Recruiting for River Studies & Leadership Certificate Program

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We are now recruiting for the VCU – River Management Society “River Studies and Leadership Certificate“! This program can be pursued as either an undergraduate or graduate student.

If what you read below is of interest, get on our interest/mailing list, or reach out to the VCU RSLC coordinator – Prof. James Vonesh – jrvonesh@vcu.ed

Why Rivers?

Rivers play a central role in shaping landscapes and creating biologically diverse and unique ecosystems; they also form the foundation of cultures, economies, and communities.  Indeed, rivers connect us to nature, to our past, and to each other. Leaders of the future with an understanding of the fundamentals of river sciences, river-related policy and management, and river-based recreation and education will be best equipped to make sustainable decisions about future uses, studies and management of river systems around the world.  A new generation of young leaders is essential to create a brighter future for our nation’s rivers.

VCU has partnered with the River Management Society (RMS) to offer the “River Studies and Leadership Certificate” program, awarded upon completion of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project by RMS. VCU is one of only 12 schools to offer this program nationwide.

Here are some example presentations from past RSLC students

More information on the program can be found at the River Management Society.

RMS River Studies and Leadership Certificate Facebook page.

THIS FALL SEMESTER — career development opportunities!!

To support recruitment and professional development, RMS has  partnered with the USFS, to host a virtual discussion series for current, prospective, and alumni RSLC students called Braided Channels: Opportunities for River Careers from Sept. to Dec 2021. Each discussion will touch on the RSLC program and feature interactive Q&A related to beginning a river-related career. Please see the attached flyer. Faculty and advisors are also welcome to join.

Click the following links to register for the discussions:

Also specifically for VCU

Braided Channels Sept. 16 Flyer


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