College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Opportunities 10/15/10

October 13, 2010

I. Biology Fellows Program Research Grant
II. USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program
III. The Cal Mentor-ship Program
IV. Wilderness and Civilization Program
V. Externship Program - Shadow a Cal Alum at Work over Winter Break

I. Biology Fellows Program Research Grant
Applications are now being accepted for the Biology Fellows Program SPRING Semester Research Grants. Since 1992 the Biology Fellows Program has provided research awards to Berkeley Undergraduates. The program offers:
-$1700 stipend for the semester
-faculty research seminars
-professional development workshops/events
-the opportunity for students to organize and present their research at the HHMI Undergraduate Research Symposium

Applications are due NOVEMBER 12th by 5PM in 2075 VLSB. Letters of recommendation can be sent to Letters are also due November 12th.

For more information, application guidelines, and how to apply, please visit

II. USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program
This opportunity is for Juniors and Seniors only. The submission deadline for students has been extended until November 1, 2010. This program garnered significant visibility and success over the last four years. It seeks to provide an opportunity for students studying agriculture to attend the 2011 Agricultural Outlook Forum in the Washington, DC area.

Please see the following website for more information, as well as details of the past program:

For more information, click here.

III. The Cal Mentorship Program
The Cal Mentorship Program, sponsored by The Cal Alumni Association, presents a Professional Development Training Session on Thursday November 4th from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Whether it be for a medical/graduate school admission interview, a luncheon with a sponsor from an engineering firm, or a company networking opportunity, everyone can take advantage of this training session! 15 minute sessions of key points will be conducted on formal table etiquette, cocktail party tips, and interview essentials. All Speakers are accomplished Cal Alumni Mentors. This event is FOR ALL MAJORS and is designed to help you showcase yourself in the best way possible.

Business Casual Attire! Refreshments will be served!

IV. Wilderness and Civilization Program
The University of Montana’s Wilderness Institute invites your students to participate in the fall 2011 Wilderness and Civilization Program, based in Missoula. For more than 30 years, the Wilderness Institute has been offering this innovative immersion program focused on conservation and environment in the Northern Rockies. Out-of-state students can participate as exchange students for the fall semester only or for an entire academic year. Offering a Minor in Wilderness Studies in just over one semester

Field Ecology and Conservation
In Wilderness and Civilization, a small community of 25 students gets the best of both worlds: campus and field learning. Students spend 30 days in the field throughout the program, learning firsthand how the ecology, politics, history, and culture of a place shape conservation efforts. Field trips include a ten-day backpack into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area and shorter trips to Yellowstone National Park, the Flathead Reservation, and the Blackfoot, Bitterroot and Mission Valleys. Field trips complement campus-based classes by exploring the specific ways that managers, community activists, tribal members, and landowners meet today’s conservation challenges.

Small Learning Community
Program courses at the University of Montana campus are limited to Wilderness and Civilization students to encourage critical thinking and creative problem-solving. Students study wilderness and conservation issues from a variety of perspectives including literature, policy, art, ecology, economics, and Native American studies. Classes are taught by faculty from across campus, teachers who bring unique experience and expertise to the program and share a remarkable dedication to student learning. Program faculty include award-winning teachers, internationally-renowned scientists, and inspiring artists and writers. Students earn a Wilderness Studies Minor upon successful completion of the program.

Practical Experience through Internships
Students learn practical skills and build their resumes through internships specifically focused on an area of their interest. Wilderness and Civilization students are placed with one of hundreds of educational, agency, and non-profit organizations in the Missoula area.

Apply Now
Because the Wilderness and Civilization Program is limited to 25 students, interested students need to apply soon. Applications can be obtained online at The program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any major with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. We encourage participation of out-of-state students through National Student Exchange and other similar programs. ^ There is a rolling admissions policy through February 15th. The general application deadline is April 1st.

For more information visit or email Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.

Wilderness and Civilization Program Courses and schedule:
Fall Semester 2011 (17 credits)
* Wilderness and Civilization, RSCN 373, 3 credits
* Literature and the Environment/Honors, LIT 373L (meets upper division writing requirement), 3 credits
* Ecological Perspectives of Native Americans, NAS 303EX, 3 credits
* Conservation Ecology/Honors; RSCN 271N, 3 credits
* Wildland Conservation Policy and Governance, RSCN 370S, 3 credits
* Wilderness and Civilization Field Studies I, RSCN 273, 2 credits

Wintersession 2012 ^ (one week intensive in late January) (3 credits)
* Environmental Drawing Seminar, ART 324A, 3 credits

Spring Semester 2012 ^ (4 credits)
* Wilderness and Civilization Field Studies II, RSCN 273, 1 credit
* Internship/Service Learning, RSCN 398, 2 credits
* Wilderness Issues Lecture Series, RECM/EVST 371, 1 credit

While exchange students are encouraged to remain in residency at UM during the spring semester, program requirements can be completed from their home college or university. Please contact us to learn more about options for exchange students.

Freshmen and sophomore students can now apply for Winter 2011 externships. The variety is remarkable, with new opportunities not only in California, but in Korea, Ecuador, and Brazil, among other locations. Pell Grant recipients and students with disabilities will again be eligible for a travel stipend to defray part of their transportation costs. Below is a brief blurb that can be used for outreach purposes. If you work with a particular constituency, you may want to view the Externship website and peruse the listings to highlight several that may appeal to the populations that you serve.

Beginning Tues., Nov. 2nd, unfilled externships will be open to all undergraduates. We will keep you posted about new deadlines and provide you with up-to-date information.

V. Externship Program - Shadow a Cal Alum at Work over Winter Break
Want to know if a career field is right for you? An externship is a chance for you to get an insider's view of a career field by shadowing Cal alumni in their workplaces for a day to 2 weeks during the January 2011 Winter Break.
You can find out what it's like to be a doctor, news reporter, architect, engineer, teacher, social worker, writer, scientist, consultant, attorney, IT analyst, professor, financial advisor etc.

Observe the day-to-day activities of your Cal alumni sponsor, discuss specific jobs and careers with alumni and their colleagues, and sometimes obtain limited hands-on experience. Externships are available in various career fields in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Washington, DC and other locations.

This program is open to currently enrolled UC Berkeley Freshmen and Sophomores only.

Go to: for externship listings, information and application materials.

Deadline to apply: Monday, October 29, 2010, 5:00pm
Next Info Session: Oct. 20th, 6p -7p, 166 Barrows

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