Welcome to the main portal for information on the SIUC IGERT program in Watershed Science and Policy, supported by the National Science Foundation.
The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers who will pursue careers in research and education, with the interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills to become, in their own careers, leaders and creative agents for change. The program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in graduate education for students, faculty, and institutions by establishing innovative new models and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce (www.nsf.gov).
Specifically, our program is designed to recruit, mentor, and train a diverse group of outstanding Ph.D. students to become the scientists, managers, and leaders who will tackle tomorrow’s interconnected environmental, social, economic, and technical challenges at watershed and river basin scales.
The central approach of our IGERT program is to train each year’s IGERT class as a collaborative, interdisciplinary cadre - "a nucleus or core group of trained personnel able to assume control and to train others" (Merriam-Webster's Dictionary).