Graduate Mentor Fellows Program

We are offering a new fellowship program where past participants may serve as mentors to new cohorts of students

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. Typically, graduate mentors will be alums of one of the previous cohort challenges offered by the INFEWS-ER.



Mentor 

Participant in ____ cohort

Mentoring ____ cohort

Margaret Carolan, University of Iowa

Maggie Carolan is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering at the University of Iowa. Her current research focuses on developing treatment materials for removing uranium from drinking water and monitoring radium in private drinking water wells in Iowa. She is particularly interested in understanding how rural private well users make choices about drinking water and interact with household water treatment devices. She participated in INFEWS-ER during the 2018-2019 academic year as a part of the Dairy Carbon Cohort Challenge, where her team designed a module for modeling carbon cycling on a virtual dairy farm. For 2020-2021, she is mentoring the Livestock and Local Communities Cohort Challenge. Maggie is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She earned a B.S. in Water Resources, Policy, and Management from Virginia Tech in 2018, where she became passionate about safe drinking water while working as a research assistant on the Flint Water Study team.

Dairy Carbon (2018-19)

Livestock and Local Communities (2020-21)

Freda Dorbu, North Carolina A&T State University

A PhD student in Computational Data Science and Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. Research focus is on the application of remote sensing (UAVs) for monitoring and evaluation of farm, image processing of farm data using Agisoft Photoscan and GIS, for furtherance of precision agriculture. A participant in the 2019-2020 INFEWS-ER (LLC) Cohort program and currently a student mentor.

Livestock and Local Communities (2019-20)

Livestock and Local Communities (2020-21)

Jackie Welles, North Carolina State University

Master’s student in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at NC State currently studying swine lagoon material rheological characterization, improved methods for assessing flood vulnerability of swine CAFOs using GIS, and hog lagoon closure/wetland design. Jackie participated in the 2019-2020 Livestock and Local Communities cohort and is excited to be serving as a student mentor for the 2020-2021 LLC cohort.

Livestock and Local Communities (2019-20)

Livestock and Local Communities (2020-21)

Joseph Burke, Texas A&M University

Joseph A. Burke (he/him) is a third-year Ph.D. student in Soil Science at Texas A&M University and a Strategic Initiative Fellow in Water and Soil Health with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Burke’s research focuses on soil health management and nutrient cycling of semi-arid cropping systems on the Texas High Plains. Burke holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Agriculture and M.S. in Plant and Soil Science, both from Texas Tech University.

Dairy Carbon (2018-19)

Food Waste (2020-21)

Ayorinde Ogunyiola, South Dakota State University

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2019-20)

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2020-21)

Sam Reed, University of Minnesota

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2019-20)

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2020-21)

Michael Stablein, University of Illinois

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2019-20)

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2020-21)

Jessica Talbot, Iowa State University

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2019-20)

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2020-21)

Riveraine Walters, University of Idaho

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2019-20)

Disaster Relief and Resilience (2020-21)



Responsibilities:

  • 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

Mentoring Opportunities

The cohort challenges tentatively being planned for 2020-21 include:

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.

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.

Food Waste Learning Outcomes

  • Characterize the resources embedded in food wastes
  • Identify one or more ways to reduce food wastes
  • Explore opportunities to reduce food wastes in communities and redistribute healthy food to others

Interdisciplinary Outcomes

  • 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.

Graduate Mentor Fellows Program