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 the following three areas:

  1. Agriculture and Climate
  2. Health and Climate
  3. Renewable Energy

As a member, you will have a unique opportunity to connect with other students interested in interdisciplinary research within these topics  and receive a $300 stipend in April 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.

This is a community of scholarship, and the nature of the programming will be flexible and reflect the interests and needs of cohort members.

Need to work on science communication? We’ve got that. 

Interested in policy? We can go there too. 

Want to workshop a research idea or find interdisciplinary faculty for your committee? We’ve got ideas!

Applications to join this cohort will open in August 2021! Read the details below to learn how to apply.

What is the Commitment?

Students selected to be members for one of the three cohorts will commit to involvement from September 2021 to April 2022. 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 a current registered University of Minnesota graduate or professional student with a demonstrated interest in one of the three topics listed above?
  • Are you a student in environmental or sustainability science that wants to engage with social scientists and humanities scholars on environmental issues?
  • Are you a student in humanities/social science/business who wants to explore how climate interacts with the social, economic, and political systems in place?
  • Are you a student in the arts or communications that wants to promote science communication?

If you answered yes to any of 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?

The three cohorts for 2021-2022 will be led by two Graduate Leaders and two faculty mentors and/or IonE research staff.

How Do You Apply?

Details on the application process will be released in August 2021. Preference will be given to applicants that are available to attend the bi-monthly meetings and whose academic and/or personal backgrounds help make this cohort truly diverse and interdisciplinary.