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 4, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Witherspoon Rooms
McKelvey Campus Center
Westminster College


5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Networking and Poster Session
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Oral Presentations
8:30 - 9:00 p.m. Special Presentation followed by Award Ceremony


Deadline for Sumission: TBA


2013 Symposium Summary

Best Presentations
Oral Presentation

Anthony Humes, Adam Stahon, and Cody Culp
(Westminster College)

Are Solar Panels Worthwhile in Western Pennsylvania
Environmental Science Research Poster
Sreevani Kalapala
(Youngstown State University)
Removal of Hydrogen Sulfide from Land fill Gas Using Solar Regenerable Adsorbents
Environmental Project Poster
Jessica Stickel and Pasquale DiFrancesco
(Allegheny College)
How Do Members of the Allegheny College Community Develop Their Perceptions of Fracking and What Role Does Media Play in Influencing Such Perceptions?
Honorable Mention
Oral Presentation
Brittany Majors, Ian Davis, and Cody Fagan
(Westminster College)
Water Analysis at Erico Bridge
Environmental Science Research Poster
Lauren Stoczynski
(Westminster College)
Effects of carbaryl and ammonium nitrate on zebrafish embryo development: an ecological experiment
Environmental Project Poster Presentation
Erin Sullivan
(Westminster College)
Using GIS and GPS coordinates to map ground truths for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Fisherman's Cove Preservation Foundation


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 2013 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
Visit our Facebook Page and post a “selfie” of you and your friends between April 1st and April 30th for a chance to win a Special Apple Gift Basket donated by Sodexo & a $25 e-gift card from Chipotle. 

We want to see you at Earth Week events, practicing sustainability, and having fun!  The picture with the most likes will receive a prize!  So post, vote, and do your part for the environment!

Contest ends April 30th at noon.  Feel free to include a description of the selfie.

Winning Earth Week 2013 image by Brad Weaver, Lecturer in Communication Studies, Theatre, and Art Department



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Upcoming Events

Greens Day
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Outside of the Tub

Bottleless Friday's
Friday, April 25, 2014
Friday's in April
Titan Club & the Tub

Image of the Month Contest Gets Down to Earth!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Deadline April 26th