UMD Global STEWARDS will have the opportunity to participate in five experiential, interdisciplinary NRT elements:
1.) Introductory and advanced experiential coursework (total of 11 credit hours, intended to be accommodated within the student’s existing credit requirements):
- MIEH690 – UMD Global STEWARDS: Experiential Exploration of Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (3 credits)
- MIEH699 – UMD Global STEWARDS: Seminal Findings, and Research and Policy in Progress at the Food, Energy, Water Nexus (1 credit, taken in both spring and fall semesters)
- MIEH691 – UMD Global STEWARDS: Project-Based Data Practicum at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (3 credits)
- A 3-credit elective course relevant to the food-energy-water nexus from any department on the UMD campus
2.) Intensive, annual, one-week “Summer Boost” workshops focused on professional development activities (e.g., science communication; ethics; grant writing; leadership and conflict resolution)
3.) Optional Local Internship based in a non-academic setting (e.g., U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Water Research Foundation)
4.) “Global Winter Amp” broadening experience in Israel or Nepal (a two-week, faculty-led, study abroad experience; trainees will submit a separate application for this opportunity)
5.) Outreach and mentoring targeted to undergraduates, secondary students, and the general public
UMD Global STEWARDS will also be exposed to a range of topics in our integrated FEW research areas, including but not limited to:
- Agricultural resilience through energy-efficient water reuse;
- Food safety and security in variable climate scenarios
- Visualizations and decision support systems to advance food-energy-water adaptation strategies.
- Social and economic responses to challenges at the FEW nexus
Trainees accepted into the program will also have the opportunity to help shape the program and hone leadership skills through student-led committees and activities.
NSF Stipends and Tuition Support: Approximately six, 1-year stipends ($34,000), per year for 5 years, along with tuition support and benefits, will be offered. To be eligible for an NSF stipend, an applicant must have at least 2 years remaining until they complete their PhD and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. However, we encourage students to apply for the Global STEWARDS program even if they are not eligible to receive an NSF stipend because all accepted students can participate in the NRT program elements. All individuals accepted into the program will be designated as “UMD Global STEWARDS Fellows”, whether or not they receive NSF stipend support.