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September 5, 2019

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Student Spotlights


Mike Rotter | Illini 4000
Special Education Junior Mike Rotter spent his summer riding a bike across the country from New York City to San Francisco with the Illini 4000 team. Every summer the group sets out on their cross-country adventure to raise money for cancer research and support services.

“Some of the highlights from this trip included talking to cancer patients and survivors, visiting national parks like Grand Teton and Yellowstone, reaching the Pacific Ocean in California, and experiencing so many cultures across the states.” Read more about Mike's journey here.

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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

Career Success Workshops For Students With Autism
If you are a student with autism who is looking to enter the job market, The Microsoft Lighthouse Initiative is conducting workshops that may be a valuable resource for you! These workshops will include skills for networking and working in teams, tips for managing stress and deadlines, and information on companies that have internships and special hiring initiatives for students on the autism spectrum. Food will be provided during workshop sessions. For more information email Jeanne Kramer.

Join the Fight Against Cancer With Illini 4000
Multiple Info Sessions 
Illini 4000 is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the American cancer experience through The Portraits Project, raising funds for cancer research and patient support services, as well as spreading awareness for the fight against cancer through annual cross-country bike rides.

Applications are now open for the 2020 Bike America Team! Attend an info session to learn more or apply now.

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.


Apply For the Conference Travel Grant
Application Deadline: October 2
This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference travel for attendance only; grants are meant for students who will present their work.
Find more details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application here.

Scholarships + Awards

Learn About the Gilman International Scholarship
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 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.

Learn About the Churchill Scholarship
Information Session: September 13; 3 - 4 p.m.
514 Illini Union Bookstore
Are you a STEM student interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree at Cambridge University? The Churchill Scholarship supports one year of graduate study leading to a degree (generally a master's) in engineering, mathematics, and/or the sciences at Cambridge University, England.

This informational session and application workshop is targeted to seniors and will provide an overview of the Churchill Scholarship. The session will discuss basic eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and the application process for this award. The latter portion of the event is designed to introduce some of the application components for the scholarship and help participants start to develop content for them. Information regarding the Churchill Scholarship can be found here.

Apply For A Scholarship With The Illinois Club
Application Deadline: October 12
If you have a 2.75 or higher GPA, will have at least 60 hours of credit by the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester, and will graduate no earlier than December 2020, then you may qualify for one of The Illinois Club's scholarships. More information and an application can be found here.


Apply For the Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: October 18
his grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks and materials or other ancillary costs. Find more information here.

Freshmen: Apply For the Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: November 1
Freshmen who have demonstrated an aptitude for and a skill in writing poetry are encouraged to apply for the Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. To apply, students must submit five poems that do not exceed five total pages. Please include the name, address, phone number, email, and UIN on a title page separate from the poem entry. For submission information contact Deb Stauffer.

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

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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