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Manchester University Environmental Studies Scholar Program

            As a result of increased extramurally funded research in the Environmental Studies Program and a financial gift from the Cargill Foundation, a new position has been established to provide a one year post-undergraduate research opportunity for a student who has successfully graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from Manchester University.  The Environmental Studies Scholar position is designed to:

  • provide assistance with ongoing research within the Environmental Studies  Program
  • write one scientific manuscript of publishable quality for an appropriate scientific journal
  • teach at least an entry level biology class laboratory
  • manage day-to-day laboratory functions


Herb Manifold 12'- Environmental Studies Scholar

Herb Manifold 12' First Environmental Studies Scholar


           Herb Manifold 12’ was selected as the first Environmental Scholar.  Herb grew up on a small family farm near Mooreland, Indiana where he acquired a love and passsion for the outdoors.  Whether it is hunting for deer or sitting on the lake catching sunfish for dinner, Herb values highly outdoor experiences.  In addition to being outdoors, Herb is active training his bird dogs for hunting and AKC events. Adding all this together explains why he chose to earn a degree in environmental studies from Manchester University. Since starting the position in September he has completed the following:

  • Attended professional meetings
  • Taught a principles of biology laboratory section
  • Collect all field data for middle eel river initiative
  • Worked with students to collect data
  • Managed data for the Middle Eel River Initiative final report for 2009-2012
  • Managed environmental studies website


         “This position is a great opportunity for me to become more competitive for graduate positions or a professional career.  I have really enjoyed my time thus far as the environmental studies scholar. It’s hard to beat being in the field on a regular basis collecting data and then analyzing it in the lab to understand what it means. I also enjoyed teaching a lab section. I found that I connected really well with them because I was in their exact position just four year ago. Also being a part of the writing process for the middle eel river initiative final report was helpfully to see how such a large data set was constructed to be submitted for review. I look forward to continuing the second half of the position and see what new adventures await. Lastly I would like to thank Dr. Jerry Sweeten for this opportunity”


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