Opportunities for Professional Development
C-CHANGE Fellows will have many opportunities for academic and professional development including the chance to spend two summers working on climate change projects in rural, urban, and Indigenous communities in the US and abroad and with government agencies and NGOs in science policy internships. Throughout the program, trainees will meet climate experts from on and off campus in bi-weekly C-CHANGE Colloquium Series and in annual symposia, workshops, and external advisory board meetings.
An important distinguishing feature of the C-CHANGE project is that it instructs trainees in the systematic study of science policy. All C-CHANGE courses contain a science policy component, many local and visiting scholars engage issues of policy, and all trainee PhD dissertations will address the policy dimensions of the research. C-CHANGE Fellows will receive funding to complete an 8-week science policy internship with a local, national, or international agency or organization.
C-CHANGE Fellows will spend several weeks during one or more summers collaborating with tribal college faculty and students on research projects of interest to Native American communities. This Undergraduate Research Institute, “Climate Change in Indigenous Communities,” is hosted by Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas (Haskell is five minutes from the University of Kansas). C-CHANGE Fellows will be involved in climate science and research methods training at Haskell and will have an opportunity to conduct collaborative field research on Native lands.