IonE Graduate Scholars

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The Institute on the Environment Graduate Scholars program is an interdisciplinary cohort program for graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral researchers interested in determined topics. (Topics change each year.)

If you are selected to be a IonE Graduate Scholar, you will have a unique opportunity to connect with other students interested in interdisciplinary research within these topics and you will earn a $200 stipend upon program completion. You will also engage with related and ongoing work at IonE and have the chance to network with IonE faculty, community leaders, and peers. Read about Robin Sehler’s reflections on her experience co-leading the Agriculture & Climate Group.

Each cohort will meet bi-weekly to share their academic work related to the topic, engage with diverse stakeholders in the field (e.g., researchers, policymakers, community leaders, etc), go on related field trips, etc. Members of the cohort will be expected to engage in cohort activities and potentially develop resources that IonE can share on this topic.

Who should apply?

  • Are you interested in participating in one of the following cohorts:
    • Agriculture & Climate
    • Ecosystem & Planetary Health
    • Renewable Energy
    • Boreas Sustainability *Twin Cities Specific
  • Are you a current registered University of Minnesota graduate or professional student from either the Duluth, Rochester, or Twin Cities campuses with a demonstrated interest in one of the topics listed above?
  • Are you available on Fridays to attend online cohort meetings every other week from 9 – 11 am?
  • Are you interested in developing the skills and mindsets needed for interdisciplinary research to effectively address complex environmental issues?

If you answered yes to these questions, then this program is for you. We encourage applications from students from all colleges and UMN campuses who are eager to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and community members and build a peer network.

Who is leading the cohort?

Each of the cohorts for 2024-2025 will be led by two Graduate Leaders and supported by two faculty mentors and/or IonE research staff.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2024-25 are open. Apply now!

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