CCS Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities


There are many ways that current and prospective students can engage with us at the Center for Community and Citizen Science. In general research centers on campus can provide a valuable opportunity for students to:

  • Gain experience, build your resumé, and references for future jobs;
  • Advance your academic work;
  • Expand your network of colleagues on campus and beyond; and
  • Better understand the inner workings of the University, and the many roles that people play in this sprawling institution.
  • Find a community of fun people.

The graduate and undergraduate students who work with us are a crucial part of our community, bringing valuable energy, perspectives, and experience to our inherently interdisciplinary group. If you’re interested in getting involved, click here to read more and get plugged in.

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ECL290: A Course on Community and Citizen Science in Conservation

This coming spring, the Center for Community and Citizen Science will be offering a 2 unit “Community and Citizen Science in Conservation” course at UC Davis. The course will involve weekly discussion and exploration of  community and citizen science (CCS) approaches and applications broadly related to conservation. With an emphasis on recent academic literature, each session will focus on a different topic such as equity and justice, project design and implementation, and participant and conservation benefits.


CCS in Conservation Fellowship

Training, mentorship, and funding for graduate students in conservation

Effective conservation brings together research, partnerships across disciplines and sectors, and a commitment to iterative learning that supports long-term stewardship. In conservation science, community and citizen science (CCS) approaches can be especially powerful and yield valuable data while also advancing other parts of a conservation program, such as education and community engagement. However, formal training in CCS is not yet widely available for graduate students pursuing degrees in conservation science. Whatever their career paths, graduate students can benefit from an awareness of, and experiences with CCS approaches, applied in a conservation context.

The UC Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science has launched the Community and Citizen Science in Conservation Fellowship to provide graduate students in conservation with the opportunity for training, funding, and guided hands-on experience with CCS. To qualify for the fellowship, graduate students must complete a 10-week seminar in the spring exploring CCS approaches and applications broadly related to conservation. Accepted fellows will be rewarded a stipend for research support and given mentorship and professional development opportunities throughout the following academic year.

Find more information about the spring 2023 seminar in CCS in Conservation here.

Read more about the 2022 CCSiC Fellows here.

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