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Principal Investigators and Institutions from Maine, Kansas, South Carolina and South Dakota Awarded NSF Research Traineeship Awards

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) program recently awarded 17 projects, totaling $51 million, to develop and implement graduate education traineeship models in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The awards will help train the next generation of scientific leaders to develop the skills necessary to tackle complex societal problems.

"Innovative approaches are vital to transforming STEM graduate education," said Jim Lewis, acting assistant director for NSF's Education and Human Resources Directorate. "By supporting approaches that utilize evidence-based learning practices, immersing students in interdisciplinary research and providing students with opportunities to develop career-aligned skillsets, NRT projects are helping change the landscape of graduate education and better prepare future STEM scientists for diverse careers."

Jim Lewis, Acting Assistant Director, EHR
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Rajesh Khare, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University, leads NRT Trainees in a hands-on molecular simulation activity during an NRT Computational Tutorial.

Photo Credit: Derek Patton, University of Southern Mississippi

Titles, principal investigators and institutions for the new NRT awards are:

  • NeuroTech - Bringing Technology to Neuroscience: Eduardo Chichilnisky, Stanford University
  • Enhancing Conservation Science and Practice: An Interdisciplinary Program: Sandra De Urioste-Stone, University of Maine
  • Preparing Future Leaders: Rural Resource Resiliency (R3): Melanie Derby, Kansas State University
  • NRT-INFEWS: Agricultural Biotechnology in Our Evolving Food, Energy & Water Systems (AgBioFEWS): Fred Gould, North Carolina State University
  • Cyber-Physical-Social System for Understanding and Thwarting the Illicit Economy: Jon Kellar, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Ashley Podhradsky, Dakota State University; Brian Logue, South Dakota State University; Paul May, University of South Dakota
  • Technology-Human Integrated Knowledge Education and Research (THINKER): Laine Mears, Clemson University
  • A Team-based Training Paradigm Integrating Informatics and Ecology: Kiona Ogle, Northern Arizona University
  • Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living: Sethuraman Panchanathan, Arizona State University
  • The DataFEWSion Traineeship Program for Innovations at the Nexus of Food Production, Renewable Energy and Water Quality: Sarah Ryan, Iowa State University
  • UMD Global STEWARDS (STEM Training at the Nexus of Energy, WAter Reuse and FooD Systems): Amy Sapkota, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Interdisciplinary Training, Education and Research for Food-Energy-Water Systems (InTERFEWS) in Semi-Arid Regions: Sybil Sharvelle, Colorado State University
  • Intersecting Computational and Data Science to Address Grand Challenges in Plant Biology: Shin-Han Shiu, Michigan State University
  • A Bioelectronics Incubator for Training Students (BITS) at the Cell/Material Interface: Jonathan Silberg, William Marsh Rice University
  • Landscape-U, Impactful Partnerships among Graduate Students and Managers for Regenerative Landscape Design: Erica Smithwick, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
  • A Graduate Traineeship in Cyber Physical Systems: John Stankovic, University of Virginia
  • Modeling and Understanding Human Behavior: Harnessing Data from Genes to Social Networks: Wei Wang, University of California Los Angeles
  • Graduate Student Education: Reducing Energy Barriers for Novel Water Supply Use in Sustainable Agriculture: Charles Werth, University of Texas, Austin
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