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August 29, 2019

Welcome back, Illini! We hope you're ready for another great semester. 



Student Spotlights


Trey Harris | Sights & Sounds
Trey Harris, a Junior in Middle Grades Education, has been part of Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) for almost two years.
“My favorite thing about Sights & Sounds is being able to see most, if not all of the freshmen in one central location. It’s amazing to see new faces and welcome them into the University. They have so many questions that I’m willing and ready to answer.”

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Events + Opportunities

Learn How to Get Started in Research
Multiple Workshop Sessions Available
During the "Getting Started in Research" Workshop, participants will discuss the various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide students to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact.

Please note, workshops are limited to 50 students to allow for individualized instruction. Register early. 

Find the Value of Undergraduate Research
Multiple Workshop Sessions Available
During this workshop, participants will discuss the importance (i.e. the personal and professional benefits) of conducting research as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of how to deal with problems faced when getting started in research, and (2) an idea of how undergraduate research can benefit them both personally and in their future careers. Register here

Learn the Ins and Outs of Proposal Writing
Multiple Workshop Sessions Available
This workshop will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guide students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process. Register here


Celebrate Illinois Abroad Day
September 4; 11 a.m. - 3
p.m. | 260A Education Building & Campus-Wide Fair on Main Quad
You are invited to attend Illinois Abroad Day, a campus-wide study abroad event. Visit the Education International Programs office to explore study abroad programs, talk to returnees, and get inspired for your next trip abroad. 

Attend the Petullo Insight I-Program With the Illini Leadership Center
September 7; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Illini Union, Illini Room ABC
The Petullo Insight program is designed to help students focus on self-awareness and self-management skills. Students who participate will identify their personal values and personal leadership philosophy, while exploring their personal strengths and social identities. Learn more about the Illinois Leadership Center I-Programs here.

Scholarships + Awards

Learn About the Gilman International Scholarship
Information Session: September 5; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. |
1002 Lincoln Hall
Writing Workshop: September 6; 3 - 4 p.m. | 514 IUB
Are you interested in study abroad, but concerned about the cost? The Gilman International Scholarship 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. Learn more about the info session and writing workshop

Learn About the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Information Session: September 9; 2 - 4 p.m. 
Illini Union, Rooms A & B

The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships will hold its annual information session on the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRF) on September 9. Students considering applying and faculty and staff wishing to learn more about the fellowship are invited.

The three-year fellowship provides a $34,000 annual stipend, a cost-of-education allowance, international research opportunities, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. Learn more and register here.

Career + Professional Development

Activate Your Handshake Account
Handshake accounts are automatically created for all enrolled on-campus students. With Handshake you can get connected with: career fair information, on-campus interviews, full-time employment opportunities, internship postings, company profiles and reviews, and peer messaging. Activate your account now

Fulfill EPOL Requirements This Fall
EPS 420: Sociology of Education; Tuesdays, 3 - 4:50 p.m.
EPS 420 Sociology of Education can be used to fulfill the EPOL social foundations requirements for advanced hours for Learning and Education Studies (LES) majors. This course is a sociological examination of education and schooling in society. CRN #64995. 

EPS 421: Racial & Ethnic Families Diversity; Tuesdays, 10 - 11:50 a.m.
EPS 421 (same as HDFS 424 and AFRO 421) can be used to fulfill the EPOL social foundations requirement for advanced hours requirements for Learning and Education Studies (LES) Undergraduate students. This course is a sociological examination of racial and ethnic families diversity across and within racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. and the basis of family ethnic diversity in various regions of the world. CRN #64988. 

Attend the Illinois Part-Time Job Fair
September 3; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Illini Union Room B
The Illinois Part-Time Job Fair is open to all students on campus seeking opportunities to make some extra money and build their career competencies while completing their academics. Opportunities at this fair are paid positions on campus or in the Champaign/Urbana community.

Learn How to Ace Your Interview
September 4; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | The Career Center Room 143
During an interview, you only have a short time to convey you are a great fit for a position or organization. Learn the most common types of interviews, how to prepare for an interview, how to structure answers to interview questions, and tips for following up after an interview.

Update Your Professional Wardrobe With 60% Off 
September 8; 6 - 8:30 | JC Penney
Join us at JC Penney where you will receive up to 60% off all suits, professional attire, luggage, and accessories. You will also be able to get measured for a suit and get tips and advice on putting together business professional attire. 

Optional transportation will be provided. The first bus will leave at 5:45 p.m. Please check Handshake for further details. 

Prep For Career Fair
September 9; 4 - 5 p.m. | The Career Center Room 143
Attending a career fair is an important step towards obtaining an internship or full-time employment, and Illinois offers several career fairs. We know your time is limited, but you do not need a lot of time to get the most out of a career fair. This workshop teaches you what to expect as well as how to create your elevator pitch, navigate employer booths, and follow up with employers after the event.


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