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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.

iSchool B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS) Intercollegiate Transfer Sessions (ICT) are now available! You will find details below, and on the ICT Page of our website. Find details about the application, degree, careers, and more: BS/IS Website. If you are no longer interested in Information Sciences, you can unsubscribe here.

 
 
 
 
ADVISING
 
 
 
 

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

*We are working from home for the next few weeks. 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
 
 
 
 
DEGREE INFORMATION
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

ICT (Transfer)/Dual-Degree 
Details available on our website about the application process, including requirements, materials, and dates

 
 

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).

 
 
 
 
BS/IS INTERCOLLEGIATE TRANSFER (ICT) SESSIONS
 
 
 
 

Students interested in the B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS) degree should attend one of our upcoming Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) Sessions. ICT Sessions are available starting Monday, August 26th. If the times do not work, please email us directly at ischool-is@illinois.edu.

We will provide you with helpful details about the iSchool, degree, and the ICT requirements and application process. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply. Please register in advance for one of the sessions. Sessions will be available weekly at the times below:

The ICT Application is currently open! You can find it here.

 
 
 
 
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. 

 
 

Emily serves on the boards of the Association for Information Science & TechnologyBeta Phi Mu, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team.

 
 
Jill Naiman, Teaching Assistant Professor & Visiting Scholar with NCSA

Jill is currently teaching at the iSchool, UIUC and a Visiting Scholar at NCSA where she is teaching & researching methods for efficient and engaging data visualization in technological fields. Before her current appointment, she completed the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Theory and Computation Postdoctoral fellowships at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Her Ph.D. is in Astronomy & Astrophysics from University of California, Santa Cruz where she studied feedback in star clusters with numerical simulations, and later simulations of galaxy formation.

 
 

His research is centered around usable privacy and security, and social computing. His work has appeared in news media such as The New York TimesWall Street Journal, BBC, and China Daily. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, Google, Alcatel-Lucent, and The Privacy Projects. He received his PhD in information and computer science from the University of California, Irvine.

 
 
 
 
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
iSchool Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Are you interested in putting your computer and technical skills to good use? Do you like working with a variety of people?  If so, then you should think about becoming one of the U of I Tech Volunteers at Clark-Lindsey Village (a retirement community located just south of campus at Windsor and Race).  The U of I Tech Help at CLV Project started as a service-learning opportunity 12.5 years ago.  Students spend an hour on Friday afternoons (from 3-4 pm) in the CLV library helping residents with basic tech-related issues ranging from document formatting and setting up email on mobile devices to troubleshooting printers and using FaceTime, and everything else in between!  Check out this 2013 YouTube video about the project!

Use your skills to make a positive impact in someone else’s life!  Become a Tech Volunteer! Bring a friend!!  Help spread the word! This project is open to anyone on campus- not just INFO students.

If you are interested in participating this summer or in the fall, please send Karin Readel an email (kereadel@illinois.edu) to be added to the list.

 
 
 
 
iSchool News
 
 
 
 

iSchool to assume administration of Informatics programs
Effective August 16, administration of the Illinois Informatics Institute will be transferred from the Office of the Provost to the School of Information Sciences. This will be a hosting relationship that preserves the multidisciplinary nature of the Institute’s programs, which are managed by several colleges including the iSchool.

Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub announces leadership changes
As its second year of new funding begins, there is new leadership at the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub (MBDH), with a swap in principal investigators and the appointment of a new executive director. Catherine Blake, a co-principal investigator (PI) on the project, has moved into the PI role, while William (Bill) Gropp transitions to co-PI duties. Blake is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Computer Science. At the iSchool, she serves as associate director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and director of the graduate programs in information management and bioinformatics.

NSF and NIFA awards CDA $20M to develop new AIFARMS Institute
The National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes program awarded $20 million to the Center for Digital Agriculture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for the new Artificial Intelligence for Future Agricultural Resilience, Management, and Sustainability (AIFARMS) Institute. The program, a joint effort between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture was created in response to the White House's 2019 update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan, which aims to provide support for AI research that focuses on impacting and improving society.

 
 
 
 
Other Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Internship Opportunities with Research Park

Click here to check out the Research Park Job Board and see all of their openings. 

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 .

Big Data Summit [Updated!]
November 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, & 13th | Virtual
This interactive conference offers participants the opportunity to learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities.

Free Virtual Statistical & Data Consulting, Workshops, and Resources

Do you need help with data, troubleshooting your code, or understanding your analysis?  Consulting and training workshops are open to campus for the following software programs: Stata, SAS, ATLAS.ti, SPSS, R, Python. All services are free and offered in partnership with CITL, the Library Scholarly Commons, and Tech Services. For open hours and workshop registration, visit our website.

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. 

Colloquium on Digital Transformation Science: Virtual Sessions

  • Inference | Oct 29th, 3pm
  • Reconstructing SARS-COV-2 Response Pathways | Nov 5th, 3pm
  • Mathematics of Deep Learning | Nov 12th, 12pm
  • Mining Diagnostics Sequences for SARS-CoV-2 Using Variation-Aware, Graph-Based Machine Learning Approaches Applied to SARS-CoV-1, SARS-CoV-2, and MERS Datasets | Nov 19th, 3pm
  • Bringing Social Distancing to Light: Architectural Interventions for COVID-19 Containment | Dec 3rd, 3pm
  • Housing Precarity, Eviction, and Inequality in the Wake of COVID-19 | Dec 10th, 3pm

Center for Artifical Intelligence Innovation (Illinois NSCA): CAii Fall Seminar Series

  • DEMYSTIFYING HARDWARE ACCELERATION FOR MACHINE LEARNING| Nov2, Monday 11:00am
  • CHEMICAL IMAGING FOR AN EXPANDED VIEW OF THE PATHOLOGIC BASIS OF DISEASE: A CHALLENGE FOR AI | Nov 9, Monday 11:00am
  • DATA HETEROGENEITY AND DISEASE SURVEILLANCE: IMPACTS ON PRECISION AND ACCURACY | Nov 16, Monday 11:00am
 
 
 
 
Community Meetup Groups
 
 
 
 
Champaign-Urbana Data Science User Group
The aim of the user group is to build a community of interest around data science to foster learning, collaboration, and networking. The group serves both students and professionals to bridge the gap between the analytical sciences and practical applications of industry. Read More
 
Py-CU: Python Software Foundation Meetup Pro Network
We are a bunch of people who want to get together to learn, teach, share and discuss all things related to the Python programming language and other programming topics. We love Python but we also love coding languages in general. Read More
 
UX Champaign-Urbana (CU)
Join us for activities every month. We coordinate UX Book Club meetups and Content Strategy meetups every month. We are also a local chapter of IxDA. Interact with students and professionals looking to share their passion and knowledge of UX, IA, UI, IxD, etc. Anyone can attend — just come with an open mind and an interest in the subject. Read More

Champaign Blockchain Meetup
This is group is for anyone interested in distributed ledger technology (i.e. blockchains, cryptography, smart contracts, decentralized applications (DApps) cryptocurrency/tokens, and relevant related subjects). Read More

AnsibleCU
Leverage Ansible, Terraform, and other Infrastructure as Code tools to increase efficiency and reduce time spent on routine server configuration. Read More

Central Illinois Digital Forensics User Group
East Central Illinois has quietly become a focal point for the art, science and occasional black magic of digital forensics - the analysis of digital data for investigative purposes. Between law enforcement, private investigators, and University faculty, staff and students, there is now a diverse group of people with skills and experience in the field. Read More

Champaign Urbana Cloud Computing Platform User Group Meetup
Professionals and students in Champaign-Urbana Illinois and the surrounding region with an interest in cloud computing platforms including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud. Read More

 
 
 
 
 
Career Center Events & Opportunities
 
 
 
 

Join The Career Center for a myriad of events*Many of their services have shifted to virtual meetings.

Try Big Interview!

If you are a current student and want some practice before a job interview, check out the University of Illinois' Big Interview online resources. They provide tools and resources to help prepare students for job interviews including: virtual mock interviews, a large database of questions with tips for answering them, a video training system, and more. To register:

  1. Go to https://illinois.biginterview.com/ and click "Register".
  2. Enter your school email address, name, and password, and click “Create my Account”
  3. Log in and start using Big Interview.

Mock Interviews with the Career Center

Drop-In Career Advising

Career Closet [Temporarily Closed]

Resume, LinkedIn, and Cover Letter Reviews

Career Center Resource Library
Searching for jobs or internships? Stop by The Career Center Library to check out hundreds of books on career exploration, interviews, job hunting, applying to graduate school, and more. Read more.

Last week’s online chat between recruiters from EY and Uber with a VP from Handshake and Johns Hopkins’ Career Services Director has been archived here for anyone interested. Vision Chats - Jobs, Internships, and College Recruiting in a Covid-19 Economy, March 26, 2020

 
 
 
 
Support Services
 
 
 
 

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.

ARC Student Food Pantry

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. 

August 25 • Tuesdays 1 - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 2 - 5 p.m. • ARC Instructional Kitchen

Counseling Center & Consultations
Students who would like to schedule a phone consultation with a counselor can call us at 217-333-3704. We soon will be offering telehealth online counseling and will communicate about that on our website once it is available. 
We now are also offering brief online mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, and other common mental health concerns. These screenings are confidential and are meant to assist students have an informed conversation with their counselor--they are not intended to provide a diagnosis. 
For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. We also have an extensive list of resources available on our website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States. 

Time Management Workshop
We know that this semester especially, focusing and getting tasks done on time can be difficult for students.  Along with staff, a few of the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals have created a brief, online tutorial with practical tips for time management in these difficult times. The tutorial can be accessed any time on their website.  

Attend Recognition, Insight, and Openness (RIO) Online!
The Counseling Center will be offering its RIO Mindfulness instruction via Zoom starting later this week.
This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. We do strongly encourage you to be available to attend both online sessions. To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/RIO. After you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to attend and your materials.

Additional RIO sessions will likely be offered this semester. If the times above don’t work for you, please check their website soon for other dates and times.

Student Affairs COVID-19 Support List
Student Affairs has highlighted resources for your use. In addition, all of Student Affairs resources are listed in the table below on their website.

 
 
 
 
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