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February 4, 2021

This week's Student Spotlight is...

Abby Dizon

Senior Abby Dizon misses the warm, positive energy of the College of Education building most of all in these strange times. The positivity from her peers and instructors of present, all the way back to Kindergarten, have influenced her personally and professionally. When asked about her aspirations to teach in Chicago Public Schools as a Golden Apple Scholar, she replied, "I am determined to inspire students and provide them with a reason to be their best self every single day."

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


Thinking of Grad School? Prep for the GRE — TODAY!
February 4, 5 p.m. CST
Zoom meeting password: 439735
Start preparing for the GRE with the help of the Pre Health Ambassadors. They'll discuss resources to make sure you're ready for admission exams in their GRE Prep Zoom Meeting, today at 5 p.m. CST!

LAS Academic Success Workshop Series
Heard how hard those PSYC 100 tests are? Worried about taking Math in college? Biology and ECON got you stressed out? Check out the LAS Academic Success Workshop designed to help students: understand college testing techniques; learn how to read test prompts carefully to determine required actions or responses; update study and preparation techniques for these complex testing environments. All Workshops are held synchronously via Zoom and open to all students. Check out the online schedule, and circle back for updates on more classes to come.

We CU Community Engagement Scholars Program
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!

MLK Creative Writing Contest Awards
Friday, February 5.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. all month long. While the holiday has passed,
 the MLK Creative Writing Contest Awards are this Friday. No registration is required! See the bottom of the
 calendar of events page for the details and video link.

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World
Thinking of which classes you should register for this summer? Look no further! The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This summer SILMW will take place from June 14 to August 7, 2021, offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more! Check out the website to learn more.


Scholarships + Awards


Gilman International Scholarship Program
Writing Workshop: February 5, 3 p.m. CST

This 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, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. To get you started, register for the application writing workshop. Visit their site for more info!

Class of 1914 Memorial Excellence Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 24th, 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.

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


COVID Guideline Reminder — Essential Activities Only
For the first several weeks of classes, students should limit their in-person interactions to only the most essential activities. This also means students should avoid travel outside the Champaign-Urbana area. The target date to lift essential activities only is February 8. Please refer to the Spring 2021 Return to Campus for Students website for further guidance and FAQs. Stay safe, Illini!

Women's Resource Center
Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Women's Resource Center provides support for students and employees who have experienced sexual misconduct, and their support person(s).
Confidential advising is available virtually, over the phone, and in person. Walk in services are available only to those who cannot meet safely remotely. To schedule a free appointment, call (217) 333-3137 or email womenscenter@illinois.edu from a safe number or email account.


Career + Professional Development


Remote Researcher Wanted
The NSF is funding a project to design and develop a Virtual Reality game-based learning environment for college students who are using wheelchairs, and they need your help! They are seeking one junior or senior undergrad researcher who can help schedule, conduct, record, and transcribe interviews via Zoom, as well as help recruit study participants via various channels (e.g., Reddit UIUC, etc.). This is an UG-hourly remote position. Send a resume, a 1-page statement of purpose (single-space, 12 pts, 1” all margins in Word), and contact info of 2 references to Professor Huang at wdhuang@illinois.edu. with the subject: VR UG Research. Good luck!

Leadership Center Job Opportunites
The Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) is hiring for the 2021-2022 academic year! The ILC is currently looking to fill 
Communication & Marketing Specialist, Leadership Certificate Program Specialist, Data Analytics Specialist, Graf Intern, Podcast Intern, and Photographer positions. The application closes soon, apply here!

Spring 2021 NCSA and SPIN Internships
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has lots of internship opportunities for 2021! Internships are paid, and international students are eligible to apply. To learn more about the individual intern programs and general information, visit the SPIN website.

Peace Corps Informational Events
The Peace Corps is hosting several informational events in the next week for curious or interested students. Check out their general info meeting on Tuesday February 9 at 5 p.m. CST, their application interview workshop Thursday, February 18 at 1 p.m. CST, and virtual drop-in hours via the Career Center.


See you next Thursday for another edition of The Update

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