Year 1: Field Course
June 16th – August 13th, 2017
During the first program summer, Scholars participate in an intensive, 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.
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.