Survey developed to document student and postdoc experiences with EFSNE project


Posted: May 1, 2015

From undergraduate interns conducting intercept surveys to graduate students analyzing land-use data to postdoctoral scholars performing spatial analyses with crop models, the EFSNE project has engaged with dozens of students and trainees. Members of the Education Team are working to document some of this student engagement by administering a survey to all of the students who have been involved with the project to date.

"We’re genuinely interested in finding out what the student experience has been, because of the transdisciplinary nature of the project and the variety of students and trainees involved," said Chris Peters, who co-leads the Education Team.

Identifying all of these students and trainees was the team's first task. Given the geographically dispersed nature of the EFSNE team, this involved working with team members at several of the project's partner institutions — an exercise that resulted in a list of 45 students who have engaged with the project since it began in 2011.

The team then worked together to develop a survey and submit it to an Institutional Review Board for approval. Once approved, all 45 students will receive an email inviting them to complete the survey online. Team members expect the survey period to conclude by the end of the summer.

More information about the Education Team is available here.