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Arkansas Wildlife Programs

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The last months of the year are the times when high school students and undergraduate seniors are considering either pursuing higher education or entering the work force for some time. The decision of where you will go to school is difficult (unless you’re following family tradition) and can make a difference in who you meet plus your experiences for the next few years of your life. Furthermore, deciding what you will major in can be another obstacle. If you’re considering an environmental major the schools available to you changes greatly compared to if you are interested in majoring in business.

If you’re still in the throws of determining which school is right for you (or which have environmental majors) then I’ve recorded here all the schools in Arkansas which have majors in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, and environmental sciences. Finding information shouldn’t be difficult especially if you’re flexible and don’t mind being from Maine and attending school in California. Other states which have been completed are Alabama and Alaska that you may be interested in reviewing. The abbreviation list for understanding which degrees are available as either an undergraduate or graduate student has also been updated.

Initial credit for this information is given to the Wildlife Society. I’ve edited it to also reflect schools which have clubs for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. I plan to revisit these schools at a later time to share those which also have the professional organizations of the Society of American Forester’s and the American Fisheries Society. Being involved while your in school can assist you in developing skills (not just leadership skills) that you will utilize when you graduate from college.

So if you’re thinking about pursuing a major in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, environmental science or related sciences stay tuned for the next states who have environmentally based majors.


Alaska Universities and Colleges with Wildlife Programs

October 18, 2010 2 comments

Hey there. I’ve just completed all of the Alaska Universities and Colleges which have environmentally based programs. There aren’t many schools but the programs undoubtedly are among the best in the nation especially for marine based studies. It is that time of year again where students should be searching for and applying to colleges. So if you’re interested in careers in the outdoors keep following along with this blog as I post each state up. Hopefully I can get to more states quickly however the process is time consuming. This is especially so because I want to do my best to make sure that I’ve included every updated major and contact information.

I’ve also created the abbreviation list for the degree programs. I’ll be sure to update it as I meander through the states and record their degree information.  So if you’re interested in forestry, natural resources, wildlife, fisheries or any of the other related sciences don’t hesitate to check out the states here,  and for Alabama. I actually have Arizona and Arkansas as well but it was completed back in April or so. I plan to update it but if you don’t want to wait till then check it out here as well.

So if you’re a high school student and you’re wondering “What should I major in?” or “What are some outdoor majors?” take a peek. You’ll learn something.

Schools with Environmental Programs- AL, AK, AZ, AR

April 22, 2010 1 comment

Here’s all the Universities/Colleges in the US for states, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, and Arkansas which carry environmentally based programs. My aim was to make it as easy to understand as possible while continuing to include most of the information originally supplied in the document by TWS. My efforts in this were to update the links, contact information, and include all studies at each school (undergraduate and graduate) environmentally based. I do not seek to offend by not including studies such as Agriculture, General Biology, or Horticulture. My aim in this was to attempt to maintain a tight focus on the Environmental Natural Resources sector where completion of the degree would result in a career largely centered around the conservation, and/or preservation through the management of our natural resources.

To best understand this document (and subsequent documents) under the degree name –some you will have to click to obtain an extended list- you’ll find the complete extended name of each degree. If you want to know whether that degree is a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD then utilize the programs column. I make extensive use of colons, semi-colons and dashes. The dashes separate Degree Abbreviation from Degree Type. This same style will follow throughout all documents.

Some of the abbreviation names will follow on a first letter basis i.e Wildlife Biology is WB. Others may follow the first few letters i.e. Forestry is FOR. The purpose of my doing this is to extend what The Wildlife Society has already done and in effect all credit is given to them for providing a master list, and to provide curious students with a better view of schools that they can attend. I am glad this list is available and only wish I had found it when I was preparing to go to college.

It will load in Google Documents. It didn't translate over as I have it saved so you will have to click on Degree Abbreviation and Type to extend the box. Or better you can save it to the computer. =)

Accessibility of Minority Grants for college

March 26, 2010 5 comments

Since I started college four years ago, the amount of minority participation in higher education has increased. To note a minority is defined as “any group in society that consists of people who are identified by some biological, social, or cultural trait and who are singled out as objects of prejudice and discrimination (Popenoe 2001).” David Popenoe goes on to say that the five ethnic groups that are most visible are African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, and white ethnics. With such an increase in minority participation in higher education there has been an increasing need to give a financial means for them to complete studies with little financial burden. Scholarships have definitely served in this area and fellowships in the case of graduate students. Still minority grants don’t seem to be readily accessible to the individual.

Grants are monies allocated to various entities whether they are individuals, corporations or non-profits. All grants require an application process. For college students, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) serves as the application for federal grants. Minorities benefit greatly by taking the twenty or so minutes to fill out this document as receipt of the Pell Grant, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (among others) can deliver help as I’ve experienced personally. Albeit, as stated on receipt of other federal grants is dependent on whether one is eligible to receive the Pell grant. So if you’re not eligible for the Pell grant you’re immediately ineligible to receive any of the other federal grants….Though with grants being available through the Federal Reserve’s one would assume that this is sufficient for a college education. However, this doesn’t hold true with the continuous increase in educational costs. So where does one turn when the FAFSA isn’t enough? identifies United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Hispanic College Fund, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the American Indian College Fund as potential resources for the searching minority. I can only speak on my experience with UNCF in the past, however. Five years ago I was exposed to the UNCF website which has a wealth of information for the minority who qualifies. Yet, I wasn’t even able to touch a single penny from the website because I wasn’t planning to attend any of the UNCF partner colleges/universities. So what is the minority attending a predominately white institution to do? The actual arduous application process that normally accompanies grants was not only foreign to me but out of my league in terms of time and knowledge of how to search then apply for them. Personally, I don’t think grants are the way to go for the undergraduate student. Instead they should direct their focus on scholarships which require action (application, essays etc.) yet are more familiar than grants. That’s not to say that the FAFSA shouldn’t be completed and the grants offered accepted, but I do feel minority college grants aren’t accessible to the undergraduate. Now that I’ve completed my tenure and plan to attend graduate school, I’ll begin the same extensive funding search yet again with the intentions of coming out with as little loans as possible. So perhaps in some month’s time I’ll stumble upon information that serves to contradict my current frame of mind concerning minority grant accessibility for the undergraduate. I truly hope so.

****Popenoe, David. Sociology, 11th ed. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 2001.

**** Minority College Grant Programs. 2010.