The heart of GDPE is our people – students, postdocs and faculty members. GDPE membership benefits CSU faculty by bringing together a community of scientists who share interests in ecology as an interdisciplinary field founded on expertise from social scientists, biologists, engineers, and more. We also provide an outstanding pool of applicants to graduate school as well as resources for current students (small grants, travel funds, a few assistantships as well as a supportive community and professional development opportunities).
Our faculty members benefit GDPE through providing their expertise to the community, attending GDPE seminars and social events, participating in the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium (e.g., serving as a judge, attending talks, posters), and occasionally teaching courses (ECOL courses and seminars, and departmental courses with substantial ecological content).
We have three types of faculty membership:
GDPE Faculty: Have been granted authority by a CSU academic department to act as a primary major advisor (committee chair) for graduate students, and can do so for GDPE students as well.
GDPE Faculty Affiliate: Can serve as a voting member on a graduate student committee as long as the affiliate has a degree equivalent to (or higher than) the degree program level of the student. Non-CSU scientists who have a formal affiliate status with an academic department, but do not have authority to act as a primary major advisor for graduate students often apply for affiliate status.
GDPE Associate: MS or PhD scientists, including postdocs, who do not have an affiliate appointment with a CSU academic department and therefore are not eligible to serve as voting members of graduate student committees; however, they may serve as non-voting members on graduate student committees.
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