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Off-Campus Research Opportunities

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UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Program
The Natural Reserve System of the University of California is accepting applications for the Spring 2019 offering of the UC Natural Reserve System field course, California Ecology and ConservationApplications can be found here and are due on October 24, 2018.

This relatively new program, launched in Fall 2015, has been a tremendous success. Students from across the UC system have gained strong independent scientific research skills while immersed in the training grounds of the UC natural reserves, from Big Sur to the Mojave Desert, from coastal redwoods to California grasslands to high altitude bristlecone pines. Check out this video to get glimpses of what students are calling the most rewarding experience in their undergraduate careers. Here is what alumni have said about the experience:

"This course has made me fall in love with the process of science!" - UC Davis student

"My research, writing, and public speaking skills have improved and I am certain that this is a result of this class." - UC Los Angeles student

"This course has given me an in-depth understanding of scientific research that I haven't gained anywhere else. I have learned more about what a career in this field would look like in the last 50 days than the rest of my undergraduate career." - UC Santa Cruz student

"I loved getting to spend the summer in some of the most beautiful places in California with a group of amazing people. - UC Berkeley student

California Ecology and Conservation brings together 27 undergraduates from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive learning at NRS reserves. Experienced field instructors help undergraduates transform into scientists. Students complete a series of increasingly independent research studies while learning to notice natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and practice standard field techniques. At the conclusion of each project, students analyze their data and present their findings in oral presentations and written reports. Students hone their research, public speaking, and scientific writing skills with constant practice and feedback. All the while, students gain a working familiarity with California’s diverse ecosystems.

All UC undergraduates who have a 2.5+ GPA, are in good standing with their home campus, and have successfully completed an introductory biology course are eligible to apply.

To see information about how the credits would be apply at UCR for Biology and Entomolgy majors, please click here.  For general information about how how these courses would work for UCR students, click here.

More information is available on the course website.  For further questions, please send an email to: CAecology@ucop.edu.   

2017 Summer Research Program in Biophysics - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Interested in interdisciplinary science? Want to work in the fast growing area of biomedical research? Looking to learn new techniques through hands-on lab experience this summer? If so, then check out the Biophysical Society’s Summer Research Program in Biophysics, an 11-week scholarship program hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  
Priority Application Deadline: February 15, 2017. See this flyer for more details.


MS to PhD Program at Cal State LA
Cal State LA offers a variety of Master's of Science programs and is currently offering the opportunity to apply for the RISE MS-to-PhD Program, which can provide students who qualify with substantial financial support to pursue a graduate degree in the sciences.
Please see this flyer for more information and you can find the RISE MS-to-PhD Program application, which is due February 15, 2017, HERE.
ECOSYSTEM Field Studies
ECOSYSTEM Field Studies is now accepting application for their winter-break  field course: Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies.
Find out more information HERE or visit, EcoFS.org
NASA's Applied Sciences' Capacity Building DEVELOP National Program
NASA is offering a chance to DEVELOP your career. To learn more click HERE.
Summer Research at Caltech
Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students.
Please click on the links below for more information. WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech  AMGEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM at Caltech


Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2)
Please visit the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2) for information on Summer Research for Undergraduates Program.
Nestle Purina Internship Opportunities
For more information you can download their Career Connexion App or go to Nestlepurinacareers.com

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