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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.
Picture of SCERP 2015 in Mojave National Preserve

SCERP scholars:
  • Receive up to $15,000 stipend for one to two years.
  • 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!

SCERP 2015 starting the summer course in the Mojave National Preserve. Left-right: Jordan Abney, Nathan Vega, Joseph Gamez, Chris Tracy, Austin Xu, Stacy Schkoda, Bill Hoese.

Webpage last updated 3/2/2014 by Bill Hoese