Current Students

Students listening to presentation in small classroom
Master’s student Jazmin Castillo presents about her ecotourism research in Botswana to professors and other students in the NRT laboratory.

All NRT students must fulfill the requirements of their home departments and fulfill the requirements of the NRT program to retain funding. As a graduate student, you should monitor your progress on your degree milestones as listed on the Office of Graduate Studies website. This site also provides the forms and deadlines critical to your degree program. You should set an appointment with your advisor in your home department to choose courses in your department while meeting the following requirements of the NRT program.

Required NRT Coursework

  • Foundations of Resilience – core course offered every other year (1 semester, 3 credits, NRES 898)
  • Complexity Science at the FEWS Nexus – core course offered every other year (1 semester, 3 credits, NRES 898)
  • Pathways course elective in a discipline outside your major – (required to take 1 semester, 3 credits) – may take 2 for 6 credits
    • Pathways to Agriculture and Natural Resources for nonmajors:
      Agroecology (AGRO 835)
      Great Plains Ecosystems (AGRO 840)
      Hydroclimatology (NRES/BSEN 879)
    • Pathways to Social Sciences for nonmajors:
      Core Seminar in Public Policy and Process (POLS 831)
      Environmental Law (AECN 856)
      Resource and Environmental Economics II (AECN 865)
      Public Policy Analysis Methods and Models (POLS 836)
    • Pathways to Engineering and Computer Science for nonmajors:
      Data Visualization (CSCE 812)
      Learning to Code (CSCE 120)
      Python Programming for Data Science (CSCE 890)
  • Minicourses – must take 3 out of the 5 courses (2 days each course, 1 credit each, for a total of 6 days and 3 credits)
    • Applied Adaptive Management (NRES 896)
    • Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership (NRES 881)
    • Software Carpentry
    • Modeling Complex Systems
    • Governance and Policy

Other Required Activities

  • Weekly meeting (one workday every week in the NRT lab to collaborate and develop your research and ensuing products—this includes a one-hour meeting with the program coordinator and any available professors to share information and give updates)—year-round
  • An annual NSF meeting (3-4 days, likely in another state)
  • An annual two-day retreat (2 days each year)
  • The water tour/field trip every year (in the spring or summer—2 weeks when in Nebraska, 3 weeks when in the Netherlands)
  • The water conference (1 day each year)
  • A seminar series (1 set of lectures to attend over the duration of your program, for a total of 4-12 hours)
  • A Responsible Conduct of Research online course (½ day)
  • For Ph.D. students: a grant-writing workshop or Preparing Future Faculty series (1 day)
  • By the end of their first semester, students should have both their major advisor from their primary department and a coadvisor from another academic unit on record.
  • By the end of their first year, students should have a proposal for their thesis or dissertation.
  • Master's students will present about their project to the rest of the NRT at the end of their first year; Ph.D. students will present to the NRT at the end of their first and second years.

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