Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

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Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology




These by-laws establish regulations for the governance and mechanisms for policy formation for the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology.


I. Mission

As the vanguard in ecological, evolutionary and conservation biology research, the interdepartmental Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (PEEC) provides graduate training leading to the Masters and Doctoral degrees and promotes research that will advance these fields. The program draws on faculty from the School of Integrative Biology, the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, the Illinois Natural History Survey, the Department of Civil Engineering, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and other campus units. Research in the Program addresses basic ecological and evolutionary processes at the genetic, physiological, population, community and ecosystem levels, and includes application of scientific principles to current environmental problems such as global change, conservation biology, and restoration ecology. Graduate training is flexible and designed to promote broad interaction across sub-disciplines in the Program. In preparation for careers in academia, government, or the private sector, students will achieve a thorough understanding of the concepts of ecology, evolutionary, and conservation biology as well as proficiency in analytical and quantitative methods.


II. Organization

Prospective candidates must meet the requirements for admission set by the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Only applicants who have graduated from an accredited college or university and who hold or will be granted a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) comparable in content and completed credit hours to that granted by the University of Illinois will be considered. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) computed from the last 2 years of undergraduate and all years of graduate work completed. The program will give preference to candidates who hold a baccalaureate degree in biology or a closely related discipline and show promise of excellence in research and teaching. Typically, only students with strong letters of recommendation, high scores on the Graduate Record Examinations and a GPA well above the minimum stated above and will be admitted, although demonstration of academic excellence by other means (e.g., extensive field or laboratory research experience) will be considered. Decisions concerning admission will be made by the Graduate Committee of the program.


III. Governance

A. Director of Program

The Director of the Program shall be drawn from and elected by the Program faculty for a renewable term of five years. This election is advisory to the Director of the School of Integrative Biology. The responsibilities of the Director are to:


B. Standing Committees

1. Steering Committee

PEEC Steering Committee 2014-2015
A. Kent, CHR.
B. Allan – LAS
K. Heath – LAS
K. Sears – LAS
J. Miller– ACES
A. Yannarell– ACES
D. Wahl – INHS
A. Beck, student rep.

The Steering Committee serves as the representative body of the faculty on all matters pertaining to policy formulation and operation of the Program. It shall


2. Graduate Committee

The Graduate Committee is appointed by and advisory to the Director. It shall


3. Entrance Interview Committee

The Entrance Interview Committee is appointed by and advisory to the Director. It shall:



IV. The Faculty

The faculty of the Program consists of those approved by the Director and the Steering Committee.

Participating faculty must be a member of the Graduate College and have an appointment in an academic department.

The Faculty shall meet at least once each academic year to discuss issues relating to the functioning of the Program. Meetings may be called by the Director, the Steering Committee, or a majority of the faculty.

Membership in the Faculty of the Program is initiated by written request to the Director. The request will be evaluated by the Director and the Steering Committee in the context of the applicant's ability to serve the Program's mission through graduate training, teaching and service. As part of this evaluation, prospective members will present a seminar highlighting their research interests. Continuing membership in the Program will be evaluated on a three-year basis.


V. Change of By-Laws

Amendments and additions to these bylaws must be discussed at a faculty meeting, be distributed to the faculty at least two weeks before a formal vote by written ballot, and be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Program faculty voting.


Adopted 05/10/02