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Photo credit: Guilu Murphy
Photo credit: Guilu Murphy
Photo credit: Guilu Murphy

“The most valuable thing that I learned from DDCSP at U of M is that I have a place in the environmental movement. And that, really, we all do.”

– Gabbie Buendia, 2017 DDCSP at U of M Scholar


Led by Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Program Director and Principal Investigator, the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan (DDCSP at U of M) is a two-summer opportunity for undergraduates who are traditionally underrepresented in the conservation field and who are interested in careers in the sector. 

If you are a…

  • An undergraduate student interested in conservation, nature, and the environment;
  • Interested in research opportunities and  internships in the environmental field;
  • Keen to explore natural habitats and outdoor spaces in Michigan and elsewhere;
  • Looking for a space to have discussions about diversity and inclusion as it pertains to the conservation and environmental fields;
  • Excited to bring new ways of looking at, understanding, and protecting the earth’s resources;
  • Eager to become a part of a community of like-minded peers from across the country —

…you should consider applying!

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An Alumni Interview: Guilu Murphy, 2016 DDCSP at U of M Scholar, Sustainability & Engaged Scholarship Fellow at Swarthmore College

What is the most valuable thing you learned as a DDCSP UM scholar?

DDCSP at U of M has changed how I feel about my ability to work within the environmental field, namely that I CAN pursue an environmentally…focused career path. As a child of a blue collar immigrant, I didn’t have anyone I knew even remotely in the environmental field as a professional. While I knew at school this was an academic topic that really interested me, I had no support in terms of any kind of network, personal or professional, to give me the confidence that I even could begin to navigate the environmental field.”

What was your experience like getting to know other DDCSP at  U of M scholars?

The students this program attracts are very special. I have learned so much from each of the students’ stories, perspectives, and challenges both in and outside of the environmental field. Some of my closest friends have come from this program because we can relate to similar underlying passions in environmental work and social justice and similar feelings of being marginalized in and outside of the environmental field.”

Guilu Murphy graduated from Wesleyan University in the Spring of 2018. After graduation, she came back to the University of Michigan and worked with the School of Environment and Sustainability’s Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She is now heading to Swarthmore College to start her new job as a Sustainability & Engaged Scholarship Fellow.