EARTH SCIENCE STUDENTS DO RESEARCH!
Jenna Palmer, a double major in Earth Science and Applied Mathematics, was selected to participate in a summer program at the Harvard School of Public Health. She will spend four weeks this summer doing research in the area of epidemiology.
Earth Science major Yesenia Herrera will spend her summer doing geological research at Stanford University in California. Yesenia was accepted to Stanford's Summer Research in Geosciences and Engineering (SURGE) program.
Earth Science majors James Beer, Cesar Bustos, Eric "Spider" Heuneman,and Nimbus Shrestha were selected for summer internships at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory at Purdue University. The interns will work with USDA scientists on cutting-edge research, developing knowledge and technology to help conserve soil for future generations.
In Summer 2012, sixteen first-year students researched soil science and conservation as part of the USDA-funded TIERRA Project (with ESCI faculty Jean Hemzacek, Laura Sanders, and Ken Voglesonger). (See the photos!)
ESCI majors Dyln Barkstrom, Cindy Calderon, Colleen Schwartz, and Bri Yarger were summer interns at the USDA National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory at Purdue University
ESCI majors Yesenia Herrera and Sean O’Hara measured isotopic composition of carbonatites to assess carbon dioxide sources, funded by grants from NASA-Astrobiology and the SCSE to former ESCI faculty Genet Duke.
Anthony Barkan and Stephanie Hennelly, ESCI majors,spent summer 2012 in Urbana-Champaign doing research with geology professors at the University of Illinois as part of the UIUC Summer Research Opportunities Program.
ESCI major Paty Jaimes worked with professors in the agronomy department at the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (funded by the USDA).
ESCI major Nimbus Shrestha interned with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Summer 2011: Students Justin Mackey, Kyle McNamara, and Cindy Calderon studied igneous petrology and geochemistry of the Rattlesnake Hills, Wyoming, funded by the Student Center for Science Engagement (with Dr. Genet Duke). See the photos!
EARTH SCIENCE STUDENTS IN ACTION!
Students in Professor Nahid Brown's environmental geology class presented their work on water conservation. Watch the 2-minute video on worm composting, created by students in Prof. Brown's El Centro environmental geology class!
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A DEGREE
IN EARTH SCIENCE?
• Become a geologist, hydrologist, environmental scientist, environmental lawyer, geotechnical engineer, geochemist, geophysicist, meteorologist, seismologist, oceanographer, paleontologist, volcanologist—opportunities abound!
• Employment growth outlook: Faster than average (info)
• Average salary: $79,160 (info)
• Careers in the geosciences (info)
OUR DEPARTMENT MISSION
The Department of Earth Science at Northeastern Illinois University uses an integrated approach to the study of the earth environment through a synthesis of geology, oceanography, and meteorology.
We emphasize experimental studies, field work, and applications. Curricula are individually planned to provide a broad basic training in earth science and to prepare students for further graduate study or careers in the environmental, energy, and mineral fields. Programs are flexible, to meet individual student needs.
Degree options include Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, as well as a minor in Earth Science. Students can focus their coursework in the areas of petrology/mineralogy, hydrogeology, and environmental geology.
We have equipment for petrologic, petrographic, and X-ray diffraction analysis; ground water modeling by physical, field, and numerical methods; field studies involving hydraulic testing and ground water and soil sampling, including campus monitoring wells; thin sectioning and rock preparation; soil and sediment size analysis; and a student computer lab.
Two other programs are under discussion and may become available in the future: a B.A. in Environmental Geoscience, and a professional master's degree.
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