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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Office of Sustainability has announced the recipients of the Graduate Student Sustainability Research Development Grants for the 2014-15 academic year. Nine graduate students received awards between $1,000 and $7,000 to support innovative, high-quality research on sustainability.
The grant program, jointly sponsored by the University Graduate School, the School of Public Health-Bloomington, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, the Integrated Program in the Environment, the Office of Sustainability, the Graduate Professional Student Organization, and the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society, provides opportunities for graduate students to pursue research related to sustainability.
"Sustainability is a grand challenge that requires integration among multiple disciplines, as demonstrated by the joint support from these diverse sponsors and the wide range of research proposals submitted," Director of Sustainability Bill Brown said. "This seed funding will open up new doors for graduate student research as Indiana University seeks to become an international leader in sustainability research, curriculum and campus operations."
The Graduate Student Sustainability Research Development Grant program is an outgrowth of a pilot initiative developed by then IU Task Force on Sustainability and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs during the 2008-09 the academic year. After recognizing a need for graduate student research funding, the Office of Sustainability shifted the program focus from faculty-student teams to graduate teams or individuals in 2013.
"This grant program offers a unique opportunity for IU's graduate students to develop innovative research programs that address fundamental issues of human-environment interaction," said Michael Hamburger, professor of geological sciences and co-chair of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board. "This unusual collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and seven academic units has helped catalyze new, interdisciplinary research efforts on the IU Bloomington campus that might not otherwise be possible."
The 2014-15 academic year recipients reflect wide interest in sustainability research across campus, from the School of Public Health to the Department of Geological Sciences to the Department of Communication and Culture. This year’s recipients include:
For more information about the grant program, details on how to apply and a look at past recipients, visit the Graduate Student Sustainability Research Development Grant Web page.