Student Training and Research

An important outcome of OEWRI activities is the training and research experience provided to undergraduates and graduate students in geography, geology, planning, biology, chemistry, and business. Last year OEWRI supported 13 undergraduate hourly workers and 11 undergraduate research projects. Also last year, the Institute supported 19 graduate assistants and 11 master thesis projects. In addition, OEWRI staff are an important educational resource to the University because they are accessible to students, have applicable technical expertise, and overlap project involvement with student activities. All students that work on OEWRI projects must complete a structured training program and monitored field or laboratory probationary period prior to the collection or analysis of data for OEWRI projects. Several OEWRI graduate assistants have gone on to jobs in the environmental management field in the Ozarks after graduation.