University Education 


CISTAR Student Leadership Council 

CISTAR’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) consists of graduate student representatives from each partner appointed by the faculty to represent the student body of the center. They work collaboratively with the Engineering Workforce Development team to plan professional development opportunities such as the Brown Bag Luncheons, activities during the annual Fellows Institute, and provide their input to the National Science Foundation during site visits.






CISTAR Graduate Fellows Program

Undergraduate and graduate students will be CISTAR Fellows mentored to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to identify career interests, strengths, and areas of challenges. Through research, coursework, certificates, workshops, and participation in special activities across all partners, the CISTAR Fellows will make progress in becoming valuable contributors to the hydrocarbon economy.

Opportunities available at Purdue University, University of New Mexico, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame and University of Texas at Austin for graduate students studying chemical engineering, materials engineering or chemistry. As a CISTAR Fellow, students are enrolled in a specialized CISTAR course focuses on hydrocarbon-derived energy. Students also participate in the annual CISTAR Fellows Institute for specialized training to become an excellent communicator and ethical leader as well as interact with members from industry and CISTAR colleagues. 

As a CISTAR Fellow, students benefit from: 

• Participating in relevant research projects in catalysis, separations, and process design. 

• Collaborating with a wide network of world-class researchers, advisors, and peers across five partner universities.

• Networking with CISTAR industrial partners from across the oil and gas value chain. 

• Opportunities to explore international research opportunities with optional global exchanges, research experiences and industrial internships. 


Application Information at CISTAR Institutions 

• CISTAR at Purdue University Application Process

• CISTAR at University of New Mexico Application Process

• CISTAR at Northwestern University Application Process

• CISTAR at University of Notre Dame Application Process

• CISTAR at University of Texas at Austin Application Process