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Requesting Support

Please refer to this informational flyer for assistance in requesting proposal support from the Institute.

Institute White Papers

Purdue researchers and staff develop topical briefs and white papers on areas of expertise that are designed for a general readership.

  • PFAS White Paper
  • Outlines Purdue's research on the impacts of PFAs or "Forever  Chemicals" in drinking water, wildlife populations, agricultural  ecosytems, air, and human health. 
  • Water Management White Paper
  • Purdue water researchers, part of the Water Challenges research community, outline basic concepts to increase understanding of water resources, their use, and potential climate change impacts in the state of Indiana.

Opportunities for Students

ISF Annual Research Expo

ISF’s Annual Research Expo will be held October 25, 2023 from 1-5p in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Open to undergrads, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty, the expo provides a great opportunity for networking and to showcase research in sustainability. To present a poster or RSVP, please register here.   

ISF Graduate Student & Post-Doc Travel or Research Grants

Travel and research grants provide financial support to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers mentored by ISF faculty affiliates, to defray costs for graduate student/post-doctoral researchers to conduct small research projects or to travel and present their research. Conference travel or research project costs undertaken between July 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 are eligible for Fall 2023 awards. The application window is open.  Additional information, including eligibility requirements and application process can be found here.  A direct link to the online application is available hereQuestions can be directed to ISF Operations Manager Karan Hustedt-Warren.

ISF-DUIRI Undergraduate Research Internships

Purdue’s Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF) works in collaboration with the Discovery Undergraduate Research Internship (DUIRI) program to support undergraduate research in areas related to global sustainability.  These interdisciplinary projects are overseen by at least two ISF faculty affiliates. By partnering with ISF, mentors and students receive additional support and resources.  At the beginning of the semester, ISF hosts a breakfast or luncheon for all students and mentors to facilitate connections among and across teams doing research in sustainability.  ISF also supports ISF-DUIRI students by hosting additional lunch and learns to provide professional development and facilitate peer networking opportunities.  Students share by biweekly updates to ISF and their mentors regarding their progress throughout the semester. Other areas of support can include resources and training for poster development and writing research articles and abstracts. The faculty deadline to submit Spring 2024 project proposals is Oct 6th.  The application window for undergraduate students will be open from Oct 20 to Nov 3. More information can be found here

ISF Graduate Student Fellowships

Miriam Stevens (EEE) and Wagner Tamagno Sr. (Toxicology) were selected as the recipients of the (inaugural) 2023-2024 ISF Graduate Fellowships. Miriam Stevens is a 4th year PhD student in Environmental Ecological Engineering whose research focuses on circular economy development and supply chain analysis of critical materials.  Wagner Tamagno is a 1st year PhD student in toxicology researching neurotoxicity. Read about their research, and these fellowships in our featured news. ISF is committed to training of the next generation of researchers in sustainability. We anticipate offering ISF Graduate Fellowships in future years as well.  Announcement of our 2024-2025 fellowships is planned for November 2023. For reference, additional information including eligibility and submission requirements, for the 2023 fellowships can be found on our website. Questions can be directed to ISF Operations Manager Karan Hustedt-Warren.