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Earth Institute Research Projects

Sustainable Engineering Graduate Scholars Program - Diversifying the Pipeline to the PhD

Lead PI: Professor Patricia J. Culligan , Tiffany Simon, Tykeia Robinson, Jack McGourty, Marco Castaldi

Unit Affiliation: Columbia Engineering

January 2012 - December 2017
Inactive
North America ; United States ; New York City, NY ; New York
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The goal of this S-STEM project by Columbia University Engineering is to prepare a cohort of engineers to meet the current environmental and societal challenges by preparing the students in the areas of water, energy and infrastructure. The project is building on education reform at the undergraduate and doctoral levels and targets reform at the Masters level. By using a research-based Masters degree, scholars will be supported to bridge the period from undergraduate studies into the doctoral program. The program is emphasizing the recruitment of underrepresented populations and will award 10 scholarships every year. The scholarship recipients will also receive a full tuition waiver from Columbia Engineering and a stipend from their faculty research advisor. Support structures for the students include mentoring, cohort building and leadership development. The work is focusing on the recruitment and retention of a diverse group of graduate students and facilitates their integration into research centers to promote connections between students, teaching experiences, leadership and other research-based training.