CEE, IE Students Can Apply for New Grad Student Fellowships in Geoinformatics

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Iowa a $2.6 million grant for graduate student fellowships in an interdisciplinary program, Geoinformatics for Environmental and Energy Modeling and Prediction (GEEMaP).

As many as 30 Ph.D. students from a variety of fields will receive funding through the program, where they will learn to use advanced computational methods to address real-world problems in environmental science and energy production. GEEMaP students will earn a graduate certificate in geoinformatics.

Graduate students in six departments, including Civil and Environmental Engineering and Industrial Engineering, can apply to become GEEMaP students.

The highly competitive grant was awarded through NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program, which aims to produce Ph.D. scientists, engineers and educators from the United States who will pursue careers in research and education to become leaders and effect change.

The GEEMaP program aims to recruit four to six new IGERT fellows each year of the five-year grant. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They will receive stipends, tuition and fees for two years of study.

All UI students enrolled in associated Ph.D. programs can apply to the GEEMaP program as IGERT associates. Both fellows and associates will have the opportunity to participate in basic and applied research opportunities in academia, the public sector and private industry.

Andrew Kusiak, professor and departmental executive officer of mechanical and industrial engineering, was among the UI team that secured the first IGERT grant to the UI. Each year, the NSF receives about 400 preliminary grant proposals before inviting 100 to submit full proposals. From there, about 20 IGERT awards are presented.

The Graduate College began offering a certificate in geoinformatics earlier this year. The field develops new uses for information technology to address specific problems in geography, geosciences, urban and regional planning, and related branches of engineering. For more on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics and its subtracks, visit http://informatics.grad.uiowa.edu/.

For more information on the IGERT grant, e-mail Cowles at kate-cowles@uiowa.edu.