College of LAS « Illinois

NHB Naming Opportunities: School of Earth, Society, and Environment

Opportunities exist to name an entire floor in the Natural History Building.

1st Floor: $3 million | 2nd Floor: $5 million | 3rd Floor: $4 million | 4th Floor: $2 million


  • SESE Hub:

    This spectacular space will be the primary gathering area for students, faculty, and staff in SESE - the Departments of Geology, Atmospheric Science, and Geography and Geographic Information Science. This large gathering area will includes work tables, light tables, white boards, and lounge areas. It will occupy the vaulted chamber of the former Natural History Museum, and will be the central public space for SESE.


  • Large Flexible Classroom:

    Designed for active learning, group/collaborative learning, and project-based learning, this classroom will be used by a wide range of SESE classes with up to 90 students. The furnishings are designed to accommodate both traditional teaching styles and modern collaborative-learning teaching styles with heavy technology use and visualization of work to share. The space can be separated into two 60- and 30-student classrooms. (2,000 students per year)

  • Large Lecture Hall:

    This large lecture hall for 350 students will be used for classes from all colleges across the entire campus. Class assignments will be made at the campus level. This space will also be available for special events such as major invited guest lectures and film showings. (7,000 students per year)


  • Sedimentology Research Lab:

    This will be a large laboratory complex that will be the central focus of research and student training in sedimentology. The area will include sample and core preparation facilities, computer facilities, and a flume table for studying sediment transport.

  • Clean Lab:

    This will be an ultra-clean facility for preparation of specimens for geochemical analysis. It will have special air and water supplies and metal-free construction to keep specimens free of contamination. Several geology research groups carrying out geochemical measurements will use this facility.

  • SESE Gateway Display Area:

    This will be the expanded hall area, outside of the large lecture hall. It will have polished stones, illustrating various rock types, embedded in the floor, and video screens on the wall that will display earth-related images.

  • The Garden of Rocks:

    This will be an outdoor landscaped area, at the south end of the building, that will display slabs or rocks of sufficient size that textures and structures will be visible.



  • Rock Sample Preparation Room:

    This facility will include rock saws and polishing laps for the preparation of thin-sections for microscopic analysis and rock slabs for examination.

  • Laboratories (three opportunities at this level):
    • The Porous Media Research Lab will be a research facility set up to study fluid flow and chemical reactions in porous media.
    • The Earth Materials Research Lab will have a stable floor suitable for research requiring stable optical equipment.
    • The Experimental Petrology Lab will have a strong floor for supporting heavy hydraulic presses, furnaces, and other equipment needed for high-pressure and high-temperature research.
  • Undergraduate Computing Lab:

    This lab will be outfitted with the latest computer hardware and software. (300 students per year)

  • SESE Central Administrative Suite:

    This facility will serve as the office for the SESE director and for key administrative staff of the school’s central administration.

  • Geology Department Gateway Display Area: :

    This is the expanded hall area outside of the geology faculty offices. It will include a geologic time scale embedded in the floor, and display cases for geology specimens.

  • Graduate Student Work Area:

    This facility will serve as the office and collaborative space for approximately 20 students.

  • Seminar/Conference Room:

    This space seats about 20 people and it will be used for faculty meetings, larger research seminars, and teleconferences.

  • Omni Globe Display:

    This will consist of a glass sphere with internal projection that can show global geology, plate tectonics, oceanic currents, and other global features of the planet.

  • Russell Room:

    Named after the founding head of the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, this attractive, flexible space will accommodate 40-45 people for seminars. It will also be used for departmental gatherings and receptions. (1,500 students per year)


  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Lab:

    This facility will be used to house the new scanning electron microscope, which will be used for both teaching and research.

  • Department Head Suite:

    There is a separate department head suite for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, and the Department of Geology. These spaces serve as the home to the department head and his/her administrative assistant.

  • Seminar/Conference Room:

    This is a space, seating about 12 people around a conference table, in which there will be group meetings, discussion groups, and PhD exams.

  • Graduate Student Work Spaces:

    Groups of 8 to 12 graduate students will share large, well-lit offices equipped with individual work areas in which students can work without distraction.

  • CyberGIS (Geographic Information Science) Studio:

    Advanced facility for research and training on analysis, visualization and management of geo-spatial big data.

  • Emeritus Faculty Suite:

    This office provides a comfortable and fully equipped office space for our emeritus faculty.