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Jan. 24, 2019


Student Spotlight


A Trip to South Africa
Last summer, Elementary Education Junior Nia Curtis took an 18-hour flight out of the country for the first time. She met her mother, a high school English teacher and Fulbright Recipient, in South Africa. Over the summer they traveled to Botswana, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Zimbabwe. Her mother was working on literature curriculum in secondary schools as part of her Fulbright program and Nia got to visit one. She said she met a group of teen moms who despite challenges, were still eager to finish high school. While traveling Nia was able to visit two of the world's natural wonders, — Table Mountain and Victoria Falls — almost come face to face with an elephant, and watch her mother encourage young girls to pursue an education; however, one of the greatest things this trip taught her was the perspective of Americans in other countries, and in return, Americans perspective of them. She said that the students she met with were excited to meet Black Americans becuase most Americans they had seen did not look like them. Nia said it was an amazing experience for both them and her. 

You can read more about Nia here.

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Events + Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for 2019 Youth Literature Festival
Community Day Celebration, March 30
The Youth Literature Festival brings award-winning authors to area schools in a three-day event that culminates with the free Community Day celebration with author presentations, books signings, puppet shows, music, activities for kids, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

The Festival is looking for volunteers for the event. They will need many hands to welcome more than 1,500 attendees. The biannual Festival aims to create and cultivate the love of reading in the lives of children and youth around Illinois schools and community.

If you are interested in volunteering complete the form.

Volunteer to Tutor with SOAR
SOAR: Student Opportunities for After-School Resources is a partnership between the University of Illinois and the International Prep Academy (IPA) in Champaign. The program provides after-school enrichment for Latina/o bilingual youth. Children in grades 2-5 benefit from tutoring in reading and homework followed by social activities.

One-on-One Tutoring
SOAR tutoring is scheduled for TWR from 2–3:15 p.m., with time for reading, homework assistance, and social activities with the children. Illinois students are paired with the same child for the semester and may choose to volunteer more than one day per week. Spanish-speaking skills are not necessary in order to participate. Tutors will need to complete a background check through the Champaign School District by the third week of classes. The SOAR program coordinator will provide the clearance form for the tutors. This opportunity is especially interesting to Illinois students who want to gain cross-cultural awareness and relationship skills. Email Maria Lang to get started.

Hear About Student Expriences in Spain at Global Cafe

Jan. 25; Noon
Education Building 260A
This Friday join the Office of Internation Programs in room 260A and hear about UIUC student experiences in Spain! They will be sharing stories, answering questions, and providing information on the upcoming 2019 spring break program in Tarragona and Barcelona. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

You can find the Global Cafe schedule for every Friday here.

Become a McKinley Fitness Peer
Information Meeting: Feb. 4; 4 p.m.
ARC Meeting Room 2
The Health Education Unit of McKinley Health Center is looking for student leaders interested in fitness and overall health. Fitness Peers are volunteers that are dedicated to spreading awareness to others about the benefits of fitness and wellness through workshops, campaigns, and events. Their Fitness Peers are competent and passionate individuals who enjoy working with others across campus and in the C-U community. Enhance your leadership skills and meet new people on campus who share the same interests as you!

For more information contact

Feminist Fridays
Feb.1; Noon
1205 W Nevada St.
The GWS alumni who will be visiting on Feminist Fridays this spring represent a variety of careers, but may be of particular interest to students looking for work in non-profits, social justice, and social service agencies. Feminist Fridays are open to everyone—pizza provided!

Tutors Needed at Urbana Middle and High Schools
Urbana Middle and High Schools are recruiting volunteers for tutoring. If interested contact Heidi Reible at She will follow up to facilitate completion of the requirements including scheduling an individual orientation.

Getting Started in Research? Attend This Workshop
Jan 28, 30, & Feb. 1; 3-4 p.m.
During this workshop, the Office of Undergraduate Research will discuss the importance of conducting research as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of how to deal with problems faced when getting started in research, and (2) an idea of how undergraduate research can benefit them both personally and in their future careers.

Participation is by advanced registration only; Workshop locations and registration link can be found here.

Submit Your Work for the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Application Deadline: Feb. 1
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is currently accepting submissions for the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 18. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 14-20), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as corporate partners and sponsors, to learn more about undergraduate research and its potential to change the world. Over the course of the day, students present their work in concurrent oral and poster presentations (including creative performances), the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the caliber of our undergraduates.

All undergraduate students currently involved with research are eligible to present. Learn more.

Scholarships + Awards

Freshmen and Sophomores: Become a Golden Apple Scholar
Application Deadline: March 1
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program is now recruiting aspiring teachers for Illinois schools-of-need. Scholars are provided with extensive teaching experience and advanced preparation to supplement their college curriculum, academic support throughout their preparation in college, college tuition-assistance, and mentoring during their first years of teaching.

Apply here.

Learn about the Gilman International Scholarship Program
Information Session: Jan. 31; 3:30-4:30 p.m. & Feb. 1; 3-4 p.m.
807 S. Wright St. Floor 5 (514 IUB)

Are you interested in study abroad, but concerned about the cost? The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need based award, and to be eligible, students currently must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. 

The National and International Scholarships Program will assist in reviewing your scholarship application material. They welcome the opportunity to help make your application more competitive! To get you started, they are offering a two-day informational event about the Gilman Scholarship.

For more information, contact the scholarships office at or visit their website.

Apply for The Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship
Application Deadline: Feb. 15

The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus undergraduate students in all programs are eligible to apply

Apply for the Mary Ramier Grant
Application Deadline: March 1

The Mary Ramier grant is set up to inspire undergraduate women to develop as successful leaders, activists, and professionals. 

The grant will be awarded competitively and can be used to:

  • Support research (e.g. research travel; materials such as books, recording equipment, etc.; conference travel)
  • Creative projects (e.g. zines, films, play, etc.)
  • Field trips that are related to gender and women’s studies
  • Other activities that promote the advancement of women 

Learn more.

Become A Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow
Application Deadline: Jan. 31

This prestigious Fellowship offers a generous stipend toward completion of a master's degree program in education at a Woodrow Wilson partner institution in Georgia or Pennsylvania. The program includes a yearlong clinical experience in a local high-need school, rigorous subject matter courses, professional development opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring throughout the three-year teaching commitment. In addition, Fellows gain access to a network of over 22,000 outstanding teachers and scholars, including Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and Field Medalists. 

Learn more and apply.

Career + Professional Development

Register for Noble School Career Fair
Feb. 6; 6-8 p.m.
Johnson College Prep, 6350 S Stewart Ave, Chicago, IL
The Winter Noble School Career Fair is in two weeks! This fair is a chance for students to meet with Principals and Hiring Managers from numerous Noble campuses at once. Registration is filling up fast so register today. Reach out to Hailey Ott at with questions.

Apply for Student Employment at Illinois Leadership Center
Application Deadline: Feb. 11
Are you a student looking for a rewarding on-campus job for the 2019-2020 Academic Year? Look no further! The Illinois Leadership Center is hiring for a variety of positions, and they want YOU to join the ILC family. Learn more here.

Apply now.

Work at the Champaign County Forest Preserve Summer 2019
The Champaign County Forest Preserve is offering seasonal and summer positions through the Museum & Education Department.

  • Seasonal Naturalist (Homer Lake)
  • Nature Day Camp Educators (Homer Lake)
  • Interpretive Center Assistant (Homer Lake)
  • Campground Naturalist (Middle Fork)

Apply here.


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