Graduate students at the University of Arizona now have an opportunity to study abroad while tackling water sustainability issues, according to a UA news release.
The university has received a “100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund” award through a federal initiative aimed to both expand higher education partnerships in environmental sciences in the Western Hemisphere and to increase study abroad opportunities for students at the UA and in Latin America, the release states.
The grant will support 10 graduate students from the UA and partner universities who are pursuing dual master’s degrees in environmental sciences and engineering, according to the release. The curriculum is focused on water sustainability and reuse.
Students will spend one year at their home institution and the other year at a participating university in another country, the release stated.
The UA's partner universities are the Federal University of Pernambuco and Federal University of Minas Gerais, both in Brazil; the University of Concepción in Chile and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, according to the release.
"Scarcity of clean water is a serious problem confronting major cities and arid and semiarid regions of the Americas," said professor of chemical and environmental engineering Jim Field, assistant dean of graduate education in the UA College of Engineering and coordinator of the study abroad program with the UA Office of Global Initiatives.
"Training future professionals to develop and implement water reuse technology requires a collaborative international approach," Field said. "This award will help graduate students in the U.S. and Latin America overcome mobility and language barriers to better tackle water challenges throughout the region."
This is the fourth time the UA has received an innovation grant from the “100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund,” since 2014, which is more often than any other university in the U.S., according to the news release.