Academics: Majors and Programs

Chemistry Research Student

Research Opportunities

Spelman’s success in producing world-class leaders is most profoundly represented in the sciences. EHSP scholars have the opportunity to engage in a diversity of field research. They have examined the challenges of Metro Atlanta’s rapid growth, the importance of biodiversity in New Zealand, and the impact of pesticide residue in Madrid’s rivers.

Faculty Research Focus

Faculty-led projects provide students the opportunity for in-depth analysis resulting in research which has been shared at Spelman’s Annual Research Day, as well as, national and international academic conferences. 


T. Cássia de Brito Galvão, Ph.D., Professor

Major Focus Areas

Geotechnical, chemical and mineralogical properties of soils, thermodynamics of contaminant interactions with soils and clean-up techniques, recycling of waste materials, waste disposition, mining waste disposition, rain-induced landslides, erosion control, stream bank erosion control, bioengineering techniques applied to erosion control (RECP’s – rolled erosion control products), polymers, and modeling hazards with Global Information Systems (GIS).

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Photo Caption: Galvao and Spelman students at International Conference in Puerto Rico (2014).

Environmental and Health Science Program at Spelman

Nirajan Dhakal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Major Focus Areas

  1. Developing innovative and efficient methods for hydrological analysis and modeling

  2. Developing new methods to understand the time varying nature of precipitation extremes and their implications on infrastructure design especially, stormwater  

Photo Caption: Students measuring water quality of Proctor Creek (Summer 2016)


Rosalind Gregory-Bass, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor and Director of the Health Careers Program

Major Focus Areas

Basic science and clinical research interest in Women’s health and the development of pipeline programs that foster biomedical graduate and professional educational opportunities for women of color.  

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Na’Taki Osborne–Jelks, Assistant Professor

Major Focus Areas

Environmental justice and environmental inequality; eliminating environmental health disparities; climate justice and the impacts of climate change on low-income and communities of color; urban and community health; and wastewater infrastructure and policy. She is piloting a water quality team. 

Photo Caption: Students at Clayton County, Georgia landfill (2016).

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