MDP students were among those awarded grants for research, collaboration, and engagement relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Avery Julian Baker, Robert Hartwell, Jake Meyers, and Abdul Sigal.
As described by the UN, the SDGs are "the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030."
The five students will be working on summer field practicums with themes that connects to the climate and/or environment in the context of the SDGs. The winning proposals from students included discussion of a research question or development challenge, their plan for addressing it, specific deliverables they will produce, and a statement about the and the scholarly and broader impact of their work.
Proposals were reviewed by a small committee of faculty and former awardees. The program is supported by a grant from the UA Research office to Professor Diana Liverman for work on environment and the SDGs.