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Interdisciplinary Graduate Training
- Create graduate students with the integration, teamwork and communication skills needed to be leaders in the bioenergy and bioproducts economy.
- Build multicultural perspectives into the graduate study
- Improve the diversity of STEM graduate programs.
- Disseminate research, technology, and economic development opportunities to diverse stakeholders
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
REU participants participate in full time research experiences for a summer (10 weeks) program that provides laboratory, fieldwork and research skills in the broad area of biofuels research. The REU program goals are:
- To excite undergraduate students about cutting edge research in the areas of biofuels
- Develop skills needed for future biofuels research careers
- Increase the number of students participating in biofuels research in the northwest, including those from schools which do not have strong research efforts
- Integrate mentoring experiences for graduate students and post docs into a formalized training program
NARA Affiliated Universities and Colleges
NARA's Five Teams
To meet its mission's goals, the Alliance is broken down into specific areas of focus:
- Education: Engage citizens, meet future workforce needs, enhance science literacy in biofuels, and help people understand how they're going to fit into the new energy economy.
- Conversion: Provide a biomass-derived replacement for aviation fuel and other petroleum-derived chemicals in a way that is economically and technologically feasible.
- Feedstocks: Take a multi-pronged approach for the development and sustainable production of feedstocks made from wood materials, including forest and mill residues, municipal solid waste, and specialty energy crops.
- Sustainability Measurement: Evaluate and assess environmental, social, and economic viability of the overall wood to biofuels supply chain, guiding the project as it goes forward.
- Outreach: Serve as a conduit between researchers and community stakeholders, helping to transfer the science and technology of biofuels and important co-products to communities in the Northwest.