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Morrill Engineering Program - University of Illinois
MEP Connections November 2016
MEP Statement of Support

The MEP community is comprised of students, alumni, and supporters who improve the engineering profession through excellence and diversity.  Our community has been formed and supported through the commitment of the University of Illinois to improve the Illinois experience by increasing the diversity of students, faculty, and staff on campus. The social consequences of the current political climate have made some in this community feel uneasy and threatened.  While the campus welcomes productive discourse of differing opinions, we encourage the MEP community to embrace the following statement recently made by Chancellor Robert J. Jones: “The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will not tolerate racism. We will not tolerate bigotry. And we will never tolerate violence in our community.”

The Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations (OIIR) has provided a listing of resources available to the Illinois community:

SOS Retreat

Over 40 students, faculty, and alumni participated in this year's SOS Retreat at the Allerton Mansion in Monticello, IL. The MEP alumni worked hard to organize workshops for participants about real-life tips and how to increase your "ugly guy game." Check out the SOS Retreat page for pictures from this year's event!

Campus Highlights

Are you looking for more opportunities and events in the College of Engineering or around campus, but don't know where to look? Check out our Campus Highlights section on the website! If you are interested in scholarships, internships, and other opportunities, check out MEP 411.

Midterm Outreach

Midterm season is back, and if you feel like you aren't doing well, reach out! CARE hosts tutoring hours and workshops, and don't forget to check out other support systems like OMSA! MEP also hosts Facilitated Study Groups (FSG's) every week (TAM 211, Physics 211, Physics 212, Math 241)! Are you taking advantage of all the opportunities you have?

Ugwem's Guide to Graduate School

Ugwem Eneyo (BSCEE, 2013), now a PhD student at Stanford, came back to teach MEP students about "The Graduate School Experience." She covered "Things I wish someone would have told me" and other topics pertinent to graduate school and how to put your best foot forward when applying.

Student Spotlight

Ramon Zarate is a junior in Electrical Engineering, a James Scholar, and the first in his family to attend college. He is interested in a career within the integrated circuit or semiconductor field.

As an active member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), he has participated in and led the High School Outreach Committee since his freshman year and currently serves as the chapter's treasurer.

Ramon works for MEP as a Teaching Assistant for the Mentoring Class with Dean Favila and is also a National Action Council for Minority Engineers (NACME) Scholar Ambassador for MEP.

Study Snacks

As we get closer to the end of the semester, MEP would like to wish everyone good luck on their finals! Study hard, but remember to take care of yourself, eat, and get some sleep! Don't forget to stop by the SHPE/NSBE office in 103 Engineering Hall for lunch and snacks on Reading Day!

Save the Date!

Welcome Back Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 5:00 PM, Location TBD

Mini SOS Retreat

Friday, February 3, 2017, 5:00 - 10:00 PM, ARC

MEP Awards Banquet

Friday, April 14, 2017, 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM, I-Hotel