Student Research Opportunities

Every year, we bring thousands of dollars of federal funding to support New York students in doing field-based, community-driven researchOur ability to connect students, funding, and places makes the Hudson River Research Reserve a hub for the next generation of New York’s environmental science workforce. With the help of our partners, high school, college, and graduate students from more than 90 institutions have conducted research on the Hudson over the past 35 years.


Student Research Opportunities at the Reserve

Student Research ProgramNumberTimeframeAmountPartner
Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship12 academic years$41,000/yearNOAA
Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program12 academic years$9,500/yearNOAA
Mark B. Bain Doctoral FellowshipUp to 61 academic year$19,000/year + research budget of up to $1,000 Hudson River Foundation
The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists (TIDES)15-18SummerHourly rateHudson River Estuary Program
NOAA College-Supported Internship Program1Summer$3,800NOAA
Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship8Summer$5,000Hudson River Foundation

The Institute Discovering Environmental Scientists (TIDES)

TIDES is a paid summer field research and laboratory science experience where High School and College students conduct field research projects along the banks of the Hudson River and in local streams.

NERRS Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Research Fellowship

This two-year graduate research fellowship brings a student to the Hudson to conduct research that addresses a key coastal management question. The work helps scientists and communities understand coastal challenges and impacts to influence future policy and management strategies. Our current fellow, Clara Chang of Columbia University, is exploring the impact of sea level rise on the Hudson’s marshes through sediment core research.

    Hollings Scholarship

    The Hollings Scholarship Program, funded by NOAA, provides undergraduate students with hands-on, practical experience in science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards include academic assistance for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship during the summer at a NOAA facility.

    Mark B. Bain Doctoral Fellowship

    This 1-year fellowship brings a doctoral student to do research on the Hudson River and Watershed, focused on topics related to the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the River, or address social, economic, or public policy issues, including issues related to environmental justice.

    Polgar Scholarship

    In cooperation with the Hudson River Foundation, the Polgar Fellowship provides funding for eight students each summer with small stipends for advisors. The program aims to broaden participation with the Hudson River’s diverse student population and facilitate mentorship and opportunity for students historically underrepresented in the environmental sciences.

    past projects

    • Corey Rundquist was a 2018 Polgar Fellowship recipient from Hamilton College. He collected data at Norrie Point for his project titled “Detecting Cyanobacteria in the Hudson River Using Fluorescent Sensors Suitable for Real-time Deployment.”

    • Sophia Courtney was a 2019 Polgar Fellowship Recipient from Drexel University. She collected data from Piermont Marsh for her project titled “Is Sea Level Rise Altering Wetland Hydrology in Hudson River Valley Tidal Marshes?”

    College Internship

    NOAA partners with select colleges to provide undergraduate students college-funded summer internship opportunities. At the Hudson River Reserve, these students assist research staff with summer field work in freshwater tidal wetlands, water sampling, and laboratory processing. Students must be in their second or third year and apply through their college.