MBQ Fall 2011 news

Fall 2011 FMBQ announced

The FBQ & MBQ introduce advanced undergraduates to field studies on the biology of organisms living in their natural environments. This program will be an intense and focused research and learning experience. You will be taught the skills to ask biological questions in the field, collect data, analyze the data, write up the results, and share your discoveries with your class in a research symposium. Most participants describe the FBQ and MBQ as the highlight of their UCLA education. The program, which consists of 16 upper division units of coursework, fulfills the field/marine quarter requirement for Ecology Behavior and Evolution (EBE) majors and the marine quarter requirement for Marine Biology majors.

∗ Is most beneficial to students with some prior training in field and/or marine biology
∗ Is a graduation requirement for Marine Biology and Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution majors
∗ Counts as one category 3 lab course, two category 4 courses, and one category 5 course for Biology majors
∗ Accepts students on a competitive basis, preferably with a GPA of at least 3.0
∗ Preference is given to EBE and Marine Biology Majors and other students in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
∗ Students in other departments are welcome to apply

Fall 2011 FMBQ Courses: (16 upper division units of coursework, 4 units for each course)
• EE Biol 124 Field Ecology (Dr. Dan Blumstein)
• EE Biol 126 Behavioral Ecology (Dr. Dan Blumstein)
• EE Biol 123 Marine Ecology (Dr. Peggy Fong)
• EE Biol 148 Biology of Marine Plants (Dr. Peggy Fong)

Cost: The cost of the FMBQ will be normal registration fees and tuition plus fees for additional costs associated with transportation, room and board. If you are accepted for the Fall 2011 FMBQ, a non-refundable deposit will be due after the interview process is complete. Although costs could rise, students for similar FMBQs in the past have ranged between $1500 - $2000.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites for the FMBQ are Life Sciences 1, Stats 13/10, EE Biol 100, EE Biol 109 and the consent of the instructors. (Recommended courses are EE Biology 122 and 129). It is preferred that students complete as much of the core curriculum for the Life Science majors as possible. Students must have a valid passport.

Snorkeling: Snorkeling is required. However, we will train any students not comfortable snorkeling during the course, and it is not required for projects

Application Process: Applications for the Fall 2011 FMBQ are now available in the EE Biology Undergraduate Office (LS 2325) and on the EEB website (www.eeb.ucla.edu). For selected applicants, a personal interview may be arranged through the EE Biology Undergraduate Office. Interviews will be scheduled soon after the application deadline.

DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted to the EE Biology Undergraduate Office (LS 2325)
by THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011 by 4:00 p.m.

Financial assistance is available:

(1) FINANCIAL AID: If you already receive financial aid through UCLA, you may be able to apply for additional monies to help pay for the cost of the FMBQ. The EEB Undergraduate Office can provide you with a letter to submit to the Financial Aid Office when you make your request.

(2) JOSEPH EPPERSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is open to students who participate in the Field/Marine Biology Quarter (FMBQ) offered through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA. Any student accepted to the FMBQ is eligible to apply, but special consideration is given to students who demonstrate financial need and an interest in pursuing a research career. Decisions are made by a faculty committee. (Note: Award amount may vary and may not cover the entire cost of the FMBQ.)

To apply for a scholarship, download and fill out the FMBQ scholarship form