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February 11, 2021

This week's Student Spotlight is...

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Gwen Cox

It's easier than ever for our vision to be fogged when thinking about future plans in a time of such unpredictability. Freshman Gwen Cox understands that the importance of education is one constant she can count on. Gwen observes, "the next generation of students have a big impact on our future, and to have to opportunity to fuel the next generation to have big goals and inspire them to keep learning would be an amazing experience."

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


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.

Campus Study Hall Locations
Beginning Feb. 16, the Wellness Ambassadors program will begin hosting campus study halls. The study halls offer students the opportunity to study in select campus classrooms while the ambassadors ensure compliance with testing requirements, face coverings, and adherence to room capacity. The study halls offered are Tuesdays 5:30-8 p.m. in Everitt Lab 2310, Thursdays 6-9 p.m. in Bevier Hall 108, and Sundays 6-9 p.m. in Gregory Hall 100. Check the study spaces webpage for more info.

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!


Scholarships + Awards


Gilman International Scholarship Program
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. Visit their site for more info!

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


Tuesday @ 7 Workshops
Tuesday February 16, 7 p.m. CST
Zoom ID: 844 1537 2453, Password: tue7
The Counseling Center Paraprofessionals lead a weekly workshop focusing on topics that are often growth areas for students entitled Tuesday @ 7 over Zoom. Next Tuesday's workshop is "You're Not Alone, Coping with Loneliness". All students are welcome, view the upcoming topic schedule here.

Sit with Sankofa Consultation Hours
Thursdays at 4 p.m. CST
Zoom ID: 926 0208 7456, Password: 276763
Need a safe space to discuss how you feel about everything that’s going on? Join us and Sit with Sankofa Black Student Outreach Team on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on Zoom!

Women's Resource Center
Open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CST
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


Spring 2021 NCSA and SPIN Internships
Application Deadline: MONDAY 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 Application Workshop
Thursday, February 18, 1 p.m. CST
The Peace Corps is hosting several informational events in the next week for curious or interested students. Check out their application interview workshop Thursday, February 18 at 1 p.m. CST, and virtual drop-in hours via the Career Center.
If these times do not fit your schedule, email campus recruiter Nick Melrose at nmelros2@illinois.edu to find a time that works!

Educators' Job Fair
Monday, March 1, 3 - 7 p.m. CST
Virtual on Handshake
Over 70 school districts are hiring at this year's Educators' Job Fair! Register now to connect with districts and employers looking to hire teacher-candidates, education students, and school personnel positions. View the list of registered schools/organizations and sign up for a 30 minute group session or a 1:1 video session with an employer. Be sure you have completed your Handshake profile AND uploaded a resume so employers can learn about you! Questions about the virtual format? Learn more here.

Summer 2021 Virtual Global Experience
Application Deadline: March 16, 2021
Virtual Global Experiences provide students the opportunity to work remotely with organizations around the world, collaborate on hands-on projects, and conduct research with international faculty and peers. Students will participate in a 1 credit pre-professional course during the term they conduct the virtual project and are encouraged to investigate additional internship or independent study credit options within their departments. 


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