ENV 975b () / 2023-2024

Western Lands and Communities Field Clinic: Research to Practice

Credits: 3

Spring 2024: Time and location TBA

This project-based course is for students engaged in social research, humanities study, natural science, and/or conservation management and policy in Western U.S. landscapes. The Spring 2024 version of the course focuses heavily on helping students excel in the writing and publishing process. The course counts toward the MEM capstone if desired. There is a mandatory spring field trip (expenses generously covered by YSE) for experiential learning, research, and writing in the Rocky Mountain West during the second week of spring break. Western lands and communities face growing ecological, economic, and social equity problems that require integrated solutions. Students will complete a self-driven writing project throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, they will submit it for publication to an outlet fit to their field of study and career goals (i.e., scholarly journal, book press, reputable news media, audio/video script-writing, etc.). The course is capped and requires an application. No preference is given to a particular field of study. Strong preference is given to students with ongoing writing projects or new ideas that are refined.

Application due date: Because of the logistics of field course travel planning, application review begins on December 15th, 2023. Decisions will be sent on a rolling basis until the roster fills up. The application window closes on January 12th, 2024.
Application email: Write an email with the subject "Field Course Application" to Justin Farrell (justin.farrell@yale.edu) explaining in less than 300 words in total: (1) Name, degree program, year, specialization. (2) Per the course description, what is your writing project and what excites you about it? (3) Ideally, where would you like to publish this if you could? (4) How does this writing course align with your professional goals?
Limited to twelve