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Shepherd Environmental Organization

Shepherd Environmental Organization (SEO) is a student organization designed “to foster a better understanding of our place in the environment and how we can better care for this environment.” For more information see the SEO website.


Environmental Studies majors are encouraged to undertake an internship in which they apply their environmental background in a practical form, gain valuable workplace experience and conduct environmental research in an area of their choice. Students have worked in a wide variety of government agencies, industry and environmental organizations, and have produced materials used in interpretive brochures, scientific journals, and environmental education. Internships have included work at the National Park Service, Leetown Science Center, Mountain View Solar, LLC, Antietam National Battlefield, Blue Ridge Environmental Center, GAI Engineering, USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station, The Capacon Institute, Skytruth, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Geostellar, Inc. The Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences also offers opportunities for students to conduct independent research projects undertaken with supervision and mentoring by a Shepherd University faculty member. All Environmental Studies majors are required to present their research at the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences Capstone Conference prior to graduating.

Syllabus for ENVS 461 – Environmental Research
IEPS Internship Application

Student Portfolios

All graduating ENVS students are required to compile a portfolio – a representative collection of your work and courses taken during for your degree. There are many uses for the portfolio; the primary one is to showcase your work and development through the ENVS program. This provides prospective employers evidence of your knowledge and skills. Another important aspect is that the portfolio provides you with the knowledge, expectations, and type of skills the successful major should develop in the ENVS program. Additional purposes and the contents for the portfolio are included below.

One aspect that you should keep in mind about preparing the portfolio is that you should be prepared to discuss and answer questions about the items you include – especially, if you include these items in your CV. Enthusiasm and knowledge of what you have done is important to employers.

There are some requirements that may not be applicable to all students; for example, transfer students who may not have completed specific portfolio components completed in Dimensions classes. However, all components should complete as many of the components as applicable.

Dr. Peter Vila will be the overall coordinator for the Portfolio requirement. Please see him if you have any additional questions (; 114 Byrd Science).

Please note: The portfolio document is to be turned in as a .doc or a .pdf file.

Student Portfolio Guidelines Document

Community Connections

Activities and efforts in the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences at Shepherd have been supported by the following:

Appalachian Fruit Research Station
Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC)
Appalachian Trail National Park
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Park
The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute
Eastern Panhandle Soil Conservation District
GAI Consultants
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Indiana University
Indiana University’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
NASA WV Space Grant Consortium
National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) Yankauer Nature Preserve
Ridgefield Farm And Orchard
USDA Appalachian Fruit Research Station
USGS Leetown Science Center
WV Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
West Virginia Governor’s Office of Technology
WVU Kearneysville Tree Fruit Research and Education Center

Dr. C.H. Mitch Jacques, Regional Dean, WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center – Eastern Division
Rev. and Mrs. Stan and Judy Jones, Shepherdstown, WV
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry and Judy Mays, Martinsburg, WV
Mr. Peter Pennington
Dr. Raymond Smock, Director, Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

The Richard L. Stephan Observatory Endowment and Scholarship Fund