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Jan. 31, 2019


Student Spotlight


Xue Yan Chen | Research Grant for Capstone Project

Learning and Education Studies Senior, Xue Yan Chen received a $1,050 Undergraduate Research Support grant for her capstone project. She is working to develop an interactive prototype application grounded in the keyword method and usability testing to access effectiveness on Spanish vocabulary recall and comprehension.

You can read more about Xue here.

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Events + Opportunities

Application for Spring Break Study Abroad Extended 
NEW Deadline: Feb. 8
Spring break application deadline has been moved to Friday, February 8. There is still time to decide to spend a life-changing week in a different country while exploring its culture and visiting the schools!

Summer break application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 15.

If you have questions, visit International Programs in Room 260A or email!

Attention Seniors!
University-Wide Commencement: May 11; 9:30 a.m.
College of Education Convocation: May 11; 1 p.m.
Registration for Convocation by: April 1
Information about eligibiliy, academic attire, hooders for doctoral candidates, arrival and check-in, and a Convocation 2019 to-do checklist can be found here

Register early! If you have any questions contact

Show Your Expertise at the Science & Engineering Fair at Next Generation School
Event: Feb. 15
Sign-up by: Feb. 5
NGS has been hosting an annual Science & Engineering fair for several years. For the students, a part of the fair experience is getting to share their projects with experts in the science field and receiving feedback from them. Students' projects are not graded or judged for prizes, so the fair and the feedback from experts serves as an opportunity for them to gain knowledge and interest in science and engineering topics. They are still looking for experts for the fair this year. There are two time slots from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 12-3:00 p.m. You would be discussing projects with students from kindergarten to 8th grade, ranging in topics from programming robots to coding a phone app to experimenting with slime, lava lamps, balloon-powered cars, and more!

If science is an area of passion for you, please contact College of Education alumna, Stacie Nakamura at about your interest in this event.

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.

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.

Hear About Student Expriences in Costa Rica at Global Cafe

Feb. 1; Noon
Education Building 260A
This Friday, February 1st, join us in room 260A and learn about our upcoming 2019 spring break program in the beautiful city of San Joaquin de Flores. Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

You can find the Global Cafe schedule for every Friday 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

Creative Writing Awards 2019
Application Deadline: Feb. 25
The English Department announces its annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry. Depending on available funding, there will be 2-3 prizes in Fiction and 2-3 in Poetry this year. Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1000. Check out for further information and any reminders/updates.

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

Career + Professional Development

Intern at Research Park
Application Deadline: March 1
The 2019 Summer Research Internship P
rogram provides an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces the interns to the world of business research. This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all majors are encouraged to apply. The program runs from May 28, 2019 – July 26 or August 2, 2019 (end dates to be determined). Apply now. 

Join The Career Center Team
Application Deadline: Feb 14
The Career Center is seeking two energetic and customer-oriented undergraduates to join their student summer internship program. 

They are also recruiting students who are looking for on-campus jobs. To become a career services paraprofessions, apply here

Suit-Up Event
March 31; 5-9 p.m.
Join us at JCPenney where you will receive an additional 40% off all suits and professional attire and accessories. You will also be able to be measured for a suit and get tips and advice on putting together business professional attire. Join faculty and staff, students, and alumni for a night of professional shopping.

Transportation will be provided for students who pre-register in Handshake. If you don't need transportation bring you icard to the event to recieve the discount. 

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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