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Environmental Understanding for a Sustainable Future

A unit within the Institute of the Environment, the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE) aims to support multidisciplinary research that bridges the basic and applied sciences. Activities supported by CESE strengthen the scientific understanding of complex and evolving natural systems, monitor environmental quality, inform sound stewardship, and enlighten policy.

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Environmental Laboratories

CESE’s spacious, state-of-the-art laboratories provide a full range of services in the development of analytical methods and in analytical testing to support research by faculty members as well as government and industry scientists.

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Emerging Contaminants

Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are chemicals that have been recently shown to occur in the environment and identified as a potential risk to the environment or public health. Many of these CECs are in common use and found in everyday products in our homes, farms, and businesses, or used by industry in commercial processes.

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Business Office

CESE’s Business Office provides pre-award and post-award support to investigators. Core Center faculty members have a strong record of support from governmental and nongovernmental agencies, including the NSF, NIH, USDA, EPA, NASA, USGS, and DoE.

Mini-Grants in Support of Environmental Research (MiSER) Program

MiSER leverages the analytical capacity of CESE laboratories to assist faculty members in development of research projects that do not currently enjoy extramural or intramural support. The objective is to reduce the cost of services and analyses by CESE laboratories (nutrients, metals, organics, emerging contaminants) for UConn faculty members

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