C-NSPIRE Certificate Program

Certificate Overview | Program Requirements | Certificate Application

Program History

Recognizing that science and technology researchers cannot solve complex environmental problems alone, the C-NSPIRE interdisciplinary graduate certificate program aims to address the longstanding need for a corps of top-flight scientists capable of communicating the relevance of their work at the science-policy interface.

This graduate certificate builds on the foundation provided by the National Science Foundation Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE) IGERT program that provided students with rigorous multidisciplinary training in C and N cycling and an integrated view of C and N science coupled with the ability to effectively communicate with public policy makers.

Certificate Overview

The certificate is aimed at graduate students with environmental interests in engineering, sciences, and agriculture, although students in the social sciences and other disciplines may also find it valuable and are encouraged to participate.

The primary objective is to provide students an interdisciplinary perspective of the science related to the global N- and C-cycles and to introduce students to public policy studies. The C and N cycles are closely coupled and associated with global sustainability issues related to climate change, air & water quality, and other environmental impacts. Given the complexities of the C and N cycles, policy solutions to mitigate the environmental impacts require an integrated management approach.

A limited number of graduate Research Assistantships are available for students in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, the College and Arts and Sciences, the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program.

Participating students would train as multidisciplinary cadre of next-generation scientists to understand and address the human dimensions of environmental issues and develop the skills necessary to build strong partnerships with leaders in social sciences, government, business, and communication.



Certificate Application Deadlines:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information on the C-NSPIRE program, please visit the rest of our webpage, or contact us at cnspire@wsu.edu.