Participate in department research projects like these:
USDA Research Grant: Design a probe that uses UV light to detect the amount of biodiesel in a blend.
Idaho Dept. of Water Resources: Use satellite-based technologies to map out water consumption patterns for irrigation, used in court to support water rights mitigation and litigation.
National Science Foundation – Idaho EPSCoR: Use a world-class climate tower to collect carbon, air, and water flux data in complex mountain terrain, thus determining if northern forests are helping to stem the tide of global warming.
National Science Foundation – Geotechnical Division: Optimize bacteria to excrete cement-like compounds to make soil stronger, and therefore less susceptible to liquefaction during earthquakes.
Center for Hazardous Waste Remediation Research: Analyze how microbes break apart hazardous compounds in soil and water.
Waters of the West Program: Consult with lawyers and biologists to develop integrated solutions to real-world problems from pollution to drought.
US-AID: Help nations all over the world use satellite imagery to improve irrigation efficiency, in order to balance growing tensions between domestic and agricultural water use.
Biodiesel Education Grant: Analyze how the Washington state ferries are using biodiesel for their fleets. Identify and solve the potential barriers to the growth of the biodiesel industry and educate the public about the environmental benefits of biodiesel use.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: Model scenarios for the effects of climate change on groundwater availability in Idaho.
Attend national and regional meetings of professional organizations such as the American Geophysical Union and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Present your research findings. Meet potential employers and graduate students from other universities.
Other opportunities at UI include:
Graduate and Professional Student Association: Gain leadership experience and represent your department in UI student government.
Annual Student Research Expo: Compete for cash prizes awarded for graduate research presentations.
College of Graduate Studies Awards: Share in the annual recognition of graduate students engaged in outstanding teaching, research, leadership, and mentoring.
Engineers Without Borders: Join the student branch, and use your technical training to serve communities around the world.
Tau Beta Pi: Receive career assistance and leadership opportunities through this national honor society of engineers.
Society of Women Engineers: Network and develop professionally.
Gain hands-on experiences like these:
Research Assistant. Earn money working with faculty on research such as thermal conversion of biomass, vadose zone hydrology, eco-hydrology, climate, and microbe transport in bioremediation. Participate in one of the department’s many grant-funded research projects. Positions are paid.
Teaching Assistant. Help the professor with instruction and evaluating student performance. Work directly with students to demonstrate lab techniques. For example, teach how to measure water quality and use in the water resources lab, or how to use instruments that measure biological functions in the biosensors lab. Positions are paid.
Mentor. Help undergraduates develop their skills. Provide guidance on senior capstone projects. For example, assist with projects like converting used French fry cooking oil into biodiesel for the J. R. Simplot Company, or the construction of a rain chamber to test utility meters for Itron.
International collaboration. Broaden your perspective with work in countries like these:
Sweden: Help design a sustainable student housing project.
Mexico: Evaluate the use of microbes to absorb diesel spills.
India: Study incidence of waterborne diseases in children.
Volunteer. Give back and gain experience by helping others with work such as:
The Peace Corp: Use your knowledge in environmental and watershed engineering to help populations struggling with water-bourne diseases, or whose soil resources are being worked unsustainably.
Engineers Without Borders: Work on international projects that influence the well being of others.
Developing countries: Work on a project such as designing an irrigation system in El Salvador or water purification system in Africa.
UI is home to several special centers engaged in grant-funded research. These include:
Idaho Water Resources Research Institute administers over $2,000,000 annually in statewide and regional multidisciplinary research projects.
Center for Hazardous Waste Remediation Research conducts research on the cleanup of contaminated soils, surface waters, and ground waters throughout the United States. Specific aims are to characterize contaminated sites, develop novel technologies for hazardous waste remediation, and apply them in the field.
Environmental Biotechnology Institute supports environmental research both on campus and regionally in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and environmental and biomedical biotechnology.
National Center for Advanced Transportation Technology develops engineering solutions (knowledge and technology) to transportation problems for the state of Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, and the United States.