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October 3, 2019

This week on the 'gram:

"On Friday, the Bureau of Educational Research (BER) celebrated their 100th anniversary. 🎉
Throughout the day panelists discussed the past, present, and future BER initiatives, researchers showcased their current projects, and everyone enjoyed celebrating BER’s impact on the #ILLINOIS campus over the last 100 years."



In The News


Recap: Summit on Statweide K-12 Curriculum for Computer Science
Despite the state’s efforts to advance computer science education, there are still many unanswered questions about just what a K-12 curriculum would look like.

That’s why more than 200 high school computer science teachers, tech leaders and field advocates gathered last Friday at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) on the University of Illinois campus for the first-ever statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit. Read more.


Student Spotlight


Devon Jackson | A Future In ESL
Since she was six years old, Devon knew she wanted to pursue a career path that would allow her to be a mentor and give back to her community; years later, her plan is more developed. Upon graduation in 2021 from Middle Grades Education with a minor in Literacy and ESL, Devon aspires to pursue a career as an on-set teacher in the entertainment industry. Eventually she would also like to teach abroad at an international school in South Korea where she studied last spring. 

You can read more about Devon's #ILLINOIS experience here.

Do you want to be featured in The Student Spotlight? Submit your story!


This Week at The Career Center 

Events + Opportunities

Learn About Off-Campus Community Living
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Off-Campus Community Living (formally known as the Tenant Union) provides support to students residing in privately owned apartments and homes. Their website provides information and tools that help students in their search for an apartment, negotiation of their lease, and their rights and responsibilities as tenants. Students can look through the Housing Explorer database to find apartments that may meet their housing needs or review landlord complaints made to Off-Campus Community Living. Attend an event to learn more.

Interested In Secondary Education? Come Chat
Prospective Student Meetings: Every Other Thursday; 4 p.m.
192 Education Building
Students interested in the Secondary Education minor should attend Prospective Student Meetings every other Thursday. Basic information about the minor will be reviewed and students can ask questions about the program. If you have any questions please email secedadvising@education.illinois.edu.

Achieve Your Goals With StudentLingo
StudentLingo is a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans, and valuable resources focused on helping college students achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. Learn more here

Take Advantage of FREE Tutoring With The Office of Minority Student Affairs
The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) Academic Services Center offers matched and drop-in tutoring free to University of Illinois undergraduate students. Sign up and find out more here. OMSA also offers other resources such as mentoring, workshops, and supplemental instruction. Visit omsa.illinois.edu to learn more.

Attend Intersect i-Program With The llinois Leadership Center
FREE Program: October 5
The Intersect i-Program is coming up on October 5th! This program focuses on teaching skills in relationship-building, interpersonal communication, and team development. Students who participate will do some hands-on activities to explore group dynamics and work with fellow students to accomplish team challenge goals! Space is limited and food is provided; register here.


Learn More About the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
Information Session: October 8; 3 - 3:50 p.m.
217 Noyes Laboratory
Application Deadline: October 15
Apprenticeship Program URAP@UI offers undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students with their research projects. Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Apply here.

Learn More About The Institute by LeaderShape
Information Sessions: 290 Illini Union
October 8; 6 - 7 p.m. | October 9; 5 - 6 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. This year the program will take place January 12-17 at Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello, IL. Applications are due October 28.


Secondary Education Students: Attend the Trauma Informed Teaching Workshop 
Workshop: October 15; 4 - 5 p.m.
192 Educating Building
Current secondary education students are invited to attend the Trauma Informed Teaching workshop. Disciss strategies to use in the classroom, how to engage parents and administration, and teacher self-care.

Scholarships + Awards

Learn About the Critical Language Scholarship
Informational Event: October 4; 3 - 4 p.m.
514 Illini Union Bookstore
The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students. A list of eligible languages is available here.

The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions. Find more information here.

Apply For the Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Information Session: October 10; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | October 11; 3 - 4 p.m.
514 Illini Union Bookstore
Are you concerned about issues facing your community, campus or country, and are you actively working to make change? The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service.

Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular involvement, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a graduate school program. It awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to U.S. citizen college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.  Public service includes a wide array of career possibilities, such as public health; local, state, or federal government; educational policy; international relations; conservation; and environmental protection. Candidates should be able to demonstrate leadership experiences in campus and community service activities. Find more information here.

Study in China Through the Illinois Wanxiang Fellows Program 
Information Meeting: October 11; 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Lucy Ellis Lounge - 1080 Foreign Languages Building
Application Priority Deadline: November 1
The Illinois Wanxiang Fellows Program, sponsored by the Wanxiang Group, is a competitive fellowship program open to University of Illinois undergraduate students. The program offers a unique opportunity for students to study environmental issues and renewable energy in China while gaining exposure to Chinese language and culture. The majority of the travel and program costs will be covered by the Wanxiang Fellows Program. Learn more 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.

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.

Learn More About the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS)
Information Session One: 1090 Lincoln Hall
November 18; 12 - 1 p.m. 
Information Session Two: 100 Gregory Hall
November 19; 4 - 5 p.m. 
The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) FLAS fellowships support the advanced study of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (300 level and above) in combination with area studies, international studies, or area aspects of professional studies. Attend the information sessions to learn more.

Career + Professional Development

Save the Date: Graduate & Professional School Fair
October 16; 12 - 4 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms ABC & Pine Lounge
Attending this fair is your opportunity to learn
about various health professions, master's and PhD programs from across the nation. At this event, you'll: talk with program representatives, get details about various schools and programs, and learn about program requirements and application processes.

Attire is causal. Schedule an appointment with a career coach at careercenter.illinois.edu to get tips on how to be prepared for the fair. 

Explore Career Opportunities at the Teach Urbana Open House
November 14; 5 - 7 p.m.
Urbana Middle School
Open House attendees will have the opportunity to meet Urbana Middle School principals and staff, attend breakout sessions, mock interviews, resume reviews, and learn how to get hired. Explore teaching positions in special education, bilingual, early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. 


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