Consortium Founding Members:
Lacawac Consortium was founded in 2013 to advance scientific understanding of the natural world through research and education. Lacawac maintains a 545-acre forest and glacial lake preserve and a biological field station with laboratories and a lodge in the Pocono Mountains. The Consortium collaborates with its members – prominent universities, K-12 schools and research institutions – in conducting scientific research, creating education programs for K-16 audiences, and offering resources and support for early-career scientists, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
What kinds of institutions become members of the consortium?
Our member institutions are highly diverse, including public and private schools, research universities and liberal arts colleges, schools with baccalaureate programs only, and those with graduate programs.
What are the benefits of membership?
1. Tuition discount on summer courses and workshops.
Students and alumni from Lacawac member institutions receive a 20% discount on tuition for our workshops; at current rates. Students obtain quality hands-on field experience and in-depth introduction to regional, communities, and ecosystems by studying in our “natural classroom and laboratory.”
2. Discounts and priority for researchers and faculty with visiting classes.
Faculty and graduate student researchers from Lacawac member institutions are given a discount on fees and priority in reserving bench space and equipment for their research based at Lacawac. Faculty from member institutions wishing to bring a class to Lacawac for a field trip are given a discount plus priority in reserving the lab or equipment for their classes.
3. Advanced notice of program schedules.
Students from member institutions are given advanced notice of the workshops and the paid internships that Lacawac offers each summer.
4. Acknowledgement on our website and use of our logo.
We acknowledge members of the consortium on our website, and provide member institutions with a high-resolution image of the Lacawac logo. Members are encouraged to use the logo on their website or print materials to highlight their membership among the opportunities they advertise for their students and faculty.
What other privileges do member institutions enjoy?
Member schools are entitled to appoint a faculty member representative to serve on the Lacawac Science Committee. The Committee shall give input to the Trustees with regard to the integrity of Lacawac’s forest and water bodies for scientific research, research guidelines, scientific activities at Lacawac, and on issues related to buildings and grounds that have potential to impact forest and water body integrity, and determine research award recipients. The Committee shall also sponsor workshops and support educational venues.
How much does it cost to become an institutional member of the consortium?
The institutional membership rate is just $500 annually.
How does a school join the consortium?
Membership is easy: Contact President Craig Lukatch (email@example.com) to arrange for payment of the annual membership fee ($500, payable to the Lacawac Sanctuary). To nominate someone from your school for the Science Committee, contact President Craig Lukatch (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will assist with your nominee and with any questions you may have. We will provide you with information about research and workshop and course opportunities, and send you a link to download a high-resolution image of the Lacawac logo.
We value your membership! You will become a part a great group of colleges and universities, many of which have been a part of Lacawac Field Station community for decades!