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Minor Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Systems

The Indige-FEWS GIDP PhD Minor integrates engineering and science disciplines with humanities to fully prepare students for the interdisciplinary collaboration required to tackle the FEWS challenges of Indigenous communities with skill, respect and fellowship.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 6 months
Starting in: TBA
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States

The purpose of the Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Systems (Indige-FEWS) GIDP PhD Minor is to prepare students through research and scholarship to develop novel and sustainable solutions to real-world Food, Energy, and Water Systems (FEWS) challenges facing Indigenous communities. The GIDP PhD Minor coursework integrates fundamentals of systems thinking with cross-disciplinary pedagogy to support discovery and development of materials, technologies and unit operations for fit-for-purpose water systems and controlled environment agriculture (CEA) systems. Solutions will be fully integrated with the policies, decision-making and public acceptance of Indigenous communities, and will be grounded by an understanding of Indigenous societies, their governance and culture, and the ability to work effectively in these contexts.

Students will earn 13 credit hours to satisfy the Minor, one course from each of four “blocks”: Systems (3 credit units), Fundamentals (3 credit units), Society (3 credit units), and Unit Operations (4 credit units). After completing coursework in Systems, Fundamentals, and Society, students will work in interdisciplinary teams in the Unit Operations course – the capstone course of the Minor.

Courses are offered by the following departments: Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, American Indian Studies, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Materials Science & Engineering, and Optical Sciences.

Graduates will be uniquely positioned to work with Indigenous communities to address food, energy, and water challenges with a systems approach and a collaborative process.

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

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Study Content

  • Applied Instrumentation for Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Integrated Engineered Solutions in the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  • Water Policy in Arizona and Semi-Arid Regions 
  • Water Mangement and Policy: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus

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