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This fellowship is primarily for current students with an interest in Environmental Science, Ecosystem Ecology, Chemistry, Biology and a desire to engage in a substantial Summer undergraduate research project with a faculty mentor on the topic of coffee. Applications from all disciplines are welcome, such as art projects, economic evaluations, and environmental assessments, as long as they pertain to coffee, broadly intended.
There are two manners in which the project can be achieved: Guided or Self-Designed.
The research project entails using carbon fractionation techniques to investigate the potential for soil carbon sequestration in coffee-avocado intercropping systems in southern California. The work will include both a field and a laboratory component, with the latter being predominant. The student fellow will work under the direct supervision of Prof. C. Fissore (Biology and Environmental Science).
Applicants must design their own project that will be supported by a faculty mentor. Eligible projects will be centered on any aspect of coffee ecology, the coffee supply chain, socio-economic aspects of coffee production, the evolution of coffee culture, etc. Priority will be given to those projects that focus on the novel coffee enterprise in Southern California, which is the main focus of the A.V. Davis funded grant.
Fall semester cycle: the application will be due the first Friday in December.
Spring semester cycle: the application will be due the second Friday in March.
Use this guide to help you gather your application documents. Request these items two weeks prior to the deadline.
A complete application will include:
Professor Cinzia Fissore