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Apply Now for Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates (SEE-U)

Apply now for the next rolling admission for the Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates (SEE-U) program by March 28th. The SEE-U program provides undergraduate students of all majors from all accredited colleges or universities with a global understanding of ecology and environmental sustainability. It provides students with the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in unique natural settings in addition to participation in a combination of classroom lectures and lab work. Need-based fellowships are available in amounts up to $3,000 for our 6 credit programs at all field sites. To apply for a fellowship simply fill out that portion of the application.

Amman, Aqaba, Dana, and Wadi Mujib
5 weeks, 6 credits
May 21 – June 23, 2011
You will embark in the exploration and appreciation of Jordan’s ecology through coursework and field research. This location is ideal for biodiversity studies, as a wide variety of flora and fauna are found in Jordan’s wetland, marine, freshwater, desert, and forest ecosystems.

The Atlantic Forest
Sao Paulo, Brazil
5 weeks, 6 credits
May 21 – June 25, 2011
The Atlantic Forest is one of the most endangered regions in the world. You will work and live in some of the largest remaining tracts of this diverse forest. Tropical flora and fauna abound here, including several endangered primates.

Puerto Rico
El Yunque National Forest
5 weeks, 6 credits
May 28 – July 2, 2011
The SEE-U Puerto Rico course is based at the El Verde Field Station, a premier research facility operated by the Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies at the University of Puerto Rico. The Station is within Puerto Rico’s treasured Caribbean National Forest, El Yunque, a national forest with the distinction of being the only tropical forest within the United States Forest System (USFS).

The Dominican Republic
Punta Cana
5 weeks, 6 credits
July 9 – August 13, 2011
Our beautiful coastal Caribbean biome will permit you to study a variety of marine and coastal life. The impact of human activity on this fragile biome, which is a popular tourist destination, makes this trip an excellent learning opportunity.

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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