Stephanie Whalley and Binod Neupane (EES MS and PhD students, respectively – both working on the National Science Foundation Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) project) were accepted to the Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which they will be attending over the next 2 weeks through a partial scholarship offered by the SISE and funding from the SEP project. More info from SISE’s website:
“The vision for the Summer Institute is to integrate basic energy sciences research and innovative energy technologies into society through informed individuals who can make educated decisions on energy at the personal and civic levels, and in energy related fields like science, technology, economics, behavior, policy, planning, and entrepreneurship.
SISE will give the next generation of professionals in science, technology, government, and business knowledge of basic energy science and its relationship with other disciplines to address the rapid advances it brings to the scientific, technical, and cultural foundations of society. It will promote the inclusion of basic energy science research into entrepreneurial endeavors by future scientists, business leaders, and policy makers. It will also foster awareness of the interdisciplinary issues in society, industry, and technology that shape the ultimate outcome of basic energy science discoveries.
SISE is referred to as a “summer intensive” and “energy boot camp.” Participants are in lectures from 9AM to 5PM everyday, and they often attend evening activities. Participants are expected to spend the majority of their free time working with their research groups, often into the late hours of the night. Participants will spend the better part of a 24-hour day working and learning.”