Come join our team!

We are looking for undergraduate and MS students to join our international and interdisciplinary research project! Application deadline is October 24, 2016 by midnight.

Please click here for full instructions.

This opportunity includes a mandatory training in Spring 2017 and travel and research in Barcelona in Summer 2017. More detailed schedule is provided below. Students considering applying are also encouraged to read this document that will help them understand the research questions and the international collaboration of this project.

Spring 2017

All participating students will spend up to 10 hrs per week on their research projects. Students will be paid on an hourly basis. Students will also attend online group meetings. Each group meeting will be for 1 hr. A tentative schedule is provided below. All the meetings will be held on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.
Week


1
January 13
Welcome students to the program. Discussion topics are: Program goals and requirements emphasizing participatory engagement and responsibility and general expected behavior. IRES community members introduce themselves.
2
January 20
Pre departure training. Each student begins their research and continue to meet weekly with their UT or UU mentor throughout the semester.
3
January 27
UAB introduces ongoing research and facilities in ICTA and Inedit company. Starting in year 2, this meeting will be replaced with the prior cohort sharing their experiences.
4
February 3
Discussion on problem identification, research objective
5
February 10
Entrepreneurship

Dr. Jordi Oliver i SolĂ , Ceo of Inedit
Kelley Davis (on Business Model Canvas)
Dr. Norm Rapino from UT Center for Innovation
6
February 17
Ecological Network Analysis presentation - Emily and Kayla
7
February 24
Policy and community presentation by Olivia and Dana
8
March 3
Student progress updates. UT students present on problem statement, research questions, hypothesis, and methods related to their own work.
9
March 10
University of Toledo Spring Break.
10
March 17
University of Utah Spring Break
11
March 24
Student progress updates. UU students present on problem statement, research questions, hypothesis, and methods related to their own work.
12
March 31
Entrepreneurship: Students present the business model canvas for the project
13
April 7
Urban agriculture presentation from UT and UU students
14
April 14
Students work together to make a plan for how to improve the website. They might modify the website during this meeting
15
April 21
IRES student meeting only (no faculty allowed) where students discuss and reflect on first semester experience. They provide suggestions for next semester. They discuss their progress thus far on website development.
16
April 28
IRES students present their preliminary results and a detailed plan for what they will be doing in Barcelona. They will receive feedback from IRES community. Each student also submits a short technical report on their work.

Topics for future:

Written and oral communication skills and professionalism

Orientation: Students receive training on Spanish culture, etiquette, and language

Students discuss Good practices for collaboration including ethics in research (they can write up a collaboration plan)


Summer 2017

Students will travel to UAB to conduct the research there. They will work there full time for about 8 weeks. Their work will culminate in a final presentation and a final report. Their stipends, lodging, food, and transportation expenses will be covered by the grant.

Some photos from the project are below

University of Autonomy Barcelona- Tomato production in urban rooftop garden
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UAB Urban Agriculture Website

University of Toledo-Site visit to community garden in Toledo
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