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February 25, 2021

This week's Student Spotlight is...

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Madison Barerra

Ever since she saw the increasing need for special education teachers firsthand in her Chicago high school, sophomore Madison Barrera has been a strong advocate for inclusivity in the education system. Through her studies as a Special Education major and Speech Language Pathology minor, Madison is practicing the belief that educators have the power to make lasting positive impacts on every student. She says, "Our job is to keep all of our students in our minds with every decision and always demonstrate care for our students’ success."

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Think you're seeing double? That's on us! Last week's spotlight image got a little mixed up...if you missed our feature on Emily Manzo, be sure to check it out here!

This semester we want to celebrate YOU in our Student Spotlight Blog! First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.


Virtual Opportunities


We CU Community Engagement Scholars Program
Application Deadline: TOMORROW February 26

The We CU Community Engaged Scholars program provides training, connection to like-minded peers, access to service opportunities with partner organizations, and support from We CU program leaders. Undergrads and Grads, check out the video from the Spring 2021 WeCU Info Session to learn how to join the program & make a positive impact on our community this semester, and register to join by Friday (tomorrow) February 26!

Student Conduct Subcommittees
Application Deadline: TOMORROW February 26
The Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Conduct and the Subcommittee on Graduate Student Conduct are hearing boards composed of faculty and student members and are responsible for reviewing alleged violations of the Student Code. These subcommittees hold formal hearings on matters such as cases in which the allegations could result in suspension or dismissal, and petitions for persons dismissed from the university seeking readmission. Visit the website to apply.

Student-ing Remotely: Time Management Tools
March 1, 2-3 p.m. CST on Zoom
Looking for tips and tools to boost your productivity and manage your time? This session will introduce you to a variety of apps, browser extensions, and old-fashioned methods to help you stay focused. You will come away with a list of tools to try and experience using some. Please register here, the Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event. 


Scholarships + Awards


Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Bailey Global Scholars
Application Deadline: February 28, 2021
The University YMCA is now accepting applications for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Bailey Scholarship for Cause Driven Leaders. The University YMCA will award over $100,000 in scholarships to U of I students who are making a difference on campus and in their communities. Interested parties can learn more and apply on the Bailey Global Scholars website.

Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: March 17, 2021
This grant provides students from all disciplines with up to $2,000 to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). These funds are meant cover research travel costs, living expenses during academic breaks, and materials. Visit their website for eligibility info and the application!

The Image of Research Competition
Submission Deadline: March 19, 11:59 p.m. CST
This multidisciplinary competition celebrates the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. First prize is $300, and second prize is $200. Learn more and apply on their site.

Golden Apple Scholars Applications are Open!
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
This teacher preparation program provides their scholars up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and mentoring that supports the development and success of new, highly-effective teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Illinois needs passionate resilient young educators like you! High school seniors and first and second-year Illinois college students are eligible to apply.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.


Student Wellness


Perfectionism Workshops
Series one: March 2, 1:30-3 p.m. on Zoom

While many students think perfectionism is necessary for success, studies show that perfectionistic attitudes can actually interfere with success. The desire to be perfect can both rob you of a sense of personal satisfaction and cause you to fail to achieve as much as people with more realistic expectations. This webinar series teaches students how to recognize when perfectionism is more harmful than good and develop more realistic expectations from this. To register for series one, please submit this form.

Sit with Sankofa Consultation Hours
Thursdays at 4 p.m. CST
Zoom ID: 926 0208 7456, Password: 276763
Need a safe space to discuss how you feel about everything that’s going on? Join us and Sit with Sankofa Black Student Outreach Team on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom!


Career + Professional Development


Internships at Research Park Panel
TOMORROW Friday, February 26, 12-1 p.m. CST on Zoom
Log on to hear a panel discussion from Research Park professionals from Abbott, AbbVie and more, and learn how to land and make the most of an internship. This event is great preparation for the upcoming Research Park Career Fair on March 2. Learn more on Handshake, and register here.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Panel
TOMORROW Friday, February 26, 10 a.m
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Peace Corps at Illinois invites you to their returned volunteers panel this Friday morning. This virtual event is a great opportunity for any interested students and community members to come and learn about different Peace Corps Experiences! Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions and get firsthand answers about service. Log in on Zoom to attend.

Education Justice Project
Application Deadline: Monday, March 1.
Interested in joining local social justice efforts? Want to provide academic advising support to University of Illinois students who are incarcerated at the Danville Correctional Center (DCC) in Illinois? The Education Justice Project, our UIUC college-in-prison program, needs individuals who can help provide academic advising support! The EJP academic advising team aims to support EJP students in achieving their academic goals by offering regular office hours and academic workshops at DCC. Learn more and apply to the position here, and contact Ellen Ritter at esritte2@illinois.edu with questions. Please note this is an unpaid position.

Summer 2021 Virtual Global Experience
Application Deadline: March 16, 2021
Virtual Global Experiences provide students the opportunity to work remotely with organizations around the world, collaborate on hands-on projects, and conduct research with international faculty and peers. Students will participate in a 1 credit pre-professional course during the term they conduct the virtual project and are encouraged to investigate additional internship or independent study credit options within their departments. 

Educators' Job Fair
Monday, March 1, 3 - 7 p.m. CST on Handshake
Over 70 school districts are hiring at this year's Educators' Job Fair! Register now to connect with districts and employers looking to hire teacher-candidates, education students, and school personnel positions. View the list of registered schools/organizations and sign up for a 30 minute group session or a 1:1 video session with an employer. Be sure you have completed your Handshake profile AND uploaded a resume so employers can learn about you! Questions about the virtual format? Learn more here.


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