Urban Water Undergraduate Research Program: Hydrologic Processes and Sustainable Management apply-now

Undergraduate students majoring in the sciences or engineering are encouraged to apply for the Urban Water undergraduate research program at Syracuse University. This unique program trains students in research techniques in water science and engineering, through independent research projects focusing on hydrology, water quality and sustainable water management conducted in a multidisciplinary, collaborative and open research environment.

The program helps students develop professional skills, particularly on effective science communication, and builds a mentoring “pipeline” in which undergraduates serve as mentors to middle and high school students while being mentored by faculty advisors. These goals are achieved through:

  • research on urban water resources at local field sites within the Syracuse, NY metropolitan area and in state-of-the-art laboratories
  • one-on-one mentoring from faculty advisors;
  • training sessions on professional development and career mentoring;
  • interaction with middle-school students in a science camp through hands-on field observations led by participating students;
  • oral and poster research presentations;
  • and team building and social activities.

The program is good preparation for those considering graduate study and careers in environmental science and engineering.

Independent research projects conducted by participating students will advance fundamental and applied water science and engineering, focusing on urban water systems such as water supply, wastewater treatment, stormwater management and effects on urban streams and lakes.

Selected Students will learn:

  • best practices for field and laboratory research,
  • quality assurance,
  • library services,
  • data and graphical analysis, and
  • effective oral and poster presentations.

Faculty from the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, and the School of Education at Syracuse University have considerable experience mentoring under-graduate research.

This program is a ten week non-residential summer research for undergraduate students. Please note that interns are selected through a competitive application process.

Research internship applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • An interest and ability in science or engineering
  • Have access to transportation to and from campus during the internship term (this is a non–residential program)
  • Commitment to work 40 hours/week for 10 weeks of the program (program runs June 4 -August 10, 2018)

Applications are Due Thursday, February 15, 2018 and consist of:

  • Online application. Please read over or print the entire application before entering your information. If you leave your application before completing it, the fields you entered before submitting the completed application, will be lost.
  • Transcript & Current Year Grade Report to Urban Water Undergraduate Summer Research Program, Attention: Carol Stokes Cawley, Coordinator, Link 223, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse, NY 13244 or scanned and emailed to cestokes@syr.edu. The Transcript & Current Year Grade Report must be received by February 15, 2018
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members whom you have asked to write letters of support for your application.  These persons should be familiar with your academic and/or research abilities and should be able to judge whether you are suited for Undergraduate Research. Recommendation letters must be received by 5pm Thursday, February 15, 2018 and be sent to Urban Water Undergraduate Summer Research Program, Attention: Carol Stokes Cawley, Coordinator, Link 223, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse, NY 13244 or scanned and emailed to cestokes@syr.edu.