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NEWSLETTER
 
 
 

The iSchool provides our students with a variety of opportunities, including Career Support (TechTalks, Career Fair, Field Trips, Employer Relations, Workshops), ResearchHonors ProgramStudent GroupsSocial EventsMentor ProgramAdvising, Study Abroad, and so much more! We place an emphasis your holistic student experience with individualized support and development.

iSchool B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS) Intercollegiate Transfer Sessions (ICT) are now available! You will find details below, and on the ICT Page of our website. Find details about the application, degree, careers, and more: BS/IS Website

 
 
ADVISING
 
 
 
 

https://my.ischool.illinois.edu/advising/
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, March 12, 10:00am-12:00pm, Room 515 Division of General Studies (DGS)
(5th floor Illini Union Bookstore Building)

Thursday, March 26, 1:30pm-3:00pm, Room 515 Division of General Studies (DGS)
(5th floor Illini Union Bookstore Building)

 
 
DEGREE INFORMATION
 
 
 
 

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)

BS/IS Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) Sessions

Students interested in the B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS) degree should attend one of our upcoming Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) Sessions. We will provide you with helpful details about the iSchool, degree, and the ICT requirements and application process. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply. Please register in advance for one of the sessions below. 

Monday, March 9

3:00-4:00pm

Room 341 iSchool

Register

Tuesday, March 10

10:00-11:00am

Room 341 iSchool

Register

Wednesday, March 11

2:00-3:00pm

Room 341 iSchool

Register

Monday, March 23

12:00-1:00pm

Room 341 iSchool

Register

Friday, March 27

1:00-2:00pm

Room 341 iSchool

Register

Wednesday, April 1

4:00-5:00pm

Room 242 iSchool

Register

Thursday, April 2

10:00-11:00am

Room 242 iSchool

Register

 
 
FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS
 
 

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

 
 

Pintar is on the BS/IS Program Committee as the acting BS/IS Program Director, and teaches a variety of IS courses at all levels, with a specific interest in game studies and design. Research Focus: Social Informatics, interactive AI and suggestibility, and the development of tools to foster programming literacy through collaborative game design, interactive digital narrative, and playful pedagogies; social narrative approaches to trauma and memory studies.

 
 

Wickes is on the BS/IS Program Committee and is developing the programming courses for the curriculum. She received an award for her contributions to Project Jupyter, a nonprofit, open-source project that supports interactive data science and scientific computing across all programming languages. Wickes is passionate about teaching Python in a way for everyone to understand. Research Focus: Data curation, research data management, research programming. 

 
 
GET INVOLVED
 
 

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 Opportunities
 
 
 

  • Maria Bonn: Research focused on publishing, scholarly communication, networked communication, the economics of information, open culture, and next generation librarianship.
  • Jodi Schneider: Research focused on linked data (ontologies, metadata, Semantic Web); argumentation and evidence; scholarly communication; knowledge organization; computer-supported cooperative work; biomedical informatics; science of science.
  • Melissa Ocepek: Research focused on everyday information behavior, information behavior, cultural theory, critical theory, food studies, leisure studies, and ethnography.

Bring your own lunch and learn about research at the iSchool. Cookies and drinks provided!

 
 

April 3 | 1:00-4:00pm | School of Information Sciences
The iSchool will host an undergraduate open house for interested students consisting of several informative and interactive sessions with faculty, academic advisors, career services staff, and current students. The open house will provide students an experience of how the iSchool fosters an environment that promotes big thinking and bold action in addressing complex issues around information, technology, and people. The event will conclude with a resource fair featuring exciting opportunities for BS/IS students. Registration is required by Friday, March 27. Read More & Register

 
 
iSchool Networking & Career Fair - Save the Date!

October 7, 2020
Students and alumni are invited to meet iSchool employers and professional organizations. Details and registration will be available on Handshake late summer 2020.

 
 
April 3 | 4:30-6:30pm | Rooms 131, 126, & East Foyer iSchool
Come see the research completed by Masters students in the iSchool. This event provides undergraduate students with valuable opportunity to understand more about the areas within Information Sciences and to explore possible research ideas. Read More
 

Are you interested in putting your computer and technical skills to good use? Do you like working with a variety of people?  If so, then you should think about becoming one of the U of I Tech Volunteers at Clark-Lindsey Village (a retirement community located just south of campus at Windsor and Race).  The U of I Tech Help at CLV Project started as a service-learning opportunity 12.5 years ago.  Students spend an hour on Friday afternoons (from 3-4 pm) in the CLV library helping residents with basic tech-related issues ranging from document formatting and setting up email on mobile devices to troubleshooting printers and using FaceTime, and everything else in between!  Check out this 2013 YouTube video about the project!

Use your skills to make a positive impact in someone else’s life!  Become a Tech Volunteer! Bring a friend!!  Help spread the word! This project is open to anyone on campus- not just INFO students.

If you are interested in participating this summer or in the fall, please send Karin Readel an email (kereadel@illinois.edu) to be added to the list.

 
 
 
Other Opportunities
 
 

HAL Spring 2020 Training and Hackathons
Various Dates
NCSA is organizing training sessions throughout the Spring 2020 semester to help users to get started with deep learning projects on HAL. These sessions are designed for novice users to learn about the system and start building deep neural network models. To sign up for training, just request a HAL account prior to the training session and mention “spring training” when describing how the system will be used in your project.

Siebel Center for Design: How Can We Help You on Your Creative Journey?
Come visit with SCD's Benjamin and Amaury in February, March, and April as they prototype our "concierge" style service, which will be in full effect after we move into our new headquarters this summer. The service's objective: To prompt curious visitors to talk about what they wish for - and then provide guidance toward SCD and broader campus resources to achieve that aim. Visit these "concierge" pop-ups to get started:

SPIN Lightning Talks
There will be a series of NCSA SPIN Lightning Talks throughout the spring semester. Listen to SPIN interns talk about their work at NCSA. All talks will be in 1104 NCSA. SPIN (http://spin.ncsa.illinois.edu/) is a summer internship program through NCSA, which has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate. The SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to apply their skills to real challenges in high-performance computing, data analysis and visualization, cybersecurity, and other areas of interest to NCSA.

  • Tuesday, March 3 — noon
  • Friday, April 3 — 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 17 — 4:00 p.m.

International Women's Day Celebration
March 9 | 300 Levis Faculty Center | 3:30-5:00pm
The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities host an annual event bringing together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia. Attend Monday, March 9 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in 300 Levis Faculty Center to listen to speakers from all across campus, including NCSA’s Ruth Sosnoff! The event is free and open to the public.

Apply for the Stan Sutherland Illinois Leadership Scholarship
Apply by Friday, March 13

Looking for some extra money to help pay for school next year? If you have participated in programs sponsored by the Illinois Leadership Center, then you could qualify to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Apply today at the link above. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 13. Email Illinois Leadership Center if you have any questions.

EnterpriseWorks Weekly Tour

Most Fridays from 4 to 4:30PM
Check Research Park Calendar for availability
EnterpriseWorks, 60 Hazelwood Dr, Champaign

Want to learn more about entrepreneurship opportunities throughout EnterpriseWorks, the startup incubator of the Research Park? Aren't sure what a startup incubator is? Learn from student and staff ambassadors about different networking opportunities and resources EnterpriseWorks has to offer and various ways to get involved.

No registration is required. For groups of 10 or more, please contact Jenny Kim at jskim3@illinois.edu to schedule your tour.

If you have questions and/or need accomodations for this event, please email Cathy McArthur at mcarthur@illinois.edu

Internship Opportunities with Research Park

Click here to check out the Research Park Job Board and see all of their openings. 

Office of Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (IURA) are a collaborative cohort of accomplished and experienced students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ambassadors will promote undergraduate research on campus and help the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) develop and maintain student-focused programs that represent the U of I's diverse array of disciplines. If you would like the opportunity to join this prestigious and dynamic team, the deadline to apply is March 16, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Community Meetup Groups
Champaign-Urbana Data Science User Group
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
 
Py-CU: Python Software Foundation Meetup Pro Network
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
 
UX Champaign-Urbana (CU)
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
 
 

Join The Career Center for a myriad of events!

Diversity and Inclusion Networking Exchange (DINE)

Wednesday, April 1 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Illini Union, Room B

Students can register at go.illinois.edu/dine2020  

Illini Career & Internship Fair
Thursday, April 2 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | ARC (Activities & Recreation Center)
Visit Handshake.illinois.edu for the latest information on the fair.

Mock Interviews with the Career Center
Monday - Friday | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | The Career Center
Practice interviewing and recieve feedback to prepare for actual interviews! Mock interviews are 60 minutes long and tailored to your career interests. Appointments are available and take place at The Career Center (715 S. Wright St.). Register here.

Drop-In Career Advising
Monday - Friday | 12:00 - 4:00 pm | The Career Center
The Career Center, 715 S. Wright St., offers drop-in service Monday - Friday,  noon – 4 p.m. for students with quick career-related questions. 

Summer Internship Opportunity at the Career Center

The Career Center (TCC) is seeking two (2) energetic and customer-oriented undergraduate summer interns. The internship focuses on providing direct contact to thousands of incoming students and parents while working alongside TCC staff in designing and creating the best outreach methods for current students.

Career Closet
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays | 1:00 - 4:00 pm | The Career Center
Stop by the Career Closet to pick up free gently used professional clothing! It is now located on the second floor above The Career Center at  715 S. Wright St. Stop by Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-4pm.

Resume, LinkedIn, and Cover Letter Reviews
Monday - Friday | 2:00 - 4:30 pm | The Career Center
Sunday - Monday | 5:00 - 7:30pm | 1010A Ikenberry Commons
Get feedback on your resume, cover letter, and/or LinkedIn! The Career Center now offers online review for BOTH student resumes and cover letters as well!
Appointments are available - register here. 

Career Center Resource Library
Searching for jobs or internships? Stop by The Career Center Library to check out hundreds of books on career exploration, interviews, job hunting, applying to graduate school, and more. Read more.

 
 
 
 
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