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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

#169—April 2020

Central Topic:

Water in the Native World

UCOWR News & Announcements

Job Announcement: Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Services, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

September 18, 2020 – Jobs

Position Summary: The Forestry Program in the School of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale seeks applicants for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, effective January 1, 2021. The new faculty member will collaborate with SIU Forestry colleagues as well as synergize with scientists in the College of […]

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A Conversation with Dr. Sharon Megdal

June 24, 2020 – Events, General

UCOWR talks with Megdal about networking, professional development, and her upcoming AWRA webinar: Developing Pathways to Solutions to Wicked Water Problems   Your plenary talk for the cancelled 2020 UCOWR/NIWR Conference was to address the power of networking in bridging the academic and applied dimensions of water resources.  How have you used networking to bridge […]

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JCWRE Paper of the Year announced!

May 28, 2020 – Awards

Congratulations to the authors of the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education Paper of the Year. The award goes to Amit Pradhananga, Mae Davenport, and Emily Green of the University of Minnesota for their manuscript titled Cultural Narratives on Constraints to Community Engagement in Urban Water Restoration. You can read the manuscript here. This […]

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UCOWR President 2020 - 2021

2020-2021 UCOWR Board President Jonathan Yoder

Dr. Jonathan Yoder is the Director of the State of Washington Water Research Center and Distinguished Professor for Sustainable Development in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. The UCOWR community is excited to welcome him as the current year President of our Board of Directors and have appreciated his ongoing engagement as a UCOWR delegate and UCOWR Board member over the years. Read Dr. Yoder's welcome message here.

In the Spotlight

July 2020 Spotlight—2019 Award winner: The North Central Region Water Network

Based at the University of Wisconsin, The North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) received an Education and Public Service Award at the UCOWR/NIWR 2019 Annual Water Conference for their substantive work in bringing water resources researchers and practitioners together. . Extension professionals and diversely specialized stakeholders from 12 north central states form a dynamic network to address the water issues within their geographical context. UCOWR reached out to the Director of the NCRWN, Rebecca Power, to learn more about their work.

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