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Rhodes Maymester: Rocky Mountain Ecology Field Research
Jackson Hole, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 02/15/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/29/2016 06/23/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Area of Study: Environmental Studies & Sciences
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
Program Description:
This field-based course is focused on the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Topics include: the influence of large-scale, regional abiotic processes (such as giology, climate and water cycling) on ecological patterns and processes; community composition an dinteractions among organisms; community dynamics and patterns of succession; natural disturbance regines (such as fire, windfall, and disease); trophic interactions among organisms (including the role of apex consumers); human influence and managment; and identification/taxonomy of plants, mammals, and birds.  Students will become familiar with basic processes of field inquiry, project design, research techniques, and data collection.  The first two weeks of the course introduce students to the topics listed above and culminate with a trip to Yellowstone National Park.  The remaining two weeks of the course are spent working in small groups on research projects.  The course will connect students with regional scientists and land managers, as well as other programming areas of Teton Science Schools, to empower students as they consider future professional development opportunities. Students from all academics disciplines (both science and non-science) are encouraged to apply.

Students will spend a majority of their time on the Kelly Campus in a rustic log cabin setting. The Kelly Campus is located within Grand Tetons National Park.  Students will also visit Yellowstone National Park and camp in tents. Quality tents will be provided as well as campground reservations. Expect to ‘rough it’ a little – there will be hard, uneven surfaces, insects, wildlife, inclement weather. There are bathroom facilities at Yellowstone camping areas. Accepted students are expected to carefully review the equipment list, and bring all of the required items as weather in Jackson Hole is unpredictable. Laundry facilities are not available on campus but can be accessed in the town of Jackson.

Home-cooked meals are prepared by professional kitchen staff at Kelly Campus and are served family style. All staff and participants are expected to assist with daily chores. These daily tasks typically involve meal clean-up and tidying classroom/living space. When camping in Yellowstone, meals will be prepared over campstoves. These will be simple and nutritious in design. Students will participate in the preparation of these meals. All meals (both on Kelly Campus and while camping in Yellowstone) can be modified to meet specific dietary requirements of students.

Course Credit:
ENVS 170 (four-credit course); F7, F11

Location and Dates:
Where: Jackson, Wyoming (USA), including Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Dates: May 29 - June 23, 2016

Eligibility Requirements:
Minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic and social standing

The Estimated Cost of the program:
$4,075 (includes tuition, room, board & travel in Wyoming)  Does not include travel to/from Wyoming.

Professor Sarah Boyle,

Need-Based Scholarship Applicants:
NEW! Summer Need-Based Scholarships have a new process: 
The scholarship application OPENS on December 1, and we are awarding scholarships on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
We will consider your scholarship application if BOTH your Need-Based Scholarship application AND your Off-Campus Study Application for the Maymester are complete.
Please contact the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions.