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Opportunities for Students

IFS is committed to training and supporting the next generation of researchers in sustainability.  To this end, we provide a number of support opportunities, several of these resources are outlined below. Additional opportunities may be shared via our newsletter, listservs, and on social media. Sign up for our mailing lists by completing this questionnaire and be sure to check out our events page for upcoming seminars and other professional development opportunities. 

Interested in more?  Check out our list of graduate level courses examining facets of sustainability research taught by ISF faculty affiliates.   

ISF Graduate Student Fellowships

2024 ISF Graduate Fellowship competition application window is now closed. Nominations for ISF graduate fellowships are accepted from ISF faculty affiliates. Research relevance to current areas of ISF research and the active participation of faculty member in ISF activities are considered in evaluating applications. More information regarding the 2024-2025 fellowship competition is available here. The complete description and submission requirements for the 2024-2025 ISF graduate fellowship can be accessed here.  

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 and 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. Questions can be directed to ISF Operations Manager Karan Hustedt-Warren.

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 January 1, 2024 and June 30, 2024 are eligible for Spring 2024 awards. The application portal for Spring 2024 is closed. Additional information, including eligibility requirements and application process can be found hereQuestions can be directed to ISF Operations Manager Karan Hustedt-Warren.

The application portal for Fall 2024 will open on August 19, 2024. Conference travel or research projects undertaken between July 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024 will be eligible for Fall 2024 awards. Questions 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 including professional development activities, peer networking opportunities, and poster presentation resources throughout the semester.  

DUIRI is currently accepting project proposals from faculty for the fall 2024 semester.  Interested faculty can submit abstracts for individual projects at the DUIRI website, using their Purdue Career account credentials to log on. The deadline for proposal submissions is June 7. Faculty interested in partnering with ISF on their DUIRI project should explicitly state “ISF” in their proposal title. Both the primary faculty supervisor and a project collaborator from a different field must be ISF affiliates. Please  see our directory for a currentl list of faculty affiliates.  Faculty interested in affiliating with ISF can do so by completing this questionnaire.  Priority will be given to projects supervised by mentors actively engaged with the Institute. 

The application portal for undergraduate students interested in working on an ISF-DUIRI project will be open from June 26-July 12During the Fall term, which starts August 19, 2024, students will be responsible for pursuing their research projects, culminating with a poster presentation and 1-page abstract/summary of their results. Assuming all requirements are met, each participating student will earn a $1,000 Fall semester fellowship from the ISF-DUIRI program that is credited to their bursar account. For more information, and to apply to an ISF-DUIRI project, please visit the DUIRI website. Additional questions regarding ISF-DUIRI projects and applications can be directed to ISF Operations Manager,  Karan Hustedt-Warren.

ISF Annual Research Expo

ISF’s second annual research expo and reception was held October 25, 2023 from 1-5p in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom.  The poster session was held from 1:00-3:00p, followed by a reception. To culminate the event, the water challenges research community led a toast to the new water year.  

For a list of Fall 2023 registered posters, click here.

For the Fall 2023 ISF research expo abstract booklet, click here.   

The ISF research expo is held annually in the fall semester. Faculty, post-docs, grads and undergraduate students are all welcome to present posters in any area of sustainability research, which broadly speaking, align with one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Those that have received funding through ISF during the prior year are expected to present research posters at the annual expo. The expo provides a great opportunity for networking and to showcase research in sustainability happening across Purdue's campus.

Presentation Resources

Preparing a poster? Presenting at a conference?  ISF branded templates and other resources are available on our research presentation resources page.