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Undergraduate Opportunities


UCR NRS Inclusivity Internship

An undergraduate summer internship to students to gain field experience working at UCR's Natural Reserves. This is a 8 week program where students will be paired with a faculty person or mentor working at a reserve. Sponsored by generous donations from Mary Price and Nick Waser .

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California Ecology and Conservation Course

California Ecology and Conservation is an undergraduate field program that brings together students from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive scientific training at NRS reserves. Guided by experienced field instructors, students complete a series of increasingly independent research studies while learning to detect natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and apply field techniques. At the conclusion of each project, students analyze their data and present their findings in oral presentations, posters, and written reports. Students hone their research, public speaking, and scientific writing skills with constant practice and feedback while gaining a working familiarity with California’s diverse ecosystems.

Complete your application in MyUCR Abroad: This ensures you will receive academic credit and financial aid. Once in MyUCR Abroad, please go to the Search Programs tab, or you can follow this direct link: California Ecology & Conservation, Natural Reserve System (Quarter).  (Although the NRS program is not an education abroad program at UCR, the application is managed through the UCEAP Systemwide Office, please do not use the system called MyEAP). If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about the MyUCR Abroad application, please contact They are also available in our Zoom EA CHAT ROOM M-F from 11am-5pm.

Application deadlines can be found here.

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Field Science Fellowship

The NRS Field Science Fellowship provides financial support to UC undergraduate-faculty teams conducting scientific research in the field at NRS reserves. The fellowships enable students to focus on gaining valuable hands-on research experience under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Each $6,000 award consists of a $5,000 student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs.

Application deadline for summer 2022 is January 20th. More information on applying here.

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The Swarth Fogel NRS Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The Swarth Fogel Undergraduate NRS Research Fellowship provides up to $1,000 to UC Merced undergraduates working with a UC Merced faculty or staff member on research at one of the campus’s four field stations, including the NRS’s Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve and Yosemite Field Station. Students from backgrounds that have traditionally been excluded from scientific and field science research are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students who have made or are making substantial contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion and access in science, technology, and mathematics (STEM) fields and/or research.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates

There are a number of National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs that work at field stations. These are national programs, you will find several listed here through the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS). Note, some listings may be out of date, check the home institution/ university for the most up to date information. A full list of all REU Programs can be found  here .

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UCR College of Natural Resources Scholarships

The UC Riverside's College of Natural Resources (CNAS) has information on scholarships and a searchable database of opportunities. Many of these applications are due in October annually, make sure to check back. 

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