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Week of January 21st, 2019

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Geospatial Data Science Distinguished Speaker

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.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 7:00 p.m.
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
Trina T. Minh-ha Professor of Rhetoric and Gender & Women's Studies - University of California, Berkley
Forgetting Vietnam

Moving between footage shot in 1995 and 2012 in multiple formats, Forgetting Vietnam offers a lyrical dialogue between the two elements—land and water—that underlie the formation of the Vietnamese term for “country.” Through folksongs, popular and classical music as well as through local people’s voices—via insurgent poetry, sayings and everyday comments— the film comments on the residue of one of America’s most divisive wars, and its ongoing presence and simultaneous absence in our historical reckoning.


Professor Mei-Po Kwan has been elected to serve as a member of the Electorate Nominating Committee of Section E (Geology and Geography) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for a three year period (2019-2022).

GGIS/Geology Professor Jim Best's look at critical issues facing the world's major rivers: LAS News


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.
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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.

LAKES REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates)
Interdisciplinary research into sustainable watershed management. Program is looking for students with interests in community-based watershed management, rural geography, agriculture, and land use. Use of mixed methods - qualitative research and GIS. Research may include interviews with land managers and conservationists, archival research into the history of land use, or GIS and modeling of erosion risks and sites for potential restoration. Students receive a $4000 stipend for the 8-week program and a great research experience.
Questions regarding program may be directed to Innisfree Mckinnon (University of Wisconsin-Stout) at
Application Deadline: February 3, 2019