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UT Knoxville wins 2 $3M National Science Foundation research and education grants
Date:9/11/2008

KNOXVILLE -- Two research groups from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have won $3 million grants from the National Science Foundation to create new graduate research and education programs designed to train tomorrow's top scientists.

The grants, called Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships, or IGERTs, will draw the nation's best and brightest graduate students to UT Knoxville for two unique programs that focus on major global issues.

"IGERT programs are the gold standard for how America creates our next generation of leaders in science," said Brad Fenwick, UT Knoxville vice chancellor for research and engagement. "The fact that UT Knoxville is now home to two of these programs speaks volumes about our growing national and international research profile and about the hard work of the teams on our campus that submitted these proposals."

Each IGERT is given a name reflecting its general topic area. One is Sustainable Technology through Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, or STAIR, and the other is Scalable Computing and Leading Edge Innovative Technologies, or SCALE-IT.

An interdisciplinary focus sets the IGERTs apart, according to David Keffer, an associate professor of chemical engineering and the leader of STAIR.

"Science, engineering and research are more and more interdisciplinary," said Keffer. "As researchers, we no longer find ourselves working in silos, but reaching beyond some traditional barriers."

STAIR brings together researchers from UT Knoxville's colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and will focus on the creation of sustainable energy with a concentration on addressing the challenges of hydrogen as an energy source, from creation to storage to use.

Each of the two IGERTs will support approximately 15 graduate students with a very significant stipend and tuition waiver, as well as providing support for their research -- making them a top national opp
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Contact: Jay Mayfield
jay.mayfield@tennessee.edu
865-974-9409
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
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