult and challenging, but exciting new research. After all, not all research and learning occurs inside of a lecture hall, library, or textbook!

We are seeking funds to better support our student researchers with field safety equipment including satellite communication devices, back up batteries, and a wide variety of necessary equipment to ensure student comfort and safety while living and working outdoors.

In addition to the obvious safety concerns, not all of our students either have or can readily afford quality and expensive field equipment such as backpacks, tents, and necessary camping and other survival gear.

Having this type of specialized equipment assembled into “Field / Safety Kits” and available for check out as needed will help everyone sleep better at night knowing that our students who are studying and working in the wilds will have good shelter, emergency communications, and other urgently needed safety, technical, and field equipment. 

Your Environmental Gift at Work

Please help SoE students succeed and reach their educational goals by making a modest donation today to support School of the Environment Excellence FundsA small gift will go a long ways towards helping these worthy students.

Your donation helps ensure that students have access to the technology and resources to enrich their education, provide valuable field experience, and prepare them to become the future environmental leaders needed to guide and develop a sustainable world.

Thank you for supporting our dedicated, hard-working WSU students as they strive to understand and conserve the natural world for all future generations.

Please Help Future Cougs Working to Conserve Our Global Environment!





Photo credits: Washington State University: captive grizzly bear, woman holding fish; woman holding raptor; burning trees – Northwest Crown Fire Experiment; source: Wikipedia, photo by USDA Forest Service, License: CC BY 2.5); WSU graduate student conducting fire experiment; WSU student with environmental sampling equipment; Investigator films explosions coming from Santiaguito; source: NSF Multimedia Gallery; photo by Professor Nick Varley, Facultade de Ciencias, University of Colima, Mexico; WSU – two fawns hiding in grass; WSU graduate student with captive deer; Person Starting Prescribed Fire; Source s.a.f.e. student association for fire ecology; photo gallery; Photo by Trip Jennings, Balance Media; Used with permission; Camas Flowers After Burn; Source: s.a.f.e. student fire association; photo gallery; Photo by Tara Splawinski, Used with permission; People sampling aquatic vegetation, Citizen Science National Park Service. Credit: NPS – National Park Service; Public Domain.