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Stefany Sit, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor

Geoscience Education, Geophysics

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

2470 SES


845 West Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-1182



Geoscience Education - I have multiple educational interests in active e-learning and engaging urban students. I have worked on creating coursework that uses technology to enhance classroom experiences, including the use of classroom response systems, online assignments with automatic feedback, Google Earth or Excel activities, and fully online courses. More recently, I have been focused on engaging urban and diverse student populations in the geosciences through active teaching practices, relevant course content, and career knowledge.

Geophysics - I was trained as an observational seismologist studying subduction zone processes in the Pacific Northwest and southern Mexico. I used the frequency content of seismic signals to detect the occurrence of a phenomenon known as tectonic tremor, a type of slow earthquake, which occurs at the down-dip edge of the locked zone and potentially promotes megathrust earthquake events.

Selected Grants

National Science Foundation, Geopaths-Impacts: Establishing Partnerships to Recruit Geoscience Undergraduates from Urban Chicago, Co-Principal Investigator

Illinois Space Grant Consortium, Developing Adaptive and Multi-dimensional Science Labs for Future Teachers in the Age of Covid-19, Co-Principal Investigator

UIC LAS Diversity Initative Award, Student Developed Online Community for Effective Communication and Networking in the Earth and Environmental Sciences, Co-Principal Investigator

Selected Publications

  • Beane, R. and S. M. Sit (2019), Supporting the success of all students, In the Trenches, 9, 3, 4-6.
  • Sit, S. M. and M. R. Brudzinski (2017), Creation and Assessment of an Active E-learning Introductory Geology Course, Journal of Science Education and Technology, 26, 6, 629-645.
  • Colella, H.V., S. M. Sit, M. R. Brudzinski, S. E. Graham, C. DeMets, S.G. Holtkamp, R. J. Skoumal, N. Ghouse, E. Cabral-Cano, V. Kostoglodov, A. Arciniega-Ceballos (2017), Seismicity rate increases associated with slow slip episodes prior to the 2012 Mw 7.4 Ometepec earthquake, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 464, 35-45.
  • Sit, S. M., M. R. Brudzinski, and H. Kao (2012), Detecting tectonic tremor through frequency ratio scanning at a single station: Application to the Cascadia margin, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 353. 134-144.

Professional Leadership

Traveling Workshop Program Facilitator, Co-Organizer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Geosciences Workshop, National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Career Council Committee Member, University of Illinois at Chicago


BA, Interdisciplinary Sciences (Physics and Geology), 2008, Lawrence University

PhD, Seismology and Geoscience Education, 2013, Miami University