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 varied, including public and private schools, nonprofits, land trusts, government organizations. research universities and liberal arts colleges, schools with undergraduate programs only, and those with graduate programs.
What are the benefits of membership?
1. Institutional affiliation with Lacawac Sanctuary, a hub for Ecological Observatory Networks
By joining the consortium, member institutions help support research, education, and preservation. Lacawac acknowledges members of the consortium on our website, and provides member institutions with a high-resolution image of the Lacawac logo. Members are encouraged to use the logo on their website or on printed materials to highlight their support of Lacawac’s mission.
2. Tuition discount on workshops
Students from member institutions receive a 20% discount on tuition for our workshops. Lacawac offers courses and workshops in field biology and ecology each summer, utilizing our ecological resources. Our workshops are field-oriented and taught by expert faculty familiar with Lacawac’s ecosystems. Students obtain quality hands-on field experience and intimate introduction to aquatic and terrestrial communities by studying in our “living classroom and laboratory.”
3. Priority for researchers and faculty with visiting classes
Faculty and graduate student researchers from member institutions are given priority in reserving laboratory space and equipment for their research. Faculty from member institutions wishing to bring a class for a field trip are given priority in reserving lecture space, the laboratory, or equipment for their classes.
4. Advanced notice of program schedules
Students from member institutions are given advanced notice of the summer program of courses and internships offered at Lacwac.
What other privileges do member institutions enjoy?
Member schools have the opportunity to nominate a faculty member representative to serve on Lacawac’s Science Committee. The committee evaluates research proposal submissions, and is consulted periodically on matters pertaining to Lacwac policy and teaching and research opportunities as they relate to Lacawac users.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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 and hope you will become a part a great group of colleges and universities, many of which have been a part of Lacawac Field Station for years!