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Student Research Funding and Other Resources

Funding Opportunities

Student Funding
MESSA offers a small amount of funding for students in need of research or travel assistance. Awards are disbursed as a reimbursement following the research or travel event. Applications should be sent electronically through the OrgSync website. Once on the website, sign in with your CofC student ID credentials. Search for the "Master of Environmental Studies Student Association" page, where you will find the MESSA funding application, as well as the required signature form. 

You must volunteer for 2 events for the semester that you are applying for funding in order to qualify.

AT THE COLLEGE

College of Charleston Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability seeks to institute the teaching, research, and practice of sustainability and to establish an institutional culture of sustainability -- the ability to meet current needs without degrading the natural systems and resources required to meet future needs.

Grice Marine Lab 
Our saltwater friends across the harbor.

the.road.less.traveled
An AWESOME blog from MES aluma Nikki Seibert. Here you can read all about Nikki's experience with giving up her car and relying completely upon her bike and public transportation to get her around Charleston! This blog will help you understand what it really means to be car-free, why everyone should consider it, and how it can realistically be done.

LOCAL

Go Green Charleston
Social network using technology to promote local environmental awareness; includes weblog, forums, and tips on recycling and the environment.

GREEN DRINKS CHARLESTON
Green Drinks is a group of people that get together once a month to chat about the environment at a local restaurant

Charleston County Recycling
General info on all your Charleston area recycling needs

The Sustainability Institute
Based in North Charleston, The Sustainability Institute works at the grassroots level to help make South Carolina more sustainable

Keep Charleston Beautiful
Keep Charleston Beautiful works to maintain the beauty of the Charleston area through education, litter control and beautification programs.

Coastal Conservation League
The Coastal Conservation League works with communities, businesses, other conservation and citizen groups, and people like you, to protect what we love about the South Carolina coast.

Noisette 
Noisette is a 3,000 acre city-within-a-city. It is an area of North Charleston, South Carolina targeted for integrated restoration as a sustainable community – modeled on the belief that cities must be equally responsive to social needs, environmental responsibility and economic vitality (the philosophy embodied by people, planet, prosperity).

Friends of the Edisto
FRED is a non-profit organization, was established in 1998 to facilitate conservation of natural resources and to encourage and support sustainable economic development within the Edisto River Basin in South Carolina.  The Edisto River Basin contains the longest free-flowing blackwater river in America, and encompasses twelve counties, including much of the midlands and low country areas of South Carolina.

The South Carolina Aquarium
The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research, and by providing an exceptional visitor experience.