Water Resources Center
Water Resources Science Graduate Program

The University of Minnesota Water Resources Center (WRC) administers the WRS Graduate Program. The Water Resources Center is affiliated with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension.

Water Resources Science Program

WRS-home-photo The Water Resources Science (WRS) graduate program is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional program based on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. The WRS program is committed to the education goals of producing scientists with strong technical skills, developing a holistic understanding of the hydrologic cycle and associated ecosystems, and generating an understanding of the interplay between the bio-physical sciences and the social sciences in developing and implementing public policies related to water.

Students in the program develop the breadth of scientific knowledge appropriate to understand the complicated aquatic ecosystems and watershed on which they will work, as well as social dimensions of the topic, including the public policy and legal frameworks in which water resources are protected and managed.

The program draws on numerous water-related courses from departments on the Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and Duluth campuses and is administered by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center.

WRC Director Candidate Interviews

The search committee for the Water Resources Center Director has selected four candidates to interview.

Seminar topic: "Vision For the Water Resources Center and How Your Experience Supports the Vision"
Date: Tuesday, November 4
Candidate: Dr. Michael Hirschi
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm followed by a question and answer period
Location: 125 ALBMS
Date: Monday, November 17
Candidate: Dr. Jeffrey Peterson
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am followed by a question and answer period
Location: 105 Cargill

Date: Thursday, November 20
Candidate: Dr. Mark David
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am followed by a question and answer period
Location: 105 Cargill

Date: Monday, December 1
Candidate: Dr. Sarah Michaels
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am followed by a question and answer period
Location: 105 Cargill

Resources for Students

Apply Now!

Prospective students are encouraged to apply by December 15th for full consideration for fellowships and assistantships.

WRS News

Be sure to check our Faculty Accepting Students page for regular updates on funding opportunities for WRS graduate students.

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WRS Seminar Schedule

WRS Twin Cities seminars are Fridays in 375 Borlaug Hall from 3:00-4:00 p.m. during Fall and Spring semesters.

WRS Duluth seminars
are Tuesdays in 200 Large Lakes Observatory from 12:00-1:00 p.m. during Fall semester.