The Franklin Pierce University NSF STEM Scholarship Program
Information for our scholars

The Franklin Pierce University NSF STEM Scholarship Program
Information for our scholars

About our NSF Tutor



Past Events Spring, 2022.

Thursday, 5/5. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Rhine Singleton led a hike to search for and identify forest wildflowers.

Wednesday, 4/20. 12:00 to 12:45 in Spag Hall. Talk by Dan Weeks titled "Doing Well by Doing Good: How Business Can Help Build a Sustainability Future." Dan Weeks works at ReVision Energy, the company that installed the solar array on the field house.

Thursday, 4/21. 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Outdoor Adventure Rec Lounge. Earth Week Movie Night.

Friday, 4/22. 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Outdoor Adventure Rec Lounge. Slow Fashion Show including a talk by Mary Ewell who has a career working in the sustainable fashion industry.

Friday, 4/1. 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Zoom. Visit by Devi Lockwood, author of the book 1001 Voices on Climate Change. After college Devi spent a few years traveling the world mainly on a bike collecting first-person accounts of climate change. She spoke via Zoom with two classes.

9:00-9:50 Nature and Culture Honors Course
11:00-11:50 Nature and Culture Course



Past Events Fall, 2021.

Friday 10/29 from 10-10:50. Alumnus Sam Thompson shared his experiences as a park ranger and federal government employee. He talked about how he used his Environmental Science degree and how he made connections in the field to ultimately land jobs that he loves.

Monday, 10/18/21, 9 am until noon. Field trip to the Nubanusett Co-Housing Ecovillage in Peterborough including a tour of the ecovillage and a discussion of how community members work together to be environmentally sustainable.

Field trip to Cape Cod - Friday, Sept. 17th. The trip included a boat tour on a research vessel with marine biologists at Woods Hole and a trip to a salt marsh at a Massachusetts Audubon site. What a great day!



Past Events Spring, 2021.

Monday, 5/3, 4-5 pm at the picnic tables behind the Campus Center.
Ice Cream!
Free ice cream at the ES Majors ice cream social. Informal gathering to celebrate the end of the year and an opportunity to take a survey about your preferences for the NSF Cape Cod field trip scheduled for fall, 2021.

Monday, 4/26, 1 pm.
Zoom visit by Dr. Joseph L. Corriveau, Director of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. Dr. Corriveau talked about the work of his lab and how it relates to paleoclimatology, ice core sampling, and permafrost. He also discussed what the department of defense is doing in relation climate change and how it may change based on President Biden’s executive order.



Wednesday, 4/21, 7 pm via Zoom.
Farming for Climate Resilience.
Local farmers Craig Jensen of SunMoon Farm in Rindge, and Jack Rixey of Tracie’s Farm in Fitzwilliam, spoke about farming sustainably with climate in mind. Our local farmers consider climate impacts in every decision they make, from community solar installations, to changes in tilling and cover cropping, to choices of crops and composting methods. And in turn they are exploring how to adapt their farms to changes in climate, including warmer temperatures, wind storms and unpredictable rainfall.



Wednesday, 3/3, 5 to 6 pm via Zoom.
Wildlife Tracking workshop with Prof. Josh Cline Part 2.
In this second workshop, Professor Cline helped identify what species left behind the various tracks and other animal sign in the pictures that were uploaded here.
If you missed it, check out this recording!



Wednesday, 2/17, 5 to 6 pm via Zoom.
Wildlife Tracking workshop with Prof. Josh Cline. (To skip the introduction and get to the workshop, start at about 6 mins.)


Winter tracking of wildlife is not only fun and interesting, it can inform our knowledge of ethology, the science of animal behavior (I can tell you that bear cubs do not like carrots through personal observation). In New England there are a number of active winter animals - mammals and birds - and given the right conditions and some background in their specific track patterns (and things they leave behind such scat, fur, feathers, and predator remains), you can determine who they are, and probably more importantly, what they are doing. We hope this will motivate you to go outside and do some tracking on your own!



Past Events Fall, 2020.

Wed, 11/18. 2:00-2:50.
Wetland Scientist Scott Smyers of Oxbow Associates visited Wetland Ecology and First Year Inquiry via Zoom to discuss careers in Environmental Science and his work as an Environmental Consultant.

Mon, 10/12. 11:00-11:50 am.
David Moon visited BI218 Ecology via Zoom to share his experiences working at Massachusetts Audubon and leading international trips, including the FPU Tropical Forest Ecology trip to Costa Rica. Here's a video of the Zoom session - lots of great stories and advice about ES related careers!


Mon, 9/28. 3:00-4:30.
Professor Koning led a tour of the blue trail above the athletic fields. There are some really interesting spots on this trail that not many people know about, and, there are some great views from the hill above the fields!

Fri, 9/18. 2:00-3:00.
How important is water to some of the world’s major religions? How important is water to you? Professor DeLauer explored these questions through a series of contemplative activities on the water’s edge of Pearly Pond.

Tues, 9/8. 3:00-5:00.
Professor Singleton led a hike along the red trail to one of the more remote spots on campus. We visited a forest research plot where we have camera traps and data loggers monitoring light and other environmental conditions. We also visited a site that was heavily damaged by an ice storm back in 2008.

Tues, 9/1. 4:00-5:30.
This event was a visit to some of the most interesting wetlands on FPU property with Professor Koning. Topics included water quality management and monitoring.

Dinner on Wed, 8/26.
After the small mammal session with Dr. V. (see details below), we met for an informal dinner with all scholars and scholarship faculty at 5:45. We met outside by the pollinator gardens behind the campus center facing Pearly Pond.

Wed, 8/26. 3:30-5:30.
Dr. V. led a visit to the meadow on water tower hill where he and his mammalogy class are studying small mammal populations. Some wildlife was seen!



Brief Overview of the Scholarship Program:

The main goal of this program is to support your success while here at Franklin Pierce, and ultimately in your future career.

In addition to receiving a financial scholarship, you will participate in a variety of experiences designed to help you with your studies, explore your interests, and learn more about future career opportunities.


Here are some examples of what to expect as an NSF scholar during your four years at FPU:

  • Field experiences, like bat mist netting and the field trip to Cape Cod
  • Dedicated tutoring support during Freshman and Sophomore Year
  • Meetings with upperclassmen with similar interests who can give a student perspective about course selection and other opportunities here at Franklin Pierce
  • Visits by Franklin Pierce alumni who have careers in the environmental sciences
  • Trips to regional environmental organizations to learn more about possible careers and job opportunities
  • Based on your specific interests, mentoring with one or more of the faculty associated with this program (Verna DeLauer, Catherine Koning, Rhine Singleton, Jacques Veilleux)

Along with extra opportunities, you will have some additional responsibilities:

  • Respond to emails from the PIs (Principal Investigators - the four faculty here at FPU associated with the program) and the external evaluator from Dartmouth in order to schedule surveys and interviews; participate in surveys and interviews
  • Participate in field experiences, meetings with other scholars and faculty and other scholarship events unless you have an unavoidable conflict
  • Maintain a strong GPA (3.0 cumulative minimum)


And here's some more information about each of the four years of the program:

Freshman Year

  • Placement in an FYI section that will provide extra experiences related to Envi. Science
  • Placement in advanced ES103 and ES104 lab sections with additional options for research

Sophomore Year

  • Placement in an advanced BI218 lab section that will include a new unit using biotechnology in ecological field research

Junior Year

  • Participation in ES480 Junior Seminar in which you will explore career opportunities, meet alumni working in the Environmental Science related careers, and visit regional environmental organizations to learn more about possible careers of interest

Senior Year

  • Participation in ES490 Senior Capstone in which you will conduct a research project related to your career interests and gain experience by "job shadowing" at a regional environmental organization
  • Attend the annual Council on Undergraduate Research Conference where you'll meet students from other colleges and universities with similar interests and potential employers



2019 Scholars
Lauren Denard
Abigail Gamberdella
Micaela Leandro
Jacob Lopes
Victoria St. Jean

2020 Scholars
Linda Barriere
Trinity Bridge
Maleena Davis
David Luck
Kaylyn Penna
TigerLily Peterson

Scholarship Faculty PIs (Principal Investigators)
Verna DeLauer (PI)
Catherine Koning (coPI)
Jaccques Veilleux (coPI)
Rhine Singleton (coPI)





Tutor: Dena Kossakowski (back to schedule of events)

If you are in the NSF program, Dena is available to provide help with your academic work, particularly in ES104. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions you have — we really think she'll be a big help if you're stuck on course material or even if you just want some feedback about your assignments. Don't be shy — take advantage of this tutoring support!

For meetings with Dena, this Zoom link should work. If you need to enter a passcode, use the same one we used fall semester. Hint: e....20.

Setting up a meeting:
Dena is generally available after 2 pm on Mon, Wed, & Fri and on Tues & Thurs 10-1:30 or after 5:00. To setup a meeting, email or text her, ideally several hours before you'd like to meet (or if possible, a day in advance).

Email: kossakowskid18 -at- live -dot- franklinpierce -dot- edu (funky format to prevent spam)
To text: 609*947*2546

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Professor of Biology & Envi. Science
Franklin Pierce University
singler -at- franklinpierce -dot- edu


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