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

Student Spotlight

Making the Most of Her Time
Sophomore Grace Liu said she is at her best when teaching enthusiastic, non-cynical young learners. Perhaps Grace herself avoids a jaded outlook by participating in a number of well-rounded activities. The elementary education major teaches flute lessons, tutors kids twice a week at the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, and participated in a new entity called the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. Grace encourages her peers to get out of their comfort zones and explore new things in life, which includes conducting research while at Illinois. "I don't think I would have been able to learn in just a classroom the things I learned from doing research," she said.   


MLK Commemoration: Poverty Simulation
Jan. 20; 1-3 p.m.
Of all of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s messages, one of his most prominent was the issue of poverty. The School of Social Work will be hosting a poverty simulation event to help students and community members better understand the issues, hurdles, and roadblocks faced by those living in poverty. Register or contact Katie Harmon at for inquiries.

EdCampCU at College of Education
Jan. 28; 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, EdCampCU brings together people who are interested in education and want to talk about issues that matter to them. Learn more and register.

Center for Children's Books Hosting Book Sale
Feb. 13-15; 10 a.m. - Noon
The Center for Children's Books on campus will be hosting a mid-February book sale for children that will include a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. Board books, picture books, chapter books, novels, and activity books will all be available at low prices. Learn more and contact Lauren Gray at 217-244-9331 or for inquiries.

Career and Professional Development

Discover Jobs and Internships at Opportunities Fair
Jan. 24; 5-6:30 p.m.
The Career Center at Illinois (715 S. Wright St., Champaign)
The Opportunities Fair will offer students a chance to visit with campus units that are hiring. The event will include games, prizes, and a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet. Learn more...          

SOAR Seeking Volunteer Tutors
SOAR (Student Opportunities for After-School Resources) is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated tutors to provide reading and homework support to Latina/o emergent bilingual/biliterate students in grades two through five. The sessions take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2-3:15 p.m., and the sign-up deadline is Jan. 31. Learn more about SOAR and contact Maria Lang at 217-265-4705 or for inquiries.         

Head Start Hiring Teachers, Teacher Aides
Champaign County Head Start is looking for qualified PreK teachers, teachers, teacher aides, and substitute teachers. The program offers competitive benefits and a great opportunity to get involved with community youth. View all current jobs.          

Part-Time Tutoring Position Open at Illini Tutoring
Illini Tutoring in Champaign is hiring a math or science tutor to work 25 hours per week, primarily between the hours of 4-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 12:30-6 p.m. on Sundays. The job offers competitive pay and generous vacation time. Call 217-714-8395 or email for inquiries. Interested individuals can apply online.

Getting Started in Research Workshop
This spring workshop will cover the various forms of undergraduate research that takes place on campus, guide students on how to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Four sessions are available. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Class of 1941 Memorial Excellence Scholarship
Application Deadline: Feb. 17
The Class of 1941 Memorial Excellence Scholarship recognizes at least one junior student who has excelled academically and volunteered as a leader of extracurricular activities sanctioned by the University of Illinois. Contact Ryan Tipsword at 217-300-0261 or to request an application or for inquiries.

Beckman Institute Offering Awards for Undergraduates
Application Deadline: March 10
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology has a number of awards available for undergraduate students. Specifically, the institute is offering the Cognitive, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience Award and the Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science Award. Contact Maeve Reilly at for inquiries.

Spots Open in Field Expedition to Costa Rica Course (ESE 389)
This class offers students a chance to learn about sustainable agriculture through activities such as visiting an organic coffee plantation, staying at a Costa Rican family farm, touring a cloud forest at night, and eating fresh fruit to your heart's content. View the itinerary, register for the course, or contact Rob Kanter at or 217-244-2761 for inquiries.

Office of Undergraduate Research Accepting Symposium Submissions
Application Deadline: Feb. 1
The Office of Undergraduate Research is taking 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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