Monday, July 22, 2013

Local Conference Opportunity

The SER2013 World Conference on Ecological Restoration: Reflections on the Past, Directions for the Future will bring together more than 1,200 delegates from around the world interested in the science and practice of ecological restoration as it relates to natural resource management, climate change responses, biodiversity conservation, local and indigenous communities, environmental policy and sustainable livelihoods.

SER2013 is the 5th World Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Illinois Renewable Energy Fair

If you are interested in volunteering with the Environmental Studies booth, please contact Melissa Burlingame at

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Graduate School Fairs

This fall, is bringing hundreds of grad schools to 18 cities across the country. If you've been thinking of applying to grad school, this is a great opportunity to meet in person with admissions staff from a variety of programs focused on the public good.
The fairs are free, and it would be great to see you there. To RSVP and for more information - including a list of all the schools that will be attending in your city - please click on this link:
Click on your city, and then on the RSVP button at the top of each page.
Here's the full schedule (all the fairs run from 5:00 to 8:00 PM):
New York - September 16
Philadelphia - September 23
Boston - September 25
Baltimore - September 30
Washington DC - October 1
Ann Arbor - October 3
Minneapolis - October 7
Chicago - October 8
Miami (Coral Gables) - October 15
Houston - October 17
Austin - October 22
Atlanta - October 23
Charlotte - October 24
Seattle - October 28
Portland - October 29
Denver - November 4
San Francisco - November 6
Los Angeles - November 7
To get a feel for the fairs, check out this short video, shot at an Idealist Grad Fair in 2012:

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Resources for Students in STEM

The National Science Foundation and NASA are working to promote resources for students in STEM. The Institute for Broadening Participation provides current information on funding opportunities.
Students can visit to search for education and career training opportunities in STEM:
  • 650+ Paid summer research experiences for undergraduates
  • 300+ Graduate fellowships, mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • 250+ Post-doctoral opportunities
Proactive students should sign up to receive timely information about funding, research and professional development opportunities and upcoming deadlines by filling out our on-line form at or the student information form (below), which can be returned an email attachment, snail mail or fax.
Students can also access insights and advice from peers in the field in the Webinar Archives,, on topics such as Funding Your Graduate Education.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

DOE Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program - Applications Available Soon!

We are pleased to announce the Fall/Spring 2013/2104 U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCWUDP). This year, CCUWDP is offering development program positions at Clean Cities Coalitions across the nation with specific locations announced later this month. Students involved in this paid internship participate in a wide variety of tasks including marketing, outreach, analysis, and technology integration.   This is a wonderful opportunity for students looking to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who may be interested in one of these positions.

On July 23, locations with open positions will be announced, and applications will be found through the following link:

Please stay tuned for the application!

Amanda McAlpin
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program Coordinator
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Building 362
Lemont, IL 60439
Phone 630.252.2911
Cell 662.312.8672

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Conservation Biology at the Morton Arboretum

Summer Evenings on the Prairie

Summer Evenings on the Prairie

Monday, July 15th and Thursday, July 18th
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Afton Forest Preserve
13600 Crego Rd.
1 and ½ miles south of Perry Rd.
Meet in middle parking lot.

 Natural Resource Manager Al Roloff will lead a “Summer Evenings on the Prairie” walk and talk through the prairie at Afton Forest Preserve.  Follow trails through the spectacular mid-summer prairie blooms of Yellow and Purple Coneflowers, Blazing Star, Black-eyed Susan’s and the emerging tallgrass prairie of Big Bluestem and Indian Grass. Native Illinois prairie plants and prairie history will be discussed along with how to grow these low maintenance sustainable plants in your own home landscape. Bring your camera and take some photos and binoculars to view the prairie grassland and wetland birds. Afton has beautiful picnic areas if you want to picnic before or after the program.

Classes to Consider