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September 12, 2019

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In The News


Expert Viewpoint: State of Illinois’ Teacher Wage Increase Plan
On the heels of the Illinois teacher wage increase plan signed into law by governor J.B. Pritzker last week, we sat down with Nancy Latham, executive director of the university’s Council on Teacher Education(CoTE) and professor in the College of Education, for her reaction.

Latham currently sits on the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and routinely provides public comment and expert testimony on proposals for rule revisions to various education-related policies. This July, Latham provided U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s office research and talking points on federal education policy issues—many of which the state of Illinois is mirroring. Read more.

Events + Opportunities

Secondary Education Students: Come Meet Your Advisor!
September 17; 4 - 5 p.m. | 192 Education Building
Amanda Heinsman has joined the College of Education staff as the Secondary Education Academic Adviser. Stop by on September 17 to ask questions or tell her about your program and pick some cookies up on the way!


Earn Some Money; Build a Float
Homecoming Parade: October 18
The Office of International Programs is hiring undergraduate students to work on the College of Education float for the Homecoming Parade happening on the evening of October 18. If interested, please email Noor Doukmak with a few sentences describing why your are interested and any ideas you may have for the float.
This is an undergraduate hourly position.

Scholarships + Awards

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.

Explore the Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows Program
Information Session: September 30
The University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows Program is looking for college graduates who are interested in teaching full-time in under-resourced Catholic schools while simultaneously taking graduate courses and receiving a cost-free Master of Education degree. Patrick Couch, Associate Program Director, will be on campus to meet with students who are potentially interested on September 30. Email him for more information or to express interest. You can also learn more about the program 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

Learn More About The Institute by LeaderShape
Information Sessions: 290 Illini Union
September 13; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | September 18; 2 - 3 p.m.
The Institute, provided by LeaderShape, teaches students to lead with integrity and disregard the impossible. The Institute is a six-day, five-night leadership retreat teaching visioning, relationship building, and the importance of leading with integrity. The Illinois Leadership Center encourages all students attend an informational session to learn more about this once in a lifetime experience. Applications are due October 28. Learn more here.

Join the Provost's Undergraduate Student Advisory Board
Application Deadline: September 23
Are you looking for leadership experience? Do you want to share your experience at Illinois? Do you want to impact the future of our camps? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the Office of the Provost wants to hear from you! Board m
embers meet a few times each semester to share suggestions to stregthen the undergraduate student experience at Illinois. This year's focus will be on the challenges and opportunities for student success on campus. Apply here.


Attend the Majors and Minors Fair
September 23; 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Illini Union Rooms A, B, C
The Division of General Studies, The Career Center, and University Housing would like to invite students to the 2019 Majors and Minors Fair. Explore different departments and meet face-to-face with representatives from programs across campus. 

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.


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