The Campus Sustainability Committee at Western Illinois University is committed to supporting student engagement with sustainability on campus and in their research. In support of this mission, the Student Sustainability Research and Project Development Fund was designated in spring 2014 to support student research, campus projects, and professional presentations in the area of sustainability. Each semester, the committee accepts and reviews applications for student projects, presentations, and research related to sustainability.
In 2014, the committee awarded funding to six of eleven applicants. Successfully funded projects included Payal Shah’s (Biological Sciences) research on the impact of beaver herbivory in floodplain forest communities of the upper Mississippi; Emily Terrell and Dallas Milholland’s (Theatre and Dance) theatrical project to raise awareness about unsustainable mining impacts on Alaskan fisheries, performed in Illinois, Alaska, and Washington; Norris Andriuskevicius’s (RPTA) educational promotion of sustainability principles at the local Earth Fest; and Quenton Keating’s (Economics and Decision Sciences) portable solar-powered charging station for educational demonstrations on campus.
The committee is once again seeking applicants from full- and part-time degree-seeking grads and undergrads from WIU. Up to $500 is available per student awardee per award period. Priority deadline is February 20. For more information, visit http://www.wiu.edu/vpas/sustainability/StuSustainFund.php