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first image of a black hole

Illinois helps produce first image
of a black hole

Astronomy professor explains university's role
in the scientific breakthrough.




Illinois students near Chicago's Oakwood Community Center 



Students join effort to revitalize a community

What's key to restoring Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood? Asking the kids out to play.


Leanne Knobloch 



Dealing with readjustment

Study suggests how and when to support military couples after homecoming.

students in the main lobby of Lincoln Hall 



Discovery Partners Institute announces first round of seed funding recipients

Three projects in the College of LAS selected to tackle “grand challenges.”

Edgar Garbelotto 



(Not) lost in translation

Illinois graduate student's translation brings a well-respected novel to light.


Students at the Datathon event 



A question of statistics

Students predict stock market activity at 36-hour Datathon competition.


Marsha Barrett 



Illinois history professor awarded ACLS Fellowship

Marsha Barrett will contextualize the decline of moderation in U.S. politics.


George Akst 



Life after a leap of faith

Forty years ago, George Akst was offered a professor position. Then he followed a new calling.




arctic Expedition photo from the Spurlock Museum 



Exploring the Arctic Expedition

Join the LAS Alumni Association, in partnership with the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, for a special event and reception at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Spurlock Museum.


Illinois LAS blue mug 




Show your LAS pride!

LAS T-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise are
now for sale via the Illini Union Bookstore.
Place your order today.

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Join us!

LAS alumni are invited to connect with others through the college’s LinkedIn Group. 

Heather Holmes with camper 

You never know when that “aha!” moment will strike. It came to Heather Holmes, a senior in molecular and cellular biology, as she worked at a summer camp for people with special needs.

The connections she forged with campers were unlike any other. She learned how a little girl relayed her pain by the way she talked to her doll. She carried campers on her back in the pool. She learned a lesson in compassion that changed her life.

Heather plans to be a physician assistant. She realizes the power of her scholarships, which allowed her to work at the camp without worrying about making money. It meant that she found her calling. It means that someday, someone will fall under the care of a certain physician assistant who feels her responsibility to the core.

Read Heather’s story and learn more about how scholarships give students like her the freedom to find what they’re meant to be.

  All together. Amazing.  

For more than 100 years, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has been the beating heart of the University of Illinois, providing students with an education that’s as focused as it is diverse. We’re making groundbreaking discoveries in the lab, using literature and languages to understand and interpret historical and current events and peoples, and developing an understanding of society and individuals. Working together, our people, programs, and facilities make the College of LAS altogether amazing.


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