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December 3, 2020

Happy Homecoming from Eddie! 

We miss you all dearly, stay safe and keep up the great work! You're almost there!


This week's Student Spotlight is...

Lucille Luan

Senior Lucille Luan traveled far from her family in Cupertino, California to pursue an education at Illinois, but she's always at home with the College of Education. Lucille comes from a family of educators, and says "I was naturally drawn to the idea of becoming a teacher since my early exposure to family members who were teachers! My grandma, my dad, and my previous professors and teachers are all strong influences."

We feature Education students in our weekly Student Spotlight to build community within the College, and we’d love to highlight YOU. First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.


Virtual Opportunities


Casting call for Amazon Prime Series!
UIUC is looking for the very best on-camera Illini! We’re looking for undergraduate students to share their stories and showcase the Power of I to a national audience. Undergraduate students can apply to share their UIUC story on The College Tour—a new show on Amazon Prime!

New Credit/No Credit and Drop Deadlines
Academic changes have been made to the Fall 2020 semester that acknowledge the unique and challenging pandemic-related circumstances and the additional stress it has caused for students. Please refer to the recent massmail for details on the new drop and credit/no credit deadlines, as well as other information to consider before making changes. Please know the university is working on a more detailed document and FAQ, which will be available on the Office of the Provost’s policies website.

Complete this COVID-19 Survey—You Could Win an Amazon Gift Card!
Undergraduate student Bansari Upadhyay is taking on a career development project for her senior thesis. She is exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student’s career choices and goals. If you have a few minutes, please help Bansari with her important research by completing her survey link. All responses are welcome, but juniors, seniors, and recent graduates are particularly appreciated. By completing this survey, you will be entered to win one of 25 Amazon gift cards of $20!

You Could Be On Jeopardy!
Qualification Test Deadline: December 3
It's sad to think of the future of Jeopardy without its beloved host Alex Trebek. To continue his legacy as he would have wanted, Jeopardy is releasing an all-new competition, The Jeopardy! National College Championship, featuring 15 colleges from across the country! Take the 15 minute qualification test and see if you have what it takes to represent The University of Illinois, and have a chance to win some money for their student loans - a win-win!


Scholarships + Awards


Dr. Kazys Grinius Endowment Scholarship
Application Deadline: December 14,
Full time undergraduate or graduate students of Lithuanian decent, and/or of Lithuanian history, culture, or language are welcome to apply to this endowment scholarship. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded! Email uspscholarships@uillinois.edu to request an application.

Golden Apple Scholars
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.

The Boren Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 19, 2021
The Boren scholarship provides undergraduate study abroad scholarships up to $25,000 for a full academic year or up to $12,500 for a semester. 
These are merit-based scholarships, and approximately one in five eligible applicants receive awards. In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in an area related to national security. For more information, undergraduate students should contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu.

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


Student Wellness


Support in Times of Stress
As the final exams approach, now more than ever we must look out for each other in whatever ways we can. Please remember to be kind and take notice of peers who show signs of panic, depression, anxiety, excessive fatigue, avoidance, or confusion, they may need your help and encouragement in seeking assistance. For psychological, interpersonal and academic concerns, students may refer to the Counseling Center, or call McKinley Mental Health at 217-333-2700. Stress management and self help resources can be found on the McKinley Mental Health website, or contact the Health Resource Center in the Illini Union at 217-244-5994. If you or someone you know is experiencing a psychological emergency, call the Crisis Line at 217-359-4141. You and the mental health professional can strategize about the best way to make certain help is received.

WellTrack - The Mental Health App
If school, the pandemic, and the sociopolitical climate have you feeling anxious, uncertain, or afraid, you're not alone. There are many resources on campus to support you, including a new mental health app called WellTrack. WellTrack is designed to help you track your moods and teach you about techniques to effectively manage challenging emotions and situations. In addition to these resources, counseling services on campus are available to support you through whatever you are facing.

Drop-In Mindfulness and Meditation Workshops
Every Weekday (excluding fall break) at 4:15 p.m. CST
Zoom Meeting ID: 922 2891 7050,  Password: CCMind.

Many students have let us know they would find benefit in daily guided meditations, so the Counseling Center is now offering daily 30-minute mindfulness drop-in workshops on Zoom. Each day has a theme, Mindfulness Mondays, Intuitive Eating Tuesdays, Body Awareness Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and Forget-it Fridays (Leave all of your stress about multiple pandemics, sociopolitical events, and everyday frustrations behind.) These workshops are not therapy. They are available to any student and are not confidential.


Career + Professional Development


Raiders Kids Club is Hiring!
St. Matthew Catholic School is hiring childcare for their after school program for children ages pre-K through 8th grade. Keep the kids busy with different games and activities, as well as helping with homework and snack time. The position pays $10.50 and hour and is from January 4-May 28, Mondays-Fridays from 2:45 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. If you are interested, email a copy of your resume, your availability, and any questions to Amanda Runyan at arunyan@stmatt.net 

Undergraduate Research Symposium
April 26 - 30, 2021

Application Deadline: March 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST
The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set to be on display April 26 - 30, 2021. All undergraduate students currently involved with research are eligible to present. For more information on URS, please visit their website.



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