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Syracuse University’s NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Evaluation (2015-2020)

Syracuse University (www.syr.edu) has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant will prepare SyracuseUniversitymasters and doctoral students at Syracuse University with the technical and professional skills needed to excel in the field. The program, Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research (EMPOWER), will take an interdisciplinary approach, with schools across the University collaborating to create curriculum. Students will be trained in the most cutting edge practices related to communications, public policy, management, and law to help them communicate findings to a diverse group of individuals and stakeholders. Ultimately, the program will produce highly skilled science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) individuals who will play a critical role in the energy sector.

Hezel Associates will serve as the third-party evaluator for the grant, working collaboratively with Syracuse University to create a comprehensive mixed-methods evaluation to collect data from program activities. Hezel Associates will analyze the implementation of the grant and provide formative feedback to assess, monitor and improve program activities. Hezel Associates will also explore impact of the grant on the STEM community and identify any promising practices that have emerged during grant activities that could be shared with a broader audience.