GSVS program director Phoebe Crisman

has received the

2017 KLM Sustainability + Innovation Award

from KLM Royal Dutch Airline and the Netherlands America Foundation



to the

GSVS CLASS OF 2017!!!!



 Saturday, May 19, 2018 /  in the UVA Chapel. Time TBA.

Join us for the conferring of diplomas and a reception honoring the GSVS class of 2018.


GSVS Student Research + Internships

GSVS student Artem Demchenko and GPH student Shantell Bingham have been awarded a Dalai Lama Fellowship for their joint research proposal, Growing for Change: Co-Designing Habitats around Neighborhood Gardens & Engagement. They are collaborating with the Westhaven public housing community, Public Housing Association of Residents, and Westhaven Nursing Clinic in Charlottesville during the 2015-16 academic year. Their faculty mentors are GSVS director Phoebe Crisman and GDS director David Edmunds. As participants in the Ethical Leadership Assembly in San Francisco, they  focused on the theme: "How might we deepen well-being while working across differences at the intersection of peace, justice, and ecology?"

Elizabeth Duffield worked on global health and peace initiatives at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia during a summer 2015 internship.

Connecting her double majors in GSVS and Environmental Science, Mary Shifflet interned at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado in summer 2015. This internship enriched her study of environmental preservation and ways of raising awareness and mindfulness of the environment.

Elizabeth Duffield was awarded a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award for her study, ”Sustainable Tourism Development in Northeastern Brazil: Stakeholder Collaboration in Fortaleza.” This research project builds on her previous study abroad experience in Brazil. During a two-week research trip in summer 2015, Elizabeth examined whether there is sufficient stakeholder collaboration in the development and implementation of the tourism push currently being undertaken in Fortaleza, specifically looking at the involvement of local communities.

During her Spring 2015 Independent Research Study, The Bhakti House Model for Ecologically Lived Theology, Tessa Crews examined "How can an ancient spirituality be applied to the modern context in order to yield progressive developments in sustainable living?" This research connects her India study abroad experience and her work with the Bhakti Yoga Club at UVA. 

Creatively combining majors in GSVS and French, Kelsey Galantich participated in the French Field Study & Internship Program in Strasbourg during the spring semester. She completed two intensive 3-credit courses for the first five weeks, then participated in a research internship with the Association pour la Relance Agronomique for twelve weeks. Her research project with the ARAA focused on "the effects of current land development practices on the health of human beings through land runoff and water quality in the areas surrounding farmlands. While she examined these effects within the Alsace region of France, she plans to "bring back ideas to about how Charlottesville area farmers could more sustainably develop their land in order to crop quality, water quality, and human health.”

Megan McDaniels completed a Fall 2014 Independent Research Study focused on environmental and socio-cultural issues surrounding the Maunalua Bay. She developed community-based conservation strategies to restore the ecosystem and increase its resiliency. Her final research paper, Community-Based Conservation From Coast to Coast: A Case Study of Maunalua Bay and the Chesapeake Bay, compared Maunalua Bay with the Chesapeake Bay through the differences culturally, environmentally, and the different strategies and efforts made to restore both. This research builds on her summer 2014 internship with the environmental and cultural nonprofit Mālama Maunalua in Honolulu, Hawaii.


 Study Abroad Grants

Maximum Amounts:

Students in Arts and Sciences: $5000 (Academic year), $3000 (Semester), $1000 (Summer)

Students in all other schools: $2500 (Academic year), $1500 (Semester), $500 (Summer)

Students with demonstrated financial need who wish to study abroad will be considered for this grant in addition to need-based aid already available. Information is available at:


Depending on a student's situation, this grant may provide additional aid for study abroad program costs or substitute for need-based loans. The grant may be used for study on UVA Programs, Exchanges, or other approved study abroad programs, with the exception of Semester at Sea, for which other financial aid is available. Apply to study abroad, and your application will be evaluated for eligibility.