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April 19, 2018

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

Student Spotlight
Julia Wolf 

A Summer Abroad Awaits
The summer looks bright for early childhood education student Julia Wolf, who will be studying abroad in Finland and Sweden from May 14 to June 4 through the College of Education. She's looking forward to learning about the education systems in both countries and exploring the terrain. Here in the College, Julia's favorite course was taught by Sunny McMurry, who teaches Children's Literature for Early Childhood Education. "I always loved going to her class," said Julia, a junior who is a Golden Apple Scholar. "My cohort always talks about how much we miss her."

A study abroad trip to Finland will be available during spring break in 2019. Discover more about both Finland and Sweden.

  • View photos of this year's James Scholar Recognition Brunch for Undergraduate Students and Community Members.

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Scholarships and Awards

Schwarzman Scholars Program Accepting Applications
The Schwarzman Scholars award is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, particularly as it relates to building a greater understanding between China and the rest of the world. Selected students will live and study together at Schwarzman College, a state-of-the-art institution in which all classes are taught in English. Learn more and apply for a scholarship. Email inquiries to   


Participate in 5K Run/Walk at Meadowbrook Park
April 21; 8 a.m.

Meadowbrook Park (2808 S. Race St., Urbana)
The Avicenna Community Health Center is hosting its annual spring 5K run/walk event. Participate and learn more about the health clinic while enjoying food, prizes, and a health fair after the race. Learn more...

Resilience Film Screening and Panel Discussion
April 25; 4-6 p.m.

Education Building, Room 2
The new documentary Resilience reveals that toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience chronicles these issues as well as a movement spawned by professionals in the education, medical, and social welfare fields who are determined to fight back. Learn more...

Career and Professional Development

Center Accepting Applications for Undergraduate Research Course
Application Deadline: April 23
The STRONG Kids research course (HDFS 494) provides undergraduate students with firsthand experience working as part of a research team. The study by the Family Resiliency Center focuses on the connections between food and family, and how these relationships can contribute to child and family health. Students who will have sophomore, junior, or senior standing during the Fall 2018 semester are eligible to apply. Participants of the program will be required to work six hours every week, including evenings, and must attend a two-hour course every other week. Learn more about the research program and apply.   

YWCA Women in Leadership Program Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: May 13
The Women in Leadership program is an intensive, two-semester leadership and project-management internship that is structured as a group consulting effort. Interns will work directly with local human services agencies to learn about the nonprofit sector; identify organizational challenges; and research, propose, and implement solutions during the school year. Learn more about the program and apply.

Study Abroad
 Study abroad in Indonesia!

Discover Indonesia This Summer!
Application Deadline: May 31
This three-week study abroad trip to Indonesia will take place in July and introduce participants to the education, culture, and history of the country. Students will visit a variety of schools, attend teaching workshops, and go on various excursions to immerse themselves in the rich culture of Indonesia, a diverse nation with hundreds of ethnicities. Learn more...

Happenings and Deadlines

Seniors Invited to Share Thoughts on Their Illinois Experience
Graduating seniors are invited to share information about their undergraduate experience at Illinois via a unique link request form. Learn more...


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