Request from SENCER Colleague and “Transcending Boundaries for Success” Pilot Institution

Dear NCSCE member,

We have been awarded an NSF Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (NSF RCN-UBE) incubator grant: Building a framework for the River-based ImmersiVe Education & Research (RIVER) Field Studies Network. 

To  inform the development of a full RCN proposal and to grow our network, we invite you to use the survey link provided below to tell us about such courses that you and/or your institution may offer, and if not, the reasons why such courses are not offered by you and/or your institution.


Results from this survey will be used to assess the number and variety of immersive, river-based field courses offered at institutions of higher learning across the United States and/or the impediments to offering such courses. The survey also aims to assess the needs of those who lead undergraduate field experiences and to build evidence for the impact of field-based education. Thank you for your participation. The questionnaire should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. If you are involved in more than one program, you will be given the opportunity to provide information about another program later in the survey.

The information that you provide is confidential. Your participation in this study is voluntary, you may choose not to participate, and you may choose not to answer any question. Please take your time answering the questions. The survey is completely voluntary, anonymous and has passed IRB review at Virginia Commonwealth University. Participants should include educators 18 years and older.  We estimate it will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. If you would like more information, please contact: Dr. James Vonesh at If you have any questions about the rights of research participants, you may call the Office of Research Subjects Protection at Virginia Commonwealth University at (804) 828-0868.

Sincerely yours,

Denielle Perry, Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Sustainability, Northern Arizona University

Andy Rost, Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology, Sierra Nevada College

James Vonesh, Associate Professor, Center for Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University



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