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Southern California Ecosystems Research Program (SCERP)

Scholar Resources
SCERP provides research opportunities, funding for travel, and career planning for undergraduates interested in ecology and environmental biology.
SCERP scholars at the Natural History Museum in Washington DC

SCERP scholars:
  • Receive up to $2,500 for one year.
  • Take intensive summer field course exploring issues in three southern California ecosystems.
  • Develop and complete independent research in conjunction with faculty mentor.
  • Current scholars work on marine ecological issues, desert ecology, animal behavior, plant-animal interactions in coastal sage scrub, and plant adaptations to arid environments.
  • Travel to scientific meetings to present results of independent research.
  • Plan future career path.

Is SCERP right for you?

If you like to work outdoors, enjoy working with animals or plants, getting your hands dirty, meeting new friends interested in ecology and environmental biology, networking with other students, getting to know faculty, and seeing new areas in southern California, then SCERP could be for you! Be sure to talk with the current scholars about the program or with Dr. Bill Hoese ( if you think you might be interested in applying!

Applications for the 2017 cohort are due April 10, 2017.

SCERP scholars at the 2015 SACNAS meeting in Washington DC. Post-meeting trip to the Natural History Museum. L-R: Cristina Muego, Velvet Park, Nathan Vega, Stacy Schkoda, Austin Xu, Evelyn Ruelas, Joseph Gamez, Prarthana Shankar, and Jordan Abney.

Webpage last updated 3/19/2017 by Bill Hoese