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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 23

9:00-10:00pm

Online
Register to receive the link

 Register

Tuesday, April 28

10:00-11:00am

Online
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 Register

Thursday, April 30

10:00-11:00am

Online
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 Register

Friday, May 1

3:30-4:30pm

Online
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 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

 
 

Lori Kendall is an expert in personal archiving, online community and identity, social aspects of computing, research methodology, and gender and technology. She has held leadership roles in professional organizations including the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association and the Association of Internet Researchers.
Research Focus: Personal archiving; online community and identity; social aspects of computing; research methodology; and gender and technology.

 
 

Chan holds a joint appointment with the iSchool and the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and directs the interdisciplinary Technocultures Lab. She holds a Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellowship at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). News: Data & Society Faculty Fellow
Research Focus: Science and technology studies, globalization and innovation economies, critical data studies, data ethics and cultures.

 
 
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
 
 

Trolls at Play: Teaching Propaganda, Media Manipulation and Election Interference through Role-play (Online!)
Sponsor: European Union Center | Apr 27, 2020 | 4:00 pm | Zoom Meeting
Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/yd2gproz
Meeting ID: 975 3154 7909
Password: 071988
In this presentation, Judith Pintar, Teaching Associate Professor of Information Sciences, will discuss the online transformation of her Global Informatics Seminar: “Narrative AI, Media Manipulation and Election Interference." The course was intended to be an active learning course incorporating a semester-long table-top role-playing game in which imaginary countries trade and compete while interfering in each other’s elections through media manipulations. Faced with having to put this “embodied” role-play experience online, Dr. Pintar transposed student work from white boards and paper maps to a multi-app online version of their imagined world, including a simulated social media site where students could ruthlessly pursue their national interests through the deployment of trolls, sock puppets, amplification, astroturf-lobbying, innuendo, public spectacles, and other techniques of computational propaganda, much as these manipulative techniques are being used in our own world. 

 
 
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.

 
 
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
 
 

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.

Siebel Center for Design: #VirtualRachelInApril 2.0!
REMINDER: This Friday, April 24, from 2-3 PM Central time, our director, Rachel Switzky, will be set up in her personal Zoom Room to discuss all things SCD: classes this fall, projects and programs and collaborations, adjustments to our building's construction schedule, the need now, more than ever, for human-centered design and design thinking - whatever you'd like to talk about. She's looking forward to taking your questions.

Attendance is open to everyone from wherever they are in the world - we just need some information first. If you'd like to attend, please take a moment to fill out this form by noon this Friday. Once we receive your contact info, we'll add you to the guest list; we'll then email you the link to the Zoom Room by 1 PM Central daylight time on Friday, April 24. 

Please let us know if you have any questions - we can't wait to see your faces this Friday! 

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.

Whole Tale Summer Internship
Whole Tale is offering 10-week remote internship opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and recent post graduates. The internship is focused around different projects and each intern will be matched with a mentor. Learn more and apply to the Whole Tale Summer Internship.  The WholeTale project aims to connect computational, data-intensive research efforts with the larger research process - transforming the knowledge discovery and dissemination process into one where data products are united with research articles to create "living publications" or tales.

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.

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.   

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.

 
 
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.

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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