Regional CASC Education & 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. 

Fellowship Programs

Every year, each regional CASC supports a group of fellows to conduct research that aligns with the mission of the CASC network. Through these programs, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers are able to broaden their network of fellow scientists and managers and receive support to pursue their research interests. Explore individual CASC websites or contact a CASC of interest to learn more about fellowship opportunities offered in a specific region.

Training Opportunities

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Early Career Climate Forum: The Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) is a group of early career scientists, managers and others working at the science management interface on climate change issues. The intention of this online community is to be a science-based, neutral venue for communication, collaboration, and professional development for members and supporters, primarily those affiliated with the CASC, and to be an accessible outlet, forging bridges between people who study climate and its social-ecological impacts, with others who wish to learn about climate science.

Northwest Climate Boot Camp: The Northwest CASC's Climate Boot Camp is an annual opportunity for graduate students and early career professionals from universities, Tribes, state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to spend a week in a rural location to improve their climate science knowledge and skills. Through carefully-planned field trips, skill-building exercises and classroom activities, Climate Boot Camp Fellows deepen their understanding of basic climate science, science communication and the science-policy interface. 

South Central Undergraduate Minority Internship ProgramThe South Central CASC offers an undergraduate summer internship opportunity for students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Interns are involved in hands-on activities related to climate research that allow them to see the direct impacts of climate variability and change on forest ecosystems in Oklahoma, coastal areas in Louisiana, and the Texas Hill Country. 

Southeast Global Change Fellows: The Southeast CASC supports approximately 15 fellows each academic year who are interested in multi-disciplinary research related to climate and global change. In addition to receiving financial, scientific, and professional development support throughout the year, fellows are required to participate in several formal courses on climate science and structured decision making.

Girls on Ice - AlaskaGirls on Ice Alaska is a tuition-free science, mountaineering, camping, and art instruction program for high school girls. The Alaska CASC is a primary supporter of the program which takes place on Alaska’s Gulkana Glacier—one of two USGS benchmark glaciers in Alaska. The program provides a unique educational wilderness adventure to girls who may not otherwise have such an opportunity.

Northeast Fellows RetreatThis annual retreat for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is hosted by the Northeast CASC. Students gather to share their research, meet with natural resource managers, develop interdisciplinary connections and collaborations, and learn about climate impacts to local ecosystems and communities.