Until there is an Energy Ph.D. program, students will choose a Ph. D. in a traditional degree program within engineering, the natural sciences, or the social sciences, with a concentration in energy.
As part of the grant expectations, ASU will leverage existing partnerships in order bring under-represented minorities to the program, particularly Hispanics and Native Americans. ASU's goal is to attain 25 percent minority participation, effectively doubling the current levels in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields at ASU by recruiting under-represented minority students through its existing, extensive network of mentorship relationships with minority education programs.
"We are trying to build on people's strengths, and develop their thinking and their understanding of this complex issue, so they can make contributions that others haven't," said Vermaas. "We want to teach students to use this type of broad training and knowledge of energy issues in their own unique ways to help secure energy supplies and improve conservation in the coming decades."
"This is exactly the kind of transdisciplinary program we are committed to," said Gary Dirks, director of LightWorks. "With our combined efforts, we can solve our grand energy challenges." LightWorks is a university initiative that pulls light-inspired research at ASU under one strategic framework. This effort leverages the university's strengths, particularly in renewable energy fields including artificial photosynthesis, biofuels, and next-generation photovoltaics.
The IGERT Solar Utilization Network program begins this fall semester.
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