Programs in environmental education at Westminster College demonstrate the College's mission to develop students with knowledge of and moral and ethical commitments to the natural world and to develop responsible world citizens. The major in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program that provides the broad scientific background necessary for understanding the complexities of environmental systems. The minor in Environmental Studies emphasizes a liberal arts approach, including the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, in studying the interface between humans and their environment. Over 110 acres of outdoor research space, state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation, and dedicated faculty make Westminster College an ideal setting for studying the environment.

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Student Symposium on the Environment


Join the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition, environmental professionals, educators and watershed organizations for an evening at Westminster College showcasing student research and creative works.  The Student Symposium on the Environment is held each December to highlight environmental study, research, artistic expression, and service work being done by students in the region.  Students from all disciplines, ranging from high school through graduate school, are encouraged to participate.  Research posters, art work, oral presentations, and even performances are welcome.

Save the Date:

December 3, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Witherspoon Rooms & Mueller Theater
McKelvey Campus Center
Westminster College

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Networking and Poster Session Witherspoon Rooms
7:00 - 8:45 p.m. Oral Presentations Mueller Theater
8:45 - 9:00 p.m. Award Ceremony Mueller Theater


Deadline for Submissions:  TBA 


2014 Symposium Summary

Best Presentations
Oral Presentation

Mara Sawdy
(Westminster College)

Hydraulic Fracturing: The Potential Risks to Air Quality and Future Research Directions for the ALLARM Program
Environmental Science Research Poster
David Starr
(Westminster College)
Effects of butylated hydroxytoluene on zebrafish
Environmental Project Poster
Cody R. Michaels
(Westminster College)
A Summer in Someone Else's Trash: Recycling Technician Internship
Honorable Mention
Oral Presentation
Lance Jubic
(Westminster College)
Closterium moniliferum: A candidate for the remediation of water contaminated by hydraulic fracturing
Environmental Science Research Poster
Acacia Ferrese
(Westminster College)
Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of silk dyed with staghorn sumac extract
Environmental Project Poster Presentation
Adam Montowski and
Adam Cheatham
(Westminster College)
Analysis of recycled batteries and Westminster College's recycling program


To view pictures of the Student Symposium on the Environment visit our Scrapbook page

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make the 2014 Student Symposium on the Environment a success.

Earth Week


Westminster College celebrates Earth Week annually.  Events start in April and usually run through May.  Departments, organizations, and committees sponsor diverse events; from art presentations to tree plantings.  Join Environmental Programs as we work together to show our care of our world & the Westminster Community. 

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Sustainable "Selfie" Contest
2014 winning image posted by Kyle Filicky
, Environmental Science major ('14)

Neil Christopher, Suzanne Wasilko, and Kyle Filicky "Turtle Aquaponics sustainable selfie"

Winning Earth Week 2014 image by Samantha Shick, Biology major ('14)



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Upcoming Events

Environmental Programs Seminar Series: Cassandra L. Treshok '11, Working in Environmental Sustainability in a Corporate Setting
Thursday, March 5, 2015
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Phillips Lecture Hall

Public Meeting on Local Water Quality Monitoring Program
Thursday, March 26, 2015
7:00 p.m.
208 Patterson Hall

Public Meeting on Local Water Quality Monitoring Program
Thursday, April 23, 2015
7:00 p.m.
208 Patterson Hall