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Coastal Fellows Program

Program Elements

Fellowship Term, Academic Credits and Stipend

URI Coastal & Environmental Fellowships run for an eight-month period, beginning in mid-May and continuing through December. Fellows are matched with an established environmental research, management or outreach teams, and are obligated to work 20 hours per week during the summer, for which they receive a stipend. Students may devote longer hours, should additional funding be available. Students continue to work through the fall for 10 hours per week for which they receive 3 academic credits. The majority of our fellowships are based in Rhode Island, and require that students live (or find summer housing) within an easy commute to URI.

Learning Contract

One of the primary purposes of the Fellowship Program is to encourage all students to manage their fellowship experiences to meet their academic, professional and personal goals. To meet this objective, all fellows are required to submit a learning contract that they develop in conjunction with their fellowship mentors. Contracts describe the fellow's project and responsibilities, specify the student's learning objectives, outline the mentor's responsibilities toward the student, and not any atypical arrangements, such as reimbursement for travel, out-of-pocket expenses, etc.

Poster Session

The Fellows Program concludes in December with a poster presentation and celebration. Each fellow and his/her faculty/staff team will be asked to present a display chronicling the research efforts of the fellow and any formal results he/she may have accomplished.

Fall Seminar - EVS 366

Coastal fellows participate in a 2-credit hour class (EVS 366: Communicating Environmental Research & Outreach) offered in the fall semester, following their summer research/outreach experience. This class guides students, in a step-by-step process, through the analysis and synthesis of their fellowship work. The course will culminate in the preparation and formal presentation of a scientific poster reporting on the work of the fellowship.

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