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Join an innovative program seeking students from high schools in Los Angeles County for the experience of a lifetime.


WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT

The aim is to excite students’ imagination, expand their potential, and stimulate their curiosity about science and technology. Recent research locations include Belize, Nova Scotia, and the Bahamas, with domestic sites in New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming.

As a student fellow, you’ll spend about two weeks on an Earthwatch expedition alongside other teens to develop your skills and understanding around environmental concerns.


Program Goals

  • To identify high-school students throughout Los Angeles County who are creatively talented and send them off to work with professional scientists
  • To immerse students in high-level science as it’s actually practiced, beyond anything they would encounter in their high-school classroom
  • To give the students a "gee-whiz" experience


SELECTION PROCESS FOR IGNITE FELLOWSHIPS

  1. Complete the Ignite Interest Form well in advance of the application deadline, which is typically early December of the year prior to the expedition
  2. Earthwatch screens completed interest forms against eligibility requirements
  3. Eligible students will receive a link to an online application form, which they must complete by the deadline
  4. Eligible students will need to have one or two classroom teachers submit recommendations to support their application to the program. Recommendations must be submitted via an online form by the application deadline. Eligible students will need to give their recommendation providers their unique Interest Number (the number that appears in the confirmation message after an interest form has been submitted). Please note: The program strongly prefers one recommendation to come from a science teacher and one from a non-science teacher
  5. Fellowships are typically awarded by the beginning of April each year, on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted




IGNITE AWARDS

If you are selected as a fellowship recipient, an Earthwatch Program Coordinator will provide you with the information you will need to get into the field and what the program expects from you upon your return. Your fellowship will cover the full cost of your expedition, including meals, accommodations, research permits, equipment, travel to and from the expedition site, and on-site transportation.


FELLOWSHIP REQUIREMENTS

In return for your fellowship, Earthwatch asks that you help support its mission and ensure its renewed funding by completing a Volunteer Evaluation at the end of the expedition. We also ask you to provide a Field Report within 30 days after the end of the expedition, including an essay detailing your field experience and a thank-you letter to your funder. We also appreciate you forwarding us any copies or links to any media coverage you may have received from your participation.


OUR GENEROUS FUNDER: THE DURFEE FOUNDATION

The Durfee Foundation has been supporting student fellowships for more than 20 years. It is a family foundation that seeks to reward individual initiative and leadership and build community in unexpected ways.






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We are looking for well-rounded students who are engaged in the arts and humanities

We are looking for well-rounded students who are engaged in the arts and humanities.


PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS

We are looking for well-rounded students who are engaged in the arts and humanities, as well as creative, high-achieving science students. Are you:

  • A high-school student in Los Angeles County who will be 15 to 18 years old as a sophomore or junior?
  • A creative thinker with an inquisitive mind?
  • Able to spend about 14 days on an expedition during the summer?
  • Excited by the possibility of working with other Los Angeles teens on a research team?

The program immerses students in science beyond anything they would encounter in their classroom

The program immerses students in science beyond anything they would encounter in their classroom.



Research locations include Belize, Nova Scotia, the Bahamas, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming

Research locations include Belize, Nova Scotia, the Bahamas, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming.