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IGERT Astrobiology program at UW

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Graduate students Megan Smith and Elena Amador sample waters from the highly acidic Rio Tinto in Spain looking for an analog to early Martian environment (Source: UWAB) Astrobiology studies the origin of life on Earth and the distribution of life in the Universe. The cross-disciplinary nature of this field mandates collaboration among biologists, astronomers, oceanographers, atmospheric scientists, chemists, planetary scientists, …

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US IGERT

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IGERT is the National Science Foundation’s flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. From 1998 until now, the IGERT program has acquired 278 awards and has provided funding for approximately 6,500 graduate students. The IGERT programs offer traineeships to students pursuing their PhDs. The interdisciplinary …

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Best Practices for IGERT Sustainability

The National Science Foundation funds IGERT programs in order to incubate new practices, not to provide long-term program funding. Once initial funding peters out, program directors and graduate school administrators face the challenge of maintaining the generous funding levels that fostered excellence. CIRGE explored ways to meet this challenge and sustain the programming initiated with IGERT funds by collecting the …

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IGERT Urban Ecology at UW

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The mission of the IGERT Urban Ecology was “to improve Earth’s condition by engaging policy makers, scientists, students and citizens in the generation, teaching and use of knowledge about the interactions between humans and ecological processes in urbanizing environments.” In December 2004, CIRGE presented the results of three years formative and summative evaluative work to the Urban Ecology IGERT faculty, students, departmental chairs, …

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