IIHR faculty received an $3 million National Science Foundation grant in 2016 for an innovative new graduate program on Sustainable Water Development. This unique program gives students the opportunity to map out their own career goals, ranging from university researcher to entrepreneur, educator, or professional engineer. Whatever career path they choose, SWD graduates have the expertise they need.
Competition for the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) grant was intense, but the UI’s geographic nexus of food, energy, and water made it unique. SWD’s blend of intense scientific learning and research with coursework in social issues, public health, and entrepreneurship is popular with students from many backgrounds, including chemistry, microbiology, public health, and more.