Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Doris Duke Group researching Bog Turtles

Doris Duke Scholars Program

Ready to be a conservation change-maker?

If you are a current freshman or sophomore at NC State with an interest in the environment and a commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion, the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program may be for you!

The application deadline is November 30, 2017.

Email Dr. Zakiya Leggett for more details about the program and how to apply.

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) is an exciting opportunity for undergraduates at NC State with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues and cultural diversity to receive training, support, mentorship, and more than $10,000 for two years of paid research experiences and internships.

Hands-on experiences include opportunities across the U.S. and the world with DDCSP partners like the USGS Cooperative Research Units; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; the Ecological Society of America; and other federal, local, state, and tribal agencies and conservation-oriented non-governmental organizations. Research and internship experiences provide meaningful educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities to participating students.

Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and housed at the University of Florida, the DDCSP is a collaboration between the University of Florida, University of Idaho, University of Arizona, Cornell University and NC State, through each university’s affiliated cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units.

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Meet Our 2017-2018 Scholars

Doris Duke Scholar Maria Paz Alvarez

Maria Paz Alvarez

Maria Paz Alvarez is originally from Concepcion, Chile, but moved to Raleigh, NC when she was eight years old. She spent a lot of time getting to know NC State since her father worked in the Department of Natural Sciences. Her parents, both forestry engineers, inspired her to be enthusiastic about science and marine ecology. She absolutely loves marine life and hopes to make a positive impact on the way humans interact with marine ecosystems. She also hopes to inspire young Hispanic students to be passionate about wildlife preservation and looks forward to a lifetime of conservation advocacy work!

Doris Duke Jasmine

Jasmine Neverson

Jasmine Neverson is studying Environmental Technology and Management with a minor in Statistics and Toxicology. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she moved to NC to attend the Salem Academy Boarding School for Girls, where she discovered a love of environmental education. She especially enjoyed learning about the conservative and sustainable efforts of previous scientists and participating in service projects, like one at NC State where she helped local companies clear a large patch of invasive plants from affected trees. This experience allowed her to understand new environmental perspectives.

Doris Duke Scholar Jackie Hausle

Jackie Hausle

Jackie Hausle is studying Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. For as long as she can remember, she wanted to be a veterinarian. However, after attending a STEM-based boarding school in Durham, NC, she discovered a love of ecology and field biology. During her first year at NC State, she eventually realized that animal science wasn’t the path for her and began attending Leopold Wildlife Club meetings. Last summer she interned with an amazing group of aquarists at the Virginia Living Museum, and fell in love with fish. She is studying how fishery systems adapt to rapidly changing climates and how to keep urban aquatic environments as healthy as possible.

Doris Duke Scholar Alyssa Martinez

Meet Alyssa Martinez

Alyssa Martinez is a Zoology major in the Department of Biological Sciences. Originally from a small town in upstate New York, she now considers North Carolina as her home. Coming from a “sub-rural” town exposed her to a lot of wildlife and opportunities to get lost in the natural world. She spent a lot of time wandering in the woods around her home, which inspired her to pursue preserving natural places and their inhabitants. Recently, she volunteered at the Trevor Zoo in Millbrook, NY for two years, where she worked with lemurs, emus, coatis, etc., in areas of enrichment and exhibit maintenance. The zoo’s main focus was to educate the public on its exhibits to encourage environmental awareness and participation of conserving the beautiful animals on this planet. From that experience, she realized she was interested in conservation and hopes to pursue a career promoting the proliferation of sustainable resources across the world. In the future, she would love to work at a biodiversity hotspot, such as Madagascar, to help locals create sustainable living with the environment to preserve the wildlife for future generations.

Doris Duke Hannah

Meet Hannah LaCava

Hannah LaCava (pictured in the center) is an English major with a minor in Biological Sciences. She thought she wanted to major in Wildlife Biology, but quickly realized that she couldn’t give up on her love of English. With advice from N.C. State professors and advisers, she realized that she could combine her passion for writing, literature and wildlife by pursuing a career in science writing. She hopes to better connect the public with wildlife conservation through outreach and encourage everyone to explore the importance of our environment. Growing up in Raleigh, she had easy access to both the mountains and the ocean and spent her summers exploring her grandparents' farm in Mount Airy. She also spent more than a few nights strolling along the shores of Atlantic Beach looking for sand crabs and turtles. She loves to fish, kayak, hike, ride horses and ski. Two of her favorite pastimes at NC State involve playing piano and volunteering with University Theatre.