Dinosaurs and National Parks

Travel to Wyoming to excavate dinosaurs and visit National Parks as you study the connected biology and earth history of the region.

Dinosaur Field Course Undergraduate and graduate students from any higher-ed institution are invited to participate in a 3-credit field course in Wyoming from July 22–31, 2018. Students will participate in an active dinosaur dig, that will teach them how to reconstruct the biology of extinct animals. Techniques learned will include fossil excavation and conservation, geologic mapping, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. The visits to Yellowstone National Park and other parks in the area are designed to educate students about the deep connections between the biological and geological history of the region.

This course has a weekly online component that leading up to departure to Wyoming. Lodging will be at the historic Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Association (YBRA) in the picturesque and rugged Beartooth Mountains.

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Your application does not guarantee acceptance into the program or require that you commit to participating. Acceptance is based upon the instructor’s permission and having no disciplinary issues or financial and/or academic holds on your account.

The estimated total cost of the program including credits, travel, lodging and food is $3300 for undergraduate students and $3600 for graduate students. 

Final approval is granted once full tuition is paid and enrollment procedures are completed.

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Eligibility and Overview

Instructor permission and a minimum 2.7 GPA is required to enroll in BIO 585: Dinosaurs and National Parks. Students will travel on their own accord to either the Cody, Wyoming or Billings, Montana airport where they will be picked up by the course director. Alternately, students can drive to the YBRA. Please review the course syllabus in advance of applying for this program.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline is April 1. Please note that applications are reviewed in the order received and registration is open until the registration limit is reached. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

Important Steps to Apply

  Step 1 – Application for Acceptance
  • Completed Adelphi: Dinosaurs & National Parks Application
  • Unofficial University Transcript sent to Dr. D’Emic
  • One faculty recommendation emailed to Dr. D’Emic. This can be a brief email highlighting how this program will benefit your education and professional development, sent from a professor.
  • Letter of Intent prepared by the applicant (one page)
    • Explain your interest/motivation past relevant experience, and how the program will contribute to your personal or academic development.
  • Carefully read and review the course syllabus and agree to all aspects of the course content and logistics.
  • Review and agree to abide by the Adelphi University Code of Conduct.  
  • Signed Disclosure and Release form
  • Signed Release from Liability form
  • Signed Emergency Contact Form
  • Signed Photo Release Form
  • Signed Hold Harmless Form
  • Proof of current medical and/or trip insurance
    • Include a photocopy of valid insurance card or a copy of medical/trip insurance policy covering the time you will be spending in Wyoming and Montana. (The latter can be completed during Step II of the application process).
 Step 2 – The following are required for enrollment after acceptance to the program
  • Proof of tetanus vaccination within the last seven years
  • Completed Course Registration Form (provided upon acceptance)
  • Payment in full by check or money order made out to Adelphi University and submitted to the project director at the address below.

All applications are given prompt consideration. Students will be notified as soon as possible with an acceptance decision. Please contact the program director with any additional questions. Acceptance is not guaranteed until enrollment procedures have been completed. Either hand deliver or mail all original forms and application material including payment to the following address:

Dr. Michael D’Emic
Adelphi University
Biology Department
Science Building, Room 103
1 South Ave.
Garden City, New York 11530-0701

Program Payment

For Adelphi faculty led programs (Summer Term) and all semester and academic year programs, tuition payment is to be made to Adelphi University, do not make any tuition payments to any other institution or program. Program tuition is for 3 undergraduate or graduate academic credits (discounted by 25%) and fees. Airfare is not included in the program fees and must be covered independently. All participating students must enroll in 3 credits.

For more information, please contact:

Michael D’Emic
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
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