California Ecology and Conservation brings together 27 undergraduates from across the UC system for seven weeks of immersion learning at NRS reserves. Experienced field instructors help undergraduates transform into scientists. Students complete a series of increasingly dependent 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 and who have successfully completed an introductory biology course are eligible.
More information is available on the course website: http://www.ucnrs.org/teaching/cec.html
UC Natural Reserve System Field Studies Program: California Ecology and Conservation applications for Fall 2016 are due April 18th.
The Fall 2015 inaugural program with 27 students representing seven of the UC campuses was a tremendous success. The course fee has been lowered from $3,500 to $3,200 (starting Summer 2016). In addition, UC students who have completed a study abroad program through UC Education Abroad Program will receive a $600 discount, bringing the course fee down to $2,600. The course fee, which is charged in addition to tuition, covers the cost of food, lodging, and transportation for the term. Several sources of financial assistance are available; more details are listed on the course website.