Regional CASC Early-Career & Training Opportunities

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The National and Regional CASCs are committed to supporting young and early-career scientists and managers. Read on to see a list of education and training opportunities offered by the regional CASCs. 

Alaska CASC 

Photo of three girls standing no a glacier in Alaska

Girls on Ice Alaska

Girls on Ice Alaska: Since 2012, the Alaska CASC has provided support to the Girls on Ice expedition program, one of four such programs empowering young Alaskan women to lead and succeed through science, art, and wilderness exploration. Designed for 16- and 17-year-old girls, these 12-day, tuition-free wilderness programs weave scientific investigation, artistic inquiry, and backcountry travel on trips led by female-identifying instructor teams. Each year, these teams camp in, explore, and study the respective landscapes of the Alaska Range’s Gulkana Glacier, Northwestern Fjord, and Kachemak Bay. Program goals are to increase the participation and diversity of women in field sciences, art, and outdoor recreation; to foster young women’s self-confidence in their physical, intellectual, and leadership abilities while creating lifelong advocates for Earth science and wilderness stewardship; and to support a network for current early-career scientists, artists, and guides through continuing development opportunities and collaborations. 

 

Northeast CASC 

Northeast Fellows Program: The Northeast CASC provides an interdisciplinary forum for students and postdocs. In collaboration with consortium PIs and USGS staff, these early career researchers are essential for accomplishing the CASC research agenda and engaging with partners across the region. Fellows interact through regular virtual meetings and an annual in-person training to share their science and discuss stakeholder engagement, coproduction of knowledge, and science communication. Through research activities, mentorship, and peer-to-peer collaboration, Fellows are provided skill-building opportunities that expose them to priority management issues, engagement practice with key stakeholders, and experiential training in translational science. For more information, contact Addie Rose Holland (aholland@geo.umass.edu

 

Northwest CASC 

Research Fellowship Program: The Northwest CASC’s Research Fellowship Program enables graduate students and postdocs from a variety of scientific backgrounds to co-produce actionable science in collaboration with regional natural resource managers and decision-makers. Fellows receive support for research aligned with the NW CASC Science Agenda, as well as instruction in the principles and practices of co-production of decision-relevant, or actionable science. 

 

Pacific Islands CASC 

PI CASC Graduate Scholars Program: The Pacific Islands CASC funds full-time graduate students who are working toward advanced degrees. PI CASC Graduate Scholars participate in research and outreach projects that support their progress toward successful completion of their thesis and/or dissertation and valuable opportunities to further their education, while addressing the mission and vision of the PI CASC. Students attend several professional development workshops funded by the PI CASC or Hawaii Sea Grant, present their research at the PI CASC’s Student Research Symposium, give a public seminar on their research, and conduct other outreach activities. Questions can be directed to Dr. Darren Lerner (lerner@hawaii.edu). Web link coming soon. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program: The PI CASC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program is 10-week program designed to provide interested undergraduates the opportunity to gain valuable research experience, improve their skills in climate science, and expand their knowledge of environmental issues in Hawaiʻi and Guam, working with a faculty mentor on a climate-related research project that is aligned with the mission of the PI CASC University Consortium. Depending on their location, students who are accepted will be paired with an available researcher at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) at Mānoa, UH Hilo, or the University of Guam whose field of expertise and ongoing research in climate science and/or adaptation complements the expressed interests of the student. This fellowship is open to any undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior currently enrolled at any of the UH system campuses or UOG, or currently enrolled at another accredited four-year institution but graduated from a high school in Hawaiʻi or Guam. Questions can be directed to Dr. Rachel Lentz (rlentz@hawaii.edu). Web link coming soon. 

 

South Central CASC 

Early Career Researcher Workshop: Since 2014, this one week program of workforce development introduces the cohort of early-career researchers to the goals, structure, and unique research challenges of the South Central CASC. As part of the program, participants engage in a series of instructional presentations that cover climate science and impacts, Indigenous knowledge, co-production of actionable science, and science communication. Additionally, participants engage in small group activities that facilitate interdisciplinary research, and field trips showcasing how scientific results are used in the decision-making process. 

Climate 101 Workshops: The South Central CASC has conducted Climate 101 workshops for natural and cultural resource managers across the region. These Climate 101 workshops include an introduction to climate science, climate projections, and regional impacts of climate change. Each workshop is uniquely designed to meet the needs of our audience. If you’re interested in having a Climate 101 conducted for your organization or community, please contact the South Central CASC at info@southcentralclimate.org

 

Southeast CASC 

Global Change Fellowship Program: The Southeast CASC Global Change Graduate Fellows Program is designed to train the next generation of global change scientists by providing financial, scientific, and professional development support for graduate students who are interested in multi-disciplinary research. They come together across disciplines to discover, collaborate, and share their knowledge with diverse stakeholders. Additionally, students need to be dedicated to making the science related to climate change better, where better means more true, of a greater impact, or, as our land grant mission dictates, more ethical and just. This program is sponsored by the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center and NC State University. Applicants must be an NC State student and nominated by a SE CASC Faculty Affiliate. The nomination process begins in January of each year. 

 

Southwest CASC 

Natural Resources Workforce Development Fellowship: The Southwest CASC Natural Resources Workforce Development (NRWD) Fellowship was developed to provide graduate students with opportunities for training and practice in developing use-inspired and actionable science to inform natural resource management decisions. Key aspects of the training include methods to foster collaborations and the development of science that informs resource management decisions; gain experience in interacting and collaborating with natural resource management decision-makers, and provide experiences in effective communication of research results to enable use of that research. Each year, the fellowship will have a different science theme. The science theme for the 2020-2021 NRWD Fellowship is: Management in the Aftermath of Landscape-Scale Disturbances. The fellowship is open to graduate students enrolled in research-based thesis or dissertation-granting programs at the seven SW CASC consortium institutions. One applicant from each institution will be selected to take part in each fellowship cohort.

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