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UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance and AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange partner to launch a cohort of community science projects in Wisconsin

EPIC-N brings international partner to support Community Science projects.

By Ada Inman

Following the public announcement of their partnership, EPIC-N and the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) engaged one the EPIC Model programs, the University of Wisconsin’s UniverCity Alliance (UCA) to launch a pilot cohort of community science projects in Wisconsin. UCA, TEX, and EPIC-N share interests, value the principles of community science, and prioritize furthering the practice of sustainability. The partnership will connect Wisconsin communities with scientists and technical experts and support them as they work together to tackle local challenges related to natural hazards, natural resources and climate change.

EPIC-N is excited about the opportunity to bring together the strengths of TEX and EPIC Model programs. As the pilot progresses, EPIC-N staff are observing to see if it is a viable and valuable model for future replication across the network.

Cohort Timeline

  • December 2021 – Applications open.
  • March 1, 2022– Application Deadline for both Community Science Fellows and Communities
    • Beginning in late February, selected Fellow applicants will be contacted for interviews. Communities will be contacted by Thriving Earth Exchange staff to confirm alignment with program.
  • April 27-28 (12:00-5:00 PM EST) – Mandatory orientation for Community Science Fellows.

More Details and Resources to Apply

TEX manages the application and review process for this pilot program. Use the following links to submit an application to participate in the Cohort of Community Science Projects in Wisconsin.

Click here to view the April 2022 Community Science Fellowship Application
Click here to view the Community Project Application
Click here to view the UCY page detailing this special project

Interested But Not in Wisconsin?

If you run an EPIC Model program in a different geography than Wisconsin and are interested in facilitating a similar cohort launch in your local region, please email Marshall Curry at

If you are a community outside of Wisconsin looking to submit a “Community Project” application to TEX, use this link.

If you are an individual outside of Wisconsin looking to submit a “Community Science Fellow” application to TEX, use this link.