All students are considered for a graduate assistantship when they enroll in the Bioregional Planning and Community Design program. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in assistantships that interest them, from web design, research, and program recruiting, to proactively working within Idaho communities.
for M.S. students in recreation management
Dr. Tammi Laninga in the Department of Conservation Social Sciences and the Bioregional Planning & Community Design program at the University of Idaho is seeking M.S. student applicants for funded research in recreation management. Students would help conduct research on the following topics:
- visitor preferences for travel management on public lands,
- visitor preferences for access point and campground development near public lands, and
- local community’s engagement in public lands decision-making.
Desired candidates should have an interest and background in recreation or natural resource management and planning. Applicants should also be familiar with or willing to use mixed-method approaches. Willingness to spend summers in Idaho Falls, Id is required. This funding in association with the Bureau of Land Management’s Upper Snake Field Office in Idaho Falls, ID.
For more information email Dr. Laninga.
for M.S. students in wood-based biofuels development
Dr. Tammi Laninga in the Bioregional Planning & Community Design program and the Department of Conservation Social Sciences at the University of Idaho is seeking M.S. student applicants for funded research in wood-based biofuels development in the Pacific Northwest. Students would help conduct research on the following topics:
- site selection criteria for wood-based biofuels facilities,
- land use ordinances supporting biofuels facility sitings, and
- land use and permit requirements for existing wood-based bioenergy facilities located in the Pacific Northwest.
Desired candidates should have an interest and background in renewable energy, community planning and economic development. Applicants should also be familiar with or willing to use mixed-method approaches. Ability to use Geographic Information Systems is desired. This funding in association with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance. For more information email Dr. Laninga.
Special Opportunity: Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance Assistantship
Students are also considered for a Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) research assistantship when they apply or add the BIOP certificate to their curriculum.
NARA is a biomass to biofuels project funded by USDA-NIFA. The NARA Biofuels project will focus on the biomass supply chain used in the production of Biofuels for aviation. The project will focus on the Clearwater Basin in Northern Idaho, specifically the reuse of an abandoned plywood fabrication facility in an attempt to support the supply chain and improve the local communities. The project is also working in the Western Montana Corridor, and throughout Oregon and Washington.
As a NARA Research Assistant, you are required to register for BIOP 520 (Fall), BIOP 560 (Spring), and travel to Pullman, WA often to meet with our NARA colleagues at Washington State University (WSU), meet for one hour per week with the project faculty advisor, and work on the NARA Atlas. There are excellent opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, attend and present at sustainable energy and small wood conferences, plus field trips to project locations for survey work, etc.
More information about NARA can be found here: http://www.nararenewables.org/
More information about the WSU integrated design studio can be found here: http://www.idexstudio.org
Activities and Hands-On Experience
The University of Idaho is involved with the Center for Effective Planning and Governance(CEPG) and Learning & Practice Collaborative(LPC). As a student in our program, you'll contribute to this process. You'll gain valuable hands-on experience working with fellow students and faculty. You will help shape educational materials and workshops that give community leaders and professionals the knowledge to guide Idaho's surging population growth.