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IGERT trainees will be enrolled in the University of Idaho Water Resources (WR) program, offered by Waters of the West (WoW). This is a university-wide degree program that grants doctoral degrees in Water Resources, with an emphasis in one of three areas - Engineering & Science; Science & Management; and, Law, Management & Policy, with an optional joint JD in partnership with the College of Law. 

Depth in their chosen focal discipline will be gained through rigorous coursework and research experience. Trainees will develop interdisciplinary breadth through IGERT courses that complement their degree requirements during the first two years, including structured interdisciplinary activities and scholarship. Other IGERT activities, including an internship, international component, workshops and seminars, and K-12 outreach, will help trainees place their work in its larger social, cultural, and legal context, transfer their work across spatio-temporal scales and to other locations, and communicate with varied audiences. The various programmatic components will provide the necessary credits for degree requirements, in order not to adversely impact the time to degree completion and still afford flexibility to build disciplinary strengths.


  • Trainees will understand diverse perspectives and how knowledge can be co-produced within different water resources professions and cultures.
  • Trainees will be able to broaden and integrate perspectives of different disciplines from physical, biological, and social sciences.
  • Trainees will develop communication skills both across water resources disciplines and across a spectrum of expertise levels.
  • Trainees will understand how to facilitate effective group dynamics - leadership, team membership, interaction - and to set goals and milestones for team-based projects.
  • Trainees will learn to create a community for effective scholar-practitioner relationships, co-production of knowledge, and research integration.
  • Trainees will be able to define and apply ethical, socially responsible practices in research and problem solving.
  • Trainees will understand career path choices in academia and elsewhere through intellectual and professional development.