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Student Goals

Intellectual: Students gain knowledge, skills and appreciation for both ecological scholarship and translational ecology as they:

  • Develop strong research and inquiry skills
  • Gain deeper knowledge in the field of ecology
  • Understand key linkages between ecology and society, including those to policy/management, communication and education
  • Acquire skills and practice in connecting ecological research to policy/management, communication and education

Personal, social and professional: Students develop identities as scholars and translators of ecology, and are better able to choose and pursue a career as they:

  • Become more confident in their ability to do independent research
  • Experience the enjoyment of working with the environment and research
  • Begin to understand the rewards and requirements for translational ecology
  • Learn how to effectively interact with colleagues, advisors, mentors, and (to a lesser extent), people outside the field of ecology
  • Build positive relationships and networks to support their future career development
  • Become reflective practitioners of ecological research and translational ecology
  • Appreciate the benefits and challenges of different career options in ecology

Programmatic Goals

The Cary-REU program contributes to the field of ecology as we:

  • Engage a diverse group of students – by race, background, type of school, career interest, and perspective - in the field
  • Generate new knowledge on a wide array of ecological questions with a view to topics that impact a broader audience
  • Provide innovative and effective training for a new generation of translational ecologists, prepared for the new challenges and opportunities they will encounter
  • Contribute to our understanding of the roles that research experience and reflection play in undergraduate learning and vocational development.