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Cofrin Center for Biodiversity

Student Opportunities

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity provides resources and opportunities to UW Green Bay undergraduate and graduate students in biodiversity related majors. UW Green Bay’s interdisciplinary focus provides an opportunity to acquire the breadth of skills and knowledge required to be competitive in today’s ecological and environmental science workplace.

Travel Courses

In addition to traditional courses The Biodiversity Center provides the Biodiversity Center and NAS offer unique research and service learning courses that focus on tropical biology in Costa Rica and Panama and in Australia. These popular travel courses offer different experiences in service learning (Costa Rica) and research (Panama and Australia).

Science Related Research Grants and Research Scholarships

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in independent research projects. The ability to participate in original research provides an experience and depth of understanding that is difficult to attain in the classroom and is now becoming more expected by employers and graduate schools. Several of our faculty have opportunities for exceptional students to participate in their research programs. The biodiversity center and NAS offer research grants that allow highly motivated students to do their own research projects associated with our natural areas under the direction of faculty mentors. See student research opportunities for more information.

Natural & Applied Sciences Academic Scholarships

Natural & Applied Sciences offers a number of academic merit scholarships. Eligibility varies. Student should submit a scholarship Application Form, cover letter describing academic goals and interests, involvement in activities/clubs/service projects/research projects, awards/scholarships/recognition for previous achievements, etc., UW-Green Bay transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable), and letter of recommendation from a UW-Green Bay faculty member.Deadline is Friday, December 7, 2012. Scholarships are awarded at the beginning of the Spring Semester. For additional information, contact Professor Steven Meyer (920-465-5022 /

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to try out research and field activities in field biology and environmental science, and a great way to acquire skills and "out-of-the-classroom" experience to build a strong resume. Several of our students have said they got their dream job because they had volunteered with a field and lab research project. All of the programs listed below have opportunities for students to participate. Some of the projects also invite community members to get involved as well. This page will be updated as opportunities arise, so check back for new listings.

Biodiversity Related Courses

Students in the biology and environmental science and environmental policy majors receive a solid foundation in their chosen emphasis including courses in biology, chemistry, physics, geography, policy, and mathematics. These basic courses allow students to further develop their skills with more advanced courses that include field and laboratory research experiences, data analysis, GIS, taxonomy. Small class sizes where faculty members work individually with students and courses that focus on learning ecological and technical field skills are part of our student’s success. See the course catalogs for Natural & Applied Sciences and Human Biology for more information.