Join the PGE Student Advisory and Research Council

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Program on the Global Environment 

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The Program on the Global Environment (PGE), home of the Environmental and Urban Studies major/minor program, Chicago Studies Quarter, Frizzell Learning & Speaker Series, and Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) Working Group seeks applications from undergraduate students across all years and majors to join the PGE Student Advisory and Research Council (SARC) for the 2018-19 academic year. The SARC will serve as the official committee for student engagement in activities, events and programming, communications and research projects for the program and its partners. The SARC will create engagements for students with the program’s faculty, staff, campus and community partners, and guest speakers, and provide students a voice in environmental programs, research and activities on campus. Students on the SARC will receive priority for funded research assistantships/internships with PGE affiliated faculty. The SARC will manage all activities for the existing Frizzell Series and EAF student groups.

In summary, the SARC will be responsible for: 

  1. Planning, partnerships, communication and implementation for the Frizzell Series speakers and activities

  2. Project development and management for the Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group, including outreach and collaboration with campus and community partners

  3. Curation and management of events and seminars with PGE affiliated faculty, campus partners and guest speakers.

  4. Communication support through regular website updates, blog posts, social media and alumni profiles

  5. Priority for funded research assistantships with faculty and internships with community partners

Why apply for the SARC? 

Students in the SARC will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as well as generate research and professional career-building experience. The SARC will provide unique opportunities for students to engage and build relationships with prominent experts in the environment, agriculture and food sectors. Students will also participate in campus-wide events with professional partners, engage with faculty, and have priority for funded research assistantships and internships. 

Council Structure and Membership 

The council will be comprised of 5-10 undergraduate students and a Student Chair, with oversight by PGE staff, faculty and graduate student preceptors.

Student Chair 

Selected by PGE staff and faculty, the Student Chair will responsible for setting the agenda and facilitating meetings, recording minutes and notes, social media and website updates, managing projects and working in partnership with the PGE program administrator.  This is a paid position that requires 5 to 10 hours per week.

Application and review process 

The call for applications will open on September 24, 2018 on and will close at 5pm on October 12, 2018. Students selected to the SARC will be notified by October 19, 2018. 

Terms of Service 

SARC members will serve 1-year terms and may reapply for subsequent years. The total annual commitment (October 2018 through June 2019) will be a minimum of 40 hours, which includes meeting time, preparation for meetings, and duties associated with event planning and project development. SARC members who cannot commit the minimum time or attend meetings will be replaced.

The SARC may elect sub-committees to address specific issues as necessary throughout the academic year. 

Meeting Schedule 

The SARC will meet 4 times per quarter. Meetings will last approximately 1-1.5 hours and are mandatory for participation. 

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If you have any questions, please contact PGE Program Administrator Julie Erdmann (