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Sustainable Water Development Graduate Program

Join the NSF Research Traineeship at the University of Iowa

This is not your typical engineering degree …

Make a difference and choose the career that’s perfect for you!


Research with a purpose: food, energy, and water for all …

helping those who need it most


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winterim-2016-4If you want to make a difference and chart a path that’s perfect for you, the University of Iowa’s Sustainable Water Development Program has a lot to offer.

You can be a part of a revolutionary new approach to graduate education in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa: the Sustainable Water Development (SWD) Graduate Program. In our program, you’ll become a highly trained water professional ready to meet the resource challenges of communities most in need as a professional engineer, researcher, entrepreneur, or educator.

Tailored to Your Interests

This is not a “one-size-fits-all” MS/PhD program. We attract highly motivated, engaged students from a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, and life experiences. Our engaged, caring faculty will help you tailor the curriculum to fit your unique interests and career goals — everything from politics to public health, chemistry to microbiology, and informatics to entrepreneurship and beyond — all while earning a generous student stipend.

Focus on Food, Energy, and Water

Our PhD students earn a degree in four years, and all our students do innovative research at the food, energy, and water nexus. We focus on the impacts of climate change, resource recovery from waste, technologies for sustainable and healthy communities, and more. Community service and professional development, including immersive internships with diverse project partners, will complement your transformative research. Our program will place you on a career path that could lead you far beyond academia—if that’s what you want.


Make a Difference

You’ll address social justice issues to help provide food, energy, and water for those who need it most. Our students make a difference through research and internships in communities with the greatest need. You’ll prepare to work with water-quality professionals in industry, government, research, and NGOs around the world.

The Sustainable Water Development Graduate Program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity in the vibrant, diverse, and friendly setting of Iowa City. Take the next step toward your career as a water professional!
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