Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. Students pursuing degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply:

• Mechanical Engineering

• Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

• Nuclear Engineering

• Oceanography

• Operations Research 

(technical tracks only)

• Physics
• Electrical Engineering

• Geosciences

• Industrial and Systems Engineering 

(technical tracks only)

• Information Sciences

• Materials Science and Engineering

• Mathematics
• Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

• Biosciences

• Chemical Engineering

• Chemistry

• Civil Engineering

• Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences

• Computer and Computational Sciences

Spring 2014 ENVS Courses

This spring ENVS will be offering ENVS 302, 303 and 305.  In addition to those courses you might be interested in:
-Global Climate History  MW 3:30-4:45  offered with History and taught be Andy Bruno
-Women, Gender, & Environment TTh 2-3:15  offered with WOMS and taught by Diana Swanson
-Measuring Environmental IQ W 3-5:40 taught by Sheldon Turner
-Energy Management System MWF 10-10:50 offered with ISYE and taught by Buyung Agusdinata

These courses can be used to satisfy the ENVS 450 requirement or an elective within the degree.  If you want more information about any of these courses, please contact Melissa Lenczewski ( or the professor.  If you want to register for any of these, please see Ruthann Yeaton in the main ENVS office (HSB 321).

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Humanities Jobs in Environmental Studies

Princeton University
The Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professorship in Humanities and the Environment

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sawyer Seminar "Making the Mississippi: Formulating new water narratives"

Monday, October 28, 2013

The GREEN Program

Career Advancing, World Enhancing ... Only on the GREEN Program!

The GREEN Program is a short-term experience which combines hands-on education, adventure, service learning, cultural immersion and global networking to create an unparalleled learning experience in Iceland & Costa Rica. This program becomes a launchpad for the future innovative leaders of tomorrow.

Upon completion of the GREEN program you will receive:
* Experiential Education visiting several renewable energy facilities
* Service Learning through community service projects in impoverished areas
* Adventures such as surfing, glacier & jungle hiking or tectonic plate snorkeling
* Cultural Immersion in local indigenous tribes, eco-lodges or animal rehabilitation reserves
* Entrepreneurial inspiration developing your own green venture
* Access to our alumni network with job opportunities and industry connections
* Custom letters of recommendation based on your capstone project
* Transferable academic credit awarded by Reykjavik University

Click the video link below to see our GREEN Program Hype Video! 

Costa Rica 12 days Summer and Winter, 9 days Spring
Five forms of renewable energy, action-packed adventures, cultural immersion, memories for a lifetime all in paradise.

Iceland 10 days Summer, 8 days Winter and Spring
Noted as the greenest country in the world, Iceland is an untapped reserve of energy and adventure. We have partnered with Reykjavík University's Renewable Energy and Sustainability Master's Program (REYST) and the School of Science and Engineering to provide quality insight into the industry from the leading innovators.

Dare to be different. Dare to be you. Challenge the world. 
Define your career path in 10 days.

Looking forward to our adventure!
Ernesto Daset
Global Renewable Energy Education Network
University Coordinator | | 201.345.3737

"Transforming clean tech education, bringing classrooms to life, accelerating meaningful careers around the world"  

Friday, October 25, 2013

Government Career Fair

NIU students are invited to the Government Career Fair: 1:00–3:00 pm, Friday November 1st, National Louis University, Chicago. See flier for details and registration information. 

Participating Agencies:
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • IL Army National Guard
  • IL Dept. of Natural Resources 
  • Peace Corps
  • Schaumburg Police Department
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)
  • U.S Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
  • U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 
  • U.S. Navy

Sponsored by the Government College Relations Council

Friday, October 18, 2013

NIU Internship and Job Fairs

NIU’s fall 2013 career fairs and preparation workshops offer students and job seekers the chance to network and to impress potential employers.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Internship Fair
NIU Convocation Center
More than 80 employers seeking to hire NIU students for internships have registered so far.  Admission is free for this event.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Full-time Job Fair
NIU Convocation Center
Admission is free for all current NIU students to attend. Fees are $5 for alumni and $10 for non-NIU attendees.

Tips for success before the fairs:
Research the companies. Rehearse elevator speeches. Dress professionally. Bring plenty of resumes. Perfect your interview skills. Use NIU’s job search system – Huskies Get Hired!
 –the site where employers find new talent for jobs and internships and where NIU students can create, upload and publish their resumes.

Monday, October 14, 2013

A&WMA Award Opportunities for Environmental Students Scholarships Now Available!

A&WMA Award Opportunities for Environmental Students NScholarshipsow Available!

The Air & Waste Management Association has great opportunities available for environmental students, including scholarships, awards, and a poster competition!

Hurry participation deadlines are coming soon!

Student Platform Paper Award: Completed applications are due Monday, November 4, 2013
Full-time masters and doctoral students are invited to compete for the Student Platform Paper Award during A&WMA's Annual Conference & Exhibition. A&WMA’s Award’s Committee, which is within the Higher Education Division of the Education Council, selects the Student Platform Paper Award winners, who are recognized at the Student Awards Ceremony & Receptionduring the Annual Conference, which will take place on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Long Beach, California.

Student Poster Competition: Abstracts are due by Monday, December 16, 2013
A&WMA's Student Poster Awards recognizes student posters to be the best amongst those considered in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral categories. The Student Poster Competition takes place atA&WMA's Annual Conference & Exhibition, which this year will be held in Long Beach, CA on June 24-27, 2014.  Full-time Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral students are encouraged to participate in the Student Poster Competition.  Students must be the primary author of the abstract associated with the poster. They must present the poster during the annual conference to be eligible for this competition. 

Scholarships: Completed applications are due by Friday, January 10, 2014

Each year, A&WMA awards scholarships to outstanding students who are pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in these areas:
  • Air Quality
  • Waste Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Policy
  • Sustainability

Master Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation AwardsNominations are due by Monday, January 13, 2014
In addition to scholarships, A&WMA acknowledges up to two exceptional masters thesis and up to two exceptional doctoral dissertations each year. Nominations shall be made by the student's faculty advisors, who are members of A&WMA, only. Works nominated shall be original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the fields of:
  • Air Quality
  • All Types of Waste
  • Sustainability/Management Pertaining to Air Quality or Waste

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Peace Corps

If any of you are interested in the Peace Corps, there will be a representative coming to campus on October 23rd (this is tentative, as the government shut down may prevent them from coming to campus).  They will have a table set up all day from 10 to 3 in the Convocation Center, and an Informational Session from 5 to 6 in the HSC room 505.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Angelic Organics

Sustainable Building Tour, October 27
Interested in sustainable buildings? Join a tour of Angelic Organics farm and Learning Center for an introduction to the various techniques demonstrated on-site. Learn about whole tree architecture, living roofs, passive solar, strawbale, cob, and composting toilets, as well as the use of recycled materials for structure and aesthetics. Includes discussion of the history and development of buildings on the farm, and the role of farms and barns in the social fabric of a community. $25

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Illinois Green Business Summit

The 2nd Annual Illinois Green Business Summit, “Ingredients for Change” will take place Oct.15 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tinley Park Convention Center. 

Hear from Keynote L. Hunter Lovins and learn effective strategies, practices and equipment for implementation beyond the low-hanging fruit for greening your organization. There will be a lunch panel that features corporate sustainability leaders from Office Depot, The Centre for Sustainability Excellence, and Caterpillar. Hear the “how” and learn new strategies, be a leader in green business, and network with organizations throughout Illinois. Information presented at the Summit will not only be applicable to businesses, but will apply to the public sector, educational entities, students, and more. 

Registration, sponsorship/exhibitor information, workshop tracks, and the agenda can be found at Registration is $165. $30 Student rates are also available.

18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477

Date and Time: 10/15/2013 - 8:45am - 4:30pm

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Growing Our Economy; Local Food Development

GALESBURG, IL, August 27, 2013: University of Illinois Extension is presenting “Growing Our Economy” a 3-part webinar series offered this fall, that covers topics such as: Sept 13, Local Foods as an Economic Development Tool - The “Leaky Bucket” theory, cottage food industry law and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s); Oct 11, Case studies in Communities – Local Food Development, includes how officials can work effectively with producers; and Nov 15, Illinois: Next Steps – Where do we go from here? includes topics: value-added, food distribution options, Farm to School program, community gardens and “food deserts”.    Growing our economy -- Develop your Community Using local foods

The webinars will be held on Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Nov. 15, 2013 from 1:30-2:30 pm. They can be accessed on-line from your personal computer. Contact your local Extension office for more information regarding attending the webinars on-site.  The program will be recorded and archived for viewing at your convenience. 

Contact:  Miki White, Local Foods/Community Development Program Coordinator.  Univ. of IL Extension, Unit 10, Galesburg, IL

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