Upper Mississippi Center

The UMC works with local communities to help solve short- and long-term problems those communities face. The UMC engages students and classes from many fields in projects related to transportation, economics, landscape, and urban forests, public health, and issues related to the health and sustainability of communities. Through the UMC, students can propose or continue their individual or group research through internships and special projects.

In past years the UMC partnered with 4 different cities to work on projects such as:

  • Developing management recommendations for restoring portions of city parks
  • Researching best practices to reduce damage from flooding
  • Completing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory
  • Using music, theatre, and the arts to bridge diverse communities (Rock Island)

Microplastics Analysis in Quad City Watersheds

Research by: Eulle Stann Casaquite ’25 & Briana Reagan’25

Microplastics are very common pollutants that can be found in water systems and are defined as being the breakdown or larger pieces of plastic. They are measured as being less than …

By Eulle Stann Casaquite
Eulle Stann Casaquite
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Community-based, social justice–centered internship

Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities & Center for the Advancement of Community Health and Wellness

This community partnership has something for everyone.

GIS – find and compile relevant geospatial databases, create geodatabases, use Arc-GIS technology and platforms to visualize …

By Laura Kestner-Ricketts
Laura Kestner-Ricketts Executive Director, Career and Professional Development
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Contact & Location


Olin Center
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Career Service Hours

M 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
T 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
W 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
TH 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
F 8:00 am- 4:30 pm