Student Opportunities

The Mountain Environments Research Institute currently offers Extended Education courses and study abroad opportunities through Western Washington University. Students can take courses in a variety of disciplines that provide opportunities to gain experience working in mountain environments through outdoor leadership development, climbing and mountaineering, field-based science, and international and local community development. 

Courses offered Winter 2017:

  • RECR 370 Outdoor Program Development - CORE
  • ESCI 328 Intro Ecosystem Management - CORE


Other Student Opportunities

  • A Biology Field Course in Chamonix, France with Robin Kodner!
  • High Alpine Field Instructor Job
  • Rolex Explorer Grant
    • What
      • The Explorers Club and Rolex share a common vision – supporting and fostering emerging young explorers. As a result of this shared vision, we are pleased to announce the second installment of The Rolex Explorer Grants program. The Rolex Explorer Grants will send extraordinary young explorers into the field and promote the significant role that exploration plays in addressing cutting-edge scientific questions, understanding our environment and the world we live in, and learning more about our history. In 2018 up to five $10,000 grants will be awarded to young explorers. This program is open to all field science disciplines. Proposals must contain a field science exploration component and address a novel scientific, environmental, or historic question. In addition to demonstrating a spirit of exploration, candidates must put forward a project or research proposal that has a clear scientific rationale, represents original work, and has the potential for significant impact or new understanding. 
    • When
      • Fieldwork must be completed by February 14, 2019.
      • The Rolex Explorer Grants will begin accepting applications on November 20, 2017.
      • The deadline for submission will be 11:59 pm EDT, January 22, 2018.
      • Awardees will be notified by: March 9, 2018.
      • Written reports will be required to be submitted by February 28, 2019.
      • Awardees will be acknowledged at The Explorers Club Annual Dinner in March 2019, and will receive membership in The Explorers Club for the duration of their award.
    • How: 
      • To apply Register at:
    • Eligibility:
      • Students currently enrolled in a College / University undergraduate (Bachelor) or graduate (Master or Doctoral) degree program; or
      • Post-doctoral student within 2 years of their doctoral degree at the time of application; or
      • Young Explorers 35 years old or younger.
    • Requirements of Grant Recipients:
      • Submission of a written report of research/field work
      • Presentation of research/field work in 3 separate community forums (eg: Church, School, or Community Center, etc.)
      • Presentation of research/field work during the Explorers Club Annual Dinner weekend
      • Creation of a 2 minute “in the field” video for The Rolex Explorer Grants website
      • Agree to give Rolex and The Explorers Club the rights to images and use of likeness