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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

*We are working from home for the next few weeks. All advising appointments will be conducted by Zoom or phone, until further notice. 

 
 

Quick appointments to discuss questions about the degree or coursework.

Monday, April 6

2:00pm-4:00pm

Online (Click here to join Zoom during the scheduled time)
Zoom Meeting ID: 118 379 991

Thursday, April 16

2:00pm-4:00pm

Online (Click here to join Zoom during the scheduled time)
Zoom Meeting ID: 257 274 014

Monday, April 20

2:00pm-4:00pm

Online (Click here to join Zoom during the scheduled time)
Zoom Meeting ID: 380 807 859

Tuesday, April 28

2:00pm-4:00pm

Online (Click here to join Zoom during the scheduled time)
Zoom Meeting ID: 597 923 717
 
 
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)

 
 

Summer 2020 Courses
We have a few IS/INFO courses available for the Summer 2020 semester, please find the information below. Visit our BS/IS website for additional details about our degree. Make sure to check the Course Explorer for Restrictions and Prerequisites on courses (some may have restrictions based on level or for a specific curriculum until a certain date).

 
 
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. (two late sessions are added for students unable to attend earlier sessions):  

Thursday, April 9

11:00-12:00pm

Online
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Wednesday, April 15

1:00-2:00pm

Online
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Friday, April 17

3:30-4:30pm

Online
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Tuesday, April 21

1:00-2:00pm

Online
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Tuesday, April 21

8:00-9:00pm

Online
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Thursday, April 23

9:00-10:00pm

Online
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Tuesday, April 28

10:00-11:00am

Online
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Thursday, April 30

10:00-11:00am

Online
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Friday, May 1

3:30-4:30pm

Online
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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

 
 

Previously, Hopping developed and maintained business software applications for clients in the San Francisco Bay area. According to Hopping, his fascination with the socio-cultural aspects of the systems he designed led him to pursue an advanced degree in social psychology. News: New role for Hopping
Research Focus: Social and community informatics, sociological theory of human rights, relational sociology, and action research and public policy relating to digital inclusion and digital literacy.

 
 

Magee is on the BS/IS Program Committee, and is a youth advocate who teaches about and researches youth technology and information practices. She has been awarded grants for her research. "Working with teens in the pilot study for the Young Researchers project was inspiring and demonstrated that youth can substantively contribute to the way we design and conduct research about their experiences," said Magee. "These teens worked together for eight months, and their timely research investigating how their peers decide what to trust on social media shows that teens have important questions to ask and answer through the original research process." News: Magee awarded IMLS grant for young research project

 
 
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
 
 

April 16 | 7:00-8:00pm | Online. Reddit.
Join the iSchool for an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) Reddit Chat about the BS in Information Sciences. Ask questions of staff and faculty about our BS/IS degree, courses, School, research, student life, careers, and beyond. Go to reddit.com/r/UIUC and follow username: iSchoolUI. Ask a question in advance.
 
 
 
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.

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.

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

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. 

Cyber Secure While Working from Home Webinar
April 3, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CT
Free Webinar
Cybersecurity is always a top priority for manufacturers and related businesses.  With a significant increase in workers and companies shifting to remote work, and changing factory operations, this imperative becomes even more important.  Early reports indicate an uptick in cybersecurity attack during the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Join MxD and partner, Brian Haugli from SideChannel, for a special webinar to learn more about how to secure your workers and your operations during these times.

Virtual Leadership Certificate Workshops
Virtual Leadership Training
The Illinois Leadership Center is happy to share that they now have a couple of online leadership training available for students. If needed, students are able to receive documentation as a confirmation for completing these programs. They are also offering virtual workshops for the Leadership Certificate Program. For questions or assistance, please contact leadership@illinois.edu 

 
 
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
 
 
 
Career Center Events & Opportunities
 
 

Join The Career Center for a myriad of events! *Many of their services have shifted to virtual meetings.

Illini Career & Internship Fair
Thursday, April 2 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Virtual Session
Visit Handshake.illinois.edu for the latest information on the fair.

BIG10 Hire Plus Virtual Career Fair
Tuesday, April 14 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Virtual Session
The Hire Big 10 Plus Consortium is a collaborative group of career services representatives from the fourteen schools in the Big Ten Conference, the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame and DePaul University. Visit Handshake.illinois.edu for the latest information on the fair. Register Here.

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.

 
 
Support Services
 
 

How to Effectively Work From Home: The transition from in person to virtual classes may be difficult for some. An effective method to keep yourself focused while working from home is to set up a designated area of your home to complete your work. If possible, steer clear of your bed and set up your materials at a desk or table with a comfortable chair. We recommend setting up a designated timeframe each day to complete your work along with a checklist to keep yourself organized with upcoming deadlines, exams, and completed tasks.

Attend Recognition, Insight, and Openness (RIO) Online!
The Counseling Center will be offering its RIO Mindfulness instruction via Zoom starting later this week.
This series is open to all Illinois students—you do not need to be a current client of the Counseling Center. We do strongly encourage you to be available to attend both online sessions. To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/RIO. After you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to attend and your materials.
Thursday, April 2 & 9, 2020, 4-5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8 & 15, 4-5 p.m.

Additional RIO sessions will likely be offered this semester. If the times above don’t work for you, please check their website soon for other dates and times.

iSchool COVID-19 Resources
We understand that there is uncertainty about how the University’s decision to move all classes online after spring break will affect the iSchool community. The iSchool and the University continue to provide updates and resources that you may find helpful, including the iSchool’s COVID-19 Resources wiki and the University’s COVID-19 website.

Student Affairs COVID-19 Support List
Student Affairs has highlighted resources for your use. In addition, all of Student Affairs resources are listed in the table below on their website.

 
 
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