Year 1: Field Course

June 14th – August 9th, 2020

During the first program summer, Scholars participate in a fully immersive, field-based course focused on collaborative research and interaction with a diversity of leaders in conservation and science. Scholars will gain skills in experiential leadership and communication and work closely with faculty, mentors and peers to conduct research projects of their own design in a variety of California’s spectacular landscapes and to report their findings.

UCSC’s Doris Duke Scholars Program is an opportunity for both education and adventure. The team of Scholars begin their program on the University of California Santa Cruz’s redwood-forested campus, then embark on travel to four University of California natural reserves and Yosemite National Park where Scholars will experience and study some of the most beautiful and iconic areas of California. Accommodations as we travel through the coast, mountains and desert will range from tent camping to cabins and historic lodges. Most camping supplies will be provided, so we only ask that you bring an open mind.

Big Sur, California

Field Course Sites

UC Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
Big Creek Reserve (Big Sur, CA)
Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL)
Crooked Creek White Mountain Research Station (Bishop, CA)
Yosemite National Park Reserve
Point Reyes Field Station (Point Reyes, California)
Blue Oak Ranch Reserve (San Jose, California)

During the school year

Scholars and staff work together to identify a mentor at their home institutions who can support them throughout their academic career. Throughout the school year, program staff are available and check in quarterly with Scholars to support their academic success and goals.

Year 2: Internship

Scholars pursue eight-week conservation practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies. Groups of two to four Scholars work with a professional mentor at their chosen internship site to gain professional experience and expand their networks.

Internships can range widely to match Scholars’ interests, from conservation marketing to water economics, solving wildlife crimes, designing museum projects and engineering sensors to monitor endangered species.

Yosemite, California