The application period is now open through February 28, 2020 for a Summer 2020 start of program. Please let us know you're interested and apply today! Scroll down for more information about our upcoming information sessions and contact information for Project Dragonfly’s AIP office and San Diego Zoo Global's program contacts.

AIP Overview

San Diego Zoo Global's (SDZG) Community Engagement team at the Institute for Conservation Research has joined a major national partnership to bring an innovation master's degree to Southern California. The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) from Miami University, Ohio, is an inquiry-driven learning experience that enables students to work directly with world-class SDZG scientists, experts and partners while completing web-based coursework through Miami University. The AIP is an exciting and affordable way to pursue your passion for conservation while earning a master’s degree and maintaining full-time work.

Students in this one-of-a-kind graduate program are part of an unprecedented national network of leading institutions committed to local, national, and global change. Project Dragonfly is based in the Department of Biology at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio, established in 1809. Miami, listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies, has a long and distinguished record of excellence in research and teaching in science and education. Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits, and graduate programs worldwide. AIP Master’s students join a growing alliance of education, environmental, and community leaders.


Please RSVP to one of our upcoming information sessions if you are interested in applying to the AIP and would like to learn more!

2019-2020 Information Sessions:

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Location: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, 15600 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA, 92027

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Location: San Diego Zoo Rondavel Room, 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA, 92101

Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

Both information sessions will follow the same format and include: hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to mingle with San Diego Zoo AIP staff and other prospective students, an overview of the Advanced Inquiry Program, and a question and answer session with a staff and a current/former student panel.


Program Contacts

San Diego Zoo Global

Mackenzie Borau, Ph.D., Associate Director,

Rhiannon Schultz, M.A., Research Coordinator,

Miami University

AIP Contact,

Project Dragonfly team,, 513-529-8576

AIP Student Spotlight Videos

AIP Masters Degree Program Staff