Graduate Research Opportunities
The Andrews Forest LTER program provides graduate student with many opportunities: to connect into multiple networks, to work across disciplines with other Andrews Forest students and scientists, to gain experience in scientific leadership, to learn about the application of ecosystem science to natural resource policy through our research-management partnership, to gain access to resources such as funding, equipment, long-term data sets and expertise, and to see their science within to broader context afforded by an LTER site and the LTER Network. In addition, the Andrews Forest Information Management team provides graduate students with training on metadata and data management. Data from Andrews Forest graduate students are put into the Andrews Forest Databank.
Prospective students at Oregon State University or other universities interested in working on projects related to our LTER are encouraged to contact individual professors via email (see personnel directory).
Graduate students interested in conducting research on the Andrews Forest site and/or using Andrews Forest data should see our 'Conducting Research' page for information on protocol and resources.
Andrews Forest LTER Graduate Student GRA Support Awards
The Andrews Forest LTER Graduate Student GRA Support Awards provide full graduate-student support (stipend and tuition for MS or PhD) for one full year at OSU and are awarded on a competitive basis. The students' work must be closely associated with the Andrews Forest program (conducted at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and/or making use of Andrews Forest data). The purpose of the award is to encourage new student research and to provide an incentive to bring new PIs into the Andrews Forest LTER program. Proposals are submitted by a student's major professor and are reviewed by the Andrews Forest LTER Executive Committee. The Request for Proposals is typically sent out to LTER PIs at the end of the calendar year. Students interested in this award should discuss their ideas with their major professor.
The Andrews Forest has been the "home base" of an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program in Ecosystem informatics, funded by NSF from 2003-2011. The leaders are Julia Jones, PI, Tom Dietterich (Computer Science), Enrique Thomann (Mathematics), Ed Waymire (Mathematics), and Mark Harmon, co-PIs, 2003-2011). The IGERT has funded 30 PhD students from 12 graduate programs at OSU. Projects involve collaborations linking computer science, mathematics, and ecology. Twenty-seven of these students have successfully defended and have obtained employment as post-docs, in industry, or work in state and federal agencies. IGERT-related activities continue to generate interdisciplinary research and publications involving Andrews Forest scientists, data, and models.
Environmental Leadership Program
The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary service-learning program housed in the University of Oregon's Environmental Studies Program. Among their many projects is a long-standing partnership with the Andrews Forest for yearly Canopy Connections experience for middle school students. ELP students plan and deliver the educational aspect of the Canopy Connections Program.