Meet the Researchers

Meet the Researchers

From the lab to the field, trainees and principal investigators share how the U.S. National Science Foundation's Research Traineeship program is driving innovative graduate education and cutting-edge research.
 

Since 2014, over 130 research institutions in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands have launched NSF Research Traineeships to transform STEM graduate education. Leading principal investigators shape the parameters of each traineeship, and mentor diverse trainees to imagine, launch and pursue their own research questions. By blending cutting-edge convergence research training with comprehensive, inclusive professional development, the program prepares future scientists to make discoveries of national and global significance.

"[The NSF Research Traineeship at] BU URBAN allows me to work with researchers in different disciplines and community members. I truly believe it's going to allow me to do what I want in the future, which is really work at this nexus of communities, environment and public health, in a way that's actually going to inform policy and change people's lives." 
- Trainee Beth Haley

 

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Learn about some of NSF's Research Traineeships

Saving vital ocean reefs

Saving vital ocean reefs

As climate change continues to threaten coastal communities and ecosystems, there's never been a more critical time to understand the impact of human activity on coastlines. NRT Strong Coasts is nurturing a new generation of STEM researchers to do just that.

Environmental challenges and urban communities

Environmental challenges and urban communities

Urban communities increasingly face environmental challenges. That's why BU URBAN trainees pursue research to develop interdisciplinary solutions in partnership with organizations that play critical roles in supporting environmental and community health.

Food-energy-water security in Indigenous communities

Food-energy-water security in Indigenous communities

Indige-FEWSS is developing the next generation of scientists and engineers to work with and within Indigenous communities to address food-energy-water challenges by creating a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness.