DCDC’s education program, under the direction of Dr. Kelli Larson, Director of Education and Mentoring, incorporates interdisciplinary and community-embedded collaboration to educate graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 students in an effort to reach larger public audiences.
Students will gain an understanding of water and resource decision making under uncertainty, build skills in interdisciplinary thinking and learning, contribute to integrating work within DCDC and stakeholders, and create leaders in integrated research and community collaboration.
Graduate students engage in a mentorship relationship with a faculty member or community partner for a full academic year and participate in year-long, interdisciplinary seminars. Undergraduate students engage with faculty and a community partner for one semester during the spring internship program.
- Kelli Larson
- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
- Associate Professor, School of Sustainability
- Associate Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Associate Director and Director of Education and Mentoring, Decision Center for a Desert City
DCDC Postdocs are guided through a structured process of interdisciplinary engagement and collaboration, so that, after two years, they are ready to establish their own independent research programs at a research university.
Community of Graduate Scholars
The Community of Graduate Scholars (CGS) is a year-long, one-credit course that gives graduate students the opportunity to become leaders in transdisciplinary approaches to research, policy, and community engagement.
Internship for Science-Practice Integration
DCDC’s Internship for Science-Practice Integration (ISPI) program bridges the world of academia to the world of water management by placing undergraduate students within agencies to carry out projects with a use-inspired research component.
Our K-12 education component partners with formal and informal educators to develop and present material relating to DCDC research and products. The program delivers Advanced Water Education Workshops to K-12 teachers on a variety of topics.