Our planning committee is hard at work preparing for the virtual event this spring, focusing on making it a community-building event for the department.

2021 ENViSion Planning Committee

Call for Art

We want to hear from students, staff, faculty, friends and alumni: what do you find inspiring about the environment?

Submit your art (photos or video), with your name and who you are in the department, in an email with the subject  including 'ENViSion' to Matt Bigler (bigler@arizona.edu) or arrange a time to drop it off it is a physical piece. 

Deadline: EXTENDED to March 12th

See Flyer See Art Submissions

2021 ENViSion Format

In light of the virtual format, all participating students (required for graduate students) will record a 3-5 minute pre-recorded presentation (lightning talk) about their research and/or project using a few key PowerPoint slides. These presentations will be uploaded to an internal D2L page for all participants to view and some will be added to the website for public viewing.

See 2020 ENViSion for example lightning talks.

See Technical Poster Guidance in the Era of Covid-19 for example posters.


ENVS faculty and staff will be reviewing presentations and awarding cash and prizes for the top 3 presentations for graduate AND undergraduates.

  • 1st = $100
  • 2nd = $75
  • 3rd = $5

2021 ENViSion Timeline & Schedule

Date Key Item 
Friday, February 26

Abstracts Due 

2021 Abstract Submission

Abstracts for all talks (recorded and live) will need to be submitted to the committee.

Monday, March 15

3:00-4:00 pm

Virtual Feedback Day 

During the normal ENVS colloquium period, we will provide space for presentation and talk feedback over Zoom, as well as answer any questions about ENViSion.

Wednesday, March 24

Recordings Due

How to upload presentation

Panopto tutorial

All lightning talks will need to be uploaded to the D2L page. 

Thursday, March 25

3:00-5:00 pm

Arroyo Chico Wash Clean-Up

Register Here

Join us at Arroyo Chico wash for a social-distancing clean-up event. KN95 masks, gloves, and bags will be provided.

Friday, March 26

10:00 am-2:00 pm

Welcome Table 

Come by the second floor picnic table at the Shantz Building, to get your stickers, magnets, and a social distance greeting from our organizing team. The magnets and stickers are from the ENVS art competition.

Friday, March 26

3:00-4:00 pm

Opening Plenary Session

Zoom Link

Join us for opening remarks with SEES head Dr. Tom Meixner and keynote speaker Dr. Sasha Reed to kick-off EarthWeek 2021. Open to all SEES students, staff, and faculty. 

Saturday, March 27

7:00 am-12:00 pm

Fountain Grass Removal Day

Register Here

Are you interested in helping to protect Arizona public lands? Join us for a fountain grass removal project at Saguaro National Park East.​​​​​​

Tuesday, March 30


Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Zoom Link

Environmental Racism 101 (Co-facilitators: Nikki Tulley, Sara Abney, and Alma Anides Morales) - The roundtable focuses on exploring what is environmental racism and how it is experienced in different communities. Ideas will be brainstormed on how environmental scientists can address these issues in their work . This is a judgement-free zone where everyone will learn together. Roundtable ResourcesSacred Poison and A Global Assessment of Indigenous Community Engagement in Climate Research

Tuesday, March 30

4:00-5:00 pm

Graduate School Panel Q&A

Apply Here to Join 

Zoom Link

Do you have questions about graduate school? Are you curious how other graduate students navigate their research? Join us for a live Q&A session on Zoom! Open to all SEES students and prospective students. 

Tuesday, March 31

4:00 pm-Finish

SEES LIVE Lighting Talk Competition

Sign-up here

Zoom Link

Students from across the five School of Earth and Environmental Sciences will present their lightning talks LIVE for a chance to win prizes! Zoom Password: EW2021

Thursday, April 1


Virtual Roundtable Discussions 

Zoom Link

What Does It Mean to be an Environmental Scientist? (Co-facilitators: Dan Walls, Diego Huerta, and Matt Bigler) - In the poem “Wild Geese” Mary Oliver writes, “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination”. This phrase embodies the excitement and draw of environmental science for many of us. In this roundtable, we will seek to discuss the many intricacies of being an environmental scientist, from the joy of diving into the complexity of the natural world, to the issues of accountability and what it means to be working within a community. This roundtable will cover joyful and difficult topics and will be maintained as a judgement free zone. Roundtable Resources: All resources for the roundtable will be provided during the session. Link to “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.