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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
 
 
 
 
 
iSchool Virtual Student Coffee Hour, Oct 16: 10:00 - 11:00 am
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2020

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. 

Library Study Spaces Available

The University Library will begin offering individual quiet study spaces on Sept 14 in the Undergraduate Library and Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. Spaces are limited. Students must make appointments in advance; no walk-up access is available. To make an appointment, visit these individual library homepages: https://library.illinois.edu/enx/ and https://library.illinois.edu/ugl/

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.

Safer Illinois App for COVID Test Results

COVID-19 Guide: What to do right now

Adobe Create Cloud available to students at no cost

The University of Illinois is providing all students with a free Adobe Creative Cloud license until August 1, 2021. To obtain the software, students should visit and complete the WebStore offer.

UIUC AnyWare Service Provides Virtual Access to Software and Desktops

Introducing UIUC AnyWare, a service that provides optimized virtual access to over 100 software applications for students whether working on campus, remotely, or in class. It also offers a remote desktop environment allowing users to access software securely, on multiple devices and operating systems including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Visit the link above for more information and to get started.

 
 
 
 
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

  • October 13 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting midterm grades for freshmen
  • October 16
    • Deadline for UG to drop 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 elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in semester course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in semester course
    • Deadline for UG to withdraw from Fall semester (drop all courses) without grade of W
  • October 19
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Spring 2021 available on Student Self-Service
    • POT B courses begin (non-standard courses may begin earlier or later)
  • October 23
    • Deadline for UG to add POT B (2nd 8 week) course
    • Deadline for ALL students to drop POT B course for refund if reducing assessment range 
  • October 30
    • Deadline to withdraw from the University and receive the minimum 40% pro-rata refund
  • November 2
    • Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
  • November 13
    • Deadline for UG 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 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
  • November 21 – 29
    • Fall Break
  • November 23
    • Spring 2021 open registration begins for all students
    • December 9
    • Last day of instruction
  • December 10
    • Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
  • December 11–18
    • Final examination period
  • December TBA at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting grades.  Students can view final grades the following day via Student Self-Service
  • January – TBA
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 grades are released
  • January – TBA
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 degrees are 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
 
 
 
 
 

#BUILTBYGIRLS is every future tech leader’s secret weapon. Our mission is to prepare the next generation of female and non-binary leaders, builders, and creators for careers powered by technology. At a moment in time where everyone is talking about girls in STEM, we recognize that code is just the beginning. We help young women step boldly into their first career through community, 1:1 professional guidance and practical resources to help her land her dream job. We achieve this by providing high school and college-aged talent with access to real advisors, exclusive events at top tech companies, and no-fluff resources to help them explore and land their first internship or job.

 
 
 
 

For over twenty years, OTCR Consulting has brought together the brightest students at the University of Illinois to solve pressing real-world issues for our clients. Since 1999, we have served as a trusted partner to clients ranging from local startups to Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries and verticals. We pride ourselves on developing our consultants both professionally and personally by providing our members with interdisciplinary skills necessary to succeed in any career of their choosing as well as fostering a close-knit social environment.

 
 
 
 

The Electronic Music Club (EMC) is an organization dedicated to the appreciation, production, and exploration of all genres of electronic music and music in general. We are currently seeking to build the foundation for a strong and welcoming electronic music scene in Champaign-Urbana. Emphasis will be placed on social engagement as well as on opportunities for musical exploration and production. Check us out on Facebook for active updates on the club! 

 
 
 
 
The Latino Student Association's mission is to foster cultural awareness, leadership skills, and educational success for the Latino students at UIUC.
 
 
 
 
ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Siebel Center for Design: Open House, Oct 16, 4:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 

Illinois pre-selection for 2021 Mayo Clinic SURF | Apply by Nov. 8

The Illinois pre-selection period is now open for Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), a 10-week program that invites students to work alongside Mayo Clinic researchers on cutting-edge biomedical research. This special pre-selection process allows for University of Illinois students to submit their SURF application to a selection committee of Illinois faculty and staff. Up to seven of Mayo Clinic’s prestigious fellowships are reserved for Illinois sophomores and juniors who are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a PhD or MD-PhD. The Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance will host virtual office hours on Oct. 13 and 14 for applicants  to ask questions and speak individually with a program administrator. The deadline to apply is Nov. 8. Learn 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

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. 

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
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Grants & Scholarships
 
 
 
 
 
 

Over $25,000 in Scholarships if you…

  • Are a UI undergraduate with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Will have at least 60 hours of credit by the beginning of the Spring 2021
    semester
  • Will graduate no earlier than December 2021 ...then you may qualify for
    one of our scholarships.

More information and an application can be found at www.theillinoisclub.org/scholarship.php 
Application process begins September 8
Application deadline is October 17, 5:00 PM

 
 
OMSA Scholarships
 
 
 

Outside Private Scholarships

 
 
 

National Deadline: February 6, 2019

The UK Summer Fulbright is for U.S. citizen freshmen and sophomores with a GPA of at least 3.7. The award fully funds a 3-4 week course at one of several summer institutes at universities across the United Kingdom.

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 5, 2020

The Truman is for college juniors who are U.S. citizens pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. The Truman awards $30,000 towards graduate studies to students with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service. Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other public service-oriented non-profit organizations.

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
 
 
 

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. 

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

The new Remote.Illinois.edu website provides links, information, tools, and resources to enable a successful transition to blended or all-online teaching, learning, working, and researching at Illinois. Find helpful guides and training for online instruction. And get access to software, technology, library resources, and exam and research support.

Academic Support & Tutoring
Students will find a variety of Academic and Support Services on-campus and within the community. We encourage you to engage with these resources early and often. Most of these services are of no charge. Our offices are always happy to help connect you with the correct resources to ensure you are receiving support. Your academic career, professional development, and your physical and mental health is very important to us.

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.

iSchool COVID-19 Resources
We understand that there is uncertainty about how the University’s decision to move all classes online after spring break will affect the iSchool community. The iSchool and the University continue to provide updates and resources that you may find helpful, including the iSchool’s COVID-19 Resources wiki and the University’s COVID-19 website.

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.

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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