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Included below are sample programs for both PhD and Masters students participating in R2R. PhD students are encouraged to partake in R2R for up to five years, with a minimum of two years of participation. Years three through five are highly variable and subject to customization for each individual trainee.

Program training years 1-2

YearR2R TrainingPrimary SupportTrainee Outcomes
OrientationR2R research opportunitiesDepartmental support (RA/TA)Knowledge and research, data analysis, and communication skills
1FallCommunication skills (ECO EVO 203A)Departmental support (RA/TA)Knowledge and research, data analysis, and communication skills
WinterR2R Seminar
SpringR2R Seminar
SummerSummer Institute (optional)
2FallProfessional WorkshopDepartmental support (RA/TA) or R2R FellowshipCommunication, mentoring skills, and interdisciplinary collaboration
WinterInclusion and Team Science
SpringProject Management
SummerSummer Institute (optional)

Options for years 3-5:

Partnership/Internship Experience

Trainees are expected to develop partnerships that help put conceptual knowledge into practice. To achieve this goal, trainees should work with advisors and program staff to develop a partnership or internship experience related to the trainee’s research and career goals. Partnerships and internships can take various forms according to the professional needs of the trainees and partners involved. For example, trainees might develop a partnership with a land management agency to collaborate on a management plan or data analysis project. Other trainees might pursue more traditional internship experiences with private industry or public agencies to develop specific skills or complete particular projects. The partnership/internship experience should be tailored to the individual trainee and partner needs in terms of timing and structure.

Become a Peer Mentor

Mentoring groups are intended to provide professional support to graduate trainees and increase program cohesion/interaction. Mentoring groups consist of students at different stages and one R2R faculty member. The more senior trainees in each group serve as peer mentors. The peer mentors
will set up the meetings each quarter. Mentoring groups will discuss topics such as internships, grant writing and individual development plans.

Senior trainees are highly encouraged to participate in the Summer Institute, Environmental Research Poster Symposium, and other R2R sponsored events