The T3 option enhances the INF PhD program, providing innovative training in informatics, ecology, team-based research, and communication, and it is one of a select few graduate training programs funded by the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Research Traineeship (NRT) program.
The T3 Option is motivated by the overarching question:
How does anthropogenic climate change affect the health and productivity of terrestrial ecosystems?
Goal: Train students to independently and collaboratively leverage cutting-edge informatics tools with skills and knowledge of ecology and related environmental science disciplines to address the most pressing environmental issues facing societies today.
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Welcome Back Students!
We are excited to have Cohorts 1 and 2 back for another year and to welcome Cohort 3 for their first semester. We are excited to watch our program grow! Highlights of the 2021-22 academic year will include a world-class line up of speakers for our seminar series and a new graduate-level class in team-based research. Please see application information below, so you can learn how to join us as a new PhD student in Fall 2022!
Finding a faculty mentor and research group that aligns with your interests is crucial for success in graduate school. Before applying, please learn about our research groups by looking at their websites and contact the prospective mentor(s) whose interests most closely relate to yours. If you are unsure who to contact, please email the T3 Program Coordinator.
Deadlines: For full consideration for fellowship opportunities within the T3 program and within NAU, apply by November 1, 2021; for full consideration for T3 fellowship opportunities, apply by December 1, 2021; the final deadline (Graduate College deadline) is January 1, 2022.
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2021 Welcome Event
We held our Fall 2021 Welcome Event August 19-20, 2021. This hybrid event included a virtual introduction of the program along with lightning talks by graduate students from Cohorts 1 and 2, and a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Ecological and Environmental Informatics group and an orientation for incoming students in Cohort 3. In addition to the virtual event, we got together (outside!) in-person for the first time since March 2019. It was great to see everyone’s smiling faces!
You can find the full agenda here.
2020 Ecoinformatics “Ignite” Presentations
Students in the INF 550 (Advanced Survey in Ecoinformatics Tools) partnered with outside organizations (e.g., NEON, USA-NPN, PhenoCam, FLUXNET, AmeriFlux, NASA EOS, USGS, NWIS) to develop derived data products. Students presented their research in an “IGNITE” style mini-conference in a series of 5-minute lightning talks.
Past Annual Retreats
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Benefits of the T3 Option
Training in team science and science communication through courses and workshops
Eligible for supplemental travel funding through a competitive process
Eligible for supplemental research funding through a competitive process
Opportunity to help shape the T3 program through participation in committees and/or assuming a leadership role in organized activities (seminars, workshops, tutorials, recruitment events, etc.)
Option to pursue an internship with a federal agency or another internship partner, providing informatics research experience and networking outside the university
Participation in cohort-building activities
Opportunity to engage in collaborative, team-based research projects
Where do the three T’s come from?The T3 option is a Team-based, T-shaped scientist Training program that integrates informatics and ecology.Return to Top