The global climate is changing rapidly, already impacting both human and natural systems. Over the next few decades, changes in temperature, precipitation, and climatic variability are expected to drive even more change. As impacts become more pervasive, human and natural systems will accelerate adaptation. To face these challenges, the world needs a diverse group of leaders versed in the challenges of climate adaptation, aware of the multi-disciplinary nature of impacts, representative of the nation, capable of strong communication, and interested in policy-relevant science.
The goals of the Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow Program are to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), cultivate the next generation of climate scientists and foster climate science programs at Minority Serving Institutions (Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal College and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions)
Undergraduate research experience, features and benefits include building your climate science skills, training, and development for two years, joining a cohort of 12 undergraduate students with common interests across the U.S., leading an undergraduate research project in your area of interest at a leading university, building strong professional partnerships with a scientist-mentor, graduate students, and faculty scholars, engaging in university programs to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion and participating in trainings to prepare for a career in climate adaptation science.
Participants must be enrolled as a student, full-time, at an accredited academic institution (community college, college, or university) and must be rising sophomores or juniors. Participants must be in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher). Students from populations historically underrepresented in the sciences are especially encouraged to apply.
Program provides 10 weeks of room and board for two summers, a stipend for two summers (depends on location, minimum of $3,500 per summer), funds for round-trip travel to site. Medical/health insurance is not provided.
Full dedication to learn and build skills in two, 10-week summer research experiences. Regular and meaningful interaction with your mentor, clarifying responsibilities, expectation, timelines, and communication preferences. Active participation in development and training events: multiple during the summer programs and two during the academic year. Foster a culture of respect, integrity, collaboration, and inclusion. Produce a final report and deliver an oral presentation of your research and program experience. Participate in program evaluations during and after program completion and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the program.
Program Locations include Auburn University, Louisiana State University, University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Massachusetts Amherst.