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February 18, 2021

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Emily on the beach at sunset

Emily Manzo

Halfway through her junior year, Emily Manzo has already taught and studied abroad in Costa Rica, conducted research under three professors, and led discussions in EDUC 101, all while working toward her degree in Learning and Education Studies-Educational Equality Cultural Understanding, and minoring in Spanish and Latinx Studies. Having savored all of these experiences and more, Emily misses her time with friends at La Casa Cultural the most from her pre-pandemic days on campus.

This semester we want to celebrate YOU in our Student Spotlight Blog! First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.


Virtual Opportunities


We CU Community Engagement Scholars Program
Application Deadline: February 26

The We CU Community Engaged Scholars program provides training, connection to like-minded peers, access to service opportunities with partner organizations, and support from We CU program leaders. Undergrads and Grads, check out the video from the Spring 2021 WeCU Info Session to learn how to join the program & make a positive impact on our community this semester, and register to join by February 26!

Campus Study Hall Locations
The Wellness Ambassadors program is now hosting campus study halls! These offer students the opportunity to study in select campus classrooms while the ambassadors ensure compliance with testing requirements, face coverings, and adherence to room capacity. The study halls offered are Tuesdays 5:30-8 p.m. in Everitt Lab 2310, Thursdays 6-9 p.m. in Bevier Hall 108, and Sundays 6-9 p.m. in Gregory Hall 100. Check the study spaces webpage for more info.

Student Conduct Subcommittees
Application Deadline: February 26
The Subcommittee on Undergraduate Student Conduct and the Subcommittee on Graduate Student Conduct are hearing boards composed of faculty and student members and are responsible for reviewing alleged violations of the Student Code. These subcommittees hold formal hearings on matters such as cases in which the allegations could result in suspension or dismissal, and petitions for persons dismissed from the university seeking readmission. Visit the website to apply.


Scholarships + Awards


Class of 1914 Memorial Excellence Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 24, 2021
The Class of 1941 Memorial Excellence Scholarship recognizes at least one man and one woman from the junior class who has excelled academically, and has volunteered as a leader of extracurricular activities sanctioned by the University. Fill out the application form to get started!

Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Bailey Global Scholars
Application Deadline: February 28, 2021
The University YMCA is now accepting applications for Fall 2021/Spring 2022 Bailey Scholarship for Cause Driven Leaders. The University YMCA will award over $100,000 in scholarships to U of I students who are making a difference on campus and in their communities. Interested parties can learn more and apply on the Bailey Global Scholars website.

Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: March 17, 2021
This grant provides students from all disciplines with up to $2,000 to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). These funds are meant cover research travel costs, living expenses during academic breaks, and materials. Visit their website for eligibility info and the application!

Golden Apple Scholars Applications are Open!
Application Deadline: April 1, 2021
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.

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


Student Wellness


Sit with Sankofa Consultation Hours
Thursdays at 4 p.m. CST
Zoom ID: 926 0208 7456, Password: 276763
Need a safe space to discuss how you feel about everything that’s going on? Join us and Sit with Sankofa Black Student Outreach Team on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom!

Tuesday @ 7 Workshops
Tuesday February 23, 7 p.m. CST
Zoom ID: 844 1537 2453, Password: tue7
The Counseling Center Paraprofessionals lead a weekly workshop focusing on topics that are often growth areas for students entitled Tuesday @ 7 over Zoom. Next Tuesday's workshop is "Mental Health 101: Building Awareness and Skills". All students are welcome, view the upcoming topic schedule here.


Career + Professional Development


My Path to Federal Service Webinar
Tuesday, February 23, 4-5 p.m. CST on Zoom
Hear Senior Public Health Analyst Sika Dedo speak about her path to federal service, and learn about opportunities with the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in this Zoom presentation. If you are interested in public health, government careers, or opportunites to make a difference in providing healthcare in high need areas, learn more and register here!

Internships at Research Park Panel
Friday, February 26, 12-1 p.m. CST on Zoom
Log on to hear a panel discussion from Research Park professionals from Abbott, AbbVie and more, and learn how to land and make the most of an internship. This event is great preparation for the upcoming Research Park Career Fair on March 2. Learn more on Handshake, and register here.

Summer 2021 Virtual Global Experience
Application Deadline: March 16, 2021
Virtual Global Experiences provide students the opportunity to work remotely with organizations around the world, collaborate on hands-on projects, and conduct research with international faculty and peers. Students will participate in a 1 credit pre-professional course during the term they conduct the virtual project and are encouraged to investigate additional internship or independent study credit options within their departments. 

Educators' Job Fair
Monday, March 1, 3 - 7 p.m. CST on Handshake
Over 70 school districts are hiring at this year's Educators' Job Fair! Register now to connect with districts and employers looking to hire teacher-candidates, education students, and school personnel positions. View the list of registered schools/organizations and sign up for a 30 minute group session or a 1:1 video session with an employer. Be sure you have completed your Handshake profile AND uploaded a resume so employers can learn about you! Questions about the virtual format? Learn more here.


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