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What is IGERT at UC Denver? 

UC Denver received a prestigious $3.2M Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative inter-disciplinary graduate program on sustainable urban infrastructure.  The award has supported 27 doctoral students during the five-year grant period from 2007-2014.  The graduate program, the first of its kind in the country for its breadth across disciplines, spans the Colleges of Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Public Affairs, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The UC Denver IGERT program is in its final year and set for completion in the summer of 2014.

Why Sustainable Urban Infrastructure?

With unprecedented increases in urban populations, constrained water supplies, energy shifts to mitigate climate change, and vulnerability to disasters, cities worldwide are seeking more sustainable infrastructures that are resilient, high-performing, resource-efficient, cost-effective, and environment-friendly.  Designing such infrastructures requires emerging technologies to be well-integrated with urban planning, public policy, and participatory community efforts.

IGERT Programs Nationwide

IGERT grants are awarded by NSF to innovative graduate programs in US universities for training PhD scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary background and the technical, professional and personal skills needed to address global questions of the future.  The IGERT program is aimed at establishing innovative new models for graduate education, training and collaborative research that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.  It is also intended to facilitate development of a diverse, globally-engaged, science and engineering workforce.

Since 1998 the IGERT program has made 278 awards and has provided funding for approximately 6,500 graduate students. Through the use of innovative curricula and internships, and by focusing on problem-centered training, these programs give their graduates the edge needed to become leaders in their chosen fields.  Students accepted to this prestigious program receive support toward tuition, fees and research supplies, plus a sizeable stipend.  For more information, see

IGERT Spring Ceremony 5.14.14:  Find link to recording of event here:

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All IGERT seminars will be held in Room 500 in the Lawrence Street Center Building from 12pm to 1pm on the Wednesdays listed below. All seminars are available to watch online live at  Contact Ali Kent for more details or questions (


2/5/14:  Kara Luckey:  “Who benefits from regional rail transit investments? Identifying planning and policy levers that support socially-equitable transit and transit-oriented development?”

2/5/14:  Eric Stonebraker:  “Exploring the relationships between neighborhood amenities, accessibility, and place attachment.”

2/26/14:  Ed Gaviria:  “Understanding Traffic Congestion and its Implications.”

Subtopic: Challenges of gathering and modeling time series data


3/5/14:  Zac Coventry:  Measuring Sustainable Residential Construction:  A Preliminary Research Plan."

3/5/14:  Laurie Manderino:  “Findings from cross-country analysis of national institutional and governance policies in low-income countries as relates to progress on Millennium Development Goal 7.C for extension of water and sanitation access to more citizens.”

3/19/14:  Stephen Fisher:  "Urban agriculture characterized by cycle assessment and land use patterns."

4/9/14:  Kate Oviatt:  "Exploring Urban Agriculture as a Strategy for Empowerment.”

4/9/14:  Andy Pattison:  “Learning through Belief Change and Reinforcement: A Study of Coalitions in Climate and Energy Issues."

4/23/14:  Alejandro Henao:  "Effects of Fuel Price Shocks in Commuting Expenditures: A Transportation Economic Resilience Analysis.”

5/7/14:  Joshua Sperling:  “Exploring the nexus of infrastructures, environment and health:   challenges and opportunities in rapidly growing Asian cities.” | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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