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February 13, 2020

This week on the 'gram:

"ISO: SPRING semester. 🧐 #BringTheMagnoliaBack"


ICYMI / Student Spotlight


Julia Rhodes | Learning in Italy

Elementary Education sophomore Julia Rhodes is spending her Spring semester studying in Verona, Italy; and she thinks everyone should study abroad, even if only for a week-long program. 

"I've only been here for one month but it has already been the best experience of my life. During the week, I go to class and volunteer in the local Italian elementary schools. Volunteering in these schools has been an amazing opportunity because I am getting firsthand experience working in an ESL classroom! My friends and I then travel every weekend to a new city or country. Everybody should study abroad whether it's for a semester, one month or one week!"

Read more about Julia's story here.

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Events + Opportunities

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.

Set Up a Mock Interview
Practice interviewing and receive feedback to prepare for actual interviews with 60 minute session tailored to your career interests. Appointments are available at The Career Center Monday through Friday from 9 - 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment here.

Help DRES and Take a Survey
Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) is conducting a campus-wide survey in order to assess the views of Disability Culture at Illinois. Data collected from this survey will be used to gauge the need for a Disability Culture House here on the Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as future programming with collaboration between DRES and other departments and groups on campus. Undergraduate and graduate students, faculty/staff, as well as community members, are encouraged to complete the survey. The survey should take around 3 (THREE) minutes to complete. Participants are also offered the chance to enter a raffle to win free University of Illinois spirit wear upon completion of the survey. Find the survery here.

Join Illinois Student Government
The Illinois Student Government is actively seeking new members for the start of this semester. ISG offers excellent opportunities to meet new people, participate in new experiences, grow your skills, and most importantly make an impact right where you live. They'd love to see some new faces to kick this semester off right. They are currently running applications for Senators, a Judiciary Clerk, and a Senate Clerk (the senate clerk is a paid position!). A justice application will be posted soon as well. They also have committees that are open to anyone, regardless of experience! Go to isg.illinois.edu and visit the ‘Get Involved’ tab to learn more or explore the ‘Our Work’ tab to see what they do. Any questions? Email Matt Weiler at mweiler3@illinois.edu.

Attend Workshop Wednesdays with the Illinois Leadership Center
The ILC offers a series known as "Workshop Wednesdays." These are offered to all University of Illinois students and are held at the Illinois Leadership Center located in room 290 in the Illini Union. There are a variety of workshops offered for students to attend. Some of the topics for the spring semester are: conflict management, empowerment, and how to lead. Find the full list of workshops and how to register here

Attend an Undergraduate Research Workshop 
The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts various workshops designated to help undergraduate students with their research projects. The spring workshops are: The Value of Undergraduate Research, Getting Started in Undergraduate Research, and Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Research. Learn more and find workshop dates here.

Attend a Spring i-Program
Registration has opened for the Illinois Leadership Center's spring i-Programs. Programs include: Intersect, Imprint, Integrity, Inclusion, and Ignite. Learn more and register here.

Spend Two Weeks in Cape Town
Application Deadline: February 15
Program: May 18 - 31
In this 3-credit hour GLBL 298-Globalization and Urban Inequality: South Africa course students will map memories and contemporary struggles against urban inequalities in post-apartheid Cape Town. The course consists of six 3 hour pre-departure lectures on global and local forces producing uneven spatial and social inequalities in South Africa and a two-week field trip to Cape Town. The field trip will include walking tours with local residents of varied urban neighborhoods from townships to affluent and waterfront tourism oriented areas. The course is directed by Professor Ken Salo; contact him for further information and possible scholarship resources available on campus or learn more here.

Check Out a Writers Workshop
February 18; 4-5 p.m. | 113 Gregory Hall
February 20; 3-4:30 p.m. | 1002 Lincoln Hall
The Writers Workshop's mission is to support the U of I community by providing writing assistance for students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines and at all stages of the writing process. Whether you're working on a course paper, senior capstone, personal statement, group writing project, thesis or dissertation, or manuscript for publication, consultants are there to help. February sessions include "Preparing for the Job Search: Cover Letters and Resumes" and "Proposal Writing in Undergraduate Research." Learn more here.

Learn How to Manage a Classroom
February 20; 4 - 5 p.m.
162 Education Building
Join the College of an informational session about Classroom Management. An instructional coach from Champaign Unit 4 will present general tips and take questions. Register here.

Submit a Proposal for ILACHE's 28th Annual Conference
Proposal Deadline: February 22
Conference: April 24
The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) Program Committee is accepting proposals for their 28th Annual Conference promoting leadership, affirming identity, and demanding equity. They are seeking proposals for workshops and posters that center around the theme of the conference. Sumbit your proposal here.

Hack for Animal Health!
February 27; 4-9 p.m.
University of Illinois Main Library
Anxiety is a common behavior disorder in dogs, and more prevalent than many people realize. It’s not just hard on Fido – it’s also difficult for owners of anxious dogs. How might we help beloved-but-nervous canines and their families? This year’s #HackForAnimalHealth, presented by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and SCD (and hosted by the Scholarly Commons at the University of Illinois Main Library) explores this question. Participating teams will be challenged to develop novel, humane, and owner-centered solutions for alleviating anxiety in dogs. Learn more and register here.

Apply for a One-Year Master's Program
Application Deadline: March 1

The Master of Science in Health Technology is a professional one-year master’s program consisting of 36 credit hours. The College of Applied Health Sciences is collaborating with Grainger College of Engineering to strengthen students skills in human factors and engineering concepts applied to technology. The program culminates in an applied capstone experience, where students are paired with industry, academic, or community partners. Learn more here.

Apply for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Application Deadline: March 1

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 30, 2020. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 26 - May 2), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as corporate partners and sponsors, to learn more about undergraduate research and its potential to change the world. Over the course of the day, students present their work in concurrent oral and poster presentations (including creative performances), the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the caliber of our undergraduates. Learn more and apply here.

Network with D.I.N.E.
April 1; 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Illini Union, Room B

Attend the Diversity and Inclusion Networking Exchange (D.I.N.E.) to connect with employers that value diversity and inclusion, practice networking in a casual setting, hear what employers look for in new hires, and learn what questions you can ask to determine if an organization meets your needs. Register here.

Check Out the 22nd Annual Ebertfest
April 15-18
Virginia Theatre, Champaign

Roger Ebert’s Film Festival is held every April in Champaign, Illinois, and organized by the College of Media at the University of Illinois. Roger Ebert, the TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic, was a native of the adjoining town of Urbana, Illinois an alumnus of the University, and founded the festival in 1999. Learn more about the Fest here.

Scholarships + Awards

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 Fred S. Bailey Scholarship For Cause Driven Leaders
Application deadline: February 16
The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 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.

Apply for Conference Travel Grant (CTG)
Application deadline: February 26
The CTG 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. Apply here

Apply for Research Support Grant (RSG)
Application deadline: March 12
The RSG 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 (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs. Apply here


Career + Professional Development

Work at Camp Lonehollow
Texas Hill Country

Camp Lonehollow is a premier co-ed residential summer camp located on 3,000 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country. Their mission is to enrich lives, strengthen connections, and create lasting relationships with the community. Every summer they hire more than 250 couselors to work with children ages 7-16. The counseling positions
provide students with an opportunity to grow professionally and apply curriculum covered in the program in a fun, unique, and challenging work environment. They also work with universities and students to fulfill any internship or course requirements. Learn more and apply here.

Work at Camp Starlight
Northeast Pennsylvania

Camp Starlight is a premier summer camp located in Starlight, Pennsylvania, just two and a half hours northwest of New York City. The camp offers an active and structured sleepaway camp program in a wide variety of activites that include athletics, water sports, creative and preforming arts, and outdoor activities. They are looking for educators to fill their available staff positions. Learn more and apply here.

Save the Date for the Educators' Job Fair
March 2; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign
There will be over 100 schools and districts in attendence. Register on Handshake to receive detailed pre-fair information on: what districts and schools will be present; booth numbers; and what positions are available. The Hilton Garden Inn is conveniently located on the MTD 10 Gold bus route.

Work for Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy This Summer
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is looking for students to join their Summer@ISMA program which focuses on teaching STEM to elementary and middle school aged students. SITE interns co-teach or solo teach students, while Summer Camp Assistants provide a supportive role similar to a teaching assistant. The deadline for SITE intern applications is March 20; Summer Camp Assistant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply here.


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