Urban Ecology is a very new discipline within the fields of ecology and environmental sciences; and it means slightly different things to different people. Very broadly it is the study of plant and animal interactions with in an urban or human-built environment. But it also includes the study of how humans affect the natural landscape, how plants and animals survive human encroachment, and how we (humans) can create an urban world that is balanced and respects nature.
If you are college student (or know one) who is interested in Urban Ecology then you (or he/she) should seriously consider attending Arizona State University in Tempe and apply for a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Fellowship.
The main objective of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) in Urban Ecology is to educate a new kind of life, earth, or social scientist who is broader, more flexible, more collaborative, and more adept at linking science and social issues.
Arizona State University's IGERT in Urban Ecology will be accepting applications for Fellowships and Associateships for students who can begin their studies fall 2009. The Fellowship applications are for 2 years and one summer of support for approved summer activities (Fall 2009/ Spring 2010, Summer 2010, and Fall 2010/ Spring 2011). Applicants may apply for one additional summer (2009) of support before they being their first academic year as an Urban IGERT fellow. This is the perfect amount of time to obtain a Master’s degree.
To be considered for this support, include in your Fellow application form a brief plan including who the supervisor will be. Recipients must be at ASU during the summer 2009 or working closely with an Urban IGERT faculty person. Visit the department website, School of Sustainability, the Nation’s first School of Sustainability to learn more about the faculty.
Deadline: Application review process begins February 1, 2009.
Residual questions regarding ASU's IGERT program should be directed to:
Gail Ryser, Program Coordinator IGERT in Urban Ecology
Global Institute of Sustainability
Arizona State University
Box 875402 Tempe AZ 85287-5402
P 480.965.6073 F 480.965.8087