Student Energy Affiliates

Energy students and faculty sitting on the steps of Old Main

The Institute for Energy Solutions is expanding its professional listing to include UA graduate students and postdoc/research lab associates with a research focus on renewable energy science, water, technology and a policy at the energy-water nexus. Find out more and apply today!

Programs of Study

The University of Arizona offers diverse opportunities for energy-related education, from the undergraduate to doctoral level. IES maintains a list of these programs and provides contact information.

SBAR Graduate Fellowship

The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) Fellowship provides opportunities to develop and/or enhance the science communication and teaching skills of motivated graduate students in STEM and Education majors at the University of Arizona and New Mexico State University. SBAR Fellows create resources and teach topics including but not limited to agriculture, science-learning, climate change, water issues, bioeconomies, and community economics during a year-long partnership with the SBAR Education Team in classrooms in Arizona and New Mexico. 

IES Graduate Student Summer Fellowship

The Institute for Energy Solutions Summer Fellowship Program provides graduate students with the opportunity to work in research laboratories, private industry, government agencies and NGO's on renewable energy-water related research and projects.  This is the perfect opportunity for students to work outside of their current research lab and work in a setting that will enrich their studies.  Students who are awarded fellowships are encouraged to present their experiences and the results of their summer research at the IES Fellowship Fall Symposium, annual Arizona Student Energy Conference (AzSEC), and other IES events.

Indige-FEWSS Traineeship

This NSF Research Traineeship at the University of Arizona aims to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers to work with and within Indigenous communities to address food-energy-water challenges. In partnership with Diné College, the oldest Tribal College & University in the country, the Indigenous Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty program will also bring FEWS training to Native American undergraduates and technicians on the Navajo Nation. Learn more about the Diné College Land Grant Office.

The story of Indige-FEWSS

Energy Talks

Beginning in 2018, IES hosted a series of energy-related presentations at Sky Bar in Tucson. Energy Talks is a community outreach event to promote awareness and knowledge of energy-related issues, new technologies, and ongoing research at University of Arizona and beyond. Scientists are able to connect with the public and one another in a comfortable and fun environment.

Energy Talks has been on hold since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and will resume at a future date.

Arizona Student Energy Conference (AzSEC)

Graduate students and post-docs from University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University meet every Fall semester with the state's leading renewable energy experts and researchers for the Arizona Student Energy Conference (AzSEC), an annual three-day symposium focusing on developments and exploration in the fields of renewable energy science, technology, and policy at the energy-water-food nexus. Keynote speakers, expert panelist discussions, student presentations, poster sessions, and Grand Challenge exercises are all components of this unique networking opportunity. Speakers and panelists include industry leaders, expert researchers, and policy makers.

In 2021, AzSEC hosted its first Spring Webinar, a fully virtual event that showcased energy experts and a panel discussion. More webinar events are planned for the future.

AzSEC Conference 2018