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UW Hosts Future Leaders in Energy and Natural Resources Seminar

September 3, 2019

About 75 alumni of two prestigious U.S. Department of State programs will be on the University of Wyoming campus this week for a workshop aimed at helping produce future leaders in energy and natural resources.

UW will host the U.S. Future Leaders Seminar in Energy and Natural Resources Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5-6. The participants will learn from UW, State Department and private industry experts on a variety of energy and natural resources topics.

The participants, who come from across the country, are alumni of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program and the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. The UW-hosted workshop is part of the State Department’s ongoing effort to partner with academic and industry experts to position Gilman and CLS alumni as future American leaders across public and private sectors in fields of importance to U.S. national security and economic prosperity.

Seminar attendees will build on their international experiences as they participate in hands-on training related to energy and natural resources. They also will expand their professional networks as they engage with U.S. leaders from the public and private sectors. The goal is for participants to leave the seminar with both the cross-cultural skills and industry knowledge they need to launch or further build careers in energy and natural resources.

The conference organizer, Robert Field, former director of UW’s Center for Global Studies, set the agenda to achieve these goals, noting that with “Wyoming’s unique landscape, we offer the perfect backdrop for any consideration of energy and natural resources research and management.” 

“Gilman Scholars and Critical Language Scholars, whether through an internship or study abroad, gain critical skills to adapt and function in a cross-cultural environment,” says Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce. “We are pleased to support our outstanding alumni through these career-enhancing initiatives.”

UW was selected through a national call as one of the first hosts of this new initiative. The seminar will include tours of the High Bay Research Facility and the Energy Innovation Center, with many of the sessions taking place at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center and the Wyoming Union. Faculty and staff members who are part of the instructional team come from the Office of Engagement and Outreach; Department of Atmospheric Science; Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center; Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources; Department of Economics; School of Energy Resources; Department of Mechanical Engineering; Center for Photoconversion and Catalysis; College of Engineering and Applied Science; and School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies.

“This seminar is designed to not only share our groundbreaking research at UW, but also to build community while addressing the critical energy and environment problems that face the next generation of U.S. leaders,” Field says.

While availability is limited, the conference organizers hope the campus community also will benefit from the event. Here’s the schedule of sessions with some availability to the public:

Thursday, Sept. 5

9:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- energy and natural resource management -- ballroom of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

1:30-2 p.m. -- energy sectors in the future panel -- ballroom of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center.

Friday, Sept. 6

9-10:30 a.m. -- women in science and academia -- Wyoming Union Center Ballroom.

9-10:30 a.m. -- energy transition, now and into the future -- Wyoming Union East Ballroom.

9-10:30 a.m. -- carbon management -- Wyoming Union West Ballroom.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- innovation, engagement and leadership -- Wyoming Union Center Ballroom.

Any UW faculty members, students and staff interested in attending any of these sessions should email Shawn Bunning at or call (307) 766-3019 for tickets, as this event has restricted numbers -- and entry is only with prior arrangements.

For further details on these sessions, visit the UW Center for Global Studies website at

The Gilman and CLS Programs are programs of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with funding provided by the U.S. government. The Gilman Program provides over 3,000 scholarships a year to American undergraduate students who might not otherwise study abroad due to financial constraints. The Gilman Program is supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education. The CLS Program provides fully funded overseas opportunities for 550 American undergraduate and graduate students to each study one of 15 languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. The CLS Program is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.

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