New funding program offered to help advanced environmental engineering students

Consortium of universities and firms sponsors introductory program for 2005 academic year. Designed to increase the number of environmental engineering professionals with advanced degrees, an innovative new program offers funding for students aspiring to earn a master's degree in environmental engineering...

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9, 2004 -- Designed to increase the number of environmental engineering professionals with advanced degrees, an innovative new program offers funding for students aspiring to earn a master's degree in environmental engineering.

Up to $20,000 is available to college graduates (or those that will enter graduate programs in 2005), through this new funding program. Sponsored by premier public agencies and private engineering firms, the program prepares students to practice in the municipal water, wastewater, and solid waste management fields.

The program is being launched on a limited trial basis for academic year 2005/06 with the expectation of deployment on a nation-wide basis for the following academic year 2006/07. Universities participating in the pilot program are: Arizona State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Stanford University, University of Arizona, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA and the University of Southern California. Schools from across the country are expected to be involved the following year.

Created to provide an incentive for engineering bachelor's degree candidates to pursue a master's degree, the program requires that the selected students take certain core courses, and then become an employee of one of the sponsoring agencies or firms for a three-year period following completion of their coursework. Sponsors currently include public agencies such as the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, the City of Phoenix Water Services Department, as well as private firms such as Black & Veatch, Brown & Caldwell, MWH and Malcolm Pirnie.

Additional information can be located on the program website: www.engineeringmastersfunding.org

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