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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

 
 
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.

Lectures

The iSchool is delighted to be hosting two exceptional scholars of information history this coming Thursday and Friday. These special lectures are a great way to wrap up a challenging academic year, so please join us!

Thursday, May 7th, 8:00AM CDTDr. Hallam Stevens (NTU Singapore), "DNA Dreams: The Software of Life in China’s City of Hardware" Zoom URL

DNA Dreams: The Software of Life in China’s City of Hardware

Hallam Stevens, Associate Professor of History, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

BGI (Huada jiyin) based in Shenzhen, China, is now one of the world’s largest biological laboratories. It is one of the most important and visible players shaping China’s growing presence on the global scientific stage. Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Shenzhen and Hong Kong between 2014 and 2019, this talk will introduce BGI not only as a biological laboratory, but also as a tech startup that aims to transform the lives of Chinese citizens through the harnessing of genomic, environmental, behavioral, and lifestyle information. BGI employs over three thousand bioinformaticians and many of the lab’s most important projects are centered on the acquisition, analysis, organization, and deployment of vast amounts of ‘omic data. Through an examination of several of its projects, I argue that at BGI we see China’s national and global ambitions transcribed into informatic problems. The dream of building a prosperous and healthy Chinese nation for the twenty-first century is, at BGI, a dream of information. Such an account shows how data practices are increasingly intertwined with the reconfiguration of our ethical, social, and economic lives, both in China and beyond. 

Bio: Hallam Stevens studies the history of information technologies, particularly their use in the life sciences. He is the author of Life Out of Sequence: A Data Driven History of Bioinformatics (Chicago, 2013), Biotechnology and Society: An Introduction (Chicago, 2016), and the co-editor of Postgenomics: Perspectives on Life After the Genome (Duke, 2015). His current book project examines the recent rise of biomedicine in China through the lens of one of the world’s largest biology laboratories.

Friday, May 8th, 12:30PM CDT | Dr. Alex Csiszar (Harvard), "From the Literature Search to Algorithmic Judgment: A Political History of Citation" Zoom URL

From the Literature Search to Algorithmic Judgment: A Political History of Citation

Alex Csiszar, Associate Professor of the History of Science at Harvard

How we go about finding things out has always been bound up with what we think is worth finding in the first place. What happens if we rewrite the history of scientific information beginning from the idea that search technologies have always been central to how certain claims to knowledge, and knowers, come to be labeled as significant, trustworthy, or universal while others are deemed irrelevant or local? This talk will sketch one episode in such a history by reconsidering the early history of citation indexing as part of the history of global scientific development. Unpacking the origins of the Science Citation Index reveals a great deal. It is often seen as a database built to improve scientific communication that was only later usurped by bureaucrats for purposes of measurement and evaluation. But the SCI’s design and use as a tool for searching, measuring, and evaluating have been closely bound together from the beginning. Building the database depended not only on a good idea and a technical achievement but also on a great deal of invisible labor that had profound implications for what it contained and how it was conceived. Finally, its evolution and growing influence depended on ethical and sociological ideas about the nature of the scientific community and access to information that were articulated largely by scholars in the United States even as those ideas were increasingly subject to critiques from scholars abroad.

Bio: Alex Csiszar studies the history of publishing, information, and judgment in the sciences from the nineteenth century to the present in Europe and North America. His first book, The Scientific Journal: Authorship and the Politics of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century, argues that the emergence of the scientific literature, far from insulating scientists from the vagaries of commerce and politics, depended on a set of conflicting political ideals that have become increasingly untenable today. He is currently writing a book titled Rank and File: From the Literature Search to Algorithmic Judgment.

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. 

Chin receives NIH grant for study of false HPV-vaccine information
Assistant Professor Jessie Chin has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to identify false information about the HPV vaccine and model its impact on risk perceptions.

 
 
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.

Women's Resource Center Internships                                                                                    The WRC is now accepting applications for our Fall 2020 internships. Applications for the Fall 2020 semester are currently OPEN, and will remain open until all positions are filled. The three different positions are Programming Intern, Graphic Design Intern, and Marketing & Communications Intern. Position descriptions can be found below. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview during finals week, or as applications are received.

To apply, please complete this form: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3244939. Also note that you will be asked to upload PDF files of your cover letter, resume, and portfolio / work sample (Graphic Design applicants only) at the end of the form. If you have any questions, please direct them to Clare Conway at ceconway@illinois.edu.

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. 

May the Fourth Celebration [Research Park]
Monday, May 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM
Virtual Zoom Meeting
May the Fourth be with you as you compete in intergalactic games during this official Star Wars holiday. Celebrate with Research Park employees from across the galaxy and show off your Jedi knowledge. Join our Star Wars costume contest by submitting your pictures to our FaceBook or Instagram accounts. Winners will receive a shout out at our event!

Registration is required: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlf-yspzksG9flQL9K03RpKpeplwP37Phy

Join our Zoom meeting here:
https://illinois.zoom.us/j/98885492613?pwd=ejYwR0JXWlhqVSt6YkQrSWZEaVYyQT09

Meeting ID: 988 8549 2613

If you have questions or need accommodations for this event, please contact Cathy McArthur at mcarthur@illinois.edu.

WAX Blockchain Meetup [Research Park]
Tuesday, May 5 from 7 to 8 PM
Virtual Zoom Meeting
Participate in the fifth WAX Blockchain Meetup, scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 at 7PM CST.
Our guest speaker for the event is Dallas Rushing, the co-founder of the Karma app. Karma is a social media application that incentivizes users to have beneficial interactions with the world, post them, and receive Karma through upvotes with other users. Karma was one of the earliest projects to launch on EOS and has now migrated to WAX. The goal of Karma is to focus the spotlight on people doing good things in the world.

Dallas has also promised to giveaway a few NFTs to those who attend the live-stream, so join us on CrowdCast: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/wax-blockchain-meetup-5.
For more information about this event, visit our Meetup page

There are other opportunities to join the monthly meetups as well. For more information, click here.

If you have questions, or need accommodations for this event, please contact Cathy McArthur at mcarthur@illinois.edu.

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.

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 

[Siebel Center for Design Courses] TE 401: Intro to Design Thinking - Our foundational course. Students will learn the basics of the design thinking approach. (Mondays, 4-5:50 PM  CRN: 71027  & Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:50 AM. CRN: 67794 )

TE 401: Design Thinking for Social Impact - This course tackles social needs and issues through an immersive exploration of design thinking. (Wednesdays, 4 - 5:50 PM. CRN: 72305) 

TE 401: Design Thinking for Women's Health & Wellbeing - Students will use design thinking and creativity to explore the intersection of technology and women's health and wellbeing issues. (Thursdays, 10 - 11:50 AM. CRN: 67795) 

TE 398: Successful Storytelling: Designing the Ultimate Pitch - Students will learn storytelling skills with the aim of improving their project pitching ability. (Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:50 PM. CRN: 71026)

Other Internship Opportunities

VIRTUAL SEMINAR: COVID-19 RESPONSE

Siebel Center for Design is very proud to have been part of Grainger College of Engineering's partnership with Carle Health and others on the Illinois Rapidvent initiative, as well as other efforts. Learn more about Grainger's extensive role in the regional response to COVID-19 - join Dean Rashid Bashir and Associate Dean for Advancement, Dale Wright, as they moderate a virtual discussion with expert Illinois faculty on COVID-19, including how Grainger Engineering is responding and mobilizing during the pandemic. Two versions of this panel presentation will be available. You're welcome to attend both or the one that interests you most. Topics for both seminars include: 

Please note, pre-registration is required for these events. An email containing the Zoom meeting link(s) will be emailed to participants the day of the event(s).

COVID-19: Introductory Seminar 
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 10:00 – 11:00 AM (CDT)
(30 minute Q&A included)
Register here

COVID-19: Advanced Seminar 
Friday, May 8, 2020 1:00 – 2:45 PM (CDT)
(45 minute Q&A included)
Register here

 
 
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

 
 
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