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.
California Ecology and Conservation brings together 27 undergraduates from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive learning at NRS reserves. Students will:
- Complete a series of increasingly independent research studies
- Learn to notice natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and practice standard field techniques
- Analyze their data and present their findings in oral presentations and written reports at the conclusion of each project
- Hone their research, public speaking, and scientific writing skills with constant practice and feedback
- Gain a working familiarity with California’s diverse ecosystems
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. International students seeking their degree from the University of California are welcome to apply to the program. Unfortunately, international short-term students (one year or less) are not eligible.