National Needs Fellows Graduate Fellowships

NATIONAL NEEDS FELLOWS IN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES SCIENCES AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY AND INTEGRATIVE TRAINING APPROACH

This forty-two month project is a National Needs Fellows in Agricultural Sciences (NNFAS) proposal at Florida International University (FIU) that aims to recruit and train six outstanding graduate students from underrepresented and minority communities. The project has multiple objectives: (a) provide training to SIX master’s level students in one of the Targeted Expertise Shortage Areas—Integrative Biosciences for Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems—with a focus on agroecology and sustainable urban agriculture; (b) provide these graduate students with opportunities for research, internship and urban agriculture outreach at area research and conservation organizations, urban community gardens and sub-urban small farms; and (c) enhance multicultural diversity in the skilled agricultural workforce by recruiting from traditionally underrepresented groups. We propose an innovative and cost-effective model for training students in agroecology and sustainable agriculture sciences. These Fellows will complete a two-year master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a clear focus on sustainable urban and regional agriculture and through an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to managing natural resources, which support agricultural systems. Fellows will be trained with a rigorous course curriculum in basic, agricultural and quantitative sciences, master’s research at field, communities and area research institutions. These activities will train students in cutting-edge lab and field techniques: soil and nutrient management, integrated pest management, agro-biodiversity conservation, economic and geospatial resource analysis and urban agriculture outreach. Students will work closely with USDA ARS, farmers, and community and educational organizations. Such comprehensive training should help Fellows land a career or doctoral program in food and agricultural sciences.

Contact the Agroecology Program Coordinator for information on available scholarship and research opportunities.

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