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Week of January 14th, 2019

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Wednesday, February 6th, 4:00 p.m.
Room 2079 NHB (Lecture Hall)
Geospatial Data Science Distinguished Speaker Series
Dr. George Percivall
Chief Technology Officer and Engineer, Open Geospatial Consortium

The Golden Age of Geospatial Data Science and Engineering
Data Science is in a golden age. The mathematical foundations of Data Science, known for many years, are now seeing broad applicability due to engineering advances in cloud and big data computing and due to the explosive availability of data about nearly every aspect of human activity coming from mobile devices, remote sensing and the Internet of Things. Nearly all of this data has components of location and time leading to stunning advances in geospatial data science. Development of intelligent systems using knowledge models leading to insights and understanding have the potential to significantly transform geospatial data sciences. To achieve the fullest extent of their potential, these innovations require establishment of open consensus standards. This talk will review recent developments in innovations, standards, and applications of geospatial data science and engineering.

School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE) Research Review
Friday, February 15th, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Ballroom
Each year, the SESE Research Review brings together the departments of the School of Earth, Society & Environment to share exciting research and promote networking among attendees.


Geology & Geography Student Travel Awards
American Association for the Advancement Of Science (AAAS)

Annual Meeting In Washington DC, February 14‑17, 2019

The Annual Meeting of AAAS will have many scientific activities including career opportunities, technical sessions, and student presentations. Science journalists and families interested in science are present in large numbers.

AAAS Section E - Geology & Geography is offering two student travel awards up to $1,500 each to geology and geography advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in attending the meeting.

To apply, send a statement of how attendance would benefit you and your career, plus a short note from your professor supporting your application to Jere H. Lipps, Secretary, Section E, at by January 20, 2019.


Research Support Grant (RSG)
This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.
Application Deadline: March 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Conference Travel Grant (CTG)
This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference travel for attendance only; grants are meant for students who will present their work.
Application Deadline: February 21, 2019 at 11:59pm.
Office of Undergraduate Research |

Spring 2019 Roepke Scholarships are due Friday, February 1st
These scholarships are only available to Geography & GIS majors – providing you with generous academic and research opportunities, and financial support for study abroad trips and off-campus internships.