Fellowship Opportunities

UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN WATER MANAGEMENT

Research the fundamental scientific challenges of water sustainability while gaining leadership and professional development skills in this unique interdisciplinary experience. This 12-month (August – July) commitment gives students hands-on experience
in water resource systems and models, culminating in the research and development of a dynamic simulation model of the Middle Rio Grande. Three undergraduate students are selected each year to work under the mentorship of a Water Resource Program graduate student.

Undergraduate students from any and all majors are eligible for this unique interdisciplinary opportunity to gain hands-on experience in water resource systems and models, culminating in the research and development of a dynamic simulation model of the Middle Rio Grande. Any undergraduate student who has an interest in water sustainability and/or research, is encouraged to consider applying.

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2022-2023 COHORT IS OPEN NOW UNTIL JUNE 15, 2022 
Click here for more info on how to apply

 

COMMITMENT

  • Enrollment in and successful completion of Water Resources I: Contemporary Issues (WR 571 – Fall 2022) and Water Resources II: Models (WR 572 – Spring 2023)

  • Approximately 2 hrs per week throughout the year to build on your research and framework for the final project.

  • Part time (20 hours/week) for 4 weeks during summer (~June 2023) to develop final project

 

BENEFITS

  • A scholarship of $2,000 (divided between Fall, Spring and Summer semesters 2022/2023 academic year)
     
  • Participate in graduate level courses in water resource management, giving you a head start on graduate school

  • Engage with New Mexico Water managers and users

 


 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Our 2020-2021 fellowship cohort, which consisted of Sofia Jenkins-Nieto (BS candidate, Environmental Science, 2022), Atlin Johnson (BS candidate, Civil Engineering, 2022), and Yoko Kentilitisca (BS candidate, Population Health, 2021), were mentored by graduate student Sean O'Neill from the Water Resources program in developing a simulated game about the water resource issues in the Rio Grande. By combining their various disciplinary backgrounds with the knowledge they gained over the past year in their graduate-level courses, they have created an interactive game that integrates the sectors of water management, public health, and environmental justice to create more urban green spaces in an era of rapid climate change. The simulation is designed specifically for the Albuquerque area with the overall intent of promoting green spaces by planting trees using stormwater discharge that is not being actively used.

 

LEARN ABOUT OUR UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWS' EXPERIENCE 

 

WE NEED YOUR INPUT

Anyone is invited to play the game and share your input with our 2021-2022 cohort of fellows to help them develop the project further. Follow the steps below or contact igray@unm.edu with any questions:

  1. Download the GoldSim player here 
  2. After you have downloaded the player, download TreeSim here. Use the video tutorial below to guide you through the game if you need help.
  3. Once you have played TreeSim, you may submit your feedback here

 

 

HOW TO PLAY TREESIM


 

JONES INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE FUND

This fellowship is made possible by the Dr. Roger and Teri Jones Interdisciplinary Science Fund. An alumnus of the School of Engineering, Dr. Jones's passion for water sustainability combined with his curisoity for simulations models inspired this unique undergraduate experience. If you would like to join the Jones' in their pursuit to expose undergraduate students to research opportunities that will impact our communities, please consider making a gift to their fund