RENEW: Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce

Leveraging DOE research infrastructure to expand training and mentorship for groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)


RENEW is increasing training, research opportunities, and collaborations for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty at MSIs. Taking advantage of unique capabilities at DOE national laboratories and user facilities, BER RENEW projects are preparing students for a variety of STEM careers. Efforts include programs that equip next-generation engineers to tackle climate-related water challenges as well as immersive research projects allowing students to study climate-driven impacts on watersheds and forest ecosystems.

Current Awards

BER DivisionLead PIProjectPI OrganizationYear
EESSDKulawardhana, RanjaniApplied Geospatial Data-science Initiative for Urban Climate Change Studies (AGDI-UCCS)Alabama A&M University2023
BSSDCebert, ErnstStrengthening Educational and Research Capacity for Bioenergy Science at Alabama A&M University Through a Combination of Education, Research, and PartnershipsAlabama A&M University2023
EESSDHibbs, BarryCatalyzing STEM Training and Partnerships Through Comparative Analysis of Transferable Watershed Function in East River and Southern California WatershedsCalifornia State UniversityLos Angeles2023
EEESSDWilkins, JosephCo-designing Foundational Capabilities to Diversify the Scientific WorkforceHoward University2023
EESSDMekonnen, AdemeSub-seasonal to Interannual Variability and Predictability of Rainfall Over East AfricaNorth Carolina A&T State University2023
EESSDKalyuzhnaya, MarinaBER-RENEW iSAVe: New Energy Sciences Workforce to Advance Innovations in Sustainable Arid VegetationSan Diego State University Research Foundation2023
EESSDVrinceanu, Daniel Partnership for Fostering Graduate Training in Atmospheric Sciences at Texas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University2023
BSSDSindi, SuzanneBridging Disciplines, Empowering Students: A JGI-UC Merced Data Science and Genomics Training Program for the Energy Sciences WorkforceThe Regents of the University of California2023
EESSDMelendez-Ackerman, ElviaReaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce Through Atmospheric Research at the University of Puerto RicoRio Piedras (RENEW-AR-UPR-RP)University of Puerto RicoRio Piedras2022
EESSDZeiger, SeanTraining a Diverse STEM Workforce to Measure and Model Energy, Water, and Carbon BudgetsLincoln University2022
EESSDCoop, JonathanFrom Forests to Floodplains to Functioning Watersheds: Catalyzing Collaborative Research and Inclusive Training Partnerships Between Western Colorado University and DOE's National Laboratory SystemWestern Colorado University2022
EESSDHuning, LaurieClimate-Ready Engineers for Water Resources ApplicationsCalifornia State University Long Beach Foundation2022

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