faculty-student interactions

Grad school and career exploration

Fallen Leaf Lake
Sunset over Fallen Leaf Lake in the Sierra. Photo credit: Andrea McMillin.

Our established professional development program addresses critical skills essential for academic and non-academic careers in environmental biology and complements research activities. Topics include crafting and delivering short research descriptions, the application process for graduate study, drafting and revising statements of purpose, writing abstracts, and preparing posters. 

We also include instruction in responsible conduct of research using improv scenarios that scientists might encounter during their careers. These provide students with an engaging introduction into research ethics with guided discussion of pathways to resolution, local and general resources, and readings.

Guest speaks and panels include...

  • faculty to offer comments on preparing a competitive graduate school application
  • graduate students who share their experiences with applying for and entering graduate study
  • agency and NGO staff from the nearby state capital of Sacramento to describe possible trajectories into non-academic careers and policy-making.

EEREC REU scholars also will participate in a weekly journal club to read both classic and "hot topic" papers from the primary literature in ecological and evolutionary biology.

Rising seniors may participate in an optional weekly workshop that occurs after the end of the program, mid-August through mid October, to write proposals for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.