Join the Graduate Research Traineeship: Rivers, Watersheds & Communities to become a STEM professional equipped to tackle challenges in the Columbia River Basin in collaboration with communities to ensure sustainable human and ecosystem health.

The Columbia River Basin is facing an invisible water quality crisis, negatively impacting human and ecosystem health. This interdisciplinary challenge requires expertise from a variety of fields to solve.

This program trains MSc and PhD students in engineering and science (incl. social sciences) to do research to tackle these problems, hand-in-hand with the communities impacted. By valuing Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Western science, students will learn how to find solutions to these pressing challenges with their communities.


  • Professional development: opportunity to work with Tribes, agencies, organizations, and communities (internships, research projects, and more)
  • Student-centered mentoring from within and outside of WSU
  • $34,000 stipend & paid tuition & fees for 1 year
  • Opportunity to earn a Community Engagement in River and Watershed Systems Certificate
  • Collaborate with communities, including agencies and institutions, to do research that makes meaningful change
  • Learn to skillfully integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge, western scientific information, policy, and community interests and values
  • Learn from your peers: join an ever- growing cohort of trainees

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