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Request for Course Proposals

The University of Michigan Biological Station requests submissions of course proposals for our Third Century Initiative (TCI) program.

We plan to launch eight courses in 2017. Most of these will run in Ann Arbor in the Winter Term with an extension at the Biological Station in spring. But we will consider other models, too (for example, a Fall Term course that begins at UMBS a few weeks in advance of the term for sample collection).In particular, we encourage proposals for courses that:

  • address "wicked problems" (i.e. complex social-environmental problems that span disciplines and lack clear solutions);
  • are applicable and useful for non-scientists interested in climate change, the Great Lakes system, biodiversity protection, and stressed ecosystems;
  • model practices for communicating scientific findings and their implications to the public, the media, policy makers, and other key stakeholders;
  • come from disciplines not traditionally represented at the biological station (e.g. law, engineering, humanities, public policy, public health, etc.).
  • may independently incorporate or feed into a Michigan Sustainability Case (produced through a related Third Century Transformation of Student Learning Grant).

Applicants should review our FAQs before applying.

Deadline: We are accepting proposals on a rolling basis.