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Desert Studies Center

Annual Desert Symposium

 

2019 Symposium: April 19-20, CSU Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx, CA
Field Trip: April 21-22, Ivanpah highlands area


Theme:  Exploring Ends of Eras in the Eastern Mojave Desert

Share your desert research with an oral or poster prsentation.
We encourage students to attend and compete for the 
Adams Best Student Presentation Award

Abstract and paper deadline:                                           5 February 2019
Final submission of reviewed and revised papers:         12 March 2019
Registration deadline:                                                          22 March 2019


For the latest information about the Symposium, please visit
the Desert Symposium web site (http://www.desertsymposium.org)


A volume with symposium abstracts and a field trip guide is produced each year, and available at the symposium. Past symposium volumes are available as PDF downloads here

Public Courses at the DSC

The Desert Studies Center hosts several weekend-long in-residence courses on various topics related to the Mojave Desert. Registration for these courses is through the University of California, Riverside Extension, and are available for credit. Registration may be done on line, or by calling 951-827-5801. Course fees include two nights’ lodging at the Center, a snack Friday evening, and five meals beginning with breakfast Saturday. Take a look at recent and upcoming courses in this series:

Judith Presch Scholarship

The Judith A Presch Desert Research Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in the Mojave Desert. The scholarship is named in memory of Judith A. Presch, Human Resource Specialist, California State University, Fullerton and Desert Studies Center Supporter. Awarded annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student working in the Mojave Desert, recipients receive a research stipend and have fees waived for use of the Desert Studies Center facilities for one year. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Research Award Committee of the California Desert Studies Consortium. Applicatipon deadline is typically in mid-October with awards being announced in late November. For additional information contact the Desert Studies Office at Department of Biological Science, California State University, Fullerton.

2018-19 announcemnt here.

Volunteering

The California Desert Studies Consortium welcomes your interest in the volunteer program at the Desert Studies Center. Volunteers are an important part of the activities and programs at the Center. Sharing time, abilities, knowledge, and enthusiasm by working with the staff of the Center ensures a continuing high quality experience for you and our users. Serving as a volunteer is your way of saying thanks and involving your time in an institution whose goals you support.

The work is greatly appreciated by the Center and is both rewarding and fulfilling to the volunteer. Some of the tasks performed by volunteers include long-term data collection on bird species found on the Center’s grounds, working with computer/library cataloging, assisting with maintenance of the facilities’ infrastructure and utilizing personal skills and experience to enhance the user’s experience. Our volunteers form a diverse group of individuals with varying backgrounds. The minimum age is 21; there is no upper limit.

As a Center volunteer, you will be subject to California State University regulations. A volunteer is a person who contributes services for which there is no financial compensation. The services are given on a scheduled basis for assigned projects under the supervision of the Center’s Manager. No evaluation or recommendation, verbal or written, will be provided by the Center.

After completing an application form, a volunteer candidate may be asked to come to the Center for a preliminary interview. Volunteers will furnish references upon request. Volunteers are assigned tasks according to their skills and interests. All tasks are at the direction of the Manager.

All volunteers must submit an application form and sign a CSU Volunteer Identification Form. If you have a résumé available, please attach it to the email that will appear after you click "submit."

Volunteer

Volunteering at the Desert Studies Center The California Desert Studies Consortium welcomes your interest in the volunteer program at the Desert Studies Center. Volunteers are an important part of the activities and programs at the Center. Sharing time, abilities, knowledge, and enthusiasm by working with the staff of the Center ensures a continuing high quality experience for you and our users. Serving as a volunteer is your way of saying thanks and involving your time in an institution whose goals you support.

The work is greatly appreciated by the Center and is both rewarding and fulfilling to the volunteer. Some of the tasks performed by volunteers include long-term data collection on bird species found on the Center’s grounds, working with computer/library cataloging, assisting with maintenance of the facilities’ infrastructure and utilizing personal skills and experience to enhance the user’s experience. Our volunteers form a diverse group of individuals with varying backgrounds. The minimum age is 21; there is no upper limit.

As a Center volunteer, you will be subject to California State University regulations. A volunteer is a person who contributes services for which there is no financial compensation. The services are given on a scheduled basis for assigned projects under the supervision of the Center’s Site Manager. No evaluation or recommendation, verbal or written, will be provided by the Center.

Interviews

After completing an application form, a volunteer candidate may be asked to come to the Center for a preliminary interview. Volunteers will furnish references upon request. Volunteers are assigned tasks according to their skills and interests. All tasks are at the direction of the Site Manager.

Volunteers may be terminated if it is found that there is no longer a need for their services, or if their performance does not meet the requirements of the Site Manager.

Responsibilities

Volunteers are expected to arrive at the agreed upon time. Incoming and outgoing personal telephone calls on the Center’s line must be restricted to emergencies. No property from the Center, including books, shall be removed from the Center.

All volunteers must submit an application form and sign a CSU Volunteer Identification Form. Please click here to fill out an application form.