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We aim to provide intellectually challenging, interdisciplinary research and extension experiences for diverse undergraduates from across the US. During the summer program our undergraduate fellows will: 1) Develop a detailed and nuanced understanding of the complexity of anthropogenic influences and stakeholder needs within mixed-use watersheds; 2) Gain appreciation for the disciplinary diversity required to address critical, complex water resources issues; 3) Improve their ability to communicate scientific findings to audiences of varying backgrounds in formal and informal situations; 4) Acquire a foundation in technical, social, and collaborative skills to help them succeed in future research and professional activities; and 5) Form a professional network that can support future careers in water management (e.g., graduate degrees, agricultural/industry careers, public service, etc.). This REEU will catalyze interactions between students from widely varying disciplines by focusing on research questions that require innovative approaches to scientific collaboration and data visualization, as well as communication to and engagement with an array of local stakeholders. Our diverse team of experienced mentors includes environmental scientists, social scientists, engineers, and computer scientist will both guide individual student efforts as well as collectively model successful interdisciplinary collaboration. To promote a unifying context for research:
- Fellows and mentors will be members of interdisciplinary teams;
- We will learn from and interact with a range of stakeholders across multiple land use issues; and
- In 2018 we are focusing on the impacts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) on people and water in SW VA....
This work is part of the Virginia Tech "Training Future Leaders to Solve Resource Challenges at the Confluence of Water & Society" project, supported by the Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (REEU) Program [grant no. 2018-67032-27705] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.