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The Update from Education at Illinois

The Update is a student newsletter for undergraduate
majors and minors in the College of Education at Illinois.

Student Spotlight
Alexis Pavlou 

Outstanding Aide
Third-year Special Education major Alexis Pavlou has worked as an educational aide in the past and loved the experience. She has assisted children of all age groups and levels of ability, and she has worked with children with numerous mental health issues and physical impairments. “My favorite part is helping the kids reach their full potential and helping their individual needs, which is almost more possible as an aide rather than a teacher because I spend so much one-on-one time with the students,” she said. Eventually, after teaching for a while, Alexis would like to pursue speech pathology.    


Info Sessions on Udall Scholarships
Nov. 10 and 11; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Illini Union Bookstore
The $7,000 Udall Scholarships go to sophomores and juniors who are committed to a career related to the environment or to Native American sophomores or juniors who are interested in tribal policy and health care. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. Learn more and email for inquiries, with "Udall Scholarship" in the subject line.

Global Café  Info Session on Australia, Indonesia, and Argentina
Nov. 11; 1 p.m.
Education Building, Room 42A
The Office of International Programs will be hosting its final Global Café info session of the semester on Friday, covering study abroad opportunities in Australia, Indonesia, and Argentina. Students will share what they've learned on past trips to these locations and offer helpful tips. Free food and drinks will be provided. Learn more...  

Career and Professional Development

Teaching 2016: Politics and Policies that Impact Teachers
Professional Development for Future Secondary Education Teachers
Nov. 10; 4-5:30 p.m.
Education Building, Room 192

How will the teaching profession be affected by changes in the political landscape? This interactive discussion with officers from two local teacher unions and other education experts will delve into the topic. RSVP and contact Lori Davis at for inquiries.

Local Girls Scouts Seeking Intern for STEM Program
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is accepting applications for a STEM program assistant intern for Champaign and Mahomet. The part-time volunteer position will run from late January to May of 2017. The internship is ideal for current students or recent graduates who are interested in youth science education, natural resources and wildlife ecology, nonprofit administration, and program planning and marketing. Learn more and contact Joanne Crawford at or 217-299-0108 for inquiries.

Winter Break Job Shadow Program
Information Sessions on Nov. 14, 15, and 16
The Career Center at Illinois will host a Winter Break Job Shadow Program to help students engage with alumni, professionals, and companies, with the goal of helping them develop connections and career opportunities. In order to participate in the program, students must first attend one of the Job Shadow information sessions this month.
Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Submissions for Undergraduate Research Symposium Being Accepted
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017
The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the April 27, 2017, Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium is the signature event of the campus's Undergraduate Research Week, which takes place April 23-29 and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines. Apply for the symposium and email for inquiries.   


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