Geology and Environmental Geosciences


New Scholarship Opportunity

Building Engagement in Laboratories, Networking and Peer Groups (BELONG) in STEM Scholars Program provides scholarships for undergraduate students that are rising juniors and are majoring in biological sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, geology and environmental geosciences, mathematics, or computer science. NIU received a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation S-STEM program to offer scholarships to students with financial need and academic promise. Students selected to be BELONG in STEM Scholars will receive $5,000 each academic year for up to three years. Scholars will be invited to participate in professional development activities, research opportunities and peer group meetings to support their growth and persistence in their major.

The first group of scholars will be funded starting in Fall 2019 semester. 

Apply here!

Latest Department News

  • Our 2018 issue of the Geogram is complete and ready for viewing. If you have any questions, comments or news to share, just drop us a note at askgeology@niu.edu. - October 17, 2018
  • Collaboration between the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Geology and Environmental Geosciences leads to a $1,000,000 NSF grant to provide scholarships to STEM students. - September 6, 2018.
  • Dr. Nicole LaDue wins a $300,000 NSF grant to study the impact of click-on diagrams to enhance student learning in introductory geoscience courses.  August 29, 2018.
  • Nature Geoscience publishes a paradigm-busting paper coauthored by Board of Trustees Professors Reed Scherer and Ross Powell, Assistant Professor Nathan Stansell, Ph.D. student Jason Coenen and colleagues. – June, 25, 2018
  • Assistant Professors Nathan Stansell and Nicole LaDue win a $300,000 grant from the NSF International Office of Science and Engineering.  The project is a student-centered research experience that will study past climate change in the Baltic region. – June 20, 2018
  • Ph.D. student Zo Kreager wins a National Association of Geoscience Teachers Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. – June 19, 2018 
  • Geology students benefit from active learning strategies. Check out the amazing transformation that's taking place in our introductory geology course. Props to Asst. Prof. Nicole LaDue and her graduate students! - November 28, 2017
  • Asst. Prof. Nathan Stansell wins a $25,250 grant from the National Geographic Society to conduct a collaborative study entitled: Late Holocene glacier fluctuations in the Sierra Velluda, Central-South Chile: filling the gap that becomes critical in projected hydroclimatic scenarios. - November 27, 2017