Center for Water and Society
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Statement of Purpose.
The purpose of the Michigan Technological University Center for Water and Society (CWS) is to enhance the ability and the visibility of MTU personnel to solve waterrelated problems of local, regional, and international interest.

Mission Statement
The mission of the CWS is to promote research, education, and outreach in all disciplines at Michigan Tech related to water issues. The objectives of the CWS are:

To serve as a focal point for instructional and research activities in water-related fields and water-related outreach activities across the Michigan Tech campus
To provide an organizational structure that supports continuing growth in water-related fields and outreach activities and encourage interdisciplinary projects
To support interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate education and research in water related fields
To pursue external funding opportunities to support these objectives and to facilitate MTCWS participating faculty to obtain external support.
to enhance the visibility of MTU and CWS as centers of expertise and cutting-edge research in water-related fields.

Membership is open to any academic faculty, research faculty, research staff, or outreach staff member of Michigan Tech who has an interest in water-related fields or outreach activities. Prospective members submit a simple statement of interest to the MTCWS Director. Once approved, membership is reevaluated every five years. Undergraduate and graduate students are offered student membership, which provides eligibility for MTCWS student grants and fellowships. Student membership is maintained until graduation or withdrawal from the university.

Focus of Center for Five Years (2011-2016)

Serve as a focal point for water-related activities at Michigan Tech by:
  • maintaining a web page and other media to showcase water-related research, educational and outreach efforts at Michigan Tech,
  • serving as a point of contact for developing water related initiatives with outside
    organizations and Michigan Tech faculty, students, and staff
  • sponsoring lectures and related events offered by guest speakers with interests
    relevant to the CWS faculty and student community, and
  • organizing the yearly CWS colloquium.
Support graduate and undergraduate students’ research and educational activities related to water resources topics by:
  • offering student travel and research grants;
  • maintaining the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Water Resources Systems;
  • pursuing funding opportunities for graduate education in interdisciplinary waterrelated fields.
Support the research enterprise related to water topics at Michigan Tech by supporting the development of interdisciplinary funding proposals and proposals to large funding programs through:
  • helping to alert faculty of and coalesce interdisciplinary teams to apply for large funding programs;
  • providing assistance (support staff ) for the preparation of proposals involving significant numbers of CWS participants;
  • providing matching funds for acquisition of equipment/facilities to be used for CWS-member research; and
  • providing cost share funds for proposals for projects involving significant benefits to CWS participants.
Support K-12 and community education/outreach water-related activities at Michigan Tech by:
  • funding outreach efforts and
  • connecting faculty and students to K-12 teachers and programs and community organizations and programs.
5 Enhance the visibility of water-related expertise, research, and outreach at MTU by:
  • providing funding for CWS personnel to represent CWS in important state, regional, national and international meetings related to water when research funding is unavailable or inappropriate;
  • disseminating information gathered for the annual report to members, state government personnel, and alumni using printed or electronic media;
  • promoting regular interaction between CWS and key state or federal groups (e.g., SeaGrant, NOAA GLERL, EPA, MI DNRE);

Noel Urban / 906-487-3640
Office: GLRC 306

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Administrative Assistant

Carol J. Asiala / 906-487-2033
Office: Dow 626
Geological & Mining Engineering & Science

Advisory Committee

CWS Advisory Committee members are charged with representing their respective academic units in the activities of the CWS. The Advisory Committee consists of one designee from each participating department or administrative unit. A participating department or administrative unit is defined as a department or unit with at least one CWS member. The term of the Advisory Committee members is two years, but Advisory Committee members can continue on the committee indefinitely. CWS members in each department or unit are responsible for selecting a representative to the Advisory Committee every two years. The process of selecting representatives must include communications to all CWS members in the participating department or unit.

The responsibilities of Advisory Committee members include (a) advising the CWS Director on CWS policy, strategic planning, and budget decisions; (b) promotion of CWS by seeking new faculty and student members for CWS, and solicitation of advice on CWS activities in the advisory committee member’s respective academic unit, (c) approval of any changes to the CWS priorities or governing structure, (d) evaluation and approval of reports related to the CWS, and (e) evaluation and approval of any changes to degree programs, minors, or certificates that are housed within the CWS. The Director will consult with the advisory committee or subcommittees regarding budget decisions involving more than $5,000.

Rupali Datta
Biological Sciences
Sarah A. Green
Daisuke Minakata
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Geological & Mining Engineering & Science
R. Craig Waddell
Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
Latika Gupta
School of Business & Economics
Joseph Wagenbrenner
School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science (SFRES)
Chelsea Schelly
Social Sciences
Joan F. Schumaker-Chadde
Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education

Seminar & Symposia Subcommittee

Responsible for promoting seminars and symposia of interest to CWS participants, including approving requests for funding seminars and related activities.
Joan Schumaker-Chadde
Latika Lagalo

Joseph Wagenbrenner
Noel Urban

Research and Education Subcommittee

Responsible for developing, promoting, and maintaining new degree programs, certificates and minors, organizing and promoting the yearly CWS colloquium; and maintaining the student research and travel grants programs and approving applications to these programs.
Jason Gulley
Daisuke Minakata
Noel Urban
Chelsea Schelly

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Houghton, Michigan, 49931-1295, USA

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