Our Mission

The University of Utah has created a new, interdisciplinary faculty group focusing on areas of Society, Water, and Climate (SWC). This transformative group connects research on hydrology, air quality, climate change, societal response, and policy, seeking to meld multiple scientific perspectives to lead society towards sustainable water solutions in a changing world.

This interdisciplinary group enhances the University of Utah's core commitment to sustainability, and complement ongoing, related research across departments and colleges on campus.

Climate change, water availability, and air quality are closely linked. The University of Utah administration identified this nexus of research areas as an opportunity for the development of a research group. Further enhancing strengths in this area at the University of Utah will allow us to contribute to solving important issues facing the Western US and many other regions around the world. Filling this gap also means that we will broaden our ability to train undergraduates and graduates to lead society towards sustainable water solutions in a changing world.

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Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa


The Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa solicits applications annually for the Young Scholar Grant Program. University of Utah junior faculty and graduate students from any discipline are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to projects most consistent with the mission and values of Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa. Past awards have gone to researchers in Geology, Biology, Urban Planning, Theater, Art, Music, Anthropology, and Environmental Humanities. We continue to welcome applicants from these departments, but also encourage applicants from departments without a history of awards to apply