The REACH IGERT curriculum bridges biological and social approaches t environmental problem-solving. Specifically, through a two-quarter core course, multi-disciplinary collaborative research project, and internships in the public and private sectors, REACH IGERT trainees emerge with an understanding of how biological, social, and legal perspectives collectively inform strategies for responding to rapid environmental change. In addition, other components of REACH training include annual symposia planned by students, media training through the UC Davis News Service, and a seminar on responsible conduct of research.
Full-time support for two years from the IGERT program provides trainees sufficient time to complete both the requirements of their home graduate program and the REACH curriculum. In addition, by fulfilling the research component of the IGERT, students will have completed one chapter of their dissertation.
UC Davis students who are not REACH trainees may enroll in REACH courses and participate (without stipend) as associates.
Advanced trainees and associates have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty from two disciplines in bridge RAships, which include the opportunity to teach a course in collaboration with a faculty member, supported by the REACH IGERT.
"IGERT made me very very comfortable with interdisciplinary work. That led me through my grad career, and in part produced the CV I have now." - Tim Waring, Biological Invasions IGERT 2004 cohort