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September 17, 2020

This edition's Student Spotlight and this week on the 'gram is...

Morgan Murphy

Freshman Morgan Murphy has dreamed of being a teacher since childhood. Now that she's an Illini, Morgan is starting to realize those dreams, and is ready to achieve big things along the way! 

"I love teaching children something new and exciting. Seeing their faces light up with knowledge gives me a sense of pride and happiness."

We feature Education students in our weekly Student Spotlight to build community within the College, and we’d love to highlight YOU. First-year students and sophomores, juniors, and seniors please complete this quick survey if you've not yet been featured.


Virtual Opportunities


Illinois Statewide K-12 Computer Science Education Summit
Friday, September 25 at 10 a.m. - 3
p.m. CST
Join us in shaping the future of K-​12 Computer Science Education for all Illinois students! The University of Illinois, in partnership with other computer science education stakeholders, and through the generosity of the CME Group Foundation, is hosting the second Illinois Statewide CS Education Summit - #ILCSEdSummit2020. This virtual event will engage K-12 educators, administrators, policymakers, industry professionals, non-profits, and legislators in a day of collaboration, presentations, panel discussions, and working groups, with the shared goal of making CS for All a reality in Illinois. Email Raya Hegeman-Davis at raya@illinois.edu with any questions, and register today!

Operation Study Skills
September 22, 6:30
p.m. CST
TAP, the University of Illinois Autism Program, presents the Operation Study Skills Seminar! This is an opportunity to learn organization strategies, sharpen focus, and achieve your work goals on time. The session is formatted to ensure the identity of students invovled will remian anonymous. If you are struggling to keep your classes organized, register today and save your semester!

Social Skills for Life and Friday Socials at Six
These two fun social skills groups are designed for students who are on the autism spectrum or who may struggle socially. They will both meet regularly to build confidence in social contexts, and experience opportunities to connect with other students during "Socials at Six" on Friday evenings. Interested in learning valuable social skills and making some friends? Contact gorsuch@illinois.edu to get involved.

Industry Experts Resume Review Event
Tuesday, September 22, Noon-3 p.m. CST
Sign up deadline: September 20, 11:55 p.m. CST
The Career Center is excited to host this opportunity for students to connect with employers and get feedback on their resumes! Review slots are 10 minutes over Zoom, first-come-first-served. Students can sign up for a resume review slot through the Handshake interview module, and will recieve the Zoom link via email on September 21.

Campus Rec Cooking Classes
Members: $10 a session, 5:30-7 p.m. CST
Non-members: $15 a session, 6:30-8 p.m. CST
Zoom option: $2 a session
Spice up your meal prep with cooking classes from Campus Rec! There are 12 classes in the fall series, available virtually over Zoom, or in person at the ARC instructional kitchen. Each class focuses on a different dish, and all lessons are developed and taught by Illinois diatetics students. Spots are limited, make sure you register here to get cooking!

Building Your Teaching Toolbox I: Standards & Assessment
Fall 2020, Second 8-Weeks

Mondays, 4-5:15 p.m. CST
This course (CI 199-NK1) will help you understand learning standards, develop learning objectives, and create assessments. These skills will serve you in your methods courses, clinical experiences, student teaching, and beyond! The course is 1 credit hour, and 100% online. This class also has the option to serve as James Scholar Project credit. For questions, please contact Nancy Latham at nilatha@illinois.edu.

Online Tutoring, Mentoring and Advising with OMSA
The Office of Minority Student Affairs is offering plenty of resources to help you have a successful fall semester. Need help staying on top of your classes? Unsure about your academic plan? Just have a question and you don't know who to ask? The OMSA Mentoring and Advising Program is open for appointments or drop-ins to all OMSA students! Additionally, online tutoring sessions are availabe in a number of subjects, prepare for midterms early and make an appointment today!

Classrooms Available for Study Space
Some classrooms are available for use between classes and events to students who may need a location to participate in an online class or to study. Social distancing and face covering requirements apply. Please wipe your own seat with the supplies provided before and after use. Furniture may not be moved within the room or to another location. Room schedules can be found outside the classroom. Please be courteous to other users and to incoming classes or events and be prepared to exit at building close. The list of available classrooms can be found here.

UIUC AnyWare Service
UIUC Anyware is 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. Get started here!

The Career Center is here for you!
The Career Center is still offering great tools and aid to students virtually! Get one-on-one career coaching or advising, practice your interview skills, get your resume checked, and more. Make an appointment through their website, or call at 217-333-0820.


Scholarships + Awards


Research Support Grant
Application Deadline: October 15, at 11:59 p.m CST
This 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. We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. Learn more about the elegibility requirements and application process here.

Illinois Club Scholarships
Application Window: September 8 - October 17 at 5 p.m. CST
The Illinois Club is giving over $25,000 in scholarships, available to students in a variety of disciplinary fields. Qualifications include being an undergraduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher, completing 60 hours of credit by the beginning of the Spring of 2021, and a graduation date of December 2021 or after. Descriptions of each award, other requirements, and application instructions can be found here.

For more information on scholarship opportunities, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.


Student Wellness

Flu shots at McKinley Health Center 

Flu Shots Available September 14
Your health and wellness is more important than ever, protect yourself and get your flu shot this season! Flu shots will be available beginning September 14. Because of capacity limits in the McKinley Health Center, flu shots will be available at a location directly outside McKinley, and various outreach locations on campus. Stay tuned with updates on McKinley’s website.

ARC Student Food Pantry
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays 2-5 p.m. CST in the ARC Instructional Kitchen 
Announcing the opening of the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program! Their mission is to ensure that the entire Illinois community has access to nutritious food and key necessities in a welcoming and educational space. The shopping-style food pantry provides 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. Visit their website for food donation forms, nutrition resources, and more.

Jubilee Cafe
Mondays 5-6:3 p.m. CST
805 S. Sixth Street
Jubilee Cafe provides a free home made meal every week to anyone who needs it. All are welcome! In additon to meals, a few pantry and personal items are also available. Got questions? Check out their website or Facebook page for more details!


Career + Professional Development

 URAP at Illinois

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)
Application Deadline: October 9, at 11:59 p.m. CST
Are you looking for the opportunity to start your research journey?
URAP offers undergraduate students with little or noresearch experience the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students with their research projects! Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Undergraduate students selected to be part of the program will begin their guided research experience in Spring 2021. Applications are competitive, so get started today!

Fall Support and Resources for Undergraduate Researchers
Undergraduate reseachers, take advantage of the support and resources offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research! They offer services like online workshops this fall, including Value of Undergraduate Research and Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshops. Students can schedule an online appointment with them at any time. Visit their website for more!

Peace Corps Information Sessions
Wednesday, September 23, 3-4 p.m. CST. 
Zoom link, Meeting ID: 999 6675 9309, Password: 014328
Thursday, September 24, 11am-12 p.m. CST. Zoom link, Meeting ID: 981 0317 4392, Password: 370602
The Peace Corps will be hosting two virtual information sessions in the coming weeks. This is a great opportunity to hear about hte application process and ask questions, as well as emailing peacecorps@illinois.edu or nmelros2@illinois.edu. Can't make these dates? No worries! There are drop-in hours every Wednesday (12-2 p.m.) and Thursday (2-4 p.m.), or other dates by appointment. Students can log in by visiting The Career Center website and clicking ‘Access the Virtual Desk’ in the middle of the front page. Although they are not sending people into the field right now, applications for future opportunities are welcome!


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