blog posts Ready to take the Final Written Exam? Sep 23, 2022 1:00 pm1 views If you have completed your core area courses, you are eligible to take the Written Final Examination required for graduating with the NRES Non-Thesis M.S. The next opportunity to submit will be January, but you must register. Exam information will be distributed October 3, 2022, and the deadline for submitting your complete exam is January 3, 2023. It is important to register immediately (and should take less than two minutes) to ensure you receive the exam information on October 3rd. The link to registration is https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1203697201. Still Room in Summer Field Course May 11, 2022 8:00 am16 views Amazing professional development opportunity, especially for students with limited field experience! Interact with leading land managers, watershed stewards, and restoration ecologists in Northeast Illinois Gain hands on experience conducting numerous environmental quality assessments Build your professional network Capstone Presentation by Joe Krischon: Effects of Mycorrhizal Inoculations on Rare Prairie Plant Establishment Apr 13, 2022 12:15 am20 views Capstone Presentation by Joe Krischon Effects of Mycorrhizal Inoculations on Rare Prairie Plant Establishment Advisors: Dr. Brenda Molano-Flores, Dr. Anthony Yannarell, and Piper Hodson April 20, 2022, 3:00 pm CT Click through for Zoom information Grant Writing Panel April 12th at 3pm Apr 8, 2022 4:15 pm1 views Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is hosting a virtual panel on grant writing on Tuesday, April 12th at 3:00 pm (central). Click through for more information and registration link. Reminder Capstone Presentation Today at 1:00 pm Apr 8, 2022 11:15 am4 views Capstone Oral Presentation by Melissa Clelland Personality and values: How do they influence environmental concern in Alaska Advisors: Dr. Carena van Riper, Dr. Adam Landon, Dr. Riley Andrade, and Piper Hodson April 8, 2022, 1:00 PM CST Click through for Zoom information. Capstone Presentation by Remic Ensweiler: College of DuPage Natural Areas Land Management Plan Apr 4, 2022 10:45 am20 views Capstone Presentation by Remic Ensweiler College of DuPage Natural Areas Land Management Plan Advisors: Dr. Greg Spyreas, Dr. David Zaya, and Piper Hodson April 22, 2022, 2:00 PM CST Click through for Zoom information. Capstone Presentation by Melissa Clelland: Personality and values: How do they influence environmental concern in Alaska Apr 4, 2022 8:30 am6 views Capstone Oral Presentation by Melissa Clelland Personality and values: How do they influence environmental concern in Alaska Advisors: Dr. Carena van Riper, Dr. Adam Landon, Dr. Riley Andrade, and Piper Hodson April 8, 2022, 1:00 PM CST Click through for Zoom information. Karen Kase selected President of the APWA Fox Valley Branch Jan 13, 2022 1:45 pm1 views Karen Kase, who earned her M.S. in NRES through the online program in 2014, was recently name President of the Fox Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association. Karen is Natural Resource Manager for Hampton, Lenzini and Renwick, Inc (HLR), "an employee-owned corporation and a leading provider of quality transportation engineering, environmental, and surveying services." Read More Two Job Postings of Interest Dec 6, 2021 2:30 pm35 views Positions at US EPA (closes December 8th) and University of Illinois Extension (closes January 16th) posted recently. Read the rest of this article for details. Water and Environment: Fundamental Aspects of Water Quality, Quantity and Contaminants Nov 30, 2021 3:15 pm2 views This seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Mexican & Mexican-American Students Initiative, is a Zoom meeting December 9th from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. It will include speakers and breakout rooms to engage in discussion on water and the environment; the schedule of speakers is available here. Register at https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlf-6qqDspEtd1b61PTPhgbMUWwf5BbDJk. Spring 2022 Online Courses Available for Enrollment Nov 18, 2021 10:45 pm57 views Classes begin January 18th! Please share with anyone you think might be interested. Capstone Presentation by Matthew Drabik: Effects of Wastewater Effluent on Macroinvertebrate Communities Aug 17, 2021 9:00 am20 views Effects of Wastewater Effluent on Macroinvertebrate Communities Matthew Drabik Friday, August 27, 20213:00 pm Central Time Join Zoom Meetinghttps://illinois.zoom.us/j/86579890904?pwd=bjVlM2FiYkh6SjJDalJPc002S1kzUT09 Meeting ID: 865 7989 0904Password: 328073 To call in for audio, find your local number: https://illinois.zoom.us/u/kemcj1sSRx You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session. Capstone Presentation by Soledad Maristany: Evaluation of Virtual Environmental Education Programs at the Forest Preserves of Cook County Jul 20, 2021 9:30 pm67 views Evaluation of Virtual Environmental Education Programs at the Forest Preserves of Cook County Soledad Maristany Friday, July 23, 20213:00 pm Central Time Join Zoom Meetinghttps://illinois.zoom.us/j/82194554464?pwd=cHVHOENOcGNseGlLUWNFdmtic0QvUT09 Meeting ID: 821 9455 4464Password: NRESonline You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session. Capstone Presentation by Connie Allard: Recommendations for enhancing volunteer retention for the Missouri Stream Team Jul 7, 2021 9:00 am21 views Recommendations for enhancing volunteer retention for the Missouri Stream TeamConnie AllardWednesday, July 14, 20211:00 pm Central TimeJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://illinois.zoom.us/j/88423578269?pwd=cGxKblpENXd6UHFGVWVoWEQrWnhNUT09 Meeting ID: 884 2357 8269Password: NRESonline You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session. Capstone Presentation by Francis Paulino: Mapping biodiversity conservation finance in Zambia to determine if spatial patterns in funding align with the country’s biodiversity priorities and conservation needs Apr 16, 2021 9:00 am13 views Mapping biodiversity conservation finance in Zambia to determine if spatial patterns in funding align with the country’s biodiversity priorities and conservation needsFrancis PaulinoMonday, April 19, 20211:00 pm Central TimeJoin Zoom Meetinghttps://illinois.zoom.us/j/83558066981?pwd=ZERPUCtZY1hORFFjb3lWc0ZaSjRXQT09Meeting ID: 835 5806 6981Password: NRESonlineYou must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session. Capstone Presentation by Thomas Ward: Evaluating Tree Risk Assessment Protocols in a Medium-Sized City Apr 16, 2021 9:00 am34 views Evaluating Tree Risk Assessment Protocols in a Medium-Sized City Thomas WardFriday, July 16, 20211:00 pm Central TimeJoin Zoom Meeting https://illinois.zoom.us/j/83857748716?pwd=aytTY290bHM1VytJTmRhTFFKNUlNdz09 Meeting ID: 838 5774 8716Password: NRESonlineYou must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session. Register to Attend the NRES Research Symposium Apr 6, 2021 4:30 pm74 views The NRES Virtual Research Symposium will occur Saturday, April 17th, 9:15-5:00 (central time) using Gather.Town. Register at https://linktr.ee/UofI_NRES to receive the link to attend. It is important to register ASAP to ensure that NRES has purchased adequate capacity for those wanting to attend. Capstone Presentation by Kelly Hennessey: Influencing Pro-Environmental Behaviors through Online Resources Apr 2, 2021 4:15 pm23 views Influencing Pro-Environmental Behaviors through Online Resources: An Internship with Sandia National LaboratoriesKelly HennesseyFriday, April 16, 20211:00 pmhttps://illinois.zoom.us/j/81797484987?pwd=OXN3Q0RtUHMxTlAzci9hKzlPN2x1QT09You must be logged into your Zoom account (the standard free account) to access this session. Diversity Ed presents - Food Insecurity in a University Campus Community Mar 29, 2021 11:30 am8 views Still Time to Submit for NRES Research Symposium Mar 8, 2021 2:00 pm49 views The deadline has been extended to Friday, March 12th, for those wishing to submit an abstract for the NRES Research Symposium. Submit at t.ly/OZgP. NRES Research Symposium--April 17th, 2021 on Gater.town Visit Us at Wild Things This Weekend Feb 19, 2021 9:00 am11 views If you're attending Wild Things (https://www.wildthingscommunity.org/) this weekend (or next), be sure to visit the NRES virtual exhibit booth. Come talk to us, hang out, maybe even answer a question or two from people seeking information about the program. Here's when we'll be live this weekend: Friday, February 19 9:00-10:00 am12:00-2:00 pm 4:15-5:00 pm In Session: Environmental Careers 5:00-6:00 pm Saturday, February 20 8:00-8:30 am 12:00-1:00 pm 5:15-6:00 pm In Session: Navigating Grad School Applications Sunday, February 21 12:00-1:00 pm The Wildlife Society: Black-footed ferret COVID-19 vaccination seems to be working Feb 18, 2021 3:45 pm19 views "Two-thirds of captive-bred black-footed ferrets have been vaccinated for the novel coronavirus, and not a single one of the endangered mustelids is known so far to have contracted the disease". Joshua Rapp Learn is a science writer at The Wildlife Society Professional Development During Covid Jan 8, 2021 9:45 am16 views Check out my recent article offering ideas for how to advance your professional skills and network when you can't go anywhere. Illinois Graduate College - Career Development Workshops Jan 5, 2021 11:15 am18 views Last Chance! Dec 24, 2020 9:45 am62 views In case you missed these in your Illinois email: If you are planning to take the final written exam in January but haven’t yet signed up, you must sign up no later than 11:59 pm Sunday, December 27th at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1974440237. If you would like to join a capstone writing group over break (regardless of where you are in the process), complete the poll at https://doodle.com/poll/bgugt4qkec7ysysy?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link. Instructions:I'm planning to choose two times per week to offer group writing sessions (December 26-January 24th). I will use the results of this poll to select the two times per week. Please indicate the times that will work for you most weeks (click once for yes, twice for if-need-be, and three times if you need to remove the time as one of your possibilities). All times are central time zone. Deadline to influence the time selection is 7pm Saturday, December 26th. Introducing: Illinois Remote Website Dec 7, 2020 10:45 am30 views Time to Register for Spring 2021 Dec 7, 2020 9:30 am18 views If you are a current student in the M.S. program, please check your Illinois.edu email account for full information. If you are a non-degree seeking student, you can find the Spring 2021 course flyer (which includes links to non-degree registration and other resources) here. The Wildlife Society - Wildlife Vocalizations: Emily Thoroski Nov 13, 2020 2:30 pm29 views Reminder: Capstone Presentation Tomorrow Nov 9, 2020 9:30 am4 views Children as Environmental Stewards: Addressing the Need to Provide Innovative Low-Cost Professional Development Providing Teachers with Strategies to Assist Disadvantaged and English as a Second Language Students in Environmental Science Classroom Kerry Martens Tuesday, November 10, 2020 5:30 pm https://illinois.zoom.us/j/86907543762?pwd=WmdocHEyaWtJQUxFVzJCaVFLcVZqUT09 Spring 2021 Updates Oct 28, 2020 12:30 pm46 views The University has finalized changes to the Spring 2021 schedule and registration: The spring semester will begin on Monday, January 25th (instead of the 19th). There will NOT be spring break this year. Instead, there will be three non-instruction days (February 17, March 24, and April 13). Because NRES online graduate courses are almost exclusively one night a week, courses that meet on Tuesday or Wednesday will have asynchronous material and assignments in weeks of non-instruction days or will have an additional meeting day added. The class schedule goes live on November 6th. There may be courses showing on the online.illinois.edu site before that, but it can't be considered final until November 6th. The schedule of NRES Online Graduate Courses will be posted on this blog as soon as it's complete. Degree seeking students' registration time tickets will allow registration beginning at 11:20 am on December 2nd (log into Self-Service after November 16th to see your earliest registration time). Registration for non-degree seeking students begins December 14th. Illinois Extension Forestry - Upcoming Events Oct 19, 2020 11:30 am30 views ILMA-Lakes Scholarships Oct 14, 2020 6:45 pm2 views The Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA-Lakes) is offering two scholarship opportunities for which graduate students are eligible. The application deadline is December 31, 2020. Full eligibility and application information is available at https://ilma-lakes.org/scholarship. Illinois Undergraduate/Graduate Scholarship ($1,000): Full time undergraduate or graduate students who have a college or university cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on an undergraduate 4.0 scale and 3.0 on a graduate 4.0 scale, enrolled in a natural resource discipline related to lake and/or watershed management. Eligible applicants include Illinois residents enrolled in accredited colleges and universities within the above listed six states and/ or students enrolled in an accredited Illinois college or university. Emphasis will be placed on scholarship money going towards work or project related expenses in a lake / watershed area. Robert Esser Student Achievement Scholarship ($500): Illinois resident attending an Illinois accredited college or university. A full time junior or senior undergraduate student or graduate student is preferred. Attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Lake Management Association (ILMA) is strongly encouraged. Student must be enrolled in a lake-related curriculum with clearly articulated personal goals and objectives geared toward Illinois lakes. Emphasis will be placed on volunteer experiences. Capstone Presentation by Kerry Martens: Children as Environmental Stewards Oct 14, 2020 12:15 pm13 views Children as Environmental Stewards: Addressing the Need to Provide Innovative Low-Cost Professional Development Providing Teachers with Strategies to Assist Disadvantaged and English as a Second Language Students in Environmental Science Classroom Kerry Martens Tuesday, November 10, 2020 5:30 pm https://illinois.zoom.us/j/86907543762?pwd=WmdocHEyaWtJQUxFVzJCaVFLcVZqUT09 Wired Digital Magazine: Can a Genetically Modified Bug Combat a Global Farm Plague? Sep 25, 2020 4:00 pm18 views More Useful Info than Ever Sep 3, 2020 8:15 am13 views During semester you are degree-seeking grad student registered for at least one class, you will receive the weekly "Grad Links" from the Graduate College. Now that most workshops and sessions are online, there are many more opportunities for YOU! Click on this article to see the announcements from this week's Grad Links relevant to degree-seeking students in the NRES Online M.S. Program. If you don't receive Grad Links on Sundays, you can subscribe at https://emails.illinois.edu/subscribe?emailId=1735847690. Capstone Presentation by John Grant: Comlara Forest Rehabilitation and Autumn Olive Removal Aug 26, 2020 8:30 pm29 views M.S. Capstone Presentation John Grant Comlara Forest Rehabilitation and Autumn Olive RemovalFriday, August 28th at 2:00 pmhttps://illinois.zoom.us/j/94179639941?pwd=YXBwTHZJRVF0cE5yU2V6dFNxOURUUT09 USDA NRCS: Introduction to High Tunnels in Organic Systems Aug 25, 2020 1:15 pm19 views How's My Waterway - Watershed Academy Webinar Aug 10, 2020 11:30 am49 views Writers Workshop - Graduate Writing Productivity Groups Aug 4, 2020 11:15 am18 views Wired Digital Magazine: How to Stay Productive When the World Is on Fire Jul 23, 2020 4:30 pm14 views Illinois Extension: Summer Plant ID Walk & Talk Webinar Jul 14, 2020 1:00 pm58 views Two Capstone Presentations on Friday, July 10th Jul 3, 2020 3:45 pm8 views Minimum Sampling Effort to Detect Bat Species Richness in Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, New JerseyJennifer BontaFriday, July 10th at 10:30 am Understanding the Effects of Land Features on Avian Mortality Incidents at Electric Power Lines and PolesSamantha DaviesFriday, July 10th at 3:00 pm Reminder: Two Capstone Presentations Tomorrow Jul 3, 2020 3:45 pm4 views Minimum Sampling Effort to Detect Bat Species Richness in Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, New JerseyJennifer BontaFriday, July 10th at 10:30 amhttps://illinois.zoom.us/j/97512583556?pwd=Q2wvMStVeVhrVXMzM1BZd2tpM09mUT09 Understanding the Effects of Land Features on Avian Mortality Incidents at Electric Power Lines and PolesSamantha DaviesFriday, July 10th at 3:00 pmhttps://illinois.zoom.us/j/93762390565?pwd=WmdJcWh2QTR2cW0wMHBuRXhLTXJ6Zz09 UIUC Graduate College - Building an Effective Web Presence: LinkedIn and Beyond Jul 1, 2020 9:00 am14 views Time Management, UIUC Counseling Center Jun 23, 2020 2:00 pm38 views Writers Workshop Upcoming Events Jun 17, 2020 3:45 pm28 views What Makes a Successful Online Student? Jun 17, 2020 3:15 pm77 views Graduate College at Illinois - Grad Careers Newsletter May 18, 2020 8:00 am32 views Upcoming Advising Sessions Apr 29, 2020 10:15 pm11 views There are five advising sessions coming up in the next three weeks: What? Capstone Monthly Report MeetingDate/Time? Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 pmWhere? See your University email. The link has been sent to the students for whom this is relevant.Who? Students currently working on their capstone projects. What? Overview of Summer and Fall CoursesDate/Time? Thursday, May 7th at 7:00 pmWhere? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/8516837 to receive Zoom link.Who? All prospective and continuing students planning to take courses in the summer and/or fall. What? Capstone Project, Getting StartedDate/Time? Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 pmWhere? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/23224 to receive Zoom link.Who? Students who hope to begin working on their capstone project within the next six months. What? Capstone Project, Crossing the Finish LineDate/Time? Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 pmWhere? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1465115 to receive Zoom link.Who? Students who hope to schedule the presentation and oral exam over their capstone project within the next six months. What? Preparing for the Program Written Final ExamDate/Time? Tuesday, May 19th at 7:00 pmWhere? Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/7728981 to receive Zoom link.Who? Students planning to take the written final exam in August. This morning! Capstone Presentation by Melissa McCabe: An Audit of the Philadelphia Park System Apr 22, 2020 9:00 am12 views Melissa McCabeAn Audit of the Philadelphia Park System: How well do the parks serve minority and poor Philadelphia residents?Research Advisor: Dr. Michael KrassaWednesday, April 22nd at 10 AM CSTJoin Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/97813707926?pwd=S2NvNlBiOTFYMkRZSWhvSXBaS0JGUT09.Meeting ID: 978-1370-7926Password: NRESonline Parks are an essential community resource that can promote the interaction between humans and the natural world. The connection between time in nature and the positive physical and mental health benefits one can reap is being researched in various subjects, including environmental science, medicine, psychology, and city planning. With a consistently increasing urban population worldwide, the incorporation of parks in urban settings is integral in promoting healthy lifestyle choices for residents. This study investigates the equity of park accessibility and quality in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Through the adaptation of public space auditing tools and with the use of Google Earth Imagery, ArcGIS, and United States Census data, this audit suggests non-significant relationships between both the accessibility and the quality of parks and race or socioeconomic status (SES) in Philadelphia. This analysis did reveal a connection between the accessibility and quality of parks, however, regardless of race and SES. This institution is an equal opportunity provide.