What is T-RUST?
Pursue your PhD or Masters by working with local communities, businesses, industries, scientists, and policy makers to understand and address challenges in urban sustainability.
T-RUST is an innovative graduate training program at Wayne State University that integrates social and physical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in an effort to tackle complex challenges in urban sustainability. T-RUST aims to train students using integrated scientific, engineering, and social science approaches combined with innovative policy-making in an effort to foster innovation in urban sustainability.
Build collaborative relationships with community leaders, industry experts, social impact organizations and governmental institutions. Students will acquire and engage in internships, research projects, and community service activities, that posses real-world application.
Innovative Research Opportunities
Through cutting-edge interdisciplinary research projects, students will gain competitive insights helping them become leaders in their field. Students will tackle questions pertaining to:
- » Urban Ecological Systems
- » Urban Redevelopment and the Blue Economy
- » Sustainable Urban Water Infrastructure
Cross Discipline Experience
Students and faculty from Biology, Engineering, Communication, Pharmacy, Anthropology, Economics, Geology, and other STEM disciplines work together and integrate scientific, engineering, and social science approaches toward innovation in urban sustainability.
Environmental Health Sciences
T-RUST Student Presents at SFS
The 2018 Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Conference held this year in Detroit was hosted by the lab of our program director, Dr. Donna Kashian. New T-RUST student, Gina Wulff, presented a poster Libertia water mites. Gina has been studying this past year in the lab of Dr. Jeff Ram and we are happy to have her aboard.
First T-RUST Semester Success!
The first T-RUST led course, Sustainability of Urban Environmental Systems, wrapped up this past semester with a round of enlightening and engaging presentations from our students. The interdisciplinary seminar series in which professors from various fields of study lectured helped broaden the scope of study traditionally taught. Students from different majors, collaborated on presentations containing multi-level analysis.
Earth Day Open House
Natalie and Slava helped plan the Earth Day Open House in the Science Hall greenhouse on April 20th, a collaboration between the Detroit Biodiversity Network and the WSU Office of Campus Sustainability. Darrin and a number of other students and faculty members interested in sustainability issues got their hands dirty planting Michigan native seeds, many of which have now sprouted into healthy seedlings.
Fellow NRT Awardee, Pam Templer Visits Wayne State
Pam Templer, director of the Boston University 'URBAN' NRT Trainee program, visited Wayne State to speak about measuring atmospheric nitrogen depositions in urban areas for the Water@Wayne seminar series. Pam was also able to share her own experiences and challenges in spearheading another innovative program. We wish Pam the best of luck and hope to connect again in the future!
Students VS Faculty: Friendly Competition at the Garden Bowl
T-RUST students and faculty got together at Detroit's historic Garden Bowl for a little bit of friendly competition. Pictured are advisor/advisee duo Carol Miller and Brendan O'Leary. Brendan went on to carry his team toward a solid victory over the faculty.
T-RUST Students Attend The Sustainability Meeting & Open House
The Detroit Biodiversity Network (DBN) and the WSU Office of Campus Sustainability opened their greenhouse to students, organizing work groups in an effort to tackle issues such as sustainable food systems, green infrastructure, recycling, and sustainable transportation on campus.
First Bi-Annual Advisory Board Meeting
Our advisory board met for their first bi-annual meeting to discuss questions regarding curriculum, research, and training competencies in efforts to ensure the program best equips our T-RUST students for their work in building a more sustainable future.
Succesful Project Launch Event
On November 13th, the T-RUST administration, faculty collaborators, advisory board, newly admitted students, and various members of the Wayne State Leadership came together in celebration for the T-RUST launch. T-RUST has accepted its first round of trainees and will begin its journey in transformative interdisciplinary education.