Conservation Paleobiology Undergraduate Student Fellows Program (2023)

The Conservation Paleobiology Network, based at the University of Florida, will be sponsoring Undergraduate Student Fellows to attend the Conservation Paleobiology Symposium February 17-20, 2023. This is a unique learning, networking, and career-building opportunity, which students can list on future graduate school and job applications, as well as get a better understanding of their own interests. Students must apply to be considered, and if accepted will be supported by mentors during the conference, given a certificate of completion, and a stipend (if all required tasks are completed).

Who is eligible?: This opportunity is open to University of Florida undergraduate students who are from historically under-represented groups (defined by race, ethnicity, gender, disability, socioeconomic status, etc.). Students from any department/major can apply, including students whose focus of study falls outside of the scientific disciplines (e.g., journalism, humanities, undecided major, etc.).

Requirements of the Undergraduate Fellows:

  1. Register for the symposium/conference by the application deadline of Feb 10th. This is FREE. Use the registration button on the main conference page.
  2. Feb 17 or 18 (Friday or Saturday): Check in at the registration desk (Hilton Convention Center, across from the west side of UF main campus) to sign in and receive your name badge.
  3. Feb 17, 18 or 19 (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday): Attend at least 10 talks/presentations. List the titles of the talks you attended.
  4. Attend one activity, workshop, museum self-guided tour, or field trip (Note that field trips are Monday, and some activities you must register for in advance. Contact conservationpaleo@floridamuseum.ufl.edu if you have questions about this requirement).
  5. Attend the Saturday poster session, meet with one of your assigned mentors during this session and talk to poster presenters (you may need to communicate with your mentor in advance to introduce yourself).
  6. Meet up with one of your assigned mentors at one coffee break (again, you may need to communicate with your mentor in advance to introduce yourself and arrange when to meet).
  7. Write a one page (200-300 words) summary of your experience describing some things that you learned from above activities.
  8. Participate in a focus group meeting after the conference (time/date to be determined).

Oversight: Your assigned mentor(s) will sign off on above required tasks that are completed, and documentation of completed tasks should be submitted as email attachment to conservationpaleo@floridamuseum.ufl.edu by 5pm Friday, February 24.

What the Undergraduate Fellows will receive: If all required activities above are successfully completed, each fellow will receive a Certificate of Completion, a $200 stipend, and be listed on our webpage as a Conservation Paleobiology Student Fellow. This is a unique learning, networking, and career-building opportunity, which students can list on future graduate school and job applications, as well as get a better understanding of their own interests.

If you are interested, please fill out the application below. The deadline to apply is February 10th, 5pm. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by February 13, 5pm.