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Support Dean's Initiatives

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, rated among the top three such programs in the nation, is emerging as the pre-eminent institution for research and training of solution-centered professionals through its comprehensive, balanced, and interdisciplinary approach. Dean’s Initiatives include selected projects with funding need, as prioritized by Dean Steve Gaines.

Fund for Excellence 

The Fund for Excellence ensures that the School has the resources needed to meet the opportunities, challenges, and demands to advance the many goals of a renowned faculty and outstanding student body. Financial flexibility is critical to effectively managing any organization, and this is especially true in a young enterprise like the Bren School. Immediate access to funds enables the Dean to take decisive action, propel innovation, and maintain our leading edge as a world-class graduate school. 

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Master of Environmental Data Science Program 

In Fall 2020, the Bren School launches a new Master of Environmental Data Science (MEDS) program. This one-year stand-alone degree is co-administered by the Bren School and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), with engagement of faculty from departments across the UC Santa Barbara campus. Curriculum focuses on the background, perspectives, and tools used by different disciplines to analyze data, with an emphasis on environmental data and problem solving. MEDS students will complete a client-driven group thesis project, modeled after the Bren School’s highly-successful MESM Group Projects. 

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Want to get involved? Reach out to the Bren School for more information about supporting the Dean’s Initiatives.

Lotus Vermeer

Assistant Dean of Partnerships & Development
(805) 893-3712

Beth Pitton-August

Director of Development
(805) 893-5047

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