Brochures for Download: Life at University of Delaware, Solar Hydrogen Program
What Does Our IGERT Offer You?
What exactly are we looking for in a potential IGERT Ph.D graduate fellow?
Why do we need a solar hydrogen system?
What type of research is there for me to do?
What are the employment and career opportunities after IGERT?
IGERT? What the heck is
What are the deep goals
and ideals of the NSF IGERT program?
What's special about an
IGERT education? Why would I want to be an IGERT
What are the employment
and career opportunities after IGERT?
How long does it take?
What kind of student should
apply to an IGERT program?
How do I get started?
Can I apply if I am not
a U.S. Citizen or Naturalized Resident?
What is the difference between an IGERT Fellow and an IGERT Affiliate?
What Does Our IGERT Offer You?
We know that you want to be a part of our new program. As you are most probably aware, IGERT programs combine interdisciplinary science with practical experience, giving you a deep knowledge in your chosen discipline as well as a combination of technical, professional and personal skills that enable YOU to be leaders and creative agents for change in YOUR fields.
- Excellent Financial Incentives
You’ll be generously supported through various funding sources and receive a $30,000 stipend for the first and third year of the fellowship.. In addition to the stipend, tuition and insurance is also provided. A further bonus is that support is provided for travel and for summer internships.
The University of Delaware is internationally recognized for its research into energy and solar hydrogen. You’ll find it easy to find an area that works for you, whether it be in fuel cells, hydrogen storage or photovoltaics.
- A Stimulating Work Environment
You’ll be working within and across departments with members of staff who will provide you with far-reaching opportunities to AID you in becoming LEADERS and CREATIVE AGENTS for change in your chosen fields.
As you become experts in your chosen field, you’ll have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology and equipment., including our brand new MBE machine and Class 10 Clean Room.
- Industry Collaboration and International Opportunities
Be part of our IGERT that offers you the chance to be involved in a range of well-known industries and government organizations. Helping YOU network and providing you with the possibility of post-fellowship employment.
One of the best ways to approach our IGERT is through collaborative research, combining the efforts of chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, material science, physics, chemistry, policy and economics. Come and be a part of our integrated team of experts!
First and foremost we are looking for YOU. Our educational goal is that our students will be ‘energy experts’. We expect them to be excellent researchers who can recognize and develop new multidisciplinary approaches to solar hydrogen components, systems and implementation; recognize and define important problems; and who can think broadly, creatively and ‘outside the box’.
YOU will have a research focus in one area but the background, knowledge and interpersonal skills to draw from and interact with colleagues from multiple technical disciplines; the breadth to choose the most pressing problems and to contribute to the broader context of sustainable energy systems; and the motivation to use engineering as a driver for innovation, inspiration and societal advancement, wherein engineering partner other solutions.
We’re living in a rapidly changing world in which creating a sustainable energy system has become a central issue of our time. The lack of an energy system which is environmentally, economically, socially and politically sustainable impacts everyone and underpins many key international issues.
The combination of using solar-based energy generation and hydrogen as an energy carrier and storage offers a sustainable solution to many aspects of the energy issues, including transport and electricity generation. The goal of the IGERT on Solar Hydrogen and Sustainable Energy is to provide the resources and opportunities for graduate students to address the scientific, technological, and policy challenges in solar hydrogen systems.
Become involved and help us create a system that will make solar hydrogen technically and economically feasible and come and be a part of something truly sustainable.
This IGERT provides you with the opportunity to venture into a wide-range of research endeavors. The key areas of research focus on the following areas:
- Fuel Cells
- Catalytic Processes in Fuel Cells and Fuel Reforming
- Hydrogen Storage
- Energy Policy and Economics
If you are still a little unsure about your research interest, we’ll be able to provide you with advice and ideas about how best to suit an area of research to your needs.
One of the major objectives of NSF’s IGERT program is to train students in areas where industry, government and academic institutions are experiencing a shortfall. You’ll be given the chance to work in industries ranging from pharmaceutics to petrochemicals, government laboratories devoted to health, commerce or energy, small teaching colleges and major research universities. And, you’ll get the added benefit of being able to sample these locations during your training, making it easier to decide which career environment is right for you.
And, employers will enjoy knowing that you’ve worked with some of the leading experts in the field of sustainable energy and solar hydrogen.
It stands for Integrative Graduate Education
and Research Traineeship, and is a program developed
by the National Science Foundation to improve
the graduate experience. IGERT provides interdisciplinary
graduate training for students who wish to pursue
careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering
or technology (interdisciplinary being the key
word here). Approximately 20 new IGERT programs
are funded each year, and there are now over
100 IGERT programs at universities across the
United States. Each program is unique in its
curricular and research focus. Students interested
in pursuing PhDs in the sciences, mathematics,
engineering or technology can select and apply
to IGERT programs that suit their interests.
Students accepted into an IGERT program then
begin a rigorous course of interdisciplinary
study (that's the integrative graduate education
and research part) and get $30,000 a year plus
tuition and fees (that's the traineeship part).
The National Science Foundation Introduction
to the IGERT Program says:
"The IGERT program has been developed to
meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D.
scientists, engineers, and educators with the
interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge
in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional,
and personal skills to become in their own careers
the leaders and creative agents for change.
The program is intended to catalyze a cultural
change in graduate education, for students,
faculty, and institutions, by establishing innovative
new models for graduate education and training
in a fertile environment for collaborative research
that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
It is also intended to facilitate greater diversity
in student participation and preparation, and
to contribute to the development of a diverse,
globally-engaged science and engineering workforce.
the NSF IGERT Homepage
"In the last 10 years, there has been a
growing realization that the really big problems
in science are not going to be solved within
one discipline. The big complex problems, like
those affecting the environment or advances
in information technology, will require expertise
from many areas."
--Jim Teeri, Director, IGERT National Recruitment
The issues that surround most "real life" problems
and their complex solutions are multifaceted
and complex. For example, policy decisions must
be informed by science; social values and economics
affect whether or not a solution is desirable
or feasible. IGERT programs seek to train researchers
who will recognize cross-disciplinary issues
and communicate with professionals from other
disciplines to find creative interdisciplinary
solutions for these problems.
IGERT programs focus on problem-centered training,
delimited not by the boundaries of an academic
discipline, but by the demands of solving a
problem. IGERT programs combine interdisciplinary
science with practical experience, giving their
students deep knowledge in their disciplines
as well as a combination of technical, professional
and personal skills that enables them to be
leaders and creative agents for change in their
fields. Other benefits include:
- A sizeable stipend ($30,000 for the first and third year).
- Support for tuition and fees.
- Funds for research equipment and supplies.
- Research assistanceship and teaching assistanceship
- Opportunities for international experience.
- Internships in industry and government.
- Work with similar-minded graduate students
from different disciplines on similar research
- Great post-IGERT career and employment options.
A major objective of NSF's IGERT program is
to train students in areas where industry, government
and academic institutions are experiencing a
shortfall. IGERT graduates may work in industries
ranging from pharmaceutics to petrochemicals,
government laboratories devoted to health, commerce
or energy, small teaching colleges and major
research universities. An important benefit
of the IGERT programs is that most students
have opportunities to sample these locations
during their training. This makes it easier
to decide which career environment is right
Usually four to five years, but this depends
on the program you select and on you!
Wants to be a scientist for the future--
more flexible, more collaborative, more adept
at linking issues in the life, earth, and
social sciences, and more able to solve the
global issues that face us today.
Has demonstrated strong interest and motivation
in the areas of science, technology, engineering
Has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant
Is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
I really don't know much about how I should
go about applying to grad school, or even what
to expect in grad school. No one in my family
knows either, and my advisor is on leave this
year. Can you help? First, each IGERT program
has a program contact person who is willing
to help. Just call, or email, and ask your questions.
The IGERT National Recruitment Program and our
website (this website!) are also a valuable
resource. Our Resources for Students Page contains
links to other resources that specifically address
Sorry, but no. Please apply instead to a traditional
graduate educational program by contacting the
department most closely allied to your research
interests. If you are accepted to a department
affiliated with an IGERT program, however, "you
may experience many "spillover" benefits
from the IGERT project."
What is the difference between an IGERT Fellow and an IGERT Affiliate?
It is important that you know that there is a difference between acceptance into the IGERT as an IGERT Fellow and an IGERT Affiliate. An IGERT Fellow (also referred to as a scholar) are students who may enroll in the IGERT program and complete their PhD in either Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Biology, or Physics. They get paid the $30,000 stipend in their first and third year and receive regular departmental funding in their second and fourth year.
In contrast, an IGERT Affiliate is a student who is in the non-science or engineering disciplines, such as policy or economics, but who has the background to enable him/her to understand the techinical issues in a solar hydrogen system. IGERT Affiliate students receive a stipend from the IGERT at conventional department rates. You might want to look at the PhD offered by CEEP (the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy) if this is the route you feel you would prefer to take.