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Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR)

Linking water leaders of today,
developing water leaders of tomorrow

The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) was founded in 1964 as an expansion of the Universities Council on Hydrology.  UCOWR is a consortium of academic institutions and affiliates invested in water resources research, education, and outreach. Our inclusive organization values membership from research universities, undergraduate institutions, tribal colleges, historically black colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions.

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Latest Journal Issue

#167—August 2019

Central Topic:

Catalyzing Change: Social Science for Water Resources Management

UCOWR News & Announcements

Sticky:2021 Conference Dates and Venue Announced!

October 1, 2019 – Conference

Save the date! The 2021 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference will be held June 8–10, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, SC. Check out all there is to do in beautiful Greenville!  

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Check out these upcoming webinars from AWRA!

December 9, 2019 – General

For more info, view the flyer here. January Webinar (free): Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River – January 22, 2020 March Webinar (free to AWRA members; others $25): Publishing in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association: March 11, 2020    

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Director of Inclusion and Diversity Faculty Position, Virginia Tech

October 1, 2019 – Jobs

The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech (cnre.vt.edu) is seeking applicants for a Director of Inclusion and Diversity with a faculty rank of assistant or associate professor of practice. This is a full-time, 12-month position that is renewable on an annual basis. The position has a start date of January 1, 2020 […]

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UCOWR President 2019-2020

Kevin Wagner, Ph.D.

Kevin Wagner, Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Center and Thomas E. Berry Professor of Integrated Water Research and Management at Oklahoma State University, was installed as the 2019-2020 President of the UCOWR Board of Directors at the UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference this June.  Click the link below to learn more about Kevin and his thoughts on how UCOWR can continue to build our value and our capacity to serve members.

In the Spotlight

April 2019: Dr. Darren Lerner—University of Hawai'i

Dr. Lerner serves as the Director of the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program, the University Director of the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center (PICASC), and the interim Director for the University of Hawai'i Water Resources Research Center (WRRC). Soon he will begin a three year term on the UCOWR Board of Directors. Click here to read more.

UCOWR Membership

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Reduced publication fees and access to the Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, the only peer-reviewed water resource journal focused on applied research, policy, education, and extension.
  • Discounts for our dynamic UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference featuring career development, skill building, and research exposure.
  • Connection to a growing network of over 65 institutions nationwide who are leading the way in water research, education, and policy.
  • Opportunity to serve as a UCOWR delegate and have a voice in the governance of UCOWR (1 lead delegate and up to 7 additional voting delegates).
  • Eligibility to make nominations for UCOWR Board of Directors.
  • Eligibility to make nominations for annual UCOWR Awards.
  • Opportunity to be recognized for outstanding career achievements through our prestigious annual awards and scholarships.
  • Opportunity to receive a scholarship for a graduate student (from your institution) to attend the WaterSmart Innovations Conference through our partnership with Southern Nevada Water Authority.
  • Advertisement of graduate assistantships and other student opportunities via our website.

Membership can be purchased in four levels:

  • Annual: $450
  • Two years: $850
  • Three Years: $1200
  • Permanent: $9000

Membership is based on the fiscal year: July 1 – June 30.

For additional information, call Staci at UCOWR at (618) 536-7571 or email ucowr@siu.edu.

Academic Institutional Membership Form

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Reduced publication fees and access to the Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, the only peer-reviewed water resource journal focused on applied research, policy, education, and extension (8 copies for small organizations, 16 for medium organizations, 32 for large organizations and 64 for very large organizations).
  • Discount on registration fee for our dynamic UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference featuring career development, skill building, and research exposure for all your organization’s staff.
  • Connection to a growing network of over 65 institutions nationwide who are leading the way in water research, education, and policy.
  • Opportunity to be recognized for outstanding career achievements through our prestigious annual awards and scholarships.

Membership rates:

Small Organizations (1–99 employees):

  • Annual: $450
  • 2-years: $850
  • 3-years: $1200

Medium Organizations (100–999 employees):

  • Annual: $1000
  • 2-years: $1900
  • 3-years: $2700

Large Organizations (1000–9999 employees):

  • Annual: $2000
  • 2-years: $3800
  • 3-years: $5400

Very Large Organizations (10000+ employees):

  • Annual: $4000
  • 2-years: $7600
  • 3-years: $10800

Membership is based on the July 1 – June 30 fiscal year.

For additional information call UCOWR at 618-536-7571 or email ucowr@siu.edu.

NonAcademic Affiliate Membership Application

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Reduced publication fees and access to the Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, the only peer-reviewed water resource journal focused on applied research, policy, education, and extension.
  • Discount on registration fee for our dynamic UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference featuring career development, skill building, and research exposure.
  • Connection to a growing network of over 65 institutions nationwide who are leading the way in water research, education, and policy.
  • Opportunity to be recognized for outstanding career achievements through our prestigious annual awards and scholarships.

Individual Membership Dues

  • Domestic: $100
  • Foreign: $120

Individual Membership Application