Miami University of Ohio
AUIS and Miami University recently received a grant from the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science program to establish a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) pilot program in freshwater science and policy in Tigris River basin. The program will combine a new curriculum with hands-on research and exchange opportunities to teach and train AUIS students in the first stages of becoming scientific and policy experts on Iraqi water issues.
The grant provides resources to enhance experiential learning through hands-on research. Students that complete the new curriculum, which includes courses such as such as: Freshwater Science, Water Policy, and Water in Iraq: Past, Present and Future, will have the opportunity to pursue original research on water in Sulaimani or travel to Miami University to develop projects focused on freshwater science and development in Iraq.
“Undergraduates can do a lot if you give them the right tools,” said Dr. CJ Geraci, Assistant Professor of Natural Science and the project’s principal investigator. “This grant supports our mission and our strength in using research as part of the learning experience."
As a further enhancement of human capital, the program will engage AUIS’ Professional Development Institute to train local high school teachers to incorporate environmental issues into their lessons. Additionally, during the 2014 Sulaimani Forum, AUIS will host a panel highlighting the intersection of water and development in Iraq.