2017 UMRC Student Summit

The Student Summit acts as a way for students to engage with professionals who work on the front lines of conservation. This year we will have presenters from three different sectors discussing their experiences in school and work on conservation. Roger Viadero, the Director of the Western Illinois University Institute of Environmental Studies, will be presenting with Vickie Livingston, a WIU faculty member and doctoral student, about furthering research on the environment. The next presenter will be Erin Horning Donahue from Americorps who will tell her story about her time in the National Civilian Community Corps as a corps member, team leader, and program associate for the midwest region. Our final speakers are Ryan Berger and Miles Brainard, both of whom are city planners for the City of Rock Island. They will discuss their paths through undergraduate and graduate programs and working with the different departments to design a more sustainable city.

Student Delegate Program

Sixteen high school delegates will be chosen by application to attend the UMRC as an extension of the Student Summit. These applications will involve a short 350 word essay and qualifiers will be selected by the Student Summit Committee. Student Delegates will attend the presentations on Thursday and Friday at the Upper Mississippi River Conference. These students will get to hear from experts on climate change, geology, meteorology, hydrology, engineering, infrastructure, and conservation.

Essays should answer the following questions:

  • How is climate change affecting the Mississippi River?
  • What are your ideas on how to solve some of these problems?

Essays will be chosen based on knowledge, interest, and creativity.


3:30 - Registration Opens

3:45 - Welcome Speech

4:00 - Roger Viadero and Vickie Livingston - Western Illinois Univeristy

4:30 - Erin Horning Donahue - Americorps National Civilian Community Corps

5:00 - Break

5:15 - Ryan Berger and Miles Brainard - City of Rock Island

6:00 - Student Poster Session

6:30 - Catfish Dinner!

2017 Student Poster Session

The Student Poster Session is for undergraduate and graduate college students. Students who are in the progress of, or have completed, research on the ecology, planning, recreation, culture, or other similar river-related issues. It grants these students the opportunity to share their knowledge, get feedback from professionals in their field, and network with river stakeholders.

If you need more information or if you have any questions email Noah Truesdell at ntruesdell@riveraction.org

Register to attend the 2017 Student Summit

Use this space to submit a 350 word essay for review to become a Student Delegate at the 2017 Upper Mississippi River Conference. Your essay should answer the questions: How is climate change affecting the Mississippi River, and what are your ideas on how to solve these problems? Essays will be chosen based on knowledge, interest, and creativity. Though grammatical and spelling errors will not be taken into account, be sure that your thoughts are made clear and easy to understand.