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Summer Institute

The National Water Center Innovators Program Summer Institute is a seven-week experiential learning program that brings graduate students together with academic researchers, other professionals, and National Water Center staff. Since the first Summer Institute in 2015, more than 180 students have participated in the program, which continues to play an important role in advancing the National Water Model and water prediction in the United States.

Recruitment for Theme Leaders for the 2023 Summer Institute

Come engage with motivated graduate students to help advance water prediction at the 2023 CUAHSI Summer Institute.

We are recruiting Theme Leaders who will help guide students during the 2023 Summer Institute. Theme Leaders will spend about two weeks in Tuscaloosa, June 12 – 23, initiating projects, building teams, and providing training. Travel will be covered by CUAHSI and Theme Leaders will receive an honorarium. Theme Leaders have an opportunity to engage with NWC scientists, as well as with colleagues associated with the Cooperative Institute for Research to Operations in Hydrology (CIROH), also located at the University of Alabama. Please consider this unique opportunity. We look forward to seeing your application.

  • Apply here.
  • Deadline for applications is December 9, 2022.
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About the Summer Institute

The Summer Institute is a partnership between CUAHSI and NOAA that aims to engage the academic community in research to advance the mission of the National Water Center. Summer Institute participants work on projects related to water prediction and flood forecasting. Students work in small teams and are mentored by university faculty and other professionals. Student applications are accepted in the fall of each year.

Although there may be some overlap between a Summer Institute project and an individual student's academic research, Summer Institute projects generally are self-contained. The Summer Institute culminates in a capstone presentation and a final project report. Most project teams have published their work in a scientific journal after the completion of the program.

The 2022 Summer Institute explored projects related to the following themes:

  • Coupling Inland and Coastal Hydraulics, supporting the goal of summit to sea water prediction.
  • The NWC’s Next Generation Hydrologic Model Framework development and evaluation.
  • Hydroinformatics, including machine learning, for water prediction and analysis.

We recognize the ongoing uncertainty brought on by COVID. The Summer Institute will follow all the latest CDC and Alabama guidance in its program planning. If the Summer Institute cannot be held in person, we do not expect to convert to a virtual format.

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Program Timeline

  • Application period: November-January; 
  • Fellows notified of acceptance: March; 
  • Informational webinars: April-May;
  • Program dates: June to July.

Eligibility

  • M.S. and Ph.D. students enrolled in U.S. universities are eligible to apply to the Summer Institute.
  • All participants must be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) against COVID-19 and will be asked to show proof of vaccination at the start of the program.
  • Students selected to participate are expected to stay onsite in Tuscaloosa Alabama for the program. All students will be provided dorm-style lodging at the University of Alabama with individual bedrooms and a shared living suite. ​​We may be able to accommodate special housing requests as appropriate. Reach out to email hidden; JavaScript is required.
  • Students should also expect to provide their own laptop computer, or work with organizers to accept a loaner if necessary. 

Award

Those selected to participate in the Summer Institute will receive:

  • Reimbursement of travel expenses to and from Tuscaloosa. Travel advances may be provided as needed.
  • A meal stipend while attending the program.
  • Accommodations to reside in University of Alabama housing for the entirety of the program. (See above for more information)
  • A $2,500 Honoraria.

CUAHSI will support travel expenses for student's advisors from their home institution to attend the Capstone event at the end of the Summer Institute.

How to Apply

Application Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Interest
  • Transcript
  • Letter of Endorsement from the applicant's academic Advisor
  • CV

Student applications will be evaluated based on student background, knowledge, training, and experience, including work in a collaborative environment. The ideal participant will be committed to advancing water prediction in the U.S., collaborative, curious, and a rapid learner.

Applications for the 2023 Summer Institute can be accessed here. Applications are open until January 6, 2023, 11:59 pm ET. 

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