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Introducing students to the Palouse

Every year students from across Washington and around the world come to study at Washington State University.

But during their time here, how much do they really get to know the beauty, history, and unique landscapes of their Palouse home?

An interdisciplinary WSU team has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to develop a series of courses for students to dig deeply into Palouse history and culture. They hope the program will give students a greater understanding of the unique region while also helping them to grow strong roots — building understanding of what it means to be an active citizen and to be part of a community wherever they end up.  The project is one of 224 education grants for curriculum innovation in the humanities awarded by NEH.

The Palouse might look quiet and isolated on first glance, but like the complex and rich soils that support the region’s agriculture, there is cultural complexity and a global reach that lie underneath, said Jolie Kaytes, an associate professor in the School of Design and Construction, who is leading the project.

“Many students graduate from WSU unaware of the region’s histories, cultures, and ecologies, or their own relationship to this place,” she said. “It’s a place that can be overlooked.”

Yet, deep study of the area can reveal much about issues and history of the American West, geological time, environmental degradation, and tribal injustices, she said.“They illustrate how social, cultural, and biophysical processes shape all places,” she added.

The Palouse Matters program will consist of humanities-oriented, interdisciplinary classes that focus on the Palouse and its landscapes. The courses, which will include “Landscapes of the Palouse,” “Digital Palouse,” and “Reading the American Landscape,” will combine content and methods from environmental history, design, ecology, cultural landscape studies, and place-based education, enabling students to make connections among seemingly incongruous subjects and diverse populations.

“We want students to reflect on and examine the complexity of this region,” Kaytes said. “At the same time, the intent is to invite them to learn and think deeply.”

“We all live somewhere,” she added. “The more students can become deeply aware of where they live and dwell, the more likely they are to care about that place and become active, engaged citizens and to support a democratic society.”

The interdisciplinary team developing the courses include faculty from landscape architecture, architecture, education, Earth sciences, and history. With the one-year planning grant, the researchers hope to begin offering the courses as part of a new, general education humanities pathway in fall of 2021.

$100,000 funding opportunity for conservation researchers

Salazar Center for North American Conservation  launched its inaugural Conservation Impact Prize, which in 2020 will award $100,000 to an interdisciplinary team working on an innovative approach to conservation and landscape connectivity. Projects should be collaborative in nature, address a landscape-scale conservation challenge on the North American continent, and ultimately provide measurable habitat and community benefit. We also encourage non-traditional applicants and ideas. You can learn more about the prize and eligibility at, and a press release can be found here.


WA AWRA graduate fellowships

Due date for this academic year’s WA AWRA graduate fellowships in February 14, 2020. As you know each year the Washington Section of the American Water Resources Association awards 2 – $2500 fellowships to graduate students at Washington institutions of higher education. One of these fellowships is reserved for a member of a recognized student chapter. Currently there are chapters at the University of Washington and Central Washington University. The other is available to any student in a graduate program in the state that is in a course of study related to water resources.

For more information and to apply

NW CASC Funding Opportunity: 2020-21 Research Fellowship Program

The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) invites proposals for its 2020-2021 Research Fellowship Program from graduate students at University of Washington (UW), Boise State University (BSU), Oregon State University (OSU), University of Montana (UM), Washington State University (WSU) and Western Washington University (WWU) and postdoctoral scholars at BSU, OSU, UM, WSU and WWU (this Fellowship cannot support postdocs at UW).

The NW CASC Fellowship program supports research related to climate adaptation for Northwest natural and cultural resource management and provides training in the principles and practices of co-producing decision-relevant science. Funding will be available as early as Fall Term 2020, to support research performed during the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see the attached RFP and budget spreadsheets. The deadline to submit proposals is March 16, 2020. 

The NW CASC will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 12th at 2:00pm on How to Apply for the NW CASC 2020-21 Research Fellowship ProgramRegister for the webinar to learn more about the program, application process and to ask questions. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the NW CASC website.


Student Summer Research Opportunity- Deadline to apply Feb 15th, 2020

The NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program entitled Stakeholder Informed Modeling of Innovations in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus is now accepting applications for Summer 2020.  To learn more about the program and apply, please visit:  (Note: acceptance into the program will be based on a pending NSF award for this project.) 



Social Media for Climate Activism

FIVE HOURS PER WEEK, Feb 1-April 15, 2020

Gain valuable practical experience working with a team of students from across the nation in the development, execution and assessment of a social media campaign in support of a national climate education project, Solve Climate By 2030.  This is a VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP.  You can participate from anywhere in the US.  You must be available for group strategy meetings, presentations and on-line discussion Monday evenings from 8 PM-10 PM EST every week, and commit to an additional three hours of group and individual work each week. The internship begins on February 3, 2020 and runs through April 15, 2020 for a total of 10 weeks. The internship is unpaid. APPLY HERE.


WRC-PNNL SULI Water Internships Available- Summer 2020

The State of Washington Water Research Center (WRC) is pleased to be partnering with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to offer undergraduate internship opportunities to WSU undergraduates who are interested in water resources.
This new internship experience operates within the existing Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program, but aims to facilitate water-related learning opportunities specifically between WSU undergraduates and PNNL researchers.

For more information on the program and how to apply, please check out the attached flyer or visit:

Deadline for Summer 2018: Jan 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET
Notification by: Feb 2020

Questions? Email Julie Padowski (

Postdoc in Understanding & Managing Changing Wildfire Risk at CU Boulder/NC CASC

The USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) is hiring a Postdoctoral Scholar in Understanding and Managing Changing Wildfire Risk to lead an effort on generating the fire science needed for resource management decisions in the ecosystems of the North Central region. Key efforts will be to i) conduct a synthesis of fire-related science that has been done across the eight regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (, that can inform how we handle changing fire regimes across forests, shrublands, and grasslands of the western U.S.; ii) advance fire probability and risk modeling under current and future climate scenarios; and iii) identify key fire metrics that are relevant for species and ecosystem response and management, that will be incorporated into an open platform, the NC CASC’s Climate Scenarios Toolbox. The Postdoctoral Researcher will help lead a working group of partners and scientists whose aim is to better refine the fire information needed for key decisions at management-relevant scales.

For more information and to apply

Coastal and Estuarine research federation 2020 Webinar Series

Have you ever wondered what a successful fellowship application looks like? Do you know what reviewers look for in a letter of recommendation? Join CERF and NOAA National Sea Grant to learn the ins and outs of applying to fellowship positions. Maddie Kennedy is the current Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship Manager and will be discussing what makes a successful fellowship application package. Using The Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship as an example, this webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Breaking down the fellowship application
  • What makes a strong cover letter and CV
  • How to choose a strong recommendation letter writer
  • What application reviewers look for

This webinar will be an opportunity for potential applicants and advisors to learn and ask questions about the process.

Tuesday January 12, 2020 10:00-11:00AM PT

Register Today

NCSE 2019 Webinar Series: How Do Policymakers Access and Use Evidence to Address Complex Problems?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:30–2:00 p.m. ET

Science is foundational to life and the planet as we know it. Policymakers understand this, as do scientists. However, the boundary-spanning between policymakers and scientists does not come naturally. Given the current vulnerabilities faced by places, people, ecosystems, and markets, it is essential to create more opportunities for policymakers and scientists to work effectively together.


The dynamic tension created by the “pull” of policy and the “push” of science to be more relevant can create more durable and productive policies while also facilitating stronger relationships between the scientific and decision-making communities. In advance of the NCSE 2020 Annual Conference: Science in Environmental Decision-Making, this webinar will explore examples shared by policymakers and scientists that demonstrate how evidence can more effectively serve decision-making. Join NCSE, the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and the Security and Sustainability Forum to explore opportunities for innovative governance structures at the science-policy interface. Register for this free webinar today.