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M.S. and Ph.D. opportunities in Geology & Geophysics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Geology
Urbana, Illinois
$31,360 stipend plus full tuition remission
Closing date
Dec 2, 2023

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Earth Science & Environmental Change is delighted to announce that we are accepting applications for numerous, fully-funded Ph.D. and M.S. fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships to work on an array of cutting-edge projects. 

Geobiology and GeoBioMed - Prof. Bruce Fouke ( is seeking students interested in working at the nexus of geology, biology and medicine on groundbreaking investigations that further advance our understanding of calcification in human organs such as the kidneys and heart.

Hydrogeology - Prof. Jenny Druhan ( has multiple research opportunities investigating the chemical and microbial processes that control water quality using numerical modeling. Prof. Tom Johnson ( is seeking students interested in using stable isotopes to track chemical and microbial reactions.

Landscape Evolution and Geomorphology - Prof. Alison Anders ( is looking for students interested in investigating how landscapes evolve in response to spatial and temporal changes in climate and human influences using numerical models, GIS analysis, and field measurements. 

Paleoclimate - Prof. Jessica Conroy ( has research opportunities for students interested in studying tropical climate dynamics utilizing field data collected in the equatorial pacific and stable isotope geochemistry. Prof. Cristi Proistosescu ( is seeking graduate students interested in using a blend of paleoclimate proxies, global climate models, statistics and machine learning techniques to investigate how the geological record of climate change can help inform future climate change. 

Sedimentology - Prof. Jim Best ( seeks graduate students fascinated by Earth surface processes and their sedimentary products. He has ongoing transdisciplinary research investigating the dynamics of multiphase turbulent flows, bedform dynamics, anthropogenic stresses on the worlds big rivers, and the sedimentology of large alluvial channels. 

Seismology - Prof. Ross Maguire ( is seeking graduate students enthusiastic about using seismic imaging techniques to probe the interior structure and dynamics of the Earth, as well as other planets and moons in the Solar System. Potential research topics include imaging crustal magmatic systems using full waveform seismic tomography and studying the interior of Mars using data from NASA’s InSight Mission. 

Tectonics and Thermochronogy - Prof. Willy Guenthner ( has several ongoing research projects that utilize thermochronology to reconstruct the tectonic uplift and denudation of mountain belts.

Volcanology, Petrology, and Geochemistry - Prof. Trish Gregg ( has multiple research projects for students interested in developing cutting edge numerical models to investigate the evolution and eruption potential of volcanic systems. Prof. Craig Lundstrom’s group ( is looking for students interested in both experimental petrology and isotope geochemistry to investigate the formation of intrusive and volcanic rocks and related ore deposit processes, or understand the role of magmatic processes on carbon cycling.

Interested applicants should contact faculty member(s) listed above corresponding to their direction of interest. Completed applications are due by midnight EST on January 15, 2024. The GRE exam is not required to apply.

Support for M.S. and Ph.D. students includes a yearly stipend of $31,360 and full tuition remission. 

The Department of Earth Science & Environmental Change is committed to creating an inclusive culture for all students, faculty, and staff and providing an environment that fosters success. At the University of Illinois, we support each other by embracing individuality and community. Through equal access and opportunity, the University of Illinois is empowering pioneering researchers, scholars, and leaders to thrive. Join us in creating a bold, diverse and excellent future.

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