Global Change Education Program (GCEP)

In an effort to promote and support the quality of emerging scientists in disciplines related to global change research, the DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) has established the Global Change Education Program (GCEP). Global change research supported by OBER through various programs includes areas ranging from the atmospheric sciences, ecology, global carbon cycles, climatology, and terrestrial processes to integrated assessments, predictions, policy, paleoclimatology and earth system processes.

A major goal of GCEP is to involve under-graduate students in their sophomore or junior year and to continue the experience during subsequent years. The program is made up of three parts: (1) the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), (2) the Graduate Research Environmental Fellowships (GREF), and (3) the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) program. SURE and SOARS are designed to support under-graduate students during multiple years, with those students being encouraged to apply for the GREF graduate fellowships and post-doctoral study programs.

Important aspects of the SURE and GREF programs include development of organizational and written skills needed for scientific work and research proposals, as well as the assignment of mentors from across the global change research areas. The SURE and GREF programs are scheduled to begin in the summer of 1999.

The SOARS program is designed to increase ethnic diversity within the scientific community by providing educational and research opportunities, mentoring, career counseling and guidance, and financial support to those accepted. Five students are currently supported by GCEP in the SOARS program.

Dr. Jeff Gaffney of Argonne National Laboratory is the grand mentor for GCEP. Mr. Peter Lunn is the OBER funding officer responsible for GCEP. For further information, contact Jeff Gaffney ( or visit the GCEP Web site (

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