Education and Training Overview
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) provides Education and Training Services to deliver science-based knowledge to the larger community, enabling people to participate in the ongoing climate change dialogue and make practical decisions related to the social and economic development of the Northwest. The NW CSC also supports graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in their efforts to become the next generation of climate scientists and educators. The NW CSC’s approach for delivering these services is described in its Education and Training Strategy. The strategy aims to develop and sustain a revolving corps of young researchers by supporting student and post-doctoral research projects and budget planning.
The NW CSC promotes broad participation in climate science by supporting the education of students through graduate fellowships and training. To date, 22 graduate students have received fellowships from the NW CSC; their research ranges from predicting the impacts of expanding ranges for invasive fish on native salmon to climate impacts on transportation infrastructure. The NW CSC also supports fellows' participation in climate science conferences and intensive trainings, such as the Climate Boot Camp.
Climate Boot Camp
The NW CSC runs this week-long interdisciplinary training program to prime graduate students and early-stage professionals for career success. Goals of the program are to provide integrative training in climate science, communication of science, and the application of science to resource management. The course includes field trips, skill-building exercises, and presentations by leading scientists, communications experts and resource managers to give participants an all- encompassing view of the workings of climate impacts science. Emphasis is on collaboration and the practical application of science and diverse sources of knowledge to solve complex social problems relating to climate change. Climate Boot Camp participants hail from Northwest universities, federal agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and Department of the Interior regional Climate Science Centers from across the country. More information on Climate Boot Camp is available here.
Students & Early Career Professionals
The Northwest Climate Science Center funds research projects which support the education, training, and research of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, and early career professionals at universities, federal agencies, and NGOs throughout the Pacific Northwest. This support also enables students and early career scientists to connect and establish relationships within the larger Northwest Climate Science Center network. In fiscal year 2014, the NW CSC funded projects supported 4 undergraduate students, 9 graduate students, 3 post-docs, and 18 early career professionals.