Graduate students who work on River Basin Center projects gain first-hand experience solving real-world water problems and have the opportunity to interact directly with colleagues at government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms and other partners. Students working with the RBC pursue various degrees in multiple departments, but particularly popular are the MS in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development at the Odum School of Ecology and the PhD in Integrative Conservation (ICON).
Support for graduate students comes from externally-funded projects and from various UGA fellowships. The Butler Fellowship is awarded by the RBC every two years to an incoming masters’s student at the Odum School of Ecology to work with the River Basin Center on southeastern aquatic issues. Other graduate students are funded by Graduate School Assistantships, Presidential Graduate Fellowships, and teaching assistantships. Funding is highly competitive.
If you’re interested in pursuing a graduate degree working with the River Basin Center, please email one or more RBC faculty members, advisory board members or co-directors to inquire about opportunities.