2012-12-19 / Schools

‘River University’ Is Living Classroom on the Hudson

The historic Hudson River is a living classroom for a venture called “River University,” an interdisciplinary program in ecology, engineering and policy offered by Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University. Sailing onboard the sloop Clearwater is a unique aspect of the program for a select group of undergraduate River University students this summer.

Undergraduates from Bard, Bryn Mawr and Oberlin colleges, RPI and Stony Brook universities, among others, participated in the program in 2012. Classes will be held at Beacon Institute’s facilities on the banks of the Hudson in Beacon and taught by Clarkson faculty. A three-day sail aboard Clearwater will allow students to put into practice what they’ve learned in the classroom. Those who complete the program earn six credits, an excellent option to lighten course load during the academic year, or avoid a fifth undergraduate year.

River University examines environmental issues and explores possible solutions, with both a theoretical and real-world view by offering two interdisciplinary courses, each worth three credits transcripted by Clarkson University: Life of an American River: Ecology, Policy and Place—Tom Langen, Ph.D. and John Cronin will teach the course. Our Water Future: Sustainable Water Resource Management—Shane Rogers, Ph.D. and John Cronin will teach the course.

“Our summer students in River University are leaders-in-training,” Cronin says. “Through our hands-on courses they learn the innovations in law and policy, science and technology, even culture and art, that make the Hudson, and all rivers, the greatest inspiration for and testimony to modern American environmentalism.”

Visit www.RiverUniversity.com for more information about the curriculum and faculty, tuition costs, housing and commuter options, frequently asked questions, the application form and important deadlines. Enrollment in this one-of-a-kind program begins December 17, 2012 and is limited to 20 participants, so early application is encouraged. Rolling admissions run through March 15, 2013. There is additional information at www.bire.org; www.clarkson.edu; www.clearwater.org.

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