Professional Development 

InTERFEWS will equip students with 21st century professional skills and networks to solve complex FEWS issues through professional development activities. Activities will include participation in transdisciplinary problem solving and communications training and research seminars as described below.

Communications Training

Communications training will include participation in a 1 day communication  workshop to improve written and oral communication. InTERFEWS trainees will be required to practice the learned skills in a format that includes assessment by peers and mentors. Practice experiences will include both written and oral presentation requirements. Trainees will each write an article for one of CSUs major FEW-related centers/institutes – the Colorado Water Center, Energy Institute, or One Water Solutions Institute.

For oral presentation practice experiences, trainees will select at least one of the following activities:

  • 3MT Competition: InTERFEWS will host three-minute thesis (3MT) competitions in collaboration with the graduate school. Legislators, industry partners, and interdisciplinary researchers will be invited to judge these competitions.
  • School of Global Environmental Sustainability Public PanelsTrainees will be provided the opportunity to organize and present at one of the regularly held SoGES panels for the public.
  • Presentation to Community Groups or Industry/Utility Partners: Presentations could also be made to public groups or industry, government agency, or NGO partners on research that aligns with their interest.



Students will also attend transdisciplinary problem solving workshops, a 5-day gathering focused on local FEWS issues, including a field trip with stakeholder interactions. The Employing Model-Based Reasoning in Socio-Environmental Synthesis (EMBeRS; DGE-1545404) intensive student workshop is a training experience to develop capacity for leading interdisciplinary synthesis efforts in the future by bringing together students from different disciplines around local resource allocation related to water scarcity, and the issues surrounding the management of each. 


The application period for the Fall 2022 cohort will open at the start of November 2021. Click the button below to review the documents and information you will need for your application!