PROGRAM TITLE:	Education, Global Change
ACTIVITY STREAM:	Processes
SCIENCE ELEMENT:	Biogeochemical Dynamics, Climate and Hydrologic 
Systems, Ecological Systems and Dynamics

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

DESCRIPTION:  Numerous studies have identified the needs for well-trained 
scientists and engineers to advance progress in science, technology and global 
competitiveness.  During FY 1991, the Department of Energy (DOE) initiated a 
Global Change Educational Program (GCEP) to strengthen the human 
resource base in science and technology and to provide highly trained and 
educated individuals to advance the cross-disciplinary science of global 
change.  The major emphasis of this educational program has been to award 
competitive postdoctoral and graduate-level fellowships for training the next 
generation of scientists with the interdisciplinary skills necessary for 
conducting global change research.  Since the program began, DOE has 
awarded 38 two-year postdoctoral fellowships and 64 four-year graduate-level 
fellowships.  Presently, 26 postdoctoral fellows are conducting research at 21 
different DOE, university, and other CEES-Agency Laboratories which allows 
them to gain access to outstanding professional staffs, and state-of-the-art 
scientific equipment.  Presently, the DOE GCEP is also supporting the tuition, 
fees, and stipend to train and educate 60 graduate students at 31 different 
universities with the scientific skills necessary for conducting global change 
research.  The DOE GCEP requires these graduate fellows to spend at least six 
weeks at CEES-Agency Laboratories to acquaint themselves with ongoing 
multidisciplinary research programs in global change.

STAKEHOLDERS:  The DOE GCEP has been developed and implemented in 
concert with the US/GCRP and, therefore, addresses the objectives, activity 
streams, and science elements of the Global Change Research Plan.  Both 
Postdoctoral and Graduate-Level Fellows are encouraged to interact with the 
scientific staff of the various CEES-Agency Laboratories.  About one-third of 
the DOE Postdoctoral Fellows are conducting research at NASA, NOAA, and 
USDA Laboratories, and the remaining two-thirds are at university and DOE 
Laboratories.  Of the 45 DOE Graduate Fellows who have completed their six-
week research experience at CEES-Agency Laboratories, more than half were 
at NASA, NCAR, NOAA, USGS, USDA, and other agency laboratories.  The 
DOE CGEP emphasizes a wide suite of sciences, laboratories, and stakeholders 
because, the global change problem, like many challenges in industry, is 
exacerbated by the need for cross-disciplinary training.    

SHORT-TERM POLICY PAYOFFS: Broad-based education and training 
strengthens the interdisciplinary problem-solving and modeling skills that 
are necessary for addressing science, technology, and policy issues.  During FY 
1993, the DOE GCEP is sponsoring a workshop entitled "New Research in the 
Science of Global Change:  A Multidisciplinary View," that will provide a 
forum for the DOE  Postdoctoral Fellows to begin assessing their research 
results and addressing these issues.  As more of these graduate fellows receive 
their doctoral degrees and apply their cross-disciplinary and problem-solving 
skills within the science of global change, our Nation's human resource base 
in science and technology will be enhanced and our policy decisions to ensure 
the future integrity of the earth's environment will benefit.

PROGRAM CONTACT:  Curtis R. Olsen, DOE, ER-74, Washington, DC 20585, 
301-903-5329