This NSF-sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research
Traineeship (IGERT) program supported establishment of a
multidisciplinary PhD program in “Water in the Urban Environment” at
UMBC. Solutions to complex problems associated with the effect of
urbanization on the water cycle require integrated ecological, economic
and engineering approaches, as well as innovations in policy-making.
This program trained PhD students to understand these linkages and and
prepare them to work in multidisciplinary teams to improve
understanding and management of urban environmental systems. The
program was centered on three interwoven themes: (1) urban hydrology
and contaminant transport; (2) urban biogeochemical cycles, aquatic
ecosystems, and human health; and (3) urban water policy, management,
The funding of this phase of the UMBC program ended on 7/31/13.
• Trainees earned a PhD in one of nine participating departments or
programs: (1) Biological Science; (2) Chemistry and Biochemistry; (3)
Environmental Engineering; (4) Geography and Environmental Systems;
(5) Information Systems; (6) Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Science
(MEES); (7) Mathematics and Statistics; (8) Public Policy (including
Economic Policy); and (9) Physics. (See http://www.umbc.edu/academics/degrees.html for
• Trainees participated in cross-cutting core courses and team research projects
that span the disciplines
• Trainees completed internships in one of the collaborating organizations
to expand their academic and career path horizons.
• Opportunities were and are available for collaboration with the Baltimore Ecosystem
Study Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site (http://beslter.org)
• UMBC is close to the Chesapeake Bay, an important coastal ecosystem severely
affected by urban land use change.
The IGERT Traineeship provided a $30,000 stipend per year plus $10,500
toward cost of education (tuition, fees, health insurance and other
benefits). Assuming satisfactory progress, IGERT Trainees were funded
for two years;
teaching and research assistantships provided additional years of support,
at departmental funding levels.
Please note that as of February 2010, we are no longer accepting new applicants to the program.
• Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.
• The program is for the PhD degree only.
• NSF IGERT program website (including an excellent
FAQ list): http://www.igert.org
participating faculty http://www.umbc.edu/cuere/affiliatedFaculty.html
full proposal (pdf)
• UMBC full proposal summary
• UMBC full proposal references(pdf)
of UMBC IGERT Trainees
for Urban Environmental Research and Education
Research Center 102
Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland 21250
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