Course dates: June 19–July 21, 2015
Eastern Sierra Nevada
Los Angeles (Cal State Fullerton/USC)
USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island
Applications for the 2015 course will be available November 1, 2014.
Participants should be relatively experienced in their scientific field. Basic knowledge of chemistry and biology are prerequisites for successful participation. The course requires complete student involvement in all aspects of the program for the full duration of the course. The field trips planned for this year will involve rigorous physical exertion, both slogging through hypersaline waters and trudging up mountains. We ask all applicants to be aware that this course involves fieldwork and the inherent potential dangers.
Expectations of Participants
As a students in GeoBiology 2015, you will be expected to:
The admission process is competitive. A maximum of 20 participants are admitted on the basis of academic or teaching records, demonstrated interest and ability in research and/or teaching, originality, recommendations and career goals as they relate to the course objectives. All applications are reviewed by a committee that seeks an international group of elite participants. Notification of acceptance and further information will be sent to all applicants by mid-March.
Complete the application and send to the Geobiology Course Coordinator (see address below). If you need a financial statement for assistance with foreign travel, include it with the application. Applications are due February 2015.
In addition to the application and financial form, include a two-page curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation. Each letter of recommendation should be completed by someone who can evaluate:
Foreign participants will require a visitor visa for participation in GeoBiology 2015 and will have to sign a "health insurance memo of understanding. You will be responsible for getting your own visa. If you are accepted, we will send you the forms and formal invitation letter that are required for a U.S. visa application will be mailed to accepted applicants. You will need to apply for the visa at the US embassy in your country.
Costs and Financial Aid
Tuition for GeoBiology 2015 is $4000 and covers all field trip expenses and room and board. We expect students to discuss this financial obligation with their advisors, home departments and/or institutions to secure funds that can be applied toward tuition.
Financial aid for GeoBiology 2015 is available based on need. We encourage applications for aid, and we assure applicants that an aid request will not influence our review of an application for the summer course.
Travel arrangements to and from GeoBiology 2015 are the responsibility of student participants.
Accident and health insurance are the responsibility of the participants, and you must provide proof of appropriate insurance coverage. The organizers accept no liability.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Upon request, the organizers will certify the successful completion of the course, offer an opinion as to the credit value of the program, and suggest an appropriate grade if requested to do so. It is the student's responsibility to validate these credits at his or her home institution. Students may copy and distribute their certificates as necessary; institutions desiring authentication may contact the organizers.
For further information, please contact:
Geobiology Course Coordinator, Ann Close
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Southern California
3616 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, USA 90089-0371