UIUC Programs

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES)

NRES provides undergraduate and graduate students the educational opportunity to earn a degree in this interdisciplinary, applied field of science. The program focuses on the integration and teamwork of biological, physical, and social scientists with the goal of identifying, teaching, and implementing sustainable practices of urban, natural, and managed ecosystems from the local to global scale.

Program of Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (PEEC)

PEEC is a graduate program which prepares individuals the opportunity to pursue a career in science with a focus in ecology and evolutionary biology. As an interdisciplinary, campus-wide program, PEEC provides specialized and individual training for graduate students.
PEEC director: Dr. Angela Kent

Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)

Science meets society at the Carl R. Woese IGB. This interdisciplinary institute uses team-based strategies to preform transformative research regarding life sciences. The main goal of IGB is to tackle grand societal changes throughout the world using advanced technologies.

Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI)

CABBI is funded by the DOE, with research goals aiming to develop efficient and sustainable ways to grow and utilize bioenergy crops. The three research themes of CABBI include Feedstock Production, Conversion, and Sustainability. The Kent Lab is involved with the sustainability theme and collaborates with CABBI associates often.

Funding Sources

Department of Energy (DOE)

The DOE funds all of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) projects, with the goal of overcoming basic scientific challenges regarding the cost-effective production of bioenergy and bioproducts from plant products. The DOE approved CABBI as the fourth Bioenergy Research Center in the nation in 2017.

Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC)

NREC is a program which is committed to the enhancement of nutrient usage, improvement of crop production, and protection of water quality. NREC provides essential and impactful research towards maximizing the efficiency of agricultural nutrients while minimizing potential negative impacts on the environment.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

NIFA is a federal agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The overall goals of this program include improving American agriculture while enhancing food supply in a way which benefits the U.S. economy. While also improving the nutrition of the American citizen, NIFA sustains our Earth’s natural resources and the environment, consequently building energy independence.