Archived: Dow SISCA and WSSS Fellows

Both the DOW Sustainability Innovation Award and the Water: Systems, Science, and Society awards have been discontinued. The following descriptions act to archive the years that the awards were celebrated at Tufts University. As an alternative, please apply to the Environmental Research Fellowship offered by the Tufts Institute of the Environment and refer other funding options listed on the resources page.

DOW Sustainability Innovation Award

Environmental education, scholarship and engagement have defined Tufts University for more than a quarter of a century. In 1990, Tufts was the driving force in establishing the Talloires Declaration, an action plan for incorporating sustainability in higher education. Tufts continues to be a leader in fostering sustainability in its broadest terms through the Tufts Institute of the Environment and several university-wide initiatives including the partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute, the construction of Sophia Gordon Hall, the establishment of the Office of Sustainability, and the recent NSF IGERT Water and Diplomacy Grant.

Tufts leadership in sustainability was recognized by The Dow Chemical Company by selection of Tufts as one of only a few strategic global universities (including Cambridge University, Northwestern University, Peking University, University of California–Berkeley, University of Michigan, and University of Sao Paolo, among others), invited to compete in a yearly Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge. In 2015, its fifth year, this competition was an important component of Dow’s commitment to sustainability.

Three Tufts graduate students or graduate student teams were recognized as winners for innovations that targeted broad global sustainability challenges. All degree matriculated post-baccalaureate Tufts students (Masters, Ph.D., or Professional Doctorate) were eligible. A grand prize winner received a $10,000 prize. This award was used at the student or student team’s discretion, without regard to their financial aid status.

Annual Awards Ceremony

Each year we recognized the accomplishments of our SISCA winners at a formal awards ceremony.  For a description and photos from past events, click here.

Selection Criteria
There were few restrictions on the topics of the submissions. The application could describe an innovative concept, device, product, process, or system. Academic or non-academic work could be the basis of the application. However, the work was required to be underway or have been completed during the applicant’s tenure at Tufts.

Applicants addressed explicitly the extent to which their innovation embodied:

  • innovative thinking and excellence in research,
  • potential for solving significant problems,
  • an interdisciplinary nature of the work,
  • the spirit of Dow’s 2015 Sustainability Goals, and
  • the intellectual creativity of the applicants, rather than advisors or non-applicant collaborators.

In addition, the selection committee evaluated adherence to the deadlines and stated content/format specifications.


Water: Systems, Science, and Society Fellowships

The WSSS program sponsored research fellowships to encourage and foster interdisciplinary water-related research, to provide financial support to WSSS students for research that will produce scholarship, and to increase participation of WSSS faculty in research projects related to WSSS objectives.