Lycoming hosts Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies

Lycoming hosts Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies

The group of student interns and presenters at the SRHCES conference.

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The Lycoming College Clean Water Institute (CWI) recently hosted the Annual Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies (SRHCES) Summer Intern Meeting on Friday, July 17. Over 40 faculty and student interns from six academic institutions and other partners attended.

In its ninth year, the meeting provides student interns the opportunity to present their research and also learn about other research that is being conducted in the area. In addition, students have the opportunity to hear from representatives from different environmental institutions in the area.

“The annual meeting allows the student interns to not only network with other intern/scientists working on similar projects, but also to see the connection between their project, which may be small in scope, to the much larger issue of the water quality of the Susquehanna River watershed and its link to the Chesapeake Bay,” said Mel Zimmerman, Ph.D., director of the Clean Water Institute and professor of biology

Emily Vebrosky, a 2014 graduate of Lycoming College, gave a testimonial on how her internship with SRHCES and CWI helped her career choice and success in grad school at Louisiana State University.

The institutions and partners in attendance included: Lock Haven University, Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, Bloomsburg University, Kings College, Geisinger Environmental Health Institute, the Degenstein Foundation, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, the North Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies (SRHCES) is a unique collaboration of professors and students working together to research and study the ecological conditions and processes in the watershed, create educational opportunities to promote student interest and involvement in the natural resources of the Susquehanna River watershed and create a partnership that connects post-secondary students attending institutions in the Susquehanna heartland region with local communities and environmental organizations.

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