Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.54
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Austin
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jim Walker
Director of Sustainability, Financial, and Administrative Services
University Operations
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution:

The University of Texas at Austin Environmental Science Institute (ESI) Research Experience for Undergraduates in integrated environmental science gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research into The Science of Global Change and Sustainability. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation, and in the past has been operated in tandem with ESI's Research Experience for Teachers.

The Program accepts students from across the country and teachers from the Austin area, and is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. Participants spend ten weeks designing a research project, participating in a research group, and presenting their work. Students will participate in a weekly research seminar series, portfolio creation, and professional development activities. Students will also participate in field excursions related to their research. The summer program will conclude with a research poster session and open house.

The summer 201 REU program research will focus on one of three major themes:
-Reconstructing past climatic impacts on hydrologic and soil systems
-Climate impacts on ecosystems
-Energy-water nexus and infrastructure adaptations.

Website URL where information about the institution’s immersive education programs is available:
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