Q. The NRT grant is for five years. If I start my degree in the last year, will I be able to finish it?

A. Yes. The graduate education training in the interdisciplinary understanding of resilience and coupling in social ecological systems will continue after the National Science Foundation funding has ended. The courses developed will be ongoing and will continue to bring students from multiple units together to interact, as will the policy and water conference series. Once National Science Foundation funding has formally terminated, the university has committed to provide support to help trainees complete their theses or dissertations. The university will institutionalize successful programmatic elements and sustain associated institutional policies and infrastructure after award closure.

Q. For purposes of this grant, how does the National Science Foundation define "underrepresented minorities" in science, technology, engineering and mathematics?

A. Underrepresented groups in STEM include American Indians/Alaska natives, African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders (natives of Hawaii, Guam and Samoa), females in STEM fields in which females are underrepresented, persons with disabilities and veterans. Persons who are underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply to the NRT. This federal program cannot hire international students. All students must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents to qualify for funding from the NRT program.

To ask another question, please email Ronica Stromberg at rstromberg3@unl.edu.

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