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EMPOWER NRT: Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT)

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

This is an interdisciplinary graduate training program focused on research at the interface of water and energy cycles. Graduate students in this program conduct research at the 'water-energy nexus,' which is a priority research area nationally. Through an individualized professional development program, a career pathways experience, summer field experiences, and an interdisciplinary seminar, participants gain the technical knowledge and professional skills needed to address the contemporary challenges of increased demands on water and energy resources. Students will be prepared for careers in energy, environmental consulting, government, nonprofits, academic, and beyond.

We are seeking applications from individuals interested in pursuing either Masters or Doctoral study within the 'water-energy nexus.' EMPOWER participants will be considered for an NRT-stipend package to be awarded for one year during the course of their graduate program. Remaining years of their graduate study may be funded through graduate fellowships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships.

For more information about EMPOWER, please visit our website or contact program manager. This program draws on faculty from the Departments of Earth Sciences and Chemistry, the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Applicants are encouraged to communicate directly with the participating graduate programs prior to submitting an application to the EMPOWER program.

Participating Institution(s):
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Syracuse University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences

Carbon Cycle Research
Environmental Chemistry
Hydrologic Science
Water Quality

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

Page last updated 2/3/2017
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