OWSI offers a Sustainable Urban Water Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in which pairs of students are placed with a team of mentors in each of the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) study cities. Students work on individual research projects in their area of concentration, selected from topics that support integration and connections to the national network. In this way, students develop disciplinary and place-based depth while also learning across the socio-environmental spectrum and across broader spatial scales. A key goal is to support interested URP students in continuing their involvement in the UWIN project as graduate students or research staff.
OWSI is engaging in multiple citizen science efforts, including a program on Residential and School Ecosystem Water Budgets. Dr. Berkowitz will work with the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) research team to develop a protocol, building on a campus water budget curriculum he helped develop where students and teachers in schools and families in homes can quantify the sustainability of their school or home water budget.
Additional Citizen Science involvement includes coordinating with existing water monitoring efforts in/near each city to create a project-wide dataset of water quality comparisons across space and trends over time.
Research Experiences for Teachers (RET)
To foster K-12 education in sustainable urban water systems, an onsite Sustainable Urban Water Interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program is offered with the expectation of building long-term collaborative relationships between K-12 STEM teachers and the university research community. The program and partnerships it builds helps K-12 teachers translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities, helping to create the next generation of cross-disciplinary research scientists.
Urban Water Sustainability MOOC
OWSI offers an Urban Water Sustainability Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) through the Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN). The course is designed for teaching and engagement of graduate students, as well as the broader water community. The goal is to reach interested students across the nation and the globe, with the additional objective of recruiting students and postdoctoral fellows into the OWSI research network.