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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.

 
 
ADVISING
 
 
 
 

https://my.ischool.illinois.edu/advising/
Room 104 School of Information Sciences
501 E. Daniel St., Champaign - Corner of 5th and Daniel

All advising appointments will be conducted by Zoom or phone, until further notice. 

 
 

Quick appointments to discuss questions about the degree or coursework. Currently, all Express Meetings are being held virtually on Zoom and are offered weekly at the times below:

Date

Time

Advisor

Monday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

Wednesday

10:30am-11:30am Melissa Newell

Wednesday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

Thursday

8:00am-9:30am

Melissa Newell

Friday

1:00pm-3:30pm

Tony Torres

 

 
 
TEXTBOOKS
 
 

Purchase Your Textbooks Online

The Illini Union Bookstore will not be allowing individuals to shop in-store for textbooks. Please order your textbooks and course materials online and easily have them shipped directly to your residence, or have them ready to be picked up when you arrive on campus. Pick up will be held at the Illini Union, starting August 16. You can pick up your textbooks along with your PPE kit at the same time.

 
 
UPDATES
 
 

iSchool Building Access

The iSchool building will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please enter through the arched doorway located near the School's building sign, where a Wellness Support Associate will be located to monitor compliance with University testing requirements, verified by viewing an access permission on the Illinois app or a copy of negative COVID-19 test results dated no more than four days prior to entering the building. Access outside of these hours and on weekends will not be available for BS and MS students. Exceptions for MS students with employment appointments are subject to supervisor approval. Use of the building outside of these hours by approved MS students with employment appointments for purposes other than work and/or assisting other students to enter will result in the loss of building usage privileges for the Fall term.

    • Please refer to Fall 2020 iSchool Building Usage Guidelines_Students for detailed information about building usage: https://uofi.box.com/s/mqumqrd2svsq760buootgt80jp4bmq5o . These guidelines are subject to change as additional information is received from campus. 
    • All other entrances will be locked.
    • Students will enter the building only through the arched doorway located near the School's building sign. 
    • Students who need an accessible entrance should notify Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Meg Edwards (mbedward@illinois.edu) for accommodations. 
    • No Non-University affiliated visitors will be allowed in the iSchool building. 
    • All students in the building at 4:30pm will be asked to leave by iSchool staff who are responsible for closing the building. Please be cooperative upon receiving a request to leave.

Safer Illinois App for COVID Test Results

The Safer Illinois app provides users their personalized coronavirus-testing results and reminders of their scheduled testing, along with a display of their current testing status that will serve as one of the mechanisms to gain entry to university facilities during the pandemic. Students who do not have a smartphone and want to use the Safer Illinois app should contact the Student Assistance Center.

COVID-19 Guide: What to do right now

Whether you are going to be on-campus or remote, this guide provides the information you need about the university’s response to COVID-19. Find out about requirements, testing locations, and where to pick up your PPE. 

Adobe Create Cloud available to students at no cost

The University of Illinois is providing all students with a free Adobe Creative Cloud license until August 1, 2021. To obtain the software, students should visit and complete the WebStore offer.

UIUC AnyWare Service Provides Virtual Access to Software and Desktops

Introducing UIUC AnyWare, a service that provides optimized virtual access to over 100 software applications for students whether working on campus, remotely, or in class. It also offers a remote desktop environment allowing users to access software securely, on multiple devices and operating systems including Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Visit the link above for more information and to get started.

 
 
DEGREE INFORMATION
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

Fall 2020 Courses
We have various IS/INFO elective courses available for the Fall 2020 semester along with the courses required for the program. 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).

 
 

Student Forms
Forms for undergraduate students currently in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool).

 
 
ACADEMIC DATES & DEADLINES
 
 

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

  • September 4 – “10th day” add/drop deadline
    • Deadline to drop or reduce semester hours and receive refund if reducing assessment range for ALL students
    • Deadline for UG to add a semester course via Student Self-Service
  • September 5
    • Official fall enrollment information transmitted to NSC for processing to NSLDS to provide loan deferment if applicable. Notification to federal loan providers should occur within 2 – 3 weeks.
  • September 7
    • Labor Day (all-campus holiday)
  • September 18
    • Deadline for UG to drop POT A (1st 8 week) course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT A course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT A course
  • September 28
    • Full payment due for Fall 2020 charges unless on a payment plan.  Visit Pay My Bill for more information regarding payment options and due dates.
  • October 13 at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting midterm grades for freshmen
  • October 16
    • Deadline for UG to drop semester course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to remove incomplete grade from previous semester to prevent change to F grade
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in semester course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in semester course
    • Deadline for UG to withdraw from Fall semester (drop all courses) without grade of W
  • October 19
    • Priority registration Time Tickets (earliest registration times) for Spring 2021 available on Student Self-Service
    • POT B courses begin (non-standard courses may begin earlier or later)
  • October 23
    • Deadline for UG to add POT B (2nd 8 week) course
    • Deadline for ALL students to drop POT B course for refund if reducing assessment range 
  • October 30
    • Deadline to withdraw from the University and receive the minimum 40% pro-rata refund
  • November 2
    • Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
  • November 13
    • Deadline for UG to drop POT B course via Student Self-Service without grade of W.  Students may contact their college office to request an exception by petition to the drop deadline in the case of extraordinary circumstances.
    • Deadline for UG to elect credit/no credit or change credit/no credit to regular grade basis in POT B course
    • Deadline for UG to file intent to use Campus Grade Replacement option in POT B course
  • November 21 – 29
    • Fall Break
  • November 23
    • Spring 2021 open registration begins for all students
    • December 9
    • Last day of instruction
  • December 10
    • Reading day (no classes, no final examinations)
  • December 11–18
    • Final examination period
  • December TBA at 2:00 PM
    • Faculty deadline for reporting grades.  Students can view final grades the following day via Student Self-Service
  • January – TBA
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 grades are released
  • January – TBA
    • Transcripts on hold for Fall 2020 degrees are released
 
  
 
 
 

iSchool Virtual Office Hours: Thursdays 11:30am-12:30pm

Erin Leonard, International Programs (IAGE) Coordinator for the iSchool, holds virtual office hours for iSchool students seeking information on studying abroad Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm.  To chat with Erin during these times, use the following instructions:

  • Login to your Zoom account with your Illinois NetID and password
  • Click chat and search for “Erin Leonard”
  • Initiate a chat with her. At that time, she can convert to video chat if requested.

Erin can also be reached at ell3@illinois.edu, via phone at 217-300-2132, or you can make an individual virtual appointment.

 
 
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

 
 
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

 
 
Design for America

Are you interested in design thinking or human-centered design? Social impact community projects? Or do any of those words spark some interest? Then check out Design for America - University of Illinois!

Design for America at Illinois is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and student organization here on campus. We focus on tackling social challenges in our community by using the human centered design process. Our fall recruitment is happening virtually from 8/23 - 9/5 with applications due 9/6.

All majors are welcome to enjoy, no background in design thinking is necessary!

Fill our interest form for recruitment updates and check our Facebook event for our recruitment details!

Email us at uiuc@designforamerica.com if you have any questions

 
 

Nominations for iSchool Student Representatives begin today and will end on August 29, 2020 at 8:00pm CST. Nominate yourself or a classmate! Fill out the nomination form which can be found here: https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/8367860 

 
 

2 SEPTEMBER 2020, 7P.M. | VIRTUAL
All majors are welcome! Join us at Information Night to learn about our organization. You'll have a chance to hear directly from our members about how Enactus has changed so many lives and how it can change yours too. Bring any questions you have! Be sure to let us know at membership@illinoisenactus.com  if you are unable to attend but still wish to apply. You are not required to attend Information Night in order to apply.

 
 

This fall, Founders is actively recruiting members to join our organization. Each of our teams plays a key role throughout the year in expanding the startup culture we have here at the University of Illinois. Whether you are interested in learning more about innovation or have experience with startups, Founders can be the place for you to build important connections and contribute to creating next generation’s entrepreneurs. More information on each our teams is listed below and if you have any questions, feel free to email us at team@founders.illinois.edu . Deadline to apply is Thursday, September 3rd at 11:59pm

 
 

Reaching Across Classes (RACs) is a program whose aim is to aid in the academic success of minority students within the University. We will be helping the students with securing internships and jobs on and off campus, providing workshops and lastly mentorship. Helping students is our main objective. 

E: racsuiuc@gmail.com Twitter: @RACs_uiuc
 
 
 
ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
 
 

Minors: A minor is a coherent program of study requiring some depth in the subject, but not as extensive of a program as the major. Most minors will be comprehensive study in the discipline, rather than focusing on a narrow subfield of study. In general, minors consist of at least 16 and no more than 21 hours of coursework. 

Certificates: Certificate programs typically involve fewer courses than a minor, while enabling students to develop additional knowledge in a field or subfield.

Online Learning Sessions
Join iSchool Instructional Support Specialists Lindsey Sharp and Whitney McComas and iSchool advisor Jessica Williams as they share helpful hints about engaging in your online courses this fall! You’ll get a brief intro to some of the systems you’ll encounter (Zoom & Moodle), some best practices for getting the most out of your online educational experience, and time for questions with your dedicated iSchool staff members. This session is a required activity for IS 100. Register below:

Monday, August 31, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 2, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 8, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thursday, September 10, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Fall 2020 Open House for Master's Degree in Library and Information Science
Friday, September 11, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Central
Our 4th annual fall open house will provide prospective MS in Library and Information Science students an opportunity to interact virtually with current students, faculty, alumni, and staff members. In addition, prospective students will gain insight into the application process at the iSchool. This event will be live streamed and recorded. Please register to receive information on how to participate.
Questions? Contact Moises Orozco Villicana 

Meet Assistant Dean Meg Edwards

Meet Assistant Dean Meg Edwards through a Virtual Session to discuss how she can support you through your academic journey in the School of Information Sciences.
Sep 10, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Zoom | Registration

iSchool Student Scavenger Hunt
Looking for a low-key, low-pressure way to meet folks in the iSchool? This event is for you! 
We invite you to sign-up as a team of four or sign-up individually to be paired with others at the iSchool as you complete an informal scavenger hunt across campus. Please sign-up individually or in teams by September 8. We will email out the scavenger hunt list to the teams of four and assign those individuals to teams of four by September 10. If you have any questions please reach out to ischool-advising@illinois.edu!
All teams will be required to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and are asked to avoid handshakes and the use of any shared supplies. 

The actual scavenger hunt will take place on September 15-17. There is no need to submit your forms, but should you photo document your experience let us know @iSchoolUI and #iSchoolUI

 
 
 
 

We hope the new academic year, with all its uncertainties, is treating you well!

SourceLab is a student-led digital humanities collective that is exploring the future of the historical record in the digital age.  We organize events that look at the history and future of the past online, and also run a digital documentary editing curriculum that helps students create new digital editions of historical sources in response to the needs of researchers, teachers, students and the public at large.  Our Editorial Board runs a peer-reviewed series of digital editions, also called SourceLab.

We're excited for 2020-2021 and will be holding a virtual organization and information session on Wednesday, August 26th at 4:30pm over Zoom. At that meeting you can meet some of the members of SourceLab and learn more about what we do, the events we have coming up, and how to get involved. There will be time for questions at the end.  If the future of the past intrigues you, please join us!

 
 
iSchool News
 
 

iSchool to assume administration of Informatics programs
Effective August 16, administration of the Illinois Informatics Institute will be transferred from the Office of the Provost to the School of Information Sciences. This will be a hosting relationship that preserves the multidisciplinary nature of the Institute’s programs, which are managed by several colleges including the iSchool.

Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub announces leadership changes
As its second year of new funding begins, there is new leadership at the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub (MBDH), with a swap in principal investigators and the appointment of a new executive director. Catherine Blake, a co-principal investigator (PI) on the project, has moved into the PI role, while William (Bill) Gropp transitions to co-PI duties. Blake is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Computer Science. At the iSchool, she serves as associate director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and director of the graduate programs in information management and bioinformatics.

 
 
Other Opportunities
 
 

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 

Outside Private Scholarships

 

National Deadline: February 6, 2019

The UK Summer Fulbright is for U.S. citizen freshmen and sophomores with a GPA of at least 3.7. The award fully funds a 3-4 week course at one of several summer institutes at universities across the United Kingdom.

Priority Deadline: January 4, 2021         Campus Deadline: January 19, 2021

The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is for freshman through seniors who are U.S. citizens. The Boren provides students up to $25,000 to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The applicant should have a broad interest in national security.

Campus Deadline: February 4, 2021

The Udall awards $7,000 to 60 U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents who are sophomores or juniors committed to a career related to the environment, or to Native American sophomores or juniors interested in tribal policy or health care.

Campus Deadline: November 5, 2020

The Truman is for college juniors who are U.S. citizens pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. The Truman awards $30,000 towards graduate studies to students with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service. Public service includes government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations, public and private schools, and other public service-oriented non-profit organizations.

Campus Deadline: November 30, 2020

The Goldwater is for juniors or exceptional sophomores who are current U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or resident aliens. The Goldwater awards one- or two-year $7,500 awards to students who demonstrate strong evidence of contributing to the technological advances of the U.S. Applicants should be committed to pursuing a Ph.D in the research fields of mathematics, sciences, or engineering.

Campus Deadline: January 20, 2021

The Beinecke is for current juniors who are U.S. citizens. This is a merit- and need-based award of $34,000 to students seeking to gain a graduate degree in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Additional Scholarships for Seniors pursing Graduate School

 
 
SUPPORT SERVICES
 
 

ARC Student Food Pantry

Announcing the opening of the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program! We are a shopping-style food pantry providing the UIUC campus with access to nutritious food and necessities in a supportive, inclusive environment. Food Science and Human Nutrition Students will also be available to answer shopper questions and to provide resources to prepare the food. 

August 25 • Tuesdays 1 - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 2 - 5 p.m. • ARC Instructional Kitchen

Free ebook, "Teach Yourself How to Learn" 

Campus Student Online Learning Resources: https://ops.citl.illinois.edu/for-students

Transitioning Online - CITL

Student Resources & Tech Support

Keep Teaching, Learning, Working, and Researching Resource Website

The new Remote.Illinois.edu website provides links, information, tools, and resources to enable a successful transition to blended or all-online teaching, learning, working, and researching at Illinois. Find helpful guides and training for online instruction. And get access to software, technology, library resources, and exam and research support.

Academic Support & Tutoring
Students will find a variety of Academic and Support Services on-campus and within the community. We encourage you to engage with these resources early and often. Most of these services are of no charge. Our offices are always happy to help connect you with the correct resources to ensure you are receiving support. Your academic career, professional development, and your physical and mental health is very important to us.

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.

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.

iSchool Help Desk - Tech Support
We are located on the second floor of the School of Information Sciences building. Visit us at the desk anytime 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday.

You can also reach us at 217-244-4903 or 800-377-1892, help@support.ischool.illinois.edu, and on our TechChat.

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.

Counseling Center & Consultations
Students who would like to schedule a phone consultation with a counselor can call us at 217-333-3704. We soon will be offering telehealth online counseling and will communicate about that on our website once it is available. 
We now are also offering brief online mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, and other common mental health concerns. These screenings are confidential and are meant to assist students have an informed conversation with their counselor--they are not intended to provide a diagnosis. 
For after-hours emergencies, students who remain in the Champaign-Urbana area can reach out the Champaign County Crisis Line staffed by Rosecrance at 217-359-4141. We also have an extensive list of resources available on our website, including a listing of crisis lines throughout the United States. 

Time Management Workshop
We know that this semester especially, focusing and getting tasks done on time can be difficult for students.  Along with staff, a few of the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals have created a brief, online tutorial with practical tips for time management in these difficult times. The tutorial can be accessed any time on their website.  

 
 

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, our consultants are here to help. Visit us at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing ideas, polishing final drafts, citing sources, and more. Sessions are interactive and help you better express and articulate your ideas.

 
 
CONNECT
 
 

Questions for the Undergraduate Program? ischool-is@illinois.edu

 
 
 
 
 
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