Pathfinder Fellows in Environmental Leadership

A First-Year Ampersand Program

The Pathfinder Fellows Program is a four-year, cohort-based undergraduate program providing the academic rigor and field experience needed to deeply understand, respect and respond to a place and its people in light of environmental challenges. Integrated around the rich themes of environmental studies, including environmental science, policy, humanities and sustainability, the program welcomes students from all four undergraduate schools to create a yearly cohort of 12 to 16 students.

The program provides students with expertise in sustainable and critical thinking at scales from individual sites to neighborhoods, landscapes, nations, and the globe. Program activities consist of shared coursework, field trips, community-engagement opportunities such as internships and research, and experiences in urban and rural environments. Taken together, these components provide interdisciplinary training for our students to emerge as leaders in their respective fields.

Program costs for the first year are covered, though for a sophomore-year trip to Madagascar students will be charged approximately $3,500 (need-based financial assistance is available).

Explore the Pathfinder course sequence

Pathfinder Fellows engage as a cohort in a rich variety of learning experiences – both in and out of the classroom, from local to global scales – over their four years in the program.

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Apply to the Pathfinder Fellows program

To learn more and apply to the Pathfinder Fellows program, contact director David Fike.