Conservation Matters September 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Applied biodiversity scholars program applications due Oct. 9

Applied biodiversity scholars program applications due Oct. 9

The Applied Biodiversity Science Conservation Scholars Program, an undergraduate internship program open to all undergraduates at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M – Galveston, is accepting applications through Oct. 9.

The program is seeking applications for internship positions from undergraduate students interested in local issues related to the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and energy development and on broader questions of the relationships between energy development, energy policy and natural resources.

Funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the program is led by Dr. Thomas Lacher, professor in Texas A&M’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.

Each intern will receive a small research stipend through a faculty advisor to conduct baseline research and associated travel related to a proposed summer internship opportunity, available over the fall and spring semesters. The student will then spend one month working in a state or federal agency, nongovernmental organization, private entity or research facility, fully funded by the program, to gain hands-on experience on issues related to natural resource management and energy development. The majority of interns will be focused on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. A limited number of internships will be designed to work on broader questions that are applicable globally as well as to the Gulf of Mexico.

The program anticipates funding 15 student awards in 2015–2016. For detailed application instructions, see the program’s website. Submissions are due by Oct. 9 to

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