Graduate Mentor Fellows Program
For the third round of INFEWS-ER cohort challenges, we are offering a new fellowship program where past participants may serve as mentors to new cohorts of students. These “Few-ture” faculty fellows are alumni of past INFEWS-ER cohort challenges and are invited to work with current mentors to begin planning future cohort challenges in late summer 2020 and should plan to participate in the new cohort challenges starting in Sept/Oct 2020 and continue until March 2021.
- Provide ‘institutional knowledge’ to the cohort challenge process so that new cohorts are advancing or building on past projects – and not starting from scratch
- Mentor the cohort through the team-building process and through the decision-making process (selecting a product to work on)
- Participate in planning meetings with other facilitators to set up the framework for the cohort challenge
- Build on existing stakeholder relationships help the cohort establish a two-way dialogue to learn about needs and possibilities
- Participate in the cohort meetings and the face-to-face symposium *
*If the COVID-19 pandemic precludes a face-to-face symposium, a virtual event will be planned
What do you gain?
- Leadership skills and professional development in team science
- Travel support to attend the face-to-face symposium*
- The opportunity to network with future colleagues and build stakeholder relationships
- A stipend valued at $5000
The cohort challenges tentatively being planned for 2020-21 include:
- Livestock and Local Communities
- Managing Nitrogen in a Dairy System (topic subject to change)
- Disaster Relief and Resiliency
- Local Food Systems (tentative)
Livestock and Local Community Outcomes
- Students will develop a working knowledge of the economic, social, and environmental metrics associated with livestock production systems and supporting communities.
- Students will gather and interpret qualitative and quantitative data to understand the factors contributing to local community and livestock production relationships within multiple counties.
- Students will model cause-effect relationships of these factors for multiple counties in a common state, and develop a process that is transferable to other regions.
Managing Nitrogen in a Dairy System Outcomes
- Students will develop a working knowledge of the complex connection of nitrogen cycling within a dairy system resulting in both production of human-edible products and transformation of nutrients from non-edible nitrogen sources, nitrogen use in soil, as well as nitrogen losses potentially associated with odors, greenhouse gases and organic compounds emitted to water resources.
- Students will collaboratively map and communicate their dairy nitrogen model to a lay audience delivered through the Virtual Dairy Farm website developed by scientists involved in the Dairy Coordinated Agricultural Project (http://virtualfarm.psu.edu)
- Students will individually create an educational product (short video, 1-page fact sheet, or other product) that delivers fundamental information appropriate for a lay audience on one topic or component of the Dairy Nitrogen Model.
Disaster Relief and Resiliency Outcomes
- Students will learn, gain, and demonstrate their understanding of globally relevant issues where problem-solving can contribute towards tangible, context-sensitive, and resilient solutions.
- Students will demonstrate their understanding of the political, cultural, social issues preceding recent events in Puerto Rico, and how they may affect potential solutions.
- Students will document their observations of the current state of Puerto Rico, its citizens, and its infrastructure, identifying current challenges for recovery.
- Students will assess and prioritize the viability of potential social and technological solutions responding to current challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
- Students will draft action plans for communities and student groups seeking to provide service towards collaborating communities while in the country.
- Students will produce a product demonstrating their contribution towards resilient short and long term solutions in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
- Students will implement concepts specific to Systems Thinking;
- Students will communicate effectively across disciplines;
- Students will apply principles of “High Performing Teams”;
- Students will recognize the importance of engaging stakeholders and consider their perspectives in the proposed community odor model.