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)


Upper Mississippi Center
Partnerships through the Years


Upper Mississippi Center is Hiring for the Summer!

Do you major in Environmental Studies, Geography, Biology or Geology? Then check this out!

Whether field or lab work you will gain experience and become a more confident scientist with this opportunity. Apply now on Handshake before February 23rd! If …

By Peyton Heisch
Peyton Heisch
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[The Prairie Enthusiasts] Ecology Job Postings

The Prairie Enthusiasts seek to ensure the perpetuation and recovery of prairie, oak savanna, and other associated ecosystems of the Upper Midwest through protection, management, restoration, and education. In doing so, they strive to work openly and cooperatively with private …

By Minh Nguyen
Minh Nguyen
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Pizza with A Purpose: Featuring Xong Sony

ALIVE Reflection by: Graham Hunt

At 5pm on Sunday, November 12th, Xong Sony Yang, a daughter of refugees, first-gen college student, a “rebellious daughter”, and Hmong-English Interpreter — not to mention, Song Sony is the Director of Augustana College’s Office …

By Lisa Slater
Lisa Slater Marketing & Events Coordinator
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Rock Island and Augustana College |Upper Mississippi Center partner for Longview Park

The City of Rock Island is partnering with Augustana College to develop a future revitalization plan for the park.

By Lisa Slater
Lisa Slater Marketing & Events Coordinator
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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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Career Resources

Student Resources| Council on Undergraduate Research
Top Ten Reasons to Engage in Undergraduate Research

Hands-On Learning: Imagine you are a biology student interested in gaining practical experience in a laboratory setting.  You might participate …

Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students (REUs)

Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students or REUs for short are some of the most competitive in the nation and are …

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Contact & Location


Olin Center
639 38th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Career Service Hours

Day of the week
Office is Open Drop-Ins
Monday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Drop-in topics include:

  • Resume & Cover Letter Review
  • Resume & Cover Letter Writing
  • Viking Score Overview
  • LinkedIn Headshot Photo
  • Career Resources Overview