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National Water Center Innovators Program - Virtual Summer Institute 2021

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)

We are accepting student applications for the 2021 NWC Virtual Summer Institute until 11:59 pm ET on January 19, 2021. Complete applications must be received by this deadline for consideration.

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is soliciting applications from students who wish to participate in the 2021 National Water Center (NWC) Summer Institute under the auspices of the NWC's Innovators Program. The Summer Institute will take place remotely from June 7 - July 23, 2020. Student research fellows will collaborate intensively for seven weeks to work on projects designed to contribute to the NWC goals of enhancing water-related products and decision-support services across the country. To facilitate this process, project themes and research questions will be defined in advance. 

Students participating in the Summer Institute will be grouped into teams to work on predefined projects. While there may be some overlap with the students' individual MS/PhD research projects, the expectation is that the work and research done during the Summer Institute will be a separate, self-contained project. 

The 2021 Virtual Summer Institute will explore projects related to the following themes: 

  1. Coupling Inland and Coastal Hydraulics
  2. Next Generation Hydrologic Model Framework & Formulations
  3. Hydroinformatics, Data Models, and Computation in Support of Continental Scale Water Prediction
  4. Calibration and Automated Performance Testing in support of Continental Scale Water Prediction

Student Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from current and incoming graduate students enrolled in a university program in the US. 

Students should expect to provide their own laptop computer. If this is a limiting factor, we may be able to work with you and provide a device to borrow during the SI.

Student Award

Students selected to participate in the Summer Institute will receive and honoraria of $4000.  

Application Instructions

Student applications will be evaluated based on their background, knowledge, training, and experience, as well as the degree to which they have the skills and the abilities to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. While there may be some overlap with the students' individual MS/PhD research projects, the expectation is that the work and research done during the Summer Institute will be a separate, publishable project.

The following components are required for a complete application:

  • Application Form (submitted online)
  • Statement of interest. A brief statement which explains why you would like to participate in the SI and how the SI will contribute to your career development. The Statement of Interest should be brief – one to two paragraphs is sufficient, not to exceed one page.
  • CV. A one to two page CV detailing your education and research.
  • Transcript. Please upload a recent copy of your transcript. Transcript may be unofficial (not sealed by registrar).
  • Letter of Endorsement from your faculty advisor. The letter should endorse the student's participation in the Summer Institute and explain why the student is qualified to participate in the SI and how the experience will benefit the student. The letter should be signed by the student's advisor and uploaded as a pdf file.  

Additional program information, including information on program themes, past program highlights, and schedule, can be found here. For questions regarding the application process, please contact Julia Masterman, jmasterman@cuahsi.org.

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