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September 19th, 2021


We're trying something new!  Check out our video-based version of this edition of IP Picks.  And, be sure to tell us your thoughts--do you prefer this format to the text-based versions?  Is it too long?  Too short?  Too quick?  Too slow?  Let us know using the Google form on the Fast Pass QR code Linktree!


Important Dates, Deadlines, & Reminders

Important upcoming academic deadlines:

Academic Deadlines:
Friday, October 15th: Last day to drop a full semester course without a W
Saturday, November 20th- Sunday, November 28th: FALL BREAK!!


Save the Dates!

Illinois Promise Exclusive Resource Fair

Stop by and learn all about the resources available to you! We will have representatives from The Office of Undergraduate Research, Pre-Law Advising, The Office of Student Finacial Aid, and so many more.  This is a drop-in/drop-out event, so stay as long as you'd like.

Want to study abroad but don't know the first steps?
We got you covered! Representatives from the Study Abroad office will be at this event!

Need information on how to fund your study abroad trip?
Talk to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Wondering how to get involved in research and publish/present your work?
Check out the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Want to focus on your mental health this semester?
No problem! The Counseling Center will also be there!

And SO much more!

When: Thursday, September 23rd,  2-4 pm
Where: The Illini Union Ballroom



Recurring Events

Meet the Embedded Counselor

These days, it feels like everyone is feeling more stress than usual and may need some additional support from the Counseling Center. Each Monday, from 1-3 PM, Matilda Smith-Thompson, the embedded counselor in our office suite, is holding open Zoom hours for consultations.  No appointment needed, just jump in when you're available.

Zoom Link: https://illinois-phi.zoom.us/j/3256398050?pwd=R2h4dXR4dXVzcGw3b0V4N1REMDA1Zz09
Meeting ID: 325 639 8050
Passcode: 210939

FAFSA or General Financial Aid Questions? Meet with Lizzie from ISAC!

Have a question about FAFSA or general questions about financial aid? Check-in with Iris Medina from ISAC!  You can easily sign up for a 30-minute appointment here!

Mentors Matter!

Although ANY Illinois Promise Scholar can request a mentor, first-year Scholars are encouraged to do so.  Data shows that students who participate in the Illinois Promise Mentoring Program have higher first-year GPAs than those who opt-out. Want to learn more? Watch this video with real testimonies about the mentor match!

- Participate in a required Match Me meeting in the fall to prepare for the mentoring experience 
- Make a one-academic-year commitment and meet with your mentor for a minimum of one hour per month (though most mentors and mentees meet every other week)
- Complete a Statement of Intent together at your first meeting and sign and submit it to ipromise@illinois.edu  
- Have the chance to attend sponsored mentor/mentee events including a Mentor Appreciation celebration at the end of the spring term

Request a mentor match here:

If you have any questions about the mentorship program, reach out to Shanicka Burdine, Assistant Director


Scholarship Opportunities & Scholar Resources

Research Support Grant (RSG):

This scholarship grants funds to students from various fields to perform research or creative projects on and off-campus during the academic year (including summer terms). Awards of up to $2,000 will be given to cover research travel expenditures, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, not regular semester living expenses), and material costs.

Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must be current UIUC undergraduate students in good academic standing.
- Applicants must have faculty/research staff support or mentor for the duration of their proposed research.
- Funding is provided for students pursuing their own research projects, or to those working on their own project within a larger faculty-led project.

Deadline to apply: October 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

Conference Travel Grant (CTG)

This scholarship grants up to $350 in prizes to undergraduate students to help defray the costs of presenting their research posters, papers, or creative works at in-person and virtual professional conferences. Please keep in mind that the Office of Undergraduate Research does not award funds solely for conference participation; grants are intended for students who will present their research.

Eligibility requirements can be found here!!

Deadline to apply: September 30, 2021, at 11:59 pm

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

The URAP @ UI provides undergraduate students with little or no research experience with the opportunity to collaborate on research projects with advanced graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. Undergraduate students will understand what it means to undertake research, develop knowledge, and produce scholarship through a one-on-one research experience with their research mentor. 

- attend regular weekly class meetings (GC 295, Introduction to Undergraduate Research, 3 credit hours)
- work one-on-one with their research mentors, an average of 5-6 hours per week

Informational Meetings: 
- September 22 from 2 - 3 pm. Zoom Link: Click here (Password: URAP)
- October 5 from 3 - 4 pm. Zoom Link: Click here (Password: URAP)

Deadline to apply: October 11th, 2021 @ 11:59pm 

The Illinois Club Scholarships

Available Scholarships:
Humanities and Social Sciences Award of $4,000
- Open to all students majoring or minoring in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying the Humanities or the Social Sciences provides to themselves and their community. Majors/minors that may apply for the Humanities and Social Sciences Award include English; Philosophy; Religion; Comparative Literature; Cinema Studies; History; Classics; Art History; Communication; Psychology; Anthropology; Musicology; Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication; Human Development and Family Studies; Agricultural and Consumer Economics; all foreign languages; all ethnic studies; all Business majors and minors; and undergraduates in the I-School. Scholarships include:

Engineering and Science Award of $4,000
Global Focus Award of $4,000
Isabelle Purnell Education Award of $4,000
The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $4,500

Click here for more info, application deadlines, and requirements.

Virtual Graduate & Professional School Fair

Are you thinking about going to graduate school to get your Master's, Ph.D., or professional degree? The Career Center's Graduate & Professional School Fair brings together Illinois students with admissions officials from over 100 schools. This is your chance to learn more about advanced degrees and speak with admissions officials from the following fields:
- health
- law
- science
- business
- engineering
- arts
- humanities
... and more. 

When: October 13 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Register here!

Master Programs Info Sessions

Masters of Public Health (MPH) & Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHSA)
Want to learn more about furthering your education in Public Health or Healthcare Administration? Attend one of the following Ask-A-Student Info Sessions to learn more about the program from current students! 

MPH Virtual Information Sessions:

MHSA Virtual Information Sessions:

Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR)
- Interested students will be joined by staff for an overview of the admission requirements, curriculum, and career opportunities in the field.  Plus current students will share some of their classroom and recruitment experiences.   

Virtual Information Session
Thursday, September 30th 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Register here!

Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board Application is OPEN NOW!

The Advisory Board is made up of a diverse collection of undergraduate students who volunteer to serve as advisors to the Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost's office. Their goal as representatives of the Illinois undergraduate population is to communicate what makes for a successful undergraduate student experience.

This year, the Advisory board’s primary focus will be improving undergraduate students’ sense of belonging and fostering inclusive campus environments!

Application limited to:
-Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled and will remain enrolled in the SP 22 term. Those who are  graduating in December, on internship, student teaching, etc. in the spring should not apply as this is a fall and spring semester commitment.

Sound like something you'd be interested in doing?
Apply here by Monday, October 4th, 2021 at 11:59 pm 

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session

The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of the 15 eligible languages is available here.

The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions. 

Eligibility Requirements:
- U.S. citizens
- At least 18 years of age
- Must be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level

Information Session:
When: October 1st, 2021 3-4 pm 
Where: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building


Get Involved!

The Counseling Center Fall 2021 Workshops (Tuesdays @ 7)

Want helpful resources and tips to have a successful semester? Check out the Counseling Center workshops! These will be run by student paraprofessionals!

Workshops include: 
September 21: Promoting Positive Study Skills @ Grainger Library 433
September 28: Discovering Healthy Habits @ ARC MP7
October 5: Maintaining Mid-Term Season Self-Care @ Bevier Hall 132
October 12: Enhancing Prioritization and Time Management @ Gregory Hall 319
October 19: Helping Yourself and Others: Mental Health 101@ Illini Union 209
October 26: Connecting Through Emotional Intimacy @ Wohlers Hall 245
November 2: Recognizing and Preventing Burnout @ BIF 1041
November 9: Boosting Resilience through Mindfulness @ Huff Hall 1002
November 16: Managing Stress: Know Your Limits and Needs @ Lincoln Hall 1092
November 30: Setting Healthy Boundaries with Alcohol and Drugs @ Illini Union 209
December 7: #FinishStrongIllinois: Preparing for Finals @ Lincoln Hall 1092


Peace Corp Drop-ins

For America's graduates interested in public service abroad, the Peace Corps has thousands of volunteer career options. In the communities where they serve, Peace Corps volunteers are the face of America, and the organization strives to ensure that volunteers reflect the rich diversity of our global culture. Consider joining the Peace Corps' next generation of volunteers!

When: Tuesday's, 1-3pm
Where: The Career Center


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