DDCSP Collaborative (UF, UA, UI, CU, NCSU) Application, 2014

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is an exciting opportunity for undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues and cultural diversity to receive training, support, mentorship, and approximately $10,000 over two years for paid research experiences and internships. Students will also receive a $1000 housing stipend each summer. Scholars will participate in an intensive conservation skills and leadership program; work with agency, faculty and graduate student mentors on paid group research projects and internships; attend national meetings; and engage in mentoring and social networks.

    Program Eligibility

    Students that are currently enrolled at or planning to attend any one of the five collaborating universities (University of Florida, University of Arizona, Cornell University, and University of Idaho, and North Carolina State University) and are planning to graduate in Spring of 2016 or later are eligible for the program*. Five students will be selected at each collaborating university per year. Participation in the 2014 class of scholars is contingent upon acceptance into a collaborating university for the Fall 2014 semester. *If you have questions about your eligibility please contact ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu.

    Application Deadline

    The application deadline has been extended to February 25th.

    Application Instructions

    To apply to the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at one of the 5 participating universities, you will need to complete the following three steps: 1) Fill out the electronic application form (this form). 2) Provide your college and high school transcripts. High school transcripts are optional but encouraged. Unofficial copies are fine, and they are much easier for you to obtain. You can scan your transcripts and send them as pdfs by email to ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu. 3) Provide two letters of recommendation. These can be from teachers, professors, or mentors. The online application form has five sections: 1) In the first section, you will provide basic information about yourself and your academic and work history. 2) In the second section, you will complete 2 long essay questions and 3 shorter essay questions that will help us get to know you better. 3) In the third section, we ask you to commit to the conditions of the award. 4) In the fourth section we ask you for contact information for your two references. 5) The fifth and final section is optional and asks for some information on your background that is for statistical purposes only. Your responses are entirely voluntary and this information will be separated from your application and will not be used to evaluate your application. The selection criteria are listed at the end of this application. If you are having trouble with any of the questions or application itself you can email or call Director Rena Borkhataria at ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu or 561-993-1599. You are welcome to ask about the status of your application at any point by sending an email to ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu.

    Editing your application

    You may edit this form at any time up to the application deadline. In order to save your work and come back to it, you must click "submit" at the bottom of the application. After you submit the form, you will receive a message on the screen with a link to "edit the form". SAVE THAT LINK! You can click on it any time prior to the deadline to edit your application. Please send an email to ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu if you have questions during the application process.

    Part One:

    Contact information

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    Permanent Address

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    Address at school (if different from home address)

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    Parent's or Guardian's Contact Information

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    Academic information

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    Please report your test scores

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    Activities and Experience

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    Essay Questions

    We would like you to answer 2 longer essay questions (up to 750 words) and 3 shorter essay questions (up to 350 words). The last short essay question is optional. We will use your answers to these questions to gauge your interest in and commitment to conservation and to assess your interest and experience in working to foster diversity and the inclusion of underrepresented groups. We recommend that you write your essays with word processing software, such as MS Word, to check for grammar, spelling, and word count before copying and pasting your responses here. Use two hard returns (press enter twice) to separate paragraphs with a space.
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    Part 3: Acceptance of Award Conditions

    If you are selected for the program and decide to accept the award, the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program requires a 2 year commitment from awardees. Awardees are expected to be good citizens within the program and are required to participate in Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program activities. Please review the following list of award conditions and indicate your acceptance of all conditions by checking the boxes to the left (please note that you are not committing to accept the award by agreeing to these conditions).
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    By submitting this application, and for consideration received by you (including our review of your application), you agree that (a) all or any portion of all photographs, videotaped or electronic images, and voice recordings of you and of your written work and application materials, related to your activities in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, may be used for illustration, advertising, fundraising, publication and any other purpose by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the University of Florida, and our collaborating institutions in the program to the extent required by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in connection with providing funding for your participation in the Program; and (b) unless you inform the University of Florida Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program coordinator otherwise in writing, all of the foregoing records may be used by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the University of Florida, and our collaborating institutions, as well as any others to whom the Foundation or University gives permission, for the purpose of illustration, advertising, fundraising, publication or any other purpose supporting the University’s or Foundation’s mission.

    Part Four: Letters of Recommendation

    Please request letters of recommendation from two people who have known you in a mentoring or teaching/learning capacity. They can be professors or teachers, community or organization leaders, or a current or former employer. What is important is that they have played a major role in your learning and education, will be able to write about your activities and successes, and can also speak to your level of desire and commitment to further conservation and work with people from underrepresented groups. While it is a courtesy to request letters of recommendation by phone or in person, we suggest following up your request with an email that includes instructions for submitting the letter. A link to a sample email will be made available on the "Apply" section of the DDCSP Collaboration's main web page (http://programs.ifas.ufl.edu/DDCSP/apply.shtml) Please have the letters sent to ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu by February 25, 2014.
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    Part Five: Optional questions

    This section is entirely voluntary. All responses will be separated from your application and will not be considered in the selection process. If you choose to answer the optional questions below, you are consenting to our disclosure of the data you provided in this section, without using your name, for Program statistical assessment and tracking. Note, the data will not be tied to you individually and will be used for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's and our assessment of the statistical demographics of the group participating in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program only.
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    Selection Criteria

    The criteria for selection of DDCF Conservation Scholars, among other relevant qualities, as assessed in the judgment of the University’s program leadership, are the following: --Completion or pending completion of at least one year of college-level work at the Collaborating Institutions* or at a feeder institution, and acceptance into a degree program at one of the Collaborating Institutions --Graduation expected in Spring of 2016 or later. --An interest in exploring opportunities to study and pursue careers in conservation fields --An interest in engagement in rigorous research experiences in conservation science --Intellectual capability to succeed in mathematics and science fields, whether or not presently majoring or minoring in a science or mathematics discipline as indicated by high school and college GPA and curriculum, other indicia of accomplishment and capability (individual circumstances that provide a context for these indicia and progress may weigh as heavily as cumulative accomplishment where appropriate in assessing individual applicants) --Demonstrated community service orientation, and personal qualities to succeed in conservation fields (including perseverance and resilience, ability to scale barriers, communication skills and other characteristics) --Being from a low socio-economic background and being the first in the family to attend college (socio-economic and first-generation status are not necessary for inclusion in the program, but are positive factors for selection) --Regardless of each applicant’s own race or ethnicity, demonstrated commitment and ability to break down barriers, to create a welcoming environment for all, and to foster inclusion and full participation in academic, co-curricular, research and/or service endeavors by all—including individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups. Each applicant will be assessed under the same criteria, holistically as an individual and as a member of the DDCF Conservation Scholars group, to assemble a Scholars group that will both benefit greatly from, and make substantial contributions to, the program. Qualified sophomores will be given preference in the selection process but highly qualified will also be considered and students can apply to the program in multiple years. *Collaborating institutions are: University of Florida, Cornell University, North Carolina State University, University of Arizona, and University of Idaho

    Complete your DDCSP Collaborative (UF, UA, UI, CU, NCSU) Application

    A complete DDCSP Collaborative application includes the following: 1. Application information and essays (this online form) 2. College and/or high school transcripts (unofficial transcripts are OK) emailed to ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu 3. Two letters of recommendation emailed to ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu If your Registrar's office will only mail transcripts directly, they should be sent to: Rena Borkhataria Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Everglades Research and Education Center 3200 E. Palm Beach Rd Belle Glade, FL 33430 Deadline for applications is February 25, 2014. For additional program information or if you have any questions, please contact the program director and national coordinator, Rena Borkhataria. If you have trouble completing this form, you are welcome to send an email to ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu to request a copy of this form that you can edit on your own computer and submit by email. Also, feel free to like us on Facebook! We will be posting updates and information about the program there periodically. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doris-Duke-Conservation-Scholars-Program-at-UF-UI-UA-CU-NCSU/223759834477762 Thank you!

    Editing your application

    You may edit this form at any time up to the application deadline. In order to save your work and come back to it, you must click "submit" at the bottom of the application. After you submit the form, you will receive a message on the screen with a link to "edit the form". SAVE THAT LINK! You can click on it any time prior to the deadline to edit your application. Please send an email to ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu if you have questions during the application process.

    Before submitting your application, please print a copy for your records. Please contact ddcsp@ifas.ufl.edu if you encounter any problems with your submission.

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