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Masters Student Trainee opportunity in the urban environment

FALL 2022

UMBC is seeking applicants in the following areas for urban environmental work:

Masters Student Traineeships - iCARE

The iCARE NRT master’s degree is a 2-year interdisciplinary degree program with a dual mission of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice combined with research focused on improving the health of Baltimore Harbor as a socioecosystem. Students will be mentored by a UMBC faculty member and a non-academic scientist from a government agency, non-profit, or industry. That research team will be embedded in a larger stakeholder team, meaning that each student and their mentors will identify one or more community members (non-scientists) with a stake in the research to be engaged in the research from development to completion. 
Students will also be taking skills courses (community leadership, DEIJ, oral and written communication) and disciplinary courses appropriate to their research project. 

Graduate students in our program will follow a two-year schedule that includes a series of professional and disciplinary courses, plus a research project that will comprise their master’s thesis. For the research project, students will be mentored by a team that includes at least one faculty member and one partner practitioner working on projects related to the Baltimore Harbor and surrounding environments.
Student Benefits Include:
  •  $34,000 annual stipend, full tuition coverage, fees, & health insurance.
  •  Up to $7,500 in research expenses.
  •  Mentoring and networking with employers across the environmental sector.
Students should apply to any of the five main departments at UMBC affiliated with the program: Biological Sciences; Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering; Geography and Environmental Systems; Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences; or the School of Public Policy. They should also separately complete a short application to the ICARE program, available to view on our website here: https://icare.umbc.edu/application/.

Here is a link to a series of slides that describes what each of the ICARE faculty do especially with respect to the ICARE master's program.

Please pass this information on to prospective students and encourage them to contact us and complete the ICARE Interest Form.

Students need to apply to their respective program at this link and complete a supplemental ICARE NRT application by January 1, 2022 for the Fall 2022 cohort.
Potential Environmental Engineering Mentors: 
  • Lee Blaney - contaminants of emerging concern & resource recovery 
  • Upal Ghosh - analysis and remediation of toxic pollutants in soils and other environments
  • Brian Reed - removal of inorganic contaminants from the aqueous phase by activated carbons
  • Christopher Hennigan - Processes governing atmospheric chemistry and aerosol pollution
  • Claire Welty - quantify and predict the urban hydrologic cycle and coupled biogeochemical cycles from neighborhood to regional scales

Posted: October 20, 2021, 2:55 PM