Information for students

Registration:

Students will register for the Policy Clinic in the Winter (ENV 203A) and Spring (ENV 203B). Students must take ENV 203A before they can enroll in ENV 203B. Both ENV 203A and 203B are letter graded for 4-units. The Program Coordinator will provide all second-year and approved 12-month students with the CRN when registration opens.  

Project selection:

In early November, EPM program staff will send enrolled students a description of all project proposals received and a survey to identify project preference. EPM program staff will work with the instructor to collate survey results and identify the most preferred projects. After this is complete, informational interviews will be organized with the clients and students via Zoom. Informational interviews allow the clients to meet with students, share their vision for the project and enable students to ask any clarifying questions. After informational interviews are conducted, the program will organize a final meeting with the Policy Clinic Instructor and students. During this meeting, we will finalize project selection and student groupings. 

We do our best to schedule these meetings at a time when everyone is available. If a student is unable to attend any of the fall meetings, they should coordinate with program staff and instructor if they wish to be involved in the project selection process. 

Presentations:

Final presentations are open to the public and are hosted in late May/ early June. Students are expected to present in-person. There will be a public reception that follows presentations.

Policy Clinic Report:

Each student is responsible for writing a Policy Clinic Report. This report is evaluated as a part of the student's Comprehensive Exam portfolio. The instructor will set the deadline for this report, but it will be sometime at the end of the second quarter of the Clinic. 

After the Policy Clinic concludes, a summary report is written by the instructor evaluating each group's work. The report includes client mid-point and final survey results as well as each student's Policy Clinic Report. These elements are reviewed and approved by the Comprehensive Exam Committee.

Timeline:
August-October 15

The program solicits project proposals.

November

  • EPM students will be sent a description of all project proposals received and a survey to rank their preferred projects.
  • After the program collates the survey results, informational interviews will be scheduled.
  • Once informational interviews are complete, a final meeting will be scheduled by program staff with the instructor and students for project selection.
December Instructor will finalize details in collaboration with the client. 
January Projects begin.
March

Spring break.

End of May/ Early June Policy Clinic Report (written by student) is due. Public presentations.