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 Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program!


Applications are now available and will close at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Each March the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program selects 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  Each summer Scholars receive a $4400 stipend and funding to cover travel, room, and board.  Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife, and water.

During the first year, Scholars participate in an eight-week, immersive field course on conservation practice, leadership, and ecological research while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors through California.  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations, labs, and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support and continue to provide mentoring beyond the program.

We serve college freshmen, sophomores, transfers and juniors with two or more years of college left, who attend or are in the process of transferring to any four-year institution in the US and its territories.  All U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program1, indigenous individuals exercising rights associated with the Jay Treaty of 1794, political asylees, and refugees, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation are eligible.

Applications are now available and will close at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Upcoming Deadlines and Events

NRS Field Science Fellowship

Deadline for Summer 2020 is February 7, 2020.

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Field Science Fellowship, a new undergraduate research program sponsored by the University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS).

The NRS Field Science Fellowship provides financial support to UC undergraduate-faculty teams conducting scientific research in the field at NRS reserves. The fellowships enable students to focus on gaining valuable hands-on research experience under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Each $6,000 award consists of a $5,000 student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs. A maximum of $24,000 will be awarded annually.

Projects enabling the student to perform full-time research over the summer are preferred. However, we will also consider proposals that explain why the research must be conducted during another season, and how the student will be able to accomplish the research while enrolled in classes during the academic year.

Funding for the Field Science Fellowships are made possible through the Samuelsen Conservation Scholars Initiative.

Access and inclusion

All applications are welcomed and will be considered. We especially invite applications from students from ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences, including but not limited to African-American, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and first-generation college students.

Application information

Eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, and complete application information can be found here. The application deadline for Summer 2020 is February 7, 2020.

The Norris Center for Natural History

Now accepting applications now through January 14, 2,020 and anticipate selecting four to five projects. 

The Norris Center for Natural History is now soliciting proposals from scientific researchers (faculty, post-docs, graduate students, or reserve managers) to work with a student artist who will create art inspired by the scientific research. The goal of the program is to fund and support creative communication opportunities for science research and student artist professional development.

The project can be to either complete a needed artwork for a specific research project or to collaboratively generate something new. Examples of projects could be animations about complicated processes; creatively communicating outcomes of your research to a wider audience; or collaborating to develop an open-ended project with a student to create art inspired by your research in discussion with you. The collaborative approach often has fascinating and unexpected outcomes that lend themselves to further scientific inquiry – visit https://norriscenter.ucsc.edu/art/science-art-residency/index.html for examples of previous Norris Center art-science residency projects.

If selected, the Norris Center will fund the resident artist’s stipend ($1,500 max, which is approximately 75 hours of artist project time to be completed over the winter and spring quarters, with a project completion deadline of July 31st 2020, and a project materials budget of up to $150. If faculty or managers can contribute to part of the stipend or materials budget this will be reviewed favorably. We require that you be actively engaged in this project. This means that you will need to meet with the artist at least three times (and likely more), and that you provide ongoing feedback about the work as it is created. Student artists should gain an entry-level understanding about the research and be able to explain it to others at a popular science communication level. Artists will have access to specimens and materials in the Norris Center for Natural History, as well as art studio space if needed. Upon project completion, we require a short summary of the project (2-3 paragraphs) and images to feature on our website.

To apply, please send an email to Juniper Harrower (jharrower@ucsc.edu) discussing in under 500 words the kind of project that you have in mind and an approximation of how many hours you think it will take and any funding that you can contribute. If your project is selected, you will have the opportunity to pick the artist you would like to work with from a pre-screened group of art resident applicants, or you can suggest a student artist.

Faculty Director

Norris Center for Natural History

Norris Center Natural History Project Awards 

Applications due Thursday, February 6.

I am writing to announce the deadlines for the winter 2020 Norris Center students awards and fellowships.  This quarter our awards include:

Norris Center Natural History Project Awards are available to undergraduate students of any major doing natural history projects, including education and art – applications due Thursday February 6.

More information and application materials are available at https://norriscenter.ucsc.edu/education/student-funding-opportunities. Applications are also attached here. Please forward this to any undergraduates who you think may be interested.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would announce these award opportunities in your classes and any other groups of students you work with.

The Keeley Coastal Scholars program

 Student applications for the Keeley Coastal Scholarship are due to the Division of Social Sciences by Friday, February 21. 

This program supports undergraduate students from UC Santa Cruz with unmet financial aid need doing summer research or policy work connected to coastal sustainability. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000 per student with an associated $1,000 in support of the sponsoring faculty member.

Students must complete an online application form, and send their unofficial transcript, a project budget, and faculty support letter to my email address (pamdewey@ucsc.edu) by midnight on February 21.

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