Duke in Alaska
4-WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM IN Ecology & Biodiversity
Ecology and Biodiversity of AlaskaApply Now
Duke’s Department of Biology and Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO) offer a four-week, one-course program focusing on the major-biomes, conservation issues, and human-environment interactions of Alaska. Alaska offers an outstanding venue for integrating science and the humanities. Students on the program will spend time in and gain familiarity with major environmental regions within the state: temperate rainforest of the southeastern Alaskan panhandle and the boreal forest as represented around Anchorage.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: Juneau, Seward, and Anchorage, Alaska
Dates: May 30 to June 28, 2018
Application Deadline: Extended to March 15, 2018
Academic Theme(s): Ecology and biodiversity of Alaska
Credit Type: Duke Credit
Eligibility: No pre-requisites. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.
Duke Affiliation: Duke Department of Biology
GEO Advisor: Abby Grubbs
Duke in Alaska students at the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau
Examining tide pool organisms in Juneau
Students study the boreal rainforest biome while in Juneau
During a class near Juneau
A moose at a wetland near Anchorage
Standing on arctic ice in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska
Students take a cruise to observe wildlife while in Seward
A glacier in Kenai Fjords national park near Seward
A short but spectacular Alaskan summer sunset
All students are enrolled in one course, Biodiversity of Alaska, for a total of one Duke course credit. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted.
BIOLOGY 287A/ENVIRON 277A
Biodiversity of Alaska
NS, STS 1.0 Credit
Instructor: Dr. Jon Shaw
The structure of the course will include lectures/discussions, complemented by field trips and visits to museums and other cultural centers. While the program emphasizes ‘hands-on’ experiential learning about Alaskan plants and animals, the lecture component will focus on how biodiversity is studied in a scientific manner. Students are also given an introduction to cultural topics especially related to indigenous Alaskan natives and to the history of arctic exploration and the 1899 Klondike gold rush.
HOUSING & MEALS
Students stay in dorms at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and University of Alaska, Southeast (Juneau) in addition to hotels during program excursions.
Meals in Juneau and Anchorage will be through the university meal services and will be included in the program fee.
These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.
Explanation of Costs
Included in Program Fee
The program fee for this program includes:
- Most meals
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- On-site orientation program
- Access to educational facilities at host university
- Internet and wifi access at university dormitories
What is not included?
Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.
The program fee does not include:
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Outdoor gear and supplies
- Access to activities such as sports, lectures, social gatherings, etc. at host university
- Textbooks and class materials
- Mobile phone
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.
Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program, you must submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyGlobalEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.
NOTE: If you withdraw after March 31, you will be charged a cancellation fee for voluntary withdrawal. Fees range from $1,500-2,000.
Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. Consult the Duke Bursar's office billing schedule for payment due dates.
Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.
Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.
This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:
Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.
- Arrival: May 30, 2018
- Departure: June 28, 2018
The program is field-oriented and will travel to various sites around Alaska including the cities of Juneau, Seward, and Anchorage. A final itinerary and schedule will be made available to students during the pre-departure orientation.
You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.
You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.
The program faculty director can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.
Deadline: Extended to March 15, 2018
This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.
Priority: Priority is given to applicants who apply early and meet the prerequisites.
Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.
Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.
GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:
Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.
Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.
Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.
Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.
Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd:
- Online application
- Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
- Academic letter of recommendation (one)