Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.88
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date April 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

Many funding opportunities exist for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research.
Those exclusively focused on sustainability include:
- Arthur B. Sacks Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Environmental Studies and Sustainability: This award supports students who are exploring the relation of environmental studies to the concept and practice of sustainability (https://nelson.wisc.edu/undergraduate/scholarships/)
- Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP): This cohort-based scholarship program is designed for students who want to link their passion for the environment with a commitment to the community. All CESP students work with community-based environmental organizations, some of which involve research projects that can continue over several semesters (https://nelson.wisc.edu/undergraduate/scholarships/)
- Linda Wernecke Marshall Graduate Award in Environmental Studies: This scholarship award provides financial support to graduate students in the Nelson Institute to work in areas of transformative education, public environmental literacy, or outreach to diverse stakeholder groups (e.g., agricultural or business leadership) related to environmental issues in the United States or Canada
(https://nelson.wisc.edu/undergraduate/scholarships/)
- Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) Mini-Grants: CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, CIAS competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems (https://www.cias.wisc.edu/cias-mini-grants-support-graduate-student-research-in-sustainable-agriculture/)


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:
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Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The 37 UW-Madison libraries (https://www.library.wisc.edu/) host a large collection of sustainability-related resources, including books, films, databases, journals, and on-line research guides. Available to all students, faculty, and staff, the library collection is searchable, with many resources available on-line. Users can select specific categories of research guides that address issues of sustainability, including environment, natural resources, urban planning, and climate studies (https://researchguides.library.wisc.edu/).


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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