The University of Maine seeks outstanding applicants for a transdisciplinary Conservation Science and Practice, NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program that will prepare the next generation of conservation leaders. These scholars integrate biophysical and social sciences in collaborative, solutions-driven research, professional development, and coursework on resilient conservation of natural resources. Students earn graduate degrees in fields such as Communication, Forest Resources, Wildlife Ecology, or Ecology and Environmental Sciences while achieving a graduate specialization in Conservation Science.
Transdisciplinary research and active learning experiences central to the program address governance frameworks, biodiversity conservation, sustainable rural livelihoods and resource-dependent economies, stewardship values, and spatial sciences. Our goal is to build a well-trained, experienced workforce to advance conservation solutions that will ultimately lead to enhanced resilience of socio–ecological systems in Maine and beyond.
This innovative program includes:
--Participation in a new graduate specialization in Conservation Science
--Courses that provide theoretical and research foundations in socio–ecological resilience and science communication
--Internships with our federal, tribal, state, or NGO partners
--Transdisciplinary research projects
--Mentoring by faculty from multiple academic departments.
You must be seeking an MS, MA, or PhD degree and should have identified potential NRT faculty advisors prior to submitting an application.
Admission into the NRT program is competitive, and applicants will be evaluated based on a range of factors, including previous coursework, experience, and test scores. Applicants’ research interests, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation are also important in admission and funding decisions, particularly for students not meeting the recommended GPA and GRE benchmarks.
In general, successful applicants will have:
--Undergraduate or masters-level training in natural resources, environmental sciences, or human dimensions of natural resources
--Lower- and upper-division coursework in biophysical sciences, social sciences, math, and statistics
--Undergraduate GPA greater than 3.5 (recommended)
--Scores above the 50th percentile in two of the three GRE test areas (recommended)
--Public service experience (e.g., Peace Corps or Americorps volunteer)
--Experience in local or regional organizations
--A passion or desire to work in conservation, public land management, or related profession, or past/current experience in this profession
If you are interested in our program, please contact faculty members in our leadership team to inquire if they are accepting new graduate students. A list of NRT faculty can be found at https://umaine.edu/conservationscience/our-team/leadership-team/
Please see our website (https://umaine.edu/conservationscience/) for additional information on our program and the application process.