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ACADEMIC NEWSLETTER
 
 
 

The iSchool provides our students with a variety of opportunities, including Career Support (TechTalks, Career Fair, Field Trips, Employer Relations, Workshops), ResearchHonors ProgramStudent GroupsSocial EventsMentor ProgramAdvising, Study Abroad, and so much more! We place an emphasis your holistic student experience with individualized support and development.

 
 
 
 
ADVISING
 
 
 
 

https://my.ischool.illinois.edu/advising/
Room 104 School of Information Sciences
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign - Corner of 5th and Daniel

All advising appointments will be conducted by Zoom or phone, until further notice. 

 
 

Quick appointments to discuss questions about the degree or coursework. Currently, all Express Meetings are being held virtually on Zoom and are offered weekly at the times below:

Date

Time

Advisor

Monday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

Wednesday

10:30am-11:30am Melissa Newell

Wednesday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

Thursday

8:00am-9:30am

Melissa Newell

Friday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

 

 
 
 
 
UPDATES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Meet other students, ask questions about classes or other iSchool 'things', find others with shared interests, or just use it as a time to break up some of the monotony of online learning and working! All students are welcome. December dates will be announced soon!

 
 

The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign offers many short-format courses over the winter break. Courses are rigorous but manageable and include many general education courses. The online winter term allows you to continue your education, persist toward graduation, and learn  valuable skills such as time management and goal setting. Courses are taught by Illinois faculty and are offered to University of Illinois at  Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students and non-degree students from around the globe.  Undergraduate students are limited to taking one winter session course.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Uplift is a monthly blog that highlights themes and resources for supporting student wellbeing at the iSchool and is managed by Student Affairs. Have an idea or contribution for the Uplift? Email Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Meg Edwards, mbedward@illinois.edu to share your contribution!

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2020 for iSchool Faculty

Campus Activities

Check out go.illinois.edu/activities for calendars and links with information to learn more about all the activities you can see and do. 

iSchool Building Access

The iSchool building will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please enter through the arched doorway located near the School's building sign, where a Wellness Support Associate will be located to monitor compliance with University testing requirements, verified by viewing an access permission on the Illinois app or a copy of negative COVID-19 test results dated no more than four days prior to entering the building. Access outside of these hours and on weekends will not be available for BS and MS students. Exceptions for MS students with employment appointments are subject to supervisor approval. Use of the building outside of these hours by approved MS students with employment appointments for purposes other than work and/or assisting other students to enter will result in the loss of building usage privileges for the Fall term.

    • Please refer to Fall 2020 iSchool Building Usage Guidelines_Students for detailed information about building usage: https://uofi.box.com/s/mqumqrd2svsq760buootgt80jp4bmq5o . These guidelines are subject to change as additional information is received from campus. 
    • All other entrances will be locked.
    • Students will enter the building only through the arched doorway located near the School's building sign. 
    • Students who need an accessible entrance should notify Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Meg Edwards (mbedward@illinois.edu) for accommodations. 
    • No Non-University affiliated visitors will be allowed in the iSchool building. 
    • All students in the building at 4:30pm will be asked to leave by iSchool staff who are responsible for closing the building. Please be cooperative upon receiving a request to leave.

WellTrack

WellTrack is designed to help you track your moods and teach you about techniques to effectively manage challenging emotions and situations. To access the WellTrack:

To access the WellTrack:

  • Download the app from Google Play or the App Store.
  • Once in the WellTrack app, enter your Illinois email address and click Continue.
  • Agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and click Sign In.
  • Enter your university NetID and password and click Login.
  • In the resulting screen, click Done (located bottom left).
  • You can also access the WellTrack via the web at WellTrack.com with your Illinois email and password.

Counseling Center Events

  • InterConnect Dinner and Dialogue Series
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month Programming
  • Tuesday @ 7
  • Latinx Healing Collective Workshops
  • Expressive Arts Drop-In Workshop
  • Time Management Workshop
  • In Focus Workshops
  • Perfectionism Workshops
  • RIO Online Workshops
  • Drop-In Mindfulness Workshops
  • Mindwise Mental Health Screenings Provide Quick, Confidential Check-Ups
 
 
 
 
DEGREE INFORMATION
 
 
 
 

BS/IS Degree Requirements
Find the courses required for the degree in this section of our website, or look at our Pathways.

 
 

Fall 2020 Courses
We have various IS/INFO elective courses available for the Fall 2020 semester along with the courses required for the program. Visit our BS/IS website for additional details about our degree. Make sure to check the Course Explorer for Restrictions and Prerequisites on courses (some may have restrictions based on level or for a specific curriculum until a certain date).

 
 

Student Forms
Forms for undergraduate students currently in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool).

 
 
 
 
ACADEMIC DATES & DEADLINES
 
 
 
 

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

  • November 13
    • Deadline for Uundergrad to drop POT B course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for Uundergrad to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT B course
    • Deadline for Uundergrad to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT B course
  • November 16
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Winter and Spring 2021 available on Student Self-Service
  • November 21 – 29
    • Fall Break
  • November 30
    • Beginning this date, Fall 2020 instruction and final exams will utilize alternative delivery methods.
    • Priority registration for Winter and Spring 2021 begins
  • December 9
    • Last day of instruction
  • December 10
    • Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
      • Winter and Spring 2021 open registration begins for all other students
  • December 11–18
    • Final examination period
  • December 23 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting grades.  Students can view final grades the following day via Student Self-Service
  • January 11
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 grades are released
  • January 26
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 degrees are released

Winter 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

  • November 6, 2020
  • November 16, 2020
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Spring 2021 available on Student Self-Service
  • November 30 – December 9, 2020
    • Priority registration times open for Spring 2021
  • December 10, 2020
    • Open registration begins for all students
  • January 16
    • Spring tuition and fee charges first appear on student accounts
  • January XX-February XX – TBD
  • January 17
    • University residence halls open for spring semester
  • January 24
    • 11:59 PM CST Deadline to cancel registration (dropping all Spring 2021 classes) for full reversal of tuition and campus fees for classes scheduled in a regular semester.  For non-standard course offerings, deadline to cancel is the last day prior to instruction.
  • January 25
    • First day of instruction for Spring POT 1 and POT A courses
    • Deadline for students to register for first classes without being charged $15 late fee penalty
  • January 26
  • January 29
    • Deadline for Undergrads to add a POT A course
    • Deadline for ALL students to drop a POT A (1st 8 week) course for a refund if reducing assessment range
  • February 5 – Full semester add/drop deadline
    • Deadline to drop or reduce POT 1 (full semester) hours and receive refund if reducing assessment range for ALL students
    • Deadline for UG to add a POT 1 (full semester) course
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 90% refund for full semester classes
  • February 12
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 80% refund for full semester classes
  • February 17
    • Break – no instruction day
  • February 19
    • Deadline for UG to drop a POT A (1st 8 week) course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT A course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT A course
  • February 26
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 70% refund for full semester classes
  • February 28
    • Full payment due for Spring 2021 charges unless on a payment plan.  Visit Pay My Bill for more information regarding payment options and due dates.
  • March 12
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 60% refund for full semester classes
  • March 16 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting midterm grades for freshmen
  • March 19
    • Deadline for UG to drop POT 1 (full semester) course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to remove incomplete grade from previous semester to prevent change to F grade
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in a POT 1 course
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT 1 (full semester) course
    • Deadline for UG to withdraw from Spring 2021 semester(drop all courses) without grade of W
    • Deadline to withdraw from ALL classes and receive an approximate 50% refund for full semester classes
  • March 22
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Summer and Fall 2021 available on Student Self-Service
    • POT B courses begin (non-standard courses may begin earlier or later)
  • March 24
    • Break – no instruction day
  • March 26
    • Deadline for UG to add POT B (2nd 8 week) course
    • Deadline for ALL students to drop POT B (2nd 8 week) course for refund if reducing assessment range
  • April 2
    • Deadline to withdraw from the university and receive the minimum approximate 40% refund
  • April 5
    • Priority registration for Summer and Fall 2021 begins
  • April 13
    • Break – no instruction day
  • April 16
    • Deadline for UG to drop POT B (2nd 8 week) course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT B course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT B course
  • April 26
    • Open registration begins for Summer and Fall 2021
  • May 3
    • Final grade entry enabled for instructors in Faculty Self-Service
  • May 5
    • Last day of instruction
  • May 6
    • Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
  • May 7–14
    • Final examination period
  • May 15
    • Degree conferral and campus-wide commencement
  • May 21 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting grades
  • May 22
    • Students may view final Spring 2021 grades via Student Self-Service
  • June 1
    • Transcripts on hold for Spring 2021 grades will be released
  • June 23
    • Transcripts on hold for Spring 2021 degrees will be released
 
 
  
 
 

iSchool Virtual Office Hours: Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm

Erin Leonard, International Programs (IAGE) Coordinator for the iSchool, holds virtual office hours for iSchool students seeking information on studying abroad Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm.  To chat with Erin during these times, use the following instructions:

  • Login to your Zoom account with your Illinois NetID and password
  • Click chat and search for “Erin Leonard”
  • Initiate a chat with her. At that time, she can convert to video chat if requested.

Erin can also be reached at ell3@illinois.edu, via phone at 217-300-2132, or you can make an individual virtual appointment.

 
 
 
 
FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS
 
 
 
 

iSchool faculty have a variety of backgrounds and interests. Read some highlights from our faculty involved with our BS/IS Undergraduate Degree and courses. Faculty Profiles

iSchool instructors ranked as excellent
Forty-one iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Spring 2020. 

 
 
 
 
GET INVOLVED
 
 
 
 

We encourage students to get involved in iSchool and campus events to build your skills, network, and professional experiences. Find more: opportunities & involvement page

 
 
CampusLabs
Registered Student Organizations (RSO) Database
 
 
 

Fitness Peers are dedicated to providing infomoration on fitness, physical activity, and wellness to U of I students. Fitness Peers can design programs for your specific group or they can attend larger events that promote physical fitness. Fitness Peers can demonstrate proper exercise techniques with the use of a variety of fitness equipment.

 
 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUIUC, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUIUC event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

 
 

The Illinois Rip Chords are an all female a cappella group from the University of illinois in Urbana Champaign. We were founded in 1992, and can be seen performing at shows across campus and the midwest. We compete in the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella annually and have advanced to the semi finals multiple times in the past decade. With our edgy pop sound, kickin' choreo, and unyielding love for music, performing, and each other, this group of young women is sure to entertain any audience!

 
 
The Illinois Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America is a student-run, non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing public relations to the Champaign-Urbana campus. Students aim to learn more about public relations through professional speakers, career workshops, case study discussions and technology training. Each year we take on real clients in order to give our members hands on PR experience. Our 2013-2014 client is Roger Ebert’s “Ebertfest” Film Festival.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IHSI: Community–Academic Scholars Initiative

Community-Academic Scholars Initiative

IHSI’s Community-Academic Scholars Initiative matches University of Illinois undergraduate students with community-based research projects for a supportive 10-week summer research experience.

The Community–Academic Scholars Initiative is seeking faculty research project submissions for summer 2021. Eligible projects will involve a community partner and address a need in the areas of health, poverty, or social inequity. If you would like to explore the opportunity for an undergraduate scholar to help accelerate your work, please submit your project here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/640494752

More information about the program available: https://healthinstitute.illinois.edu/research-support-translation/community-academic-partnerships-health/community-academic-scholars

Deadline: December 1, 2020

 
 
 
 
ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Illini Union Rec Room bowling, billiards, gaming
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Join us for the November installment of the COVID-19 Monthly Seminar Series! Jump ARCHES grant recipients in the AI category will present their projects and answer questions. Free event, registration required.

 
 
 
  
 
Illini Union Board presents: Illinites
 
 
 
 
 
Build Your Startup Team 

Spend the Spring 2021 semester as a Startup City Scholar and participate in the prestigious College New Venture Challenge (CNVC), hosted by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago. The program awards $5000 scholarships and offers up to $100,000 in prizes. Apply before Nov. 20. 

Learn More & Apply →

 
 
 
 
iVenture Application Open

Due Nov. 15 | The iVenture Accelerator enables student-led startups to create economic and social value by supporting student entrepreneurs with knowledge, funding, and access to world-class resources and alumni. The opportunity to work full-time for 10-weeks over the summer learning and building with a cohort of other student entrepreneurs is the  core benefit of the accelerator. Learn More & Apply 

 
 
 
 
Sage Corps Global Entrepreneurship Program Applications Open

Sage Corps’ Online Career Accelerator Program provides students with a structured program to navigate their career path. As a part of the program, you will build skills for trending jobs through the online curricular modules (academic credit is available), complete a virtual internship experience at a global startup company (from home), and attend weekly, online professional events with alumni of the programLearn More & Apply →

 
 
 
 

Join us on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at the University of Illinois in a virtual celebration of GIS Day, the annual salute to geographic information science and technologies for achieving broad and transformative impacts. This year we will celebrate the diversity of GIS applications and the capability of geospatial technologies to bring synergies in research and education across campus. We will also focus on the contribution of our students to geospatial data science, geovisualization, and geospatial technologies. The event will include a keynote speech, career panel, and virtual student poster competition.

 
 
Illini Box Research Project

Illini Box Research Project: Justin Holding, a Sophomore in Industrial Engineering, has recieved the Student Sustainability Committee microgrant to perform research with the goal to promote reusable containers on campus. The research project aims to pilot a reusable container system on campus. If you want to get involved and learn more about the reusable containers project contact Justin Holding at jholdi2@illinois.eduLearn More →

 
 
   
 
 

Minors: A minor is a coherent program of study requiring some depth in the subject, but not as extensive of a program as the major. Most minors will be comprehensive study in the discipline, rather than focusing on a narrow subfield of study. In general, minors consist of at least 16 and no more than 21 hours of coursework. 

Certificates: Certificate programs typically involve fewer courses than a minor, while enabling students to develop additional knowledge in a field or subfield.

Free Virtual Statistical & Data Consulting, Workshops, and Resources

CITL Data Analytics Services 

UX Coffee Hours is a volunteer driven platform where aspiring UX-ers can connect and schedule free virtual coffee conversations with experienced UX professionals. The goal of this initiative is to foster the UX community by building a supportive platform to seek and receive advice. 

Virtual Leadership Certificate Workshops
Virtual Leadership Training
The Illinois Leadership Center is happy to share that they now have a couple of online leadership training available for students. If needed, students are able to receive documentation as a confirmation for completing these programs. They are also offering virtual workshops for the Leadership Certificate Program. For questions or assistance, please contact leadership@illinois.edu 

 
 
 
 
iSchool News
 
 
 
  
 
 
  
 
 
 

Spring 2021 - Students will be notified with information if scholarships become available.

 
 
 
 
Grants & Scholarships
 
 
 
 
Cargill Global Scholars Program

The application is now open for the Cargill Global Scholars Program - a distinctive, 2-year scholarship and enrichment program providing financial support, mentorship, and the unique opportunity for U.S. college students to participate in leadership development seminars, including engaging with fellow Global Scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia. Please review the attached PDF for details on eligibility requirements. To learn more about the Cargill Global Scholars Program and to start an application, please visit: http://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/. The application deadline is Thursday, March 4, 2021.

We have also scheduled two webinars in November where students can learn more about the program and hear from program participants and alumni about their experience. While the target audience of these webinars is students, we also welcome any faculty or staff members who are interested in learning more. People can register for the webinars using the following links:

The application deadline is March 4, 2021. Additional webinars will be scheduled for December through February, and those registration links will be shared on our website when available.

 
 

Outside Private Scholarships

 
 

UK Summer Fulbright Information Session

Friday, December 4, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.  Information session to be held at https://illinois.zoom.us/j/95133167641

Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. TBD

Priority Deadline: January 4, 2021         Campus Deadline: January 19, 2021

The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is for freshman through seniors who are U.S. citizens. The Boren provides students up to $25,000 to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The applicant should have a broad interest in national security.

Campus Deadline: February 4, 2021

The Udall awards $7,000 to 60 U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents who are sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment, or to Native American sophomores or juniors interested in tribal policy or health care.

Campus Deadline: November 30, 2020

The Goldwater is for juniors or exceptional sophomores who are current U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens. The Goldwater awards one- or two-year $7,500 awards to students who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the U.S. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a Ph.D in the research fields of mathematics, sciences, or engineering.

Campus Deadline: January 20, 2021

The Beinecke is for current juniors who are U.S. citizens. This is a merit- and need-based award of $34,000 to students seeking to gain a graduate degree in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Additional Scholarships for Seniors pursing Graduate School

 
 
 
 
SUPPORT SERVICES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bevier Café, 11:30-1pm Monday-Friday
 
 
 

How to Effectively Work From Home: The transition from in person to virtual classes may be difficult for some. An effective method to keep yourself focused while working from home is to set up a designated area of your home to complete your work. If possible, steer clear of your bed and set up your materials at a desk or table with a comfortable chair. We recommend setting up a designated timeframe each day to complete your work along with a checklist to keep yourself organized with upcoming deadlines, exams, and completed tasks.

Food Assistance & Well-Being Program

Announcing the opening of the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program! We are a shopping-style food pantry providing the UIUC campus with access to nutritious food and necessities in a supportive, inclusive environment. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will also be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food. 

iSchool Help Desk - Tech Support
We are located on the second floor of the School of Information Sciences building. Visit us at the desk anytime 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday.

You can also reach us at 217-244-4903 or 800-377-1892, help@support.ischool.illinois.edu, and on our TechChat.

Free ebook, "Teach Yourself How to Learn" 

Campus Student Online Learning Resources: https://ops.citl.illinois.edu/for-students

Transitioning Online - CITL

Student Resources & Tech Support

Keep Teaching, Learning, Working, and Researching Resource Website

Academic Support & Tutoring

iSchool COVID-19 Resources

Student Affairs COVID-19 Support List

Counseling Center & Consultations

Time Management Workshop

 
 

The Writers Workshop’s mission is to support the U of I community by providing writing assistance for students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process. Whether you’re working on a course paper, senior capstone, personal statement, group writing project, thesis or dissertation, or manuscript for publication, our consultants are here to help. Visit us at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing ideas, polishing final drafts, citing sources, and more. Sessions are interactive and help you better express and articulate your ideas.

 
 
 
 
CONNECT
 
 
 
 

Questions for the Undergraduate Program? ischool-is@illinois.edu

 
 
 
 
 
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