Student Engagement

A Core Commitment

The College’s unparalleled undergraduate education makes it an ideal place to train the next generation of leaders who will seek solutions to the challenges posed by the world’s energy needs. Undergraduate and graduate students will be fully engaged in the work of the Irving Institute, advancing Dartmouth’s rich history of faculty-student collaboration.

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth has long been a leader in undergraduate education. At the core of the College’s commitment to the liberal arts is the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, with more than 40 departments and multidisciplinary programs featuring courses and research opportunities taught and led by nationally respected faculty members across all academic disciplines.

Reflecting its global scope and expertise, the academic programs of the Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society (the Irving Institute) will extend beyond Hanover. Faculty and students will be encouraged to conduct field research in remote corners of the world; testify before national legislatures on the most urgent energy matters; collaborate across disciplines to create documentaries for media; engage in vigorous classroom debate; launch global energy discussions on social media channels; host international conferences on hot-button energy issues; pitch prospective investors on energy-related technology; and gather real-time data on energy production, distribution, and consumption—all the while sharing information with the world.

Dartmouth faculty, students, and staff are engaged in many sustainability projects and courses of study. The Irving Institute will draw on expertise present on campus and expand current opportunities for students.

Potential educational programs at the institute

  • An undergraduate minor in energy
  • New academic tracks within graduate programs
  • Experiential learning in energy sectors

  • Formation of research teams that include faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates 

  • Courses in the business of energy for engineering and science graduate students 

  • Courses in energy technology for MBA students
  • Executive education courses for leaders in government and energy businesses
  • Energy-related ventures offered jointly with the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network
  • Scholarships that support outstanding graduate students in business, engineering, and the arts and sciences
  • Expanded opportunities for field research around the globe

Dartmouth’s size allows its students and faculty to collaborate across the curriculum. The institution supports centers of excellence such as the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Dartmouth’s traditional strength in the liberal arts will deepen students’ understanding of the way science and technology affect people’s lives.