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Submission Date Feb. 25, 2014
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Colorado State University
ER-18: Sustainability Research Incentives

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.00 / 6.00 Aleta Weller
School of Global Environmental Sustainability
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellows are a select group of leading CSU senior PhD Candidates and Postdoctoral Fellows interested in communicating their science to media and the public. Over the course of one year, SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellows receive state-of-the-art training in environmental communication and professional development skills.

Sustainability Leadership Fellows are selected on a competitive basis, including their current sustainability science research and their interest in communicating important scientific concepts to broad audiences. Each year, the application process opens in March, and Fellowships begin in May and run through April.

SoGES Global Challenges Research Teams, described below under Faculty Incentives, also explicitly encourage proposals to include student involvement at all levels, thus providing opportunities for undergraduate students.

The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

Global Challenges Research Teams
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) invites applications each year for Global Challenges Research Teams (GCRTs). GCRTs engage in scholarly, creative research and problem solving consistent with the mission and six research Focal Areas of the School. These GCRTs bring together the best researchers across colleges and disciplines at CSU to improve understanding of environmental and sustainable grand challenges.

The School seeks proposals which will build interdisciplinary cross-campus collaborations, build research strengths for pressing global to regional environmental issues, and are highly innovative and/or enterprising in nature. They seek proposals which advance research in sustainability science through integration of environmental, societal, and economic knowledge in a team-based, creative, experiential approach to real-world problem solving. Proposals should provide strategies to sustain their GCRT if successful. Past GCRTs are encouraged to reapply.

SoGES Resident Fellows

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SOGES) also invites applications for Resident Fellows each year, to engage in scholarly, creative research and problem solving consistent with the mission and the six research Focal Areas of the School. These positions provide unique opportunities to accelerate progress in research designed to meet global environmental challenges, and to engage in the academic life of the School and its affiliates. SoGES expects a substantial level of involvement with SoGES activities and events.

The School seeks candidates from a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to, the biological and physical sciences, the social sciences and engineering fields related to sustainability. It targets CSU faculty and researchers (at the Ph.D. level) whose scholarly contributions to sustainability will be significantly enhanced by receiving a Fellowship. Individuals engaged in interdisciplinary research are particularly encouraged to apply.

In general, SoGES exists to support faculty and researchers across the CSU campus working in sustainability science. SoGES also hosts a Scholar Database. Scholars are recognized as a network of world-class experts at Colorado State University, each working in a unique area of sustainability research. Scholars can take advantage of the many services provided by the School and are listed on the School's sustainability Scholar database, utilized as a resource across campus and worldwide as CSU's first point of contact for sustainability experts.

SoGES Scholars have access to all SoGES services, including:
Scholars database: The SoGES website and staff receive regular inquiries for contact information for sustainability experts. Our Scholars database is the first place people look for leading researchers, and helps connect you across campus and globally in your field as it relates to sustainability.
Networking opportunities: The School provides regular opportunities throughout the year to get involved on and off campus, ranging from panels to social gatherings. Your level of participation is up to you!
Free access to conference and meeting room space: The School has two conference rooms available for your use, both equipped with computers, projectors, white boards and other equipment. Conference rooms are frequently used for cross-campus and cross-disciplinary meetings to convene faculty and researcher across campus in a neutral location. Our front desk can assist you with room reservations, A/V setup, and meeting coordination including food orders and refreshments.
Research support: The School and staff are available to SoGES Scholars to help manage tasks and promote your message so you can focus on your research. SoGES provides seed funding to faculty Fellows and Research Teams, and is available to assist Scholars with professional communications design, events assistance, outreach support and other administrative tasks.

The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:

In addition to the below opportunities, many departments and/or programs offer a range of student opportunities. Students are encouraged to contact faculty in subjects they are interested in and can get additional support and guidance for connecting with faculty/opportunities from the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

For example: the Institute for the Built Environment which specializes in structural and behavioral research and modification of building space has a dedicated student opportunities program: http://www.ibe.colostate.edu/mentorship.aspx

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