Providing opportunities for students to learn by doing through research and public service
The University of Georgia has launched an initiative to provide all students with opportunities for experiential learning. However, at the RBC we have championed “learning through first-hand experience” since our inception. Students participate in every aspect of our work, gaining experience and working directly with clients and partners. Many are authors or co-authors of RBC publications. Graduate students working with RBC faculty often choose applied doctoral dissertations or master’s theses built around client-driven projects.
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.
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.