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Off-Campus Research Opportunities

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Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) in Plant Ecology & Evolution at UC Santa Barbara 

Interested in gaining hands-on experience in ecological and evolutionary research?  Apply to join a UCSB research team for summer 2019 to investigate the process of natural selection in four populations of the widespread California native wildflower, Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii). This research team is investigating wild populations along the length of the state to gain insight into the effects of rainfall and temperature regimes on the strength and direction of natural selection on life history and reproductive traits. Participants in this REU project will spend the summer at UCSB, conducting a combination of greenhouse-and lab-based activities.  Please feel flyer below or click here for more details.  Deadline to apply: March 15, 2019.


Scholarship Open to All Majors through the UCR School of Public Policy

The UCR School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2018-2019 Charles D. Field Endowed Scholarship funded by the Western Municipal Water District.  Each year SPP awards this scholarship ranging from $850 to a deserving UCR undergraduate student.

Selection Guidelines are as follows:

  • Must be studying in a water-related field or area of study that will lead to water related profession.
  • Students DO NOT need to be public policy majors to apply
  • Must be an undergraduate with junior or senior standing
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better

Application Process:

Applications must be submitted no later than end of day Monday, March 25th 2019. Finalists will be notified in early April and scheduled for an interview with SPP faculty and staff. Scholarship recipient with be notified by early Spring quarter. Please refer any questions to Laura Sosa at laura.sosa@ucr.edu


UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Program

The Natural Reserve System of the University of California is accepting applications for the 2019 academic year offerings of the UC Natural Reserve System field course, California Ecology and Conservation. See the flyer below for more information on the 2019 deadlines to apply for this program as well the instruction dates for the term in which you would plan to participate.   


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.   

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 visit their website for more information: http://www.calstatela.edu/centers/moreprograms/rise/risephd.htm.

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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