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GWRI Giving

General Giving Donation
Giving to the Global Waste Research Institute provides support to sustain and extend the mission and activities of the Institute in research, education, and service. Funds provided to GWRI directly benefits students, faculty, and Cal Poly community in general by engaging all stakeholders in environmentally responsible practices in resource management. Research activities conducted through the Institute allows students to participate in cutting edge, novel technology development in advanced learn-by-doing settings. GWRI promotes the development of sustainable waste and byproduct management technologies in collaboration with various industry partners providing opportunities for students and faculty for broad interactions with the professional community. International activities are fostered at all levels of involvement with the Institute further preparing students for an increasingly global professional environment. Overall, GWRI positively contributes to and significantly expands the learning experiences for all members of Cal Poly. Providing support to the various giving programs as described below ensures continued success of GWRI for sustainable management of natural and anthropogenic resources in balance with demands of a growing global population. 

GWRI Student Group Programs

Student Travel Scholarships
The Student Travel Scholarships provide support to Cal Poly students to travel to events that fit within the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. The events include national and international conferences, workshops, short courses, meetings, and similar activities that promote sustainable waste and byproduct management principles. The funds provided to the Scholarships support students that have active participation in eligible events such as presenting or co-presenting at conferences, meetings, and workshops; authoring or coauthoring papers presented at conferences, meetings, or workshops; and participating in learning activities such as short courses and training seminars. The funding amounts vary as a function of the extent of specific events. Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the Scholarships.

Students applying to the scholarship are required to be in good academic standing to be eligible for the scholarship. Students that are involved in projects that fit within the scope of the Institute will be given priority in selection for receiving the awards. Faculty members will provide recommendations for students applying for the scholarships. A small administrative fee also is included in the support.

Student Group Programs

The Student Group Programs provide support to Cal Poly student groups to conduct activities that fit within the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. The activities include developing applications, programs, and training that promote sustainable waste and byproduct management principles on campus as well as developing outreach and community service activities on relevant topics conducted within and outside of Cal Poly locally, nationally, and internationally.

The funds provided to the Program supports innovative activities with high impact through involvement of a high number of stakeholders. The funding amounts vary as a function of the extent of specific activities. Formal student groups on campus such as student clubs and societies as well as informal student groups such as students from a specific department or program and students taking a specific course can apply to receive funds. Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the scholarship. Students in a group applying to the scholarship are required to be in good academic standing to be eligible for the scholarship. A small administrative fee also is included in the support.

GWRI Fellowships

Themed Fellowships
A specific set of giving opportunities is generated to support research activities in line with the Grand Challenges for Engineering designated by the National Academy of Engineering. The particular challenges that are targeted include:

-  Restore and improve urban infrastructure: Good design and advanced materials can improve transportation and energy, water, and waste systems, and also create more sustainable urban environments. In particular, sustainable waste management technologies and beneficial reuse of residual wastes and byproducts directly relate to restoring and improving urban infrastructure.

-  Develop carbon sequestration methods: Engineers are working on ways to capture and store excess carbon dioxide to prevent global warming. In particular, sustainable waste management and waste to energy technologies and design and construction of carbon dioxide storage infrastructure directly relate to carbon sequestration.

Named Grand Challenge Fellowships

The Grand Challenge Fellowships provide support in the amount of $10,000, $25,000, or $45,000 on an annual basis to student-faculty member teams. The funds are used to support research activities in an area related to the engineering challenges listed above, which are within the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. The fellowship allows one or more students to work on a research project under the direct advisement of one or more faculty members. Individualized advisement and guidance provided by the faculty members allow for greatly improving the research potential of the students and increase the success rate of the technical investigation.

Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the fellowship. Upper level undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the fellowship. Lower level undergraduate students may be considered based on the recommendations of their advising faculty members. Students are required to be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A small administrative fee also is included in the support. A team may receive the Achievement Fellowship multiple times.

International Collaboration Fellowships
The International Collaboration Fellowships provide support to students and faculty members to initiate and have active participation in international collaborations. The funds are used to support international activities in an area that fits within the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. The activities include international conferences, workshops, short courses, training programs, meetings as well as exchange programs for students and faculty. The Institute has a commitment for promoting international activities and enhancing student and faculty experiences through these activities. The Fellowships provide opportunities that are not otherwise available and accessible to the Cal Poly community. The funding amounts vary as a function of the extent of the specific international activities.

Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the Fellowships. Students applying to the fellowship are required to be in good academic standing to be eligible for the fellowship. A small administrative fee also is included in the support.

Named Direction Fellowships

The Direction Fellowships provide support in the amount of $10,000 on an annual basis to student-faculty member teams. The funds are used to support research activities in an area that fits within the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. The fellowship allows one or more students to work on a research project under the direct advisement of one or more faculty members. Individualized advisement and guidance provided by the faculty members allow for improving the research potential of the students and increase the success rate of the technical investigation. The fellowship provides support for existing research projects to incorporate additional investigations. The scope of an existing project may be expanded to include sustainable waste and byproduct management principles in line with the mission of GWRI or the fellowship may be used to complement an existing project related to sustainable waste and byproduct management to investigate additional details. The fellowship also may be used as seed funds to investigate a new topic in line with the mission of GWRI that will lead to a comprehensive investigation.

Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the fellowship. Upper level undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the fellowship. Lower level undergraduate students may be considered based on the recommendations of their advising faculty members. Students are required to be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A small administrative fee also is included in the support. A team may receive the Direction Fellowship multiple times.

Named Achievement Fellowships

The Achievement Fellowships provide support in the amount of $25,000 on an annual basis to student-faculty member teams. The funds are used to support research activities in an area that fits within the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. The fellowship allows one or more students to work on a research project under the direct advisement of one or more faculty members. Individualized advisement and guidance provided by the faculty members allow for greatly improving the research potential of the students and increase the success rate of the technical investigation. The Fellowship provides sufficient support for conducting a significant research project. The level of funding allows for the student-faculty team to undertake a significant research problem, conduct a focused investigation, and achieve significant advancement in the topic of investigation with low need for seeking additional funding sources.

Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the fellowship. Upper level undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the fellowship. Lower level undergraduate students may be considered based on the recommendations of their advising faculty members. Students are required to be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A small administrative fee also is included in the support. A team may receive the Achievement Fellowship multiple times.

Named Realization Fellowships

The Realization Fellowships provide support in the amount of $45,000 on an annual basis to student-faculty member teams. The student component is encouraged to consist of both undergraduate and graduate students who work under the direct advisement of the faculty members. The multiple member team has a mentoring structure that promotes direct interaction (as applicable) between the graduate and the undergraduate students; the faculty members and the graduate students; the faculty members and the undergraduate students; and the faculty members, the graduate students, and the undergraduate students. Individualized advisement and guidance provided by the faculty members and the multi-tier mentoring provide comprehensive research training and allow for greatly improving the research potential of the students to result in a technical investigation with high impact.

The funds are used to support research activities in an area that fits within the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. The Fellowship provides sufficient support for conducting a comprehensive research project. The level of funding allows for the student-faculty teams to undertake a significant research problem, conduct a focused investigation, and achieve significant advancement in the topic of investigation without need for seeking additional funding sources.

Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the fellowship. Upper level undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the fellowship. Lower level undergraduate students may be considered based on the recommendations of their advising faculty members. Students are required to be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. A small administrative fee also is included in the support. A team may receive the Realization Fellowship multiple times.


GWRI Research Programs

Named Research Programs
The GWRI Research Programs provide support in varying amounts and durations to research projects in areas that fit within the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. Research projects may include, theoretical, experimental, and numerical aspects and may have components conducted on campus as well as in the field. The funds provide support to personnel working in the research project including students and faculty as well as other technical personnel; materials and supplies; testing activities; travel; and publication costs as required. A small administrative fee also is included in the support.

In the Named Research Programs, students perform research activities on a research project under the direct advisement of faculty members. Individualized advisement and guidance provided by the faculty members allow for improving the research potential of the student members of a research team and increase the success rate of the technical investigation.

Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for receiving funding through the GWRI Research Programs. Both undergraduate and graduate students may participate in the research studies. The students, who participate in the programs are required to be in good academic standing. A small administrative fee also is included in the support. Support may be provided by all interested parties.


GWRI Professorships

GWRI Named Endowed Professorships
The GWRI Endowed Professorships are provided to distinguished faculty members to support academic activities that fall under the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute. The research, teaching, and service activities of the recipients of the Named Endowed Professorships promote sustainable waste and byproduct management principles. The endowment allows a faculty member to carry out highly focused activities in research and education and contribute extensively to GWRI. Faculty members who are national leaders in their fields are candidates for the professorships.

The selected faculty members are expected to make significant contributions to research and education in advancing the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in development of sustainable technologies and policies for management of existing, new, and emerging wastes and byproducts through relevant and complementary research, development, and education.

Mid- to late-career faculty members are eligible for the GWRI Endowed Professorships. Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the professorship. A small administrative fee is included in the support.

GWRI Named Research Professorships

The GWRI Research Professorships are provided to distinguished faculty members to support research activities that fall under the scope of the Global Waste Research Institute to promote sustainable waste and byproduct management principles. The Named Research Professorship allows a faculty member to carry out highly focused research activities and contribute extensively to GWRI. The candidates should have a strong background and demonstrated capabilities in their fields and are expected to make significant contributions to research in advancing the state-of-the-art and the state-of-the-practice in development of sustainable technologies and policies for management of existing, new, and emerging wastes and byproducts through relevant and complementary research and development.

The selected faculty members will operate at the forefront of engineering and science to develop products, processes, practices, and policies by conducting innovative research. Early- to mid-career faculty members are eligible for the GWRI Research Professorship. Candidates from all contributing Colleges of GWRI (CENG, CAFES, CSM, OCB) are eligible for the professorship. A small administrative fee is included in the support.

GWRI Sponsored Events

Sponsorship for the Second U.S. - Japan Geoenvironmental Engineering Workshop
Sponsors are sought for supporting the Second U.S.- Japan Geoenvironmental Engineering Workshop to be held October 8 - 9, 2011 immediately preceding the Japan National Symposium on Environmental Geotechnology in Kyoto, Japan. The main themes of the workshop include: waste containment, remediation, and beneficial reuse of wastes and byproducts.  

To view a more detailed description of the Workshop, please click here: [more]


For inquiries related to giving or for donating to GWRI, please contact Nazli Yesiller via email at nyesille@calpoly.edu or call (805) 756-2932.

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For inquiries related to giving or for donating to GWRI, please contact Nazli Yesiller via email at nyesille@calpoly.edu or call
(805) 756-2932.