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CNR News

January 23, 2013

Jan 28 | SPUR Faculty-Initiated Projects Deadline
Jan 29 | "Spring" Into Success: How to Bounce Forward in Your Academics
Feb 8 | CNR Honors Program Enrollment Deadline: Friday, February 8, 4:00 PM
March 15 | UC Forestry Summer Field Program at Baker Forest

Jan 28 | SPUR Faculty-Initiated Projects Deadline

Each semester and summer, CNR students may apply to participate in undergraduate research with CNR faculty through the Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) program. Funding for the program is generously donated by CNR alumni. CNR faculty will be seeking sophomores, juniors, and seniors to join them and/or their grad students on research projects for the spring semester. To apply, students will need a resume, unofficial copy of their transcript, and a statement/cover letter.

Deadline to Apply:
Students apply online to Faculty-Initiated Projects between January 7-28 (Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors). Available projects can be accessed on the SPUR website by clicking on the "Find a Faculty Project" under the Overview tab:

Please visit the SPUR website:
Or contact Carina Galicia,

CNR students are also encouraged to check out URAP (Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program) Fall Research Opportunities.

Jan 29 | "Spring" Into Success: How to Bounce Forward in Your Academics

Tuesday, January 29, 5-6:30pm, 260 Mulford Hall

Looking to improve your academics this semester? Looking to turn that “C” into a “B”? Come to this interactive workshop where CNR advisors will work with you on things like assessing why you aren’t performing as well as you’d like, understanding your GPA, how to salvage your semester, setting goals, and staying motivated. Bring your spring semester schedule and copy of your transcript if you have scheduling planning questions for your advisor.

Feb 8 | CNR Honors Program Enrollment Deadline: Friday, February 8, 4:00 PM

CNR students who have attained junior status, have a 3.6 GPA and two semesters remaining to complete a two semester honors research project are eligible to undertake CNR Honors research. Students must submit the H196 Enrollment form to their major advisor by Friday, February 8, 4:00 PM. Students must have their faculty research mentor's signature, and a copy of their honors research proposal (title, abstract, background, objectives and hypothesis, methods, timeline).

Program Guidelines:
• All honors students must be on campus for their two semesters of research (no EAP, no summer).
• A minimum GPA of 3.6 must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.
• All honors students must present their research at the end of their second semester at the CNR Undergraduate Honors Symposium.
• A copy of the H196 Enrollment Form is attached. It is also available on the CNR Honors website at the link below.
• Transfer students must complete at least one semester at UCB and eligibility is only based upon UCB GPA. Junior transfer students are encouraged to undertake their Honors research their senior year.
• Some students are doing research with a research mentor outside CNR. They must get their research mentor's signature and also they must have a CNR faculty sponsor who will be responsible for their grade.

For more information about the Honors program and a list of participants and their research topics from previous years, please see the CNR Honors website:

The H196 Enrollment Form is available for download here.

Contact Carina Galicia,, 260 Mulford Hall, if you have any questions.

March 15 | UC Forestry Summer Field Program at Baker Forest

June 23, 2013 – August 16, 2013

Meadow Valley, CA

In the beautiful mountains of the Plumas National Forest, the UC Summer Forestry Field Camp provides students a unique opportunity to study the biota, soils, and geology of the Feather River Country. Tall ponderosa and sugar pines tower over the area, with white fir, Douglas- fir, incense-cedar, and black oak intermixed in the dense forests. Several streams pass through the camp. Housing is provided in cabins and bunkhouses, with a central kitchen and dining facility with a large campfire area in front. Easy hiking to waterfalls, lakes, and mountain meadows is enjoyed by residents.

The overall goal of the Summer Field Program is to provide an introduction to the scientific and professional dimensions of forest and wildland resource management. Students participating in the program learn about ecology, forest, range and wildlife management, measurements, forest operations and products. At the end of the eight-week program, students will have broad, working knowledge of concepts and techniques used by wildland resource managers. The experience of studying these topics in a field setting inevitably enriches students’ subsequent on-campus academic studies.

Specific objectives of the Summer Field Program include:
• Provide experience with both the ecological and social aspects of wildland environments
• Introduce students to professional practice in the various resource management fields
• Introduce basic subject matter in ecology, measurement and inventory systems, and
resource management
• Teach field skills
• Develop close student and student-faculty relationships

Application materials and camp information are attached and also can be found at

Summer 2013 application deadline: Friday, March 15th, 5pm to 260 Mulford Hall. Applicants will be notified by email sometime in April.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Forestry Field Program Director Rick Standiford at or Forestry and Natural Resources Undergraduate Advisor Eva Wong at