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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.

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. COVID-19 Updates.*

 
 

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 30

10:00-11:00am

Online
Register to receive the link

 Register

Friday, May 1

3:30-4:30pm

Online
Register to receive the link

 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

 
 

Knox provides leadership for the BS/IS degree. "The BS/IS focuses on helping people use information and technology to meet their goals and benefit society. It will offer an education in the core values of information science—including equitable & open access to information, user privacy & confidentiality, ethics, inclusion & diversity, & intellectual freedom—to a wider audience."
Research Focus: Information access, intellectual freedom & censorship, information ethics, information policy, print culture & reading practices.
IS 101 Intro to Information Sciences & IS 202 Social Aspects of Info Technology

 
 

Wang is on the BS/IS Program Committee and is developing UCI/UX courses. Wang presented his research on inclusive privacy at Facebook's Digital Literacy & Transparency Design Jam. Wang will join a global team of experts from Facebook's Accessibility Team and the TTC Labs in creating innovative designs focused on transparency and control for people with low tech literacy.  Read Full Article
Research Focus: 
Usable privacy/security, data-driven privacy/security, inclusive design, explainable AI, human-computer interaction, social computing, ubiquitous computing, computer-supported cooperative work.

 
 
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
 
 
 
 
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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Juniors & Seniors are you considering graduate school? Prospective students are invited to a Zoom event where they can ask current MS/LIS (MS in Library and Information Science) students about their experiences at the iSchool. Register here to receive information on how to participate. The program is continuously ranked the #1 program of its kind. Questions? Contact Victor Jones.

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.

 
 
iSchool News
 
 

Social behaviors and factors influencing decision-making during pandemics
Dean Eunice E. Santos and iSchool doctoral students Suresh Subramanian and Vairavan Murugappan studied the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the social phenomena and events that influenced whether people in Mexico decided to cross the border into the U.S. at various times during the outbreak. Their work provides insights that can help public health officials plan for events such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

iSchool BS/IS Reddit AMA Recap
Thank you so much for all of the great questions! Please check out our Reddit Thread and look over all of the questions answered and content we provided. 

 
 
Other Opportunities
 
 

NCSA SPIN Internship Program
NCSA has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture. The SPIN program is now accepting applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply, please visit our website, spin.ncsa.illinois.edu, and click on the “Mentors” tab to learn about the SPIN projects, and then click on the “Apply” tab. The application deadline is June 1, 2020.
 
SPIN Academic Year 2020-21 program details:
Program dates: August 24, 2020 – May 5, 2021 (Fall and Spring semesters)
Work 5 hours/week for 16 weeks each semester
SPIN interns earn $12.50 per hour and are paid as Undergraduate Hourly employees
Any UIUC undergraduate student in good academic standing and enrolled in 12 credit hours each semester
No restriction on year of study or major
International students are eligible

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.

2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium
The Office of Undergraduate Research is going virtual. Over 350 students will present their work in an asynchronous format, with the opportunity for viewers to engage in conversation with the presenters through a forum. The URS will be a multi-day event, running from Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1. They will kick things off on the 27th at noon (CDT) with the live (Zoom) featured student presentations. [Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/96284074411?pwd=L0ZiV1BaOFZiTDFDckt2T0pKdmxzQT09; Meeting ID: 962 8407 4411; Password: URS2020.] The Zoom link is also on the URS Compass2g site (see below on how to access).

All of the undergraduate students have worked very hard to prepare for their presentations in this virtual world. We hope you will drop in, engage with them, and be inspired by their innovation and ingenuity. Bookmark the Compass site (below), and visit often and at your convenience! And, have ‘virtual’ lunch with Undergrad REsearch, and watch some fantastic presentations, Monday, at noon!  Directions for accessing the Symposium are below, but if you have comments or concerns (including problems with access), please let them know via email at ugresearch@illinois.edu.

  • Accessing the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium
    Due to concerns surrounding an open access event, the Symposium is available only for those with a University of Illinois NetID. Campus community members wishing to view the Symposium will first need to enroll to view student presentations and interact with our presenters.
    Log into Compass2g.
    Go to: https://go.illinois.edu/URS_enroll and click the "down arrow" next to "provost_pvcaa_open_189752" and select "enroll". On the next page, hit “submit” and you will be enrolled.
    You should now be able to view the Symposium at: https://go.illinois.edu/URS2020

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. 

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 

Illini Atheletics, Street Team - Fighting Illini Marketing Team
Join the Fighting Illini Marketing Team and gain valuable sports marketing, advertising and event presentation experience. Prepare yourself for a post-graduate career in sports marketing. Please submit your resume and a cover letter to Giana O'Connor at gmoconn2@illinois.edu to apply. In your cover letter, please state what qualifies you for the position and what you could bring to our team in this role.

Blockchain Technology 101
Tuesday, April 28th 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
What is Blockchain Technology and how does it work? Join our Bank of America Blockchain Technology 101 Webcast on Tuesday, April 28 from 6:00pm-7:30pm EST to learn about how Blockchain Technology is leveraged in the FinTech world at Bank of America. You will have the opportunity to connect with a representative in Global Technology & Operations and will be able to ask questions about what it is like to work in technical roles at Bank of America. This is a pipelining opportunity for our 2021 Technology internship & full time campus programs.

ThinkChicago Spring 2020 Resume Book | Deadline, Apr. 30
ThinkChicago has launched Spring 2020 Resume Book in partnership with Chicago and Illinois university partners. The progam aims to help university students explore career opportunities and directly connect with future employers about job opportunities and internships, especially for those students who want to work for a Chicago tech and innovation company. Application deadline is April 30, 2020. Learn more and apply

Office of Volunteer Programs Internship Opportunity for 2020-2021
April 14–30 Office of Volunteer Programs 
The Barbara Seaquist Williams Internship provides a University of Illinois  junior or senior with the opportunities to engage peers in public service and volunteerism and to assist the office with growing its network of nonprofit, community partners in Champaign-Urbana. If you enjoy event planning, project management, and motivating others to participate in community service, please learn more at https://go.illinois.edu/BSWIntern20-21 and apply by Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Illinois in Washington (IIW)
Application Deadlines: Apply by April 30, 2020 (extended deadline) for Fall 2020 Semesterand Oct. 1, 2020, for Spring 2021 Semester. 
Illinois in Washington (IIW) is the Washington, DC-based academic program for the University of Illinois.  Participants live in Washington, DC for a semester, where they intern and take classes taught by University faculty.  Programs are offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters, and are open to all University undergraduates.  IIW offers an exceptional opportunity to gain rewarding work experience while enjoying the political, intellectual, and cultural experiences that only the nation’s capital can offer.  Student internships have included positions with members of Congress, think tanks, legal services providers, federal agencies, consulting groups, STEM organizations, real estate and finance, social justice organizations, and media outlets.  Come and join us for an unforgettable semester in one of the most exciting cities in the world. 
COVID-19 Updates:  Due to COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, Illinois in Washington’s summer 2020 semester has transitioned to remote instruction and remote internships.  We are hopeful that the fall 2020 semester will return to in-person instruction and internships.

GLOBE Fall 2020 
Global leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE) offers you an opportunity to make connections with Orange members (new incoming students), build intercultural communication skills, leadership experience, and lifelong friendships. Apply today to become a GLOBE member! Accepting Blue applications now, priority date: July 1. Details and application.

I-Guide Volunteer Move-In Weekend
We need VOLUNTEERS like you to help keep the tradition going. We hope you will be as excited about being an I-Guide as other Illinois students have been for more than 70 years! Thousands of new students join our community for the first time each year. Serving as an I-Guide is a great opportunity to introduce students and their families to campus and make a real impact. I-Guides wearing orange shirts are an integral part of Move-In day, helping new students and their families move in and transition to campus life. 

Big Data Summit
Thursday, November 12, 2020, I-Hotel & Conference Center
This interactive conference offers participants the opportunity to learn and share knowledge about key aspects of big data and its business applications through dynamic panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and networking opportunities.

Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 5:30-7:00 pm, EnterpriseWorks Atrium
Do you want to build your professional network and learn more about  tech companies in Research Park and  Champaign-Urbana? Catalyze: A Professional Networking event is an opportunity to enjoy conversation and build connections in an informal but organized environment. Meet companies located in Research Park and the local CU community that range from Fortune 500 companies to startups.

New Academic Program | TE498: Illinois Deep Tech Accelerator
This academic-based startup accelerator will mentor teams in the process of deep tech commercialization. Projects will typically originate from university- or government-funded research but can come from viable deep tech anywhere within the academic ecosystem. Coaching will be provided by entrepreneurs and academics with experience in founding and funding technology companies.Learn more and apply. 
Technology Entrepreneur Center 

Illinois Social Innovation Social Pitch 2020
Watch teams from the Illinois Impact Incubator raise awareness about social and environmental issues and compete for a share of $15,000 in cash prizes to support the growth of their social ventures. Teams need support from the entrepreneurship community—invite investors, community leaders, mentors, connectors, potential allies, or future teammates! Register:  go.gies.illinois.edu/socialinnovation 
April 29, 5–7 PM 
Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership 

Map the System 2020 Social Innovation Challenge
Map the System is a global competition that challenges students to think differently about social and environmental change. Watch this year’s teams pitch change-making ideas in the Illinois campus semi-final for a share of $8,000 in cash prizes and a chance to represent Illinois at the Global Final. Join us to learn and get inspired to social action!  Register: go.gies.illinois.edu/mapthesystem 
April 30, 4–6 PM 
Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership 

 
 
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.

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. 

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.

Last week’s online chat between recruiters from EY and Uber with a VP from Handshake and Johns Hopkins’ Career Services Director has been archived here for anyone interested. Vision Chats - Jobs, Internships, and College Recruiting in a Covid-19 Economy, March 26, 2020

 
 
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.

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.  

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.

Student Health Insurance Summer Extension
We've Got You Covered! The summer extensions for Student Health Insurance is now open. Extension form information for Undergratuates and Graduate students is on our website at http://si.illinois.edu/links-and-forms
April 24–June 19 • Student Health Insurance

Sell Back Your Textbooks - Earn Money
As the semester winds down, the Illini Union Bookstore wants to make it easy for you to SELL any of your non-rental textbooks and receive money for them, please visit: https://bookstore.illinois.edu/sell_main.asp for complete details and instructions. If you RENTED your textbooks from the Illini Union Bookstore, you will be receiving an email with specific instructions on how to return them. The return date has been extended to June 5.
Illini Union Bookstore

Verdell Frazier Young Award Now Accepting Applications
The Verdell Frazier Young Award was established to assist womxn who have had an interruption in pursuing a college degree (undergraduate or graduate). The application is currently open and accepting rolling applications. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by midnight, Sunday, May 10. 
Women's Resources Center

Helping Other’s Personal Excellence (HOPE) Scholarship
The deadline for the HOPE Scholarship is May 1, 2020, at 5 pm. 
The Helping Other’s Personal Excellence (HOPE) Scholarship application form is now available for admitted incoming and continuing University of Illinois undergraduate and graduate students who are ineligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). Some circumstances that may disqualify students from receiving federal financial aid include legal status, gender-non-conforming identities, and previous misdemeanors. This scholarship fund—a commitment by students, for students— would help alleviate some of the burdens that come with attaining higher education. To receive full consideration, students must complete the HOPE application, the Alternative Form (RISE ACT), essay, and resume by the deadline date. You can view and complete the application form at go.illinois.edu/ISGscholarship. This scholarship is possible due to ISG and ICAUSE (our undocumented students and peer allies on campus). More information at this link: https://open.illinois.edu/ 

 
 
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