Public Service & Outreach at Odum
Public service and outreach is a vital component of the Odum School, with initiatives serving the people of Georgia & beyond.
The River Basin Center, housed in the Odum School but drawing from units across campus, connects freshwater science and policy to promote sustainable management of aquatic resources and ecosystems. River Basin Center faculty, staff and students work on aquatic management issues around the globe, but with particular emphasis on the southeastern U.S.
The Odum School of Ecology offers courses, internships, and opportunities for students to apply the ecological principles learn in coursework to solving real-world environmental problems. A perfect example is Environmental Practicum, a multidisciplinary graduate-level service-learning course offered through the River Basin Center.
Outreach: Ecoreach and STEMzone
The student-run EcoReach program offers environmental educational activities for students at local elementary, middle and high schools and at community events. Students learn about topics such as conservation, biodiversity and natural history through hands-on activities.
STEMzone is an outreach initiative started by Ecology graduate students at the University of Georgia. UGA graduate students across STEM disciplines connect UGA football fans to science through interactive exhibits before football games. This is an opportunity for UGA fans to interact with science and learn about the research being done at UGA.