Jonathan H. Berg Fellowship Fund

The purpose of the Jonathan H. Berg Fellowship is to provide scholarship support for the recruitment, retention and reward of outstanding graduate students in the Northern Illinois University Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.


Jonathan H. Berg Fellows will have demonstrated an exceptional record in geosciences. The preferred candidate is either a new applicant to the graduate program in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences who is planning to pursue full-time graduate study, or a currently enrolled, full-time student who has been in the graduate program for at least one year and who will be continuing in the program for at least one additional year. Fellowship awardees must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.

Amount and purpose

Typically $1500.

Selection process and criteria

Jonathan H. Berg Fellows will be appointed by the department chair, in consultation with the Department Graduate Committee and Graduate Program Director, all of whom will conduct a thorough review of all student records each spring. A student’s record of achievement will be established using a variety of indicators, including GRE scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, participation in professional conferences and meetings, publications, professionalism and external funding success.

About Jonathan H. Berg

After receiving a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota - Duluth, an M.Sc. from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Dr. Berg began his career at Northern Illinois University in January 1977. In 1991 Dr. Berg was one of the youngest to ever receive the award of Presidential Research Professor at NIU. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences in 1994 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2008.

Dr. Berg's teaching included courses in introductory geology, optical mineralogy, introductory petrology and igneous and metamorphic petrology. He enjoyed getting students involved in his research and also getting them out into the field. He led many camping field trips to the Lake Superior region and one-day trips to the Starved Rock area on the Illinois River. He also taught at the Department's Summer Field Camp in the Black Hills and Bighorn Mountains and he took many students on his summer research trips to Labrador, Ontario and Antarctica.

This endowment is really an outgrowth or acknowledgment of that student involvement in field work and rigorous laboratory research.

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