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September 19, 2019

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In The News


U of I Professor Studies Correlation Between Education and Video Games
Video games and science usually don’t mix, but, associate professor of Educational Psychology Chad Lane disagrees. And he should know--he's studied kids playing games for years now, starting with his own son playing Minecraft.

“I found myself really compelled by what he was doing,” Lane said. “Building fantastic machines, exploring different sorts of maps and worlds and interacting with creatures and building buildings he could never do in the real world.” Read more.

Events + Opportunities

De-stress Before The Test
Test Anxiety Workshop: October 1; 4 - 5 p.m.
192 Education Building
The College of Education has partnered with the campus Counseling Center to provide a Test Anxiety Workshop.The workshop will address anxiety control and test taking strategies. All students welcome!

Join Engineering Education Research Team
An NSF project is looking for undergraduates who are interested in engineering education (particularly in qualitative methods) to participate as part of the research team. Find the description of the position here.

Attend the Research Showcase; Win a Prize
The Bureau of Education Research is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary. Active research teams from the College will be offering live demonstrations, exhibits, and stories. This is a great opportunity to learn about active educational research projects and interact directly with College research faculty and students. Visit the research showcase stations, collect stamps, and become eligible to win the Bureau Research Showcase Prize— a $150 technology gift card. Learn more about the showcase here.


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

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

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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