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Undergrad Mentoring

While the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management is primarily a graduate school, Bren faculty and graduate students offer mentoring opportunities for undergraduate students interested in developing careers in the environmental field.

Mentoring includes opportunities for undergraduates to participate in environmental research and professional skills workshops, access educational and career development resources, and connect with exciting internship opportunities. Undergraduate mentees learn and practice useful professional skills and advance their academic and career goals.

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Explore opportunities for undergraduate mentoring

The Bren Environmental Leadership (BEL) Program 

A pipeline for students from underrepresented communities to attain success in the fields of environmental science and management.

The BEL program offers paid summer fellowships for undergraduate students to work with Bren graduate students on environmental science projects. The program includes a wide range of projects each year, including both academic environmental science research and internships with Bren-UCSB partner organizations. The goal of this program is to increase the number of first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented students working towards careers in the environmental field and natural sciences. The program provides fellowship support, networking, and training opportunities for BEL Fellows through connection with learning communities, career skills workshops, and presentation opportunities. 


The Bren-Environmental Studies Fellows Program

As part of its effort towards increasing representation in the environmental field, Bren has partnered with Environmental Studies to develop the Bren-Environmental Studies Fellows Program. By identifying and mentoring UCSB undergraduate students from under-represented and low-income groups, the Program seeks to nurture their potential as emerging environmental professionals.

Designed to nurture the career aspirations of Environmental Studies undergraduate students, the Program offers:

  • workshops in professional communication, resumes, networking, and interviewing, including practice interviews

  • connections with Bren faculty, students, and alumni / ae

  • 1:1 mentoring with ES and Bren faculty, students, and staff

  • information about research opportunities and internships throughout the academic year

  • a stipend in the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters

For information and applications, please contact the Program Director

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