December 19, 2019
Winter break mood:
This semester you:
Chased new experiences and studied abroad.
Advocated for equity and equality in the classroom.
Reenvisioned the future of educational technology.
And continued making us proud to watch you grow.
Most importantly, you earned this break, Illini.
We hope your holiday season is filled with love, joy, and relaxation.
A couple things to keep on your radar over break:
Attend a Spring i-Program
Program dates: January 25, February 1 and 29
Registration has opened for the Illinois Leadership Center's spring i-Programs. Programs include: Rolls-Royce Innovation, focused on skills related to creativity and diversity of ideas in problem solving; Petullo Insight, designed to help students focus on self-awareness and self-management skills; and Imprint, focused on competencies necessary for displaying leadership during times of transition. Learn more and register here.
Learn About Teaching Abroad
January 29; 4 - 5 p.m.
Join the Career Center, School of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, and the College of Education to learn more about how to prepare for teaching in other countries, TESOL, and international job opportunities.
Spend Spring Break Abroad
Application deadline: February 1
Spend your Spring Break discovering the impact of different culture and education systems on the teaching in classrooms in France, Spain, Costa Rice, or Italy. Learn more about course credits, cost, topics of study, scholarships available, and more here.
Research Opportunity: Community-Academic Scholars
Application deadline: February 1
The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative provides undergraduates with an opportunity to gain research experience while addressing critical issues in our community. Scholars from disciplines across campus work with faculty and community mentors to contribute to projects related to health equity, brain health, and poverty or social inequity. This includes research projects, program evaluations, needs assessments, or similar projects. In most cases, applicants will be involved in ongoing research projects or supporting an established collaboration between faculty and community partner, but there are limited opportunities to join existing collaborations. Learn more and apply here.
Become a Golden Apple Scholar
The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a teacher preparation and tuition assistance program for freshmen and sophomores in teaching licensure majors who have the determination and drive to be excellent teachers in Illinois schools-of-need. They prepare you for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.
Scholars receive: up to $23,000 in financial assistance, paid residential scholar institutes, extensive classroom teaching experience, academic and social-emotional support, job placement assistance, and mentoring from award-winning teaching faculty. Learn more and apply here.
Apply for the Florence A. Cook Recruitment Grant
Application deadline: December 31
The Florence A. Cook Recruitment Grant is now accepting applications for junior/senior women who have been accepted into a teacher education program at their respective college/university. Requirements for being considered for this scholarship include being an Illinois resident and having graduated high school in Knox, Warren, or Henderson County. Students will be evaluated on academic excellence, leadership positions, organization participation, community/church involvement, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay. Apply here and send your completed application here.
Apply for the Avery Brundage Scholarship
Application deadline: February 10
The Avery Brundage Scholaship is for students who demonstrate excellence both in academic pursuits and athletic endeavors. Learn more and apply here.
Apply for the Fred S. Bailey Scholarship for Cause Driven Leaders
Application deadline: February 16
The Bailey Undergraduate scholarships are $3,000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. Find more information and apply here.
Career + Professional Development
Join Illinois Business Consulting
Application deadline: January 24
Join Illinois Business Consulting, the nation's largest fee-based, student-run consulting firm, to work with a team on a semester-long project to solve a business problem for a real-world client. The 250+ members are provided with opportunities for professional networking events, team socials, client visits, and more. IBC allows you to apply what you learn in the classroom in an impactful way and make valuable connections with other members. Apply here.
Attend the Part-Time Job Fair
January 28; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms ABC
Find PAID part-time job opportunities from on-campus and off-campus employers.
Attend the Overseas Recruiting Fair
January 31 - February 1; University of Northern Iowa
Over 120+ American international schools representing 50+ countries will be in attendance at the 44th annual event. The UNI Fair gives you the opportunity to network, interview, and accept a position at the event. Over 1,000 jobs are posted with them annually, and candidates average 5 interviews each. The UNI Fair is unique, fast-paced, and an exciting place to find your next job! It is highly recommended to attend all events on Friday.
Educators seeking their first international job attend the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair to make the key personal connections that are critical in deciding on their first overseas assignment. Learn more and register here.
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