Master's Projects at SNRE

What is a Master's Project?

Master's projects are interdisciplinary problem-solving experiences conducted by groups of Master's degree students as the capstone of their academic programs at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.  Projects provide students with a team experience that approximates a future work environment while also providing client organizations with solutions to complex environmental issues and useful products. These projects focus the substantial capabilities of our students and faculty on problems faced by real-world clients.  Project ideas are developed by faculty, students, or clients. Please contact us with any questions or ideas.

Master's Project Client Fair - January 2015 

SNRE Master's Projects In the News

SNRE Master's Project Team's Recommendations Implemented by Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority

Student Blog on Piramal Water Master's Project

Green Brewery Master's Project Radio Interview (1290 WLBX AM)

Master's Project Examines How Government Incentives are Driving Corn Ethanol Expansion, Impacting Wildlife

U-M Graduate Students Research Place-Based Education for U.S. Forest Service

U-M Business Engagement Center Article on SNRE's Green Master's Projects

The Wilderness Society Honors SNRE Students for Research on California Renewable Energy

Wall Street Journal Article Highlights SNRE Master's Project Assessing Carbon Footprint for Organic Milk

Project Ideas

"Project Ideas" are current project ideas that have been submitted for consideration by the new cohort of SNRE master's students. Clicking on this icon will open the current project idea database. 

When to Submit Master's Project Ideas

  • Priority deadline: November 3, 2014--Projects submitted by the priority deadline will have the greatest opportunity of being viewed by students.   Project ideas will be posted on a rolling basis as they are finalized. 
  • Final deadline: December 1, 2014

Open and Archived Projects

  • "Open Projects" are projects that were started in the previous year and are currently being finished. 
  • "Archived Projects" are recent master's projects that have been completed. 

Searching for Past Projects

  • You can search for older past projects by visiting U-M's Deep Blue system
  • Click on "Browse Collections" then "Natural Resources and Environment."  You can search for past projects by title, author, subject, or date.

If you cannot find an electronic copy of a master's project report on U-M's Deep Blue System, you can contact the U-M Shaprio Science Library at (734) 764-7490 (select option 2) to see if a bound copy of the report is available.  If there is only one copy available, you (anyone) can read the copy in the library.  If there is more than one copy, you may check it out (if affiliated with U-M).

How to Submit a Project Idea

  • Click here to learn how to submit a project idea.  
  • Deadline to submit an idea:  November 3rd.  Although project ideas will be accepted until December 1st, we strongly advise you to submit your project ideas by November 3rd to have the greatest chance of being selected.
FAQ button

Students: If you have a question about Master's Projects, please click on the link above.  The FAQ page also contains a list of people that can help you with various aspects of your project.