Thread: International Research Experience for US Graduate Students - El Salvador

Started: 2022-01-07 13:40:50
Last activity: 2022-01-07 13:40:50
Graduate students: Join an interdisciplinary team of experts in a fully
funded international summer experience to build field skills in
hydrological and sociocultural research in El Salvador. This multi-year
project is conducting research in climate-change-induced, water-related
challenges in the Central American Dry Corridor with a focus on
agricultural community adaptations to extreme hydrometeorological events in
El Salvador. Project work will be carried out on topics pertaining to:


Groundwater aquifer characterization, including quantifying the temporal
nature of recharge rates

Seasonal water quality studies of roof-top rainwater catchment systems
and groundwater, including exploring treatment options as needed

Seasonal community water usage

This project is a collaboration of Michigan Technological University (MTU),
the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science,
Inc. (CUAHSI), and Lutheran World Relief (LWR) in El Salvador, and funded
as a National Science Foundation International Research Experience for
Students (IRES).

Additional information is available at,
including an overview of the results from the first student cohort, which
occurred over the summer of 2021.

Students must apply to participate by February 4, 2022.

Accepted students will participate in an ~8-week summer research experience
in select communities of El Salvador from mid-June through early-August

COVID-19 Contingencies: There are many unknowns due to the current
pandemic; however, the program organizers are continuing preparations as
best as possible. We are closely monitoring influencing factors and will
assess the feasibility of the program as the proposed dates (mid-June to
early-August 2022) get closer. The project’s first cohort was able to
successfully and safely complete ~5 weeks of fieldwork in Summer 2021.
Prior to their international field experience, they participated in a
2-week intensive virtual field school. The virtual venue made the logistics
more amenable to the Covid precautions. We expect summer 2022 to be similar.

Student Eligibility: We seek students with interdisciplinary research
interests and hydrological and social science backgrounds. Students must be
full-time graduate students and US citizens. Full-time enrollment in a
graduate program in Fall 2022 is the definition.

Funding: All travel expenses (subject to university and NSF Policies) will
be provided and a $2,000 stipend to those who complete the experience.

For more information please see the application website provided above,
which includes a link to a 2021 program information webinar recording with
more information on the activities and application process (the webinar was
recorded in preparation for last year’s program but key details remain the
same). Please contact Dr. Luke Bowman at ljbowman<at> with questions.
Applications must be submitted by February 4, 2022.

Finally, join us at 6:00PM (Eastern) on Wednesday, January 19th for an
informal informational webinar on Zoom:


John S. Gierke, Ph.D., P.E., Professor

Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences

Michigan Technological University

he/his/him, certified Safe Place Ally

(906) 487-2535 (O); (906) 281-8482 (M)


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