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EarthWeek is a conference organized each spring by graduate students in the University of Arizona School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES), and includes research symposia hosted by the five SEES departments: The Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, the Department of Geosciences, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. In addition to student posters and presentations, individual department symposia include presentations by UA faculty and invited keynote speakers, luncheons, field trips, alumni gatherings, and award ceremonies. This year, EarthWeek will be held March 27 to March 31. All students, faculty, administrators and community members are invited to participate in this year’s events.

SEES Joint Poster Session and Student Presentations 

EarthWeek 2017 will feature over 200 research expositions including poster sessions and oral presentations. This student-organized event is free and offers an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences to present their research, scholarly and creative activities to peers, faculty, staff, and the public, and learn about other areas of research being conducted at the University of Arizona. 

Plenary Session 

The Plenary session will be on Wednesday, March 29 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the North Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center. One graduate representative from each SEES department will provide a short talk about his or her research. The Plenary session represents an opportunity to meet, discuss, and interact around a variety of topics of research, serving as a dynamic space to learn about different areas of study, generate ideas, and foster collaboration.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Jonathan Overpeck, director of the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, is the EarthWeek 2017 plenary speaker. His talk, The Colorado River, Climate Change and Drought, will be at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, March 29 in the North Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Center.

Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences: El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera

El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera is the annual student research symposium sponsored by the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences (HAS). At El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera conference, students make oral and poster presentations to showcase their research to the campus and professional community. In addition, the day features a continental breakfast, a light buffet lunch, a luncheon speaker, a round table session, and an afternoon keynote address. The day concludes with the announcement of student awards and prizes for oral and poster presentations and the recognition of the most outstanding undergraduate and graduate faculty instructors in the department. Following the awards ceremony, a reception is held for sponsors, attendees, and student presenters. El Día del Agua y la Atmósfera will be in the Student Union Grand Ballroom from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM on Monday, March 27.ía-del-agua-y-la-atmósfera

Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science: SWESx

As part of the larger SEES EarthWeek event, the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science hosts an annual conference that is open to the community. SWESx is an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to share their research and spur new collaborations that combine biology, physics and chemistry to better understand environmental systems and processes. Participants gain professional experience in a low-pressure environment by practicing scientific communication and receiving feedback from professionals from a variety of disciplines. All SWES students are encouraged to participate and share their research or personal interests through an oral presentation or a professional poster. Students from other departments are also welcome to present research related to environmental science. The SWESx poster session will take place Wednesday, March 29 in conjunction with larger EarthWeek joint poster session in the South Ballroom and oral presentations will commence Thursday, March 30 in the Catalina Room.

Department of Geosciences: GeoDaze 2017

GeoDaze is a student-run symposium organized by the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. Run on the generosity of private donations, the symposium allows graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their research. Every year, the symposium covers a wide variety of topics: paleoclimatology, seismology, dendrochronology, isotope geochemistry, and economic and structural geology, to name a few. But, GeoDaze is not simply an intradepartmental event. Guests join us each year from governmental and private agencies and each year a distinguished scientist is asked to be the conference's keynote speaker. GeoDaze 2017 will be in the Student Union Grand Ballroom on Thursday, March 30 and Friday March 31.

School of Natural Resources and the Environment: SNRExpo

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE), Graduate Student Council, students, faculty, and staff are proud to be part of EarthWeek 2017 presented by the University of Arizona School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES). In addition to the SEES joint poster presentation and plenary session, SNRE presents SNRExpo, where research labs, faculty, and SNRE clubs will showcase their research, field work, class projects, and volunteer activities to the University of Arizona community in an informal and fun environment. SNRExpo will provide opportunities to UA students and the community to learn about the applied, problem-driven research for which SNRE is widely known. Through displays, engaging hands-on activities, demonstrations, pictures and videos, everyone is invited to experience the research taking place within SNRE. SNRExpo will take place at the Student Union Rincon room from 9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Thursday March 30.

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research: Tree-Ring Day

The University of Arizona is home to the oldest dendrochronology lab in the world.  In 1937 A.E. Douglass founded the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and since its inception, the lab has been a preeminent center for the application of tree-ring related research.  Trees are natural repositories of information and their rings can provide insights that are useful to a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, community ecology, geochemistry, and climatology.  We invite you to join us as we share our unique research during this year’s Earth Week activities. Each year, faculty and students affiliated with the LTRR present their diverse and exciting research with brief oral and poster presentations. In addition to the SEES joint poster presentation and plenary session, the Tree Ring Day will take place at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (Bryant Bannister Building) on Tuesday, March 28.