College of Arts and Sciences

National Partnerships

Charron Institute of Missouri. The College partners with the Institute, which owns a property in the town of St. Genevieve where a faculty member in the Department of Sociology-Anthropology runs a summer archaeological field school examining the lives of French and African Americans in the late 1900s and early 1800s.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute. The Institute helps fund the College’s Center for Adoption Studies, which conducts research on adopted children and their families in Illinois; develops and provides training to child welfare, mental health, and other professionals; and oversees the state’s Adoption and Guardianship Preservation program.

Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies. The Institute, housed in the Department of Economics, serves to provide education, communication, and research on policy issues of interest to consumers, regulators, and utilities in Illinois and throughout the nation.

Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory. A National Science Foundation grant in the Department of Biological Sciences creates a partnership sending students to the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in the summer for research on field ecology, physiology, and cellular and molecular biology involving euryhaline fish (killifish).

U.S. Forest Service. A faculty member in the Department of Sociology-Anthropology partners with the Service to run a summer archaeological field school on Grand Island, Michigan, where students excavate a Lake Woodland village site.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. In collaboration with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the College’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development is working to redevelop environmentally degraded sites in rural Illinois by offering services for provision of strategic planning opportunities and grant-writing expertise for communities that are struggling economically.