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Future Rivers is a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship that prepares University of Washington graduate students to be fluent in 21st century data science approaches. Students will develop new technical skills, be a part of innovative scientific research, improve their communication skills, increase their cultural awareness, and much more.

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Each year we welcome a new, diverse cohort of University of Washington graduate students and faculty to the program. Together with our partners, our team brings a wide-range of multidisciplinary experience and a passion for transforming freshwater science.

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Future Rivers + EarthLab

As an EarthLab initiative, students in the program will learn to work in applied ways within career fields outside of academia to create a solid foundation that connects academic, government, industry, and community partners.

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Future Rivers Film Series: Into Dust

In collaboration with EarthLab & the Jackson School’s South Asia Center, Future Rivers is pleased to present our Fall 2021 Series virtual screening of the documentary Into Dust. This film is about the Pakistani water crisis and one woman’s fight for justice for the city’s most vulnerable residents. 

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