The University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center is constructing dorms that will allow graduate students to experience a residency at the Panhandle Center that extends past a summer term.
The Scottsbluff dorms will consist of two pre-built single story structures which will accommodate a total of 12 students, visiting scientists and others. Each has six bedrooms and six bathrooms, along with a kitchen-commons area and on-site laundry area.
The need for temporary graduate student housing was a key finding in a five year review completed in 2016.
Panhandle Center faculty conduct cutting-edge, world-class research into issues identified by stakeholders. Then they share their findings with key audiences, frequently in collaboration with Extension educators.
Graduate students are a key part of this effort for several reasons. First, they might return to the panhandle one day as Ph.Ds with specialized training, replacing faculty who retire or leave. Prospects are more likely to relocate to the panhandle if they are already familiar with what the area has to offer.