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CUAHSI Virtual University

The CUAHSI Virtual University (CVU) is a unique multi-institution, one semester graduate course consisting of a diverse set of 4-week modules on specialized hydrology topics. The CVU aims to enhance the depth and breadth of graduate course offerings at universities across the nation and facilitate networking among the hydrologic community.

About CUAHSI Virtual University

The CUAHSI Virtual University (CVU) runs from September through November each year. The CVU course format is gives students flexibility to select the three topics most relevant to them from a list of specialized online hydrology modules. Modules are offered by leading faculty in research niches from across the country.

Each four-week module is equivalent to one-third of a semester-long course, and contains evaluation elements (e.g. problem sets, projects, presentations, exams etc.). The instructor at each student’s home university assigns a grade based on the student’s scores provided by the module instructors, and students receive regular course credit through their home university. Because the CVU is built on a reciprocal teaching model, only students from participating universities are eligible to participate.

Information for Faculty

CUAHSI solicits faculty participation in the CVU each year. Participating faculty are expected to teach the courses as part of their regular teaching responsibilities at their home institutions and are not compensated by CUAHSI for their participation.

Faculty Eligibility

  • Faculty currently employed by a U.S. university are eligible to participate in the CVU.

Requirements

  • Be a faculty member of a graduate program relevant to the hydrologic sciences
  • Receive university consent to participate in the CUAHSI Virtual University
  • Be available to teach an online module synchronously for four consecutive weeks (September, October, or November), twice a week for 90 min (M/W or T/Th).
  • Hold office hours for students both at the home institution and virtually.
  • Participate in monthly preparation conference calls starting in February and ending one month prior to the start of the Virtual University.

Expectations

  • Teach a module in your specialized sub-discipline.
  • Promote CUAHSI Virtual University among students at your home university.
  • Network and collaborate virtually with peers across the country.
  • Create greater community awareness of research activities.
  • Share data and resources across the hydrologic community.

New for 2022

We welcome the formation of subject matter tracks! We are particularly interested in forming a series of modules related to any of the following topics:

  • Critical Zone Science
  • Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Hydrogeophysics

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How to Apply

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Information for Students

The CUAHSI Virtual University (CVU) runs from September through November each year. The CVU course format is designed to give students flexibility to select the three topics most relevant to them from a list of specialized online hydrology modules. Modules are offered by leading faculty in specialized research niches from across the country. At participating institutions, students register for the CVU through their usual course registration process and select the modules they would like to participate in based on their interests.

Each four-week module is equivalent to one-third of a semester-long course and contains evaluation elements (e.g. problem sets, projects, presentations, exams etc.). The instructor at each student’s home university assigns a grade based on the student’s scores provided by the module instructors, and students receive regular course credit through their home university.

Student Eligibility

  • Because the CVU is integrated into the curriculum for participating universities, only students from a participating university are eligible to attend the CVU.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to support students auditing the class for no credit at this time.
  • Not from a participating university? Speak to your advisor or an instructor at your university and encourage them to participate.

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