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With Illinois Funding Priorities

In the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois, we are addressing challenges in order to alleviate global hunger, ensure healthy families and children, secure reliable energy, and sustain a thriving environment. We are preparing the next generation of experts and change leaders to positively influence their disciplines, their communities, and the world. The College of ACES serves the public by providing programs and resources that improve science, families, and society.

These funding priorities, organized by associated units and departments, represent a broad-spectrum of opportunities to create transformative educational, research, and outreach programs; state-of-the-art facilities, and financial accessibility for the best and brightest students to the College of ACES. Full details of each priority are available by clicking on the links provided with the summary text below. 

ACES | ABE | ACE | AGED | AGCM | Alumni | ANSC | Arboretum | CPSC | DNS | Extension & 4-H | FSHN | HDFS | International | NRES

Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

ACES Scholarships

Additional scholarship funding will allow the College of ACES to continuously and actively recruit and offer competitive, individually tailored scholarship packages, increasing student enrollment.

ACES Community Connection Center at the UI Arboretum

A solarium community connection center at the UI Arboretum will provide a gathering place for the community, university collaborations, and visitors. The proposed location also allows for employment of energy-efficient technologies.

ACES Leadership Academy

A new leadership training center in the College of ACES will complement existing programs to create an expanded portfolio of leadership and life skill enhancement training opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and external participants. The ultimate goal is to create easily accessible opportunities for people to achieve their personal and professional potential. 

Center of Excellence for Talent Development

The Center of Excellence for Talent Development will, in partnership with industry, prepare a nimble workforce pipeline that meets the needs of the rapidly evolving food, agriculture, and allied industries. Interdisciplinary teams will train students for technology-based careers emphasizing mathematics, data analytics, computer science, and design thinking.

Illinois Food Security Institute (IFSI)

The College of ACES is finding solutions to the challenge of delivering access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for all people. Reliable and recurring funding for IFSI will expand and continue efforts toward this vision.

UI Extension Expanding Food Access

With additional support, UI Extension will strengthen efforts to reach at-risk communities by expanding programs that increase production and delivery of healthy, locally grown foods, as well as increase outreach programs to underserved low income and urban communities, especially Latino populations, who may be unaware of services or have culturally unique food needs.

UI Extension Financial Literacy Education

In today’s economy, residents of Illinois face economic challenges that require easily accessible, sound information. Using existing expertise, adding a dedicated coordinator, and creating educational materials, UI Extension aims to become a robust financial education resource hub. 

Your Farms for Our Farms

Your Farms for Our Farms is a giving program in which donations of farmland directly benefit applied research, infrastructure at research farms, students, and researchers. 

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

ABE Center for Agricultural Sustainable Engineering (CASE)

The Center for Agricultural Sustainable Engineering will lead transformational research, teaching, and outreach to address local and global food security challenges coupled with environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

Soil and Water Conservation Center

A multidisciplinary center for soil and water conservation will address global soil health and water quality concerns in both domestic and international venues. The center will work with University of Illinois Extension to translate and communicate applied research outcomes. 

Agricultural and Consumer Economics

ACE Center for the Economics of Sustainability

This Center will conduct cutting-edge research and vigorously engage with external audiences to find solutions to threats to food and water supplies, and species and ecosystems. The desired result will foster sustainable food production, energy use, and urban development.

Agricultural Education Program

Ag Ed Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is essential in preparing agricultural education students for responsibilities in teaching, navigating team dynamics, managing organizational change, and collaborating to solve the world’s most critical challenges. Financial accessibility can be a limiting factor for students to participate in these valuable opportunities.

Agricultural Leadership and Science Education Scholarships

Availability of scholarships significantly influences a student’s decision of where to attend college, and additional scholarships will allow the Agricultural Education Program to more effectively recruit and retain students to pursue a career as agriculture instructors.

ACES Leadership Academy

A new leadership training center in the College of ACES will complement existing programs to create an expanded portfolio of leadership and life skill enhancement training opportunities for students, staff, faculty, and external participants. The ultimate goal is to create easily accessible opportunities for people to achieve their personal and professional potential.

Agricultural Communications Program

Online Graduate Program in Agricultural Communications and Extension

An online graduate program emphasizing communications and outreach work in both international and domestic settings would serve students here and around the globe. Initial funding will support a faculty position to develop the curriculum.

Alumni

ACES Alumni Association Programming Support

Support of ACES Alumni Association programming strengthens strategic efforts in alumni engagement, awards and recognition, student engagement, and student recruitment support.

Animal Sciences

Feed Technology Center

The development of a new Feed Technology Center is an essential component of the ACES south campus infrastructure and is critical for Illinois to retain its reputation of preeminence and leadership in nutritional and animal sciences.

Swine Teaching and Training Facility

Renovation of the individual swine feeding unit at the Grein Farm research and teaching facility will enhance the undergraduate curriculum in animal sciences. This project will allow students to take their classroom knowledge and apply it to real industry production scenarios to develop the skills needed to be successful in the swine industry.

Arboretum

ACES Community Connection Center at the UI Arboretum

A solarium community connection center at the UI Arboretum will provide a gathering place for the community, university collaborations, and visitors. The proposed location also allows for employment of energy-efficient technologies.

Southern Arboretum Woodlands – Shelter and Amenities

The Southern Arboretum Woodlands is a 26-acre area available for teaching, research, and outreach. The addition of a pavilion and bathroom facility will extend the opportunities for this valuable resource.

Crop Sciences

Center for Agricultural Data Science

The Center for Agricultural Data Science will serve as the talent development hub in agricultural data sciences to meet the workforce needs in data analytics of the rapidly evolving food, agriculture, and allied industries.

Soil and Water Conservation Center

A multidisciplinary center for soil and water conservation will address global soil health and water quality concerns in both domestic and international venues. The center will work with University of Illinois Extension to translate and communicate applied research outcomes.

Division of Nutritional Sciences

Division of Nutritional Sciences Margin of Excellence Program

A professional development program, the Division of Nutritional Sciences Margin of Excellence Program teaches students to prepare grant proposals and manage a research budget, and provides the opportunity for students to travel to national and international meetings to present research and interact with peers.

Division of Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series: Frontiers in Nutritional Sciences

A cornerstone of student success in the Division of Nutritional Sciences is insightful experiences with expert professionals. Sustainable funding for Frontiers in Nutrition Sciences seminar series ensures students continue to benefit from interactions with accomplished guest speakers.

Division of Nutritional Sciences Excellence Fellowship: Transforming DNS Students

Fellowships are crucial to attracting the next generation of leading interdisciplinary nutritional scientists. Because all DNS students receive financial support for their graduate program, gifts to the DNS Excellence Fellowship Program allows DNS to be nimble in the student recruitment process.

Extension & 4-H

Online Graduate Program in Agricultural Communications and Extension

An online graduate program emphasizing communications and outreach work in both international and domestic settings would serve students here and around the globe. Initial funding will support a faculty position to develop the curriculum.

UI Extension Expanding Food Access

With additional support, UI Extension will strengthen efforts to reach at-risk communities by expanding programs that increase production and delivery of healthy, locally grown foods, as well as increase outreach programs to underserved low income and urban communities, especially Latino populations, who may be unaware of services or have culturally unique food needs.

UI Extension Financial Literacy Education

In today’s economy, residents of Illinois face economic challenges that require easily accessible, sound information. Using existing expertise, adding a dedicated coordinator, and creating educational materials, UI Extension aims to become a robust financial education resource hub. 

4-H Agriculture & Engineering Challenge

The 4-H Agriculture and Engineering Challenge will bring together youth ages 13-18 with higher education and corporate mentors to investigate and solve today’s challenges in agriculture. This real world learning opportunity will help youth build skills and knowledge, while sparking and maintaining interest in STEM.

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Advocates for Trainees in Food Science and Human Nutrition (AT-FSHN)

AT-FSHN expands graduate student preparation with individual mentoring beyond the classroom and laboratory. A professional to coordinate this valuable program is essential to its success.

Food and Family Program

The Food and Family Program is designed to support innovative transdisciplinary research that can unravel the complex connections between the family environment and healthy, active lifestyles for all. Additional funding will expand the scope and reach of these programs.

Food Processing Learning Assistants

The food processing learning assistants initiative will provide real-world, hands-on, and mentored experience for food science students in the food science pilot processing plant. Students will receive a stipend, while building technical skills and proficiencies valuable in professional positions after graduation.

Food Science Pilot Processing Plant

The newly renovated food science pilot processing plant offers students learning opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities that resemble future work environments in industry, academia, and government. Although construction is complete, gifts to defray the cost of the renovation are still needed.

FSHN Student Scholarships and Fellowship

Scholarships and fellowships enable the training of the next generation of food, nutrition, and hospitality professionals. They are being prepared to promote a safe, nutritious, accessible, and affordable food supply that enhances human health.

Hospitality Management Endowed Professorship

An endowed professorship in hospitality management will safeguard, advance, and expand the hospitality management program. Attracting an accomplished faculty member to hospitality management will bring a stellar body of teaching and learning, research, and outreach to complement existing strengths.

Integrated Food and Nutrition Sciences Professorship

As the global population continues to expand, the production of high-quality foods and optimal nutritional status of humans can be achieved through the integration of food and nutrition sciences. The University of Illinois requires a faculty member in integrated food and nutrition sciences to continue to lead efforts to secure a safe, adequate, affordable, and accessible food supply.

Human Development and Family Studies

Food and Family Program

The Food and Family Program is designed to support innovative transdisciplinary research that can unravel the complex connections between the family environment and healthy, active lifestyles for all. Additional funding will expand the scope and reach of these programs.

Teaching Opportunities for HDFS Graduate Students

Critical ingredients to becoming an outstanding college instructor include immersion in mentored teaching experiences and hands-on opportunities to learn about and develop innovative instructional techniques. Funding will support assistantships and professional development opportunities.

Undergraduate Enhanced Research and Integrative Learning Stipends

Hands-on involvement in research labs, community agencies, and professional meetings and workshops provides unique integrative learning experiences for students majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Stipends remove financial accessibility barriers to these valuable experiences. 

International

Illinois Food Security Institute (IFSI)

The College of ACES is finding solutions to the challenge of delivering access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for all people. Reliable and recurring funding for IFSI will expand and continue efforts toward this vision.

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

ACE Center for the Economics of Sustainability

This Center will conduct cutting-edge research and vigorously engage with external audiences to find solutions to threats to food and water supplies, and species and ecosystems. The desired result will foster sustainable food production, energy use, and urban development.

Environmental Justice

A five-year research and teaching initiative in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences will further the University of Illinois’ presence in the environmental justice discipline. This program will address issues to ensure that people have equitable access to natural resources, as well as fair treatment with respect to the implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Soil and Water Conservation Center

A multidisciplinary center for soil and water conservation will address global soil health and water quality concerns in both domestic and international venues. The center will work with University of Illinois Extension to translate and communicate applied research outcomes.

Southern Arboretum Woodlands – Shelter and Amenities

The Southern Arboretum Woodlands is a 26-acre area available for teaching, research, and outreach. The addition of a pavilion and bathroom facility will extend the opportunities for this valuable resource.

Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use

The Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program seeks to increase capacity with focused faculty members, visiting scholars, and graduate fellowships. Another aspect of this priority is to support educational activities and outreach related to sustainable agriculture and land use.