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Water Institute Graduate Fellows program ,

On August 15th, the 2011 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) program kicked off as seven Fellows reported to the University of Florida to begin an interdisciplinary research program to develop new science, management and policy needed to establish and implement Numeric Nutrient Criteria for Florida waters. The UF Water Institute, with support from the Colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences and the Swisher Foundation, announced the opportunity for the innovative educational program in October 2010 and requested proposals from WI Affiliate Faculty teams for the first cohort theme. A team led by Dr. Mark Brown (Environmental Engineering) submitted the winning proposal for the first cohort. Each of the Fellows, working with faculty from different departments, will craft a dissertation around a topic based on his or her discipline, while corresponding to the teamís overall theme of nutrient dynamics, management and policy. The Water Institute will again seek proposals from Faculty to support a second cohort of Fellows to be recruited in 2013. For more information on the WIGF program visit