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About 180 LAS students attended a recent Strengths Finder workshop, which was designed to teach leadership skills and direct participants how to help new students acclimate to college. (Photo courtesy of Murillo Soranso.)

Learning to be leaders

New training prepares LAS students to lead college orientation courses.


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Yi Gang, right, has been appointed the next governor of the People‚Äôs Bank of China. He is shown here with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert Jones, in November 2017. 



Illinois alumnus appointed to direct China's central bank

Yi Gang received graduate degrees in economics. 


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Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

Yield is not compromised by new development, according to Illinois researchers.


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New fellowships bolster humanities at Illinois

Competitive program will support 16 graduate students per year.


Mara Wade 



Geography professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Jesse Ribot specializes in environmental justice and development policy. 


Julie Dowling 



Could a citizenship question alter the 2020 census results?

Professor: Question makes undercounting more likely. 

Charlie Young 



A whole new ball game

CS + Astronomy major analyzes the physics of college baseball. 

Wilfred van der Donk 



Study at Illinois yields more than a million new cyclic compounds

Some have the potential to fight disease.


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Writing for sustainability

Student demand leads to new certificate in environmental writing.


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Nicole standing next to a brick wall 

Your gift transforms lives

The odds of going to college were stacked against Nicole Odulate, the second of five children in a single-parent home. That single parent, however, was her mother, who worked tirelessly to keep her daughter’s future bright. In 2014, Nicole entered Illinois as a College of LAS Lincoln Scholar.

Now, Nicole is bound for law school with dreams of helping kids in poverty focus on their goals. She is grateful for all the support she’s received—from her mother to the donors who made the Lincoln Scholarship Initiative possible.

“It’s somebody’s future that you’re literally helping build,” Nicole said. “Each dollar is somebody’s step up to a better life.”

Education transforms lives. Join with us, With Illinois, and together we can propel bright minds with the power of an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education.



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