Sustainable Urban Water Transdisciplinary Research Program for Undergraduates

Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN)

Various, , US

The Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) offers its second Undergraduate Research Program (URP) for the summer of 2017. Participants will be given the opportunity to perform cutting edge, transdisciplinary research of immediate relevance to people in urban areas. Students with different research interests – social sciences, natural sciences, engineering – will be placed with a team of mentors at institutions in urban areas across the nation. The program will start and end at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Co.

The 2017 UWIN URP program will engage students in three strands of activities:

Cutting Edge Independent Research Projects

Working closely with mentor scientists, students will delineate a research question and hypotheses, develop and implement a project, analyze data, give a poster presentation at the UWIN All Scientists’ meeting in early August 2017, and write a research report. Students also will be encouraged to produce a research paper for publication in a peer reviewed journal and to present their results at a national conference.

Reflective Practice and Training Activities

Skill building workshops and seminars will support student learning. Students will participate in in-person and virtual sessions in scientific writing, transdisciplinary science, ethics in sustainability, strategies for effective communication, and future options in study and work.

Transdisciplinary Research Activities in Urban Water Sustainability

Students will explore how to promote sustainable management of urban water systems by working with a team of disciplinary experts. They will be encouraged to look beyond their own discipline as well. Students will participate in workshops and seminars led by experts from different fields. A Forum on Opportunities in Urban Water Sustainability Research and Applications will showcase examples of natural science, engineering, and social science in action.

Students in the 2017 program will receive a stipend of $4,500 plus room and board on-campus or nearby housing. Students also will receive a travel allowance up to $900 towards travel expenses associated with participating in the program, including travel to and from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, for the kick off and wrap up meetings, and travel to their research site.