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Welcome back to campus! 
We are only one semester away from welcoming our very first B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS) students in Fall 2020, but we have a lot of exciting opportunities this semester! We recommend you take full advantage of these experiences.

Find details about the application, degree, careers, & more: BS/IS Website


Room 104 School of Information Sciences
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign - Corner of 5th and Daniel


Quick appointments to discuss questions about the degree or coursework.
Thursday, Jan. 23rd | 9:30–11:30am | 104 School of Information Sciences
Tuesday, Jan. 28th | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. | 104 School of Information Sciences


BS/IS Degree Requirements
Find the courses required for the degree in this section of our website, or look at our Pathways.


ICT (Transfer)/Dual-Degree 
Details available on our website about the application process, including requirements, materials, and dates. Fall 2020 is the first term we are able to admit students to the BS/IS program, and the application is available March 10.
ICT Info Sessions Begin in February (More Information Available Soon)


iSchool faculty have a variety of backgrounds and interests. Read some highlights from our faculty involved with our BS/IS Undergraduate Degree and courses. Faculty Profiles


Ocepek is on the BS/IS Program Committee. Her current research focus addresses the totality of everyday life by exploring information behaviors across life contexts through shadowing and participant observation. Much of her work has addressed the intersection of information and culture with a strong emphasis on food. Research Focus: Everyday information behavior, information behavior, cultural theory, critical theory, food studies, leisure studies, and ethnography.


Ginger is a program coordinator with the Informatics Institute and iSchool adjunct instructor. His work includes aspects of all three missions of the University of Illinois: public engagement, teaching, and research. He draws upon a robust technical, multimedia, and social science background, accented by teaching and organizational leadership, and first earned his rabble-rousing reputation as a result of activist research on structural racism as observed on Facebook. Spring Course: IS 351 Design of Usable Info Interfaces


We encourage students to get involved in iSchool and campus events to build your skills, network, and professional experiences. Find more: opportunities & involvement page


iSchool Field Trip to Discover Registration Open until Full
Friday, February 7 | All Day (Bus leaves campus at 5:45am)

We will be holding our annual employer field trip to Chicago. This year, we’re visiting Discover Financial Services, located in the Chicago area. We’re hoping to visit a second organization in the afternoon, so we’re leaving bright and early. The bus will depart from 501 E. Daniel at 6am, for a tour of the Discover campus, panel discussion, and lunch. During the panel discussion we’ll have the chance to meet an iSchool alum working there and get insider information on what it’s like to move to a role at Discover. In the evening, we’ll head on to Harry Caray’s to meet up with LIS students, iSchool alumni, and other Chicago friends for appetizers before heading home.
Registration for the trip is $25 non-refundable and includes transportation to and from Chicago.

iSchool TechTalk Synchrony
February 12 | Time/Location TBD
More Details Coming Soon

iSchool TechTalk: P&G TechTalk
February 19 | 12:00-1:00pm | 126 School of Information Sciences
Come join this TechTalk to learn how we apply the things you're learning in school. Our day-to-day includes all the buzzwords you hear in school - artificial intelligence, augmented reality, edge computation, machine learning, IOT sensors, video and image processing, and so much more.
Come on out if you want to learn how data can lead to billion dollar insights. Read More

iSchool TechTalk: COUNTRY Financial 
February 26 | 12:00-1:00pm | 126 School of Information Sciences
Hear from the Site Director along with interns on what we do in the lab and the cool projects we are working on, as well as what roles are available in the coming semesters. Specifically, the DigitaLab hires Software Developers, Data Scientists, and UI/UX. Additionally, there may be opportunities for project managers, business analysts, or data analysts. Hope you can make it! Read More

iSchool Open House & Research Showcase
April 3 | Afternoon & Evening | School of Information Sciences
More Details Coming Soon

iSchool Career Fair - Save the Date!
October 7, 2020


Siebel Center for Design: Summer Internship Information Session
January 23 | 4:00pm | Rm 223, Gregory Hall
Siebel Center for Design is offering a session about its summer 2020 internship program on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4 PM. Undergraduate & graduate students can come learn more about these unique opportunities, which include working with current SCD project teams, attending workshops on personal and professional development, helping open the new Siebel Center for Design building, and more! Feb. 6 at 4pm is the deadline to submit application materials. Read More

AGCO Hackathon
January 31 - February 1 | NCSA
Reserve your spot now for this two-day technology competition. Prizes include switches, Apple watches, iPads, and street cred. Read More

PwC Info Night @ Illinois
February 3 | 6:30-8:30 pm | iHotel, 1900 South First Street, Champaign
You are invited to join PwC for our PwC Info Night on Monday, February 3rd! This event will be an opportunity for you to learn about each of our lines of service, culture, and learn about the application and interview process. Dinner will be provided. We hope you can join us! Please note, this event is open to all underclassmen and juniors in a 5-year program. We will focus primarily on the recruiting process for winter & Start internships and our leadership programs (Elevate, Career Preview, and Women's Consulting Experience). Let us know you are planning to attend! RSVP here

2020 Building Entrepreneurial Leaders (BEL) Webinar 1 of 2 Hosted by Bain & Company
February 4 | 8:00pm EST - 9:00pm EST | Virtual Event 
Bain & Company is pleased to announce the launch of the twelfth annual Building Entrepreneurial Leaders (BEL) Program. The BEL Program is a highly selective program focused on giving top students of Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx and American Indian descent the opportunity to strengthen their business and leadership skill set while gaining exposure to one of the world's top tier strategy consulting firms. While BEL is for rising juniors only (summer between sophomore & junior year), we encourage both freshman & sophomore students to attend if interested in learning more about the BEL program. Each webinar will cover the same material. Please register for the date/time that works best for you on the Bain website. The webinar link will be given to registered participants only. 
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2020 Women in Data Science (WiDS) Urbana-Champaign Conference
March 6 | NCSA
WiDS is an independent event organized by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work. For the first time at Illinois, the (WiDS) will host a student poster session, which gives presenters a forum to share their research with peers and colleagues across campus. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, January 30, 2020. Read More

NCSA SPIN Internship Program
NCSA has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The SPIN internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focus research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture. Go to our website, spin.ncsa.illinois.edu, and click on the “Apply” tab.
SPIN Summer 2020 session:
Program dates: June 8 – July 31, 2020
Work 20 hours/week for 8 weeks
SPIN interns earn $12.50 per hour and are paid as Undergraduate Hourly employees
Any UIUC undergraduate student in good academic standing
No restriction on year of study or major
International students are eligible

NCSA Spring 2020 Hackathons
NCSA is organizing two hackathons during the Spring 2020 semester to engage students and staff in AI problem solving. There will be two-hour tutorials prior to each hackathon to train entrants on the HAL compute clusters that will be used for running hackathon code. The hackathons will be full-day events, the hackathon projects and signup details will be provided later. Read More

Research Park Career Fair  
March 20 | 4:00-7:00pm | Research Park
Mark your calendars for the 14th annual Research Park Career Fair. Come and learn more about what these companies are doing and what internship and full-time employment opportunities are available. Read More


The aim of the user group is to build a community of interest around data science to foster learning, collaboration, and networking. The group serves both students and professionals to bridge the gap between the analytical sciences and practical applications of industry. Read More

We are a bunch of people who want to get together to learn, teach, share and discuss all things related to the Python programming language and other programming topics. We love Python but we also love coding languages in general. Read More

Join us for activities every month. We coordinate UX Book Club meetups and Content Strategy meetups every month. We are also a local chapter of IxDA. Interact with students and professionals looking to share their passion and knowledge of UX, IA, UI, IxD, etc. Anyone can attend — just come with an open mind and an interest in the subject. Read More


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