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Rivers, Watersheds, Communities (RWC) NSF Research Traineeship: Equitable, Multi-Scale Decision-Making Towards Human and Ecosystem Health

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

Rivers support communities and landscapes in important ways- from providing food and clean water, to acting as pathways for transporting goods and travel corridors for organisms, to serving in cultural and spiritual roles for people. Despite their importance, many river systems are highly contaminated due to decades of industrial activity, pesticide runoff, water treatment discharges, and urban runoff. Compared to visible changes in water quantity, water quality is an ‘invisible water crisis’. As this crisis escalates, water quality problems in watersheds and communities will require a workforce capable of integrating scientific information, public policy, and the knowledge and concerns of affected populations.

The RWC program is looking to attract students with diverse experiences, interests and cultural backgrounds in the areas of biology, ecology, environmental science, earth science, environmental engineering, environmental sociology, political science, and water resources. In addition to the M.S. or Ph.D., students will achieve a ScienCE certificate in Community Engagement. A mix of NSF, WSU and agency funds are available to fully support research and trainee stipends; and the possibility of add-on funding to achieve the ScienCE certificate after completion of RWC core courses. NSF funded NRT students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., its territories or its possessions.​

As part of the student degree program, students will be part of a core program which will include an immersion field course, the interdisciplinary water science and management course, a RWC environmental health seminar, a leadership development course, an integrated solutions experience course, and a student-specific community engagement experience. Students will continually contribute to the CRB Living Atlas, a visual- and data-based representation of social-ecological systems to share and synthesize information to communities and the public.
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Application Deadline: 11/15/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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Washington State University (Lead)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Environmental Sciences
Natural Resources
STEM Fields

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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