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Providing trainees teaching experience

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Providing trainees teaching experience

A significant educational focus of our training program is providing our trainees teaching experience. For the third year, our IGERT students have developed and taught the undergraduate honors course titled "Water, Environment, and Society" that explores water issues in an interdisciplinary context. Three of our IGERT students serve as lead instructors, providing day-to-day interaction with students and facilitating the course, supplemented by guest lectures from other IGERT students, exposing students to research methods and topics in the humanities and the biophysical and social sciences and engineering. The course is significant to undergraduates as it gives them access to a multidisciplinary team of student teachers, each of whom brings a perspective unique to their own training. It also gives graduate students a rare chance to plan and teach in an interdisciplinary team setting, reinforcing the ties within and across cohorts, and deepening conversations about interdisciplinarity.