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 http://www.igert.org/
For more information please contact IGERT Program Coordinator, Alison.Kent@ucdenver.edu, or call 719.660.6633.