Microbial Ecology

Explore the hidden world of microbes!


Advanced Coursework in Stable Isotopes

Microbial Ecology

Explore the hidden world of microbes!

Society and Natural Hazards

How should we plan for Mother Nature's most destructive disasters?


Advanced Coursework in Stable Isotopes

Jennifer Mills named 2013 Marshall Scholar

Triple Major (EPS included) Jennifer Mills was named a 2013 Marshall Scholar, and we are so proud of her. She will study at the University of Cambridge and University of Edinburgh next fall, where she will focus on climate science.

Maya Gomes wins 2013 Presidential Fellowship

Maya Gomes has won the 2013 Presidential Fellowship, the most prestigious fellowship awarded to graduate students at Northwestern University. Funded by the President of the University and awarded by The Graduate School, the new Fellows will be inducted into the Society of Fellows by President Schapiro in a ceremony on April 30, 2013. Highly competitive, Gomes was one of seven students chosen to receive the Presidential Fellowship.

A Journey to the Yucatan

Laurel Childress


Earth and Planetary Sciences

Applications for our Graduate Program are open from now until December 31st, 2015. Click here to find out how to apply.

Nestled on the Evanston campus beside Lake Michigan, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) provides a close-knit, collegial atmosphere for undergraduate and graduate study.  Students enjoy intimate access to our internationally renowned faculty and the department is recognized for a supportive and collaborative atmosphere where research and teaching are pursued at the forefront of earth and planetary sciences. A number of our faculty have been recognized with teaching awards and medals from professional organizations like GSA and AGU, and the university has recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art analytical facility for earth and planetary science research.  To learn more about our department, undergraduate and graduate programs, people, analytical facilities, and more, please explore our website, download our annual newsletter, Epicenters, or contact us.  Our contact information can be found in the footer of this web page.

How to find us:  Follow the link to the Northwestern University Interactive Campus Map, choose Evanston campus, and enter Technological Institute. 

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Professor Yarrow Axford awarded NSF CAREER Grant to Support Paleoclimate Research in Southern Greenland

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

Graduate Student Jamie McFarlin Awarded NSF GRFP Fellowship

EARTH and University Library Host Seismology Short Course

Drilling Fieldwork on the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah


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January 8, 2016, 3:00 PM
EPS Winter Seminar Series: Elizabeth Swanner, Iowa State University

January 15, 2016, 3:00 PM
EPS Winter Seminar Series: Matthew Jungers, Washington and Lee University

January 22, 2016, 3:00 PM
EPS Winter Seminar Series: Roger Buck, Columbia University


October 29, 2015