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Week of February 11th, 2019

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School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE) Research Review
his Friday, February 15th, 2:00 p.m.
Illini Union Ballroom
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.: Poster Setup
10:00 a.m. - 2:00pm: Poster Judging
2:00 - 3:20: Poster Session
3:30 - 3:35: Welcome Message
3:35 - 4:15: Lightning Talks:
   Max Christie, Geology
    Evan Lindroth, Geography & GIS
    Carolina Bieri, Atmospheric Sciences
    Piyush Garg, Atmospheric Sciences
    Sarah Dendy, Geology
4:15 - 5:00: Award Presentations

Friday, February 22nd, 3:00 p.m.
Room 2049 NHB
Colloquium: Modeling Nonstationarity in Space and Time
Prof. Bo Li  Department of Statistics, UIUC
We propose to model a spatio-temporal random field that has nonstationary covariance structure in both space and time domains by applying the concept of the dimension expansion method in Bornn et al. (2012). Simulations are conducted for both separable and nonseparable space-time covariance models, and the model is also illustrated with a streamflow dataset. Both simulation and data analyses show that modeling nonstationarity in both space and time can improve the predictive performance over stationary covariance models or models that are nonstationary in space but stationary in time.

Annette Kim - March 11th at 4pm in 2079 NHB

Call for Proposals: Unit for Criticism Faculty Fellowship Program, 2019
Application guidelines

Applications due: March 29, 12pm (CST).
Letters of support due: April 1, 12pm (CST).

Criticism & Interpretive Theory Junior Fellowship
for assistant professors in their first to fourth years (who need not be 0% affiliates of the Unit for Criticism).

Criticism & Interpretive Theory Senior Fellowship (for associate and full professors who are 0% affiliates of the Unit for Criticism)

Graduate Students

AAG Conference Travel Support for GGIS graduate students
Webform closes: Friday, March 15th

All GGIS graduate students who plan to present their research at AAG will receive up to $200 in departmental travel support.

Graduate College Spring 2019 Conference Travel Award application
GGIS Deadline: Monday, February 18th

Each semester, the Graduate College provides competitive awards of up to $350 for conference travel to present papers, posters, or creative work. Please apply to our department if you plan to present your research at a conference anytime this semester until the end of Fall 2019.


Office of Undergraduate Research |
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.

2018–2019 Internship Opportunity: Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Internships in Environmental Humanities
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Environmental Humanities is environmental studies from a humanistic standpoint. Envrionmental Humanities pulls from different movements (environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others) to study the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present.

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is looking for undergraduate interns to work with its Environmental Humanities research group for the academic year 2018–2019. The IPRH-Mellon Environmental Humanities Research Group is composed of professors, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates from different disciplines who are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The research group seeks three undergraduate interns who will work with the group on their seminars, workshops, and programs. Interns will also work with the research group director, Professor Bob Morrissey, to develop their own research projects as well as a research symposium for undergraduates at the end of the spring semester. Interns will work approximately 10 to 11 hours per week, paid at the rate of $15.75 per hour (up to $5000/year), and will have up to $600 to support their research.
Questions about this internship opportunity may be addressed to IPRH Associate Director Nancy Castro at or (217) 244-7913.