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Upper Mississippi Studies Center


Seeking summer interns

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The UMSC is looking for 3-5 summer interns to work with  faculty, students, and community stakeholders on a diverse array of sustainability-related projects in the Quad-Cities region.

Contact Michael Reisner for more information.

The Upper Mississippi Study Center intends to mobilize Augustana’s resources to help communities solve sustainability challenges facing urban & rural working landscapes of the Upper Mississippi River. The center will use these challenges to create unique learning opportunities where students acquire collective set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to solve 21st Century sustainability challenges.

One objective of the center is to use a transdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems that combines:

  • Interdisciplinary research (broadly defined) that integrates the knowledge & perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, & natural sciences to create new knowledge & perspectives (solutions)
  • Community engagement and authentic collaboration with relevant stakeholders

The center also aims to assist communities in solving the sustainability challenges they are facing and in doing so build enduring relationships between Augustana on the rural and urban communities of the Upper Mississippi region.