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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

#168—December 2019

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Open Submission Issue

UCOWR News & Announcements

Sticky:Conference Update Regarding COVID-19

March 20, 2020 – Conference

As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide an update on the 2020 UCOWR/NIWR conference originally scheduled for June 9-11, 2020.  We decided to postpone the conference to Fall 2020.   The Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, the conference venue, is holding the dates of October 27-29, 2020 for our conference.  […]

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Sticky:UCOWR Board of Directors Election Results

April 11, 2019 – General

UCOWR would like to congratulate the newly elected Board members for 2020-2021. Thank you to all the Delegates who voted and those that ran for election. Meet your new Board members: Dr. Sam Fernald Dr. Bridget Guerrero Dr. Ginger Paige Dr. Jeffrey Peterson

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Job Opening: Climate Resilience Specialist, Clemson University

February 27, 2020 – Jobs

Click here to view the announcement.

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2020 Warren A. Hall Medal awarded to Sharon Megdal

January 7, 2020 – Awards

UCOWR awards the 2020 Warren A. Hall Medal to Sharon B. Megdal of The University of Arizona Water Resources Center. Congratulations Sharon! Dr. Sharon Megdal has been a vital and active member of UCOWR for several years, including service as a Board Member and President. She was also featured in our Member Spotlight (https://ucowr.org/spotlight/september-2016-sharon-megdal/). Please […]

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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

January 2020: Dr. Kofi Akamani—Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Dr. Kofi Akamani, Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is a genuine example of the old adage “a gentleman and a scholar.” His gracious demeanor and diplomatic conversational style underline a great passion for fostering partnership across disciplines, as evidenced through his research work in Human Dimensions in Natural Resource Management.

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