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ACADEMIC 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

 

 
 
 
 
UPDATES
 
 
 
 

Immigration Attorney Presentation For International Students 
Invited immigration attorneys will speak about visa options for international students who are interested in staying in the U.S. after their OPT period. They will also share their insights on the future of the H1B program. 
Friday, September 25, 4pm - 5pm
Register on Handshake
Sponsor by The Career Center

Library Study Spaces Available

The University Library will begin offering individual quiet study spaces on Sept 14 in the Undergraduate Library and Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. Spaces are limited. Students must make appointments in advance; no walk-up access is available. To make an appointment, visit these individual library homepages: https://library.illinois.edu/enx/ and https://library.illinois.edu/ugl/

Heather Murphy • University Library

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.

Light the Night - Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed for the 13th annual Light the Night (LTN) event, organized by UIUC and MTD. LTN takes place Sept. 24, 4-7 p.m. Approximately 800 to 1,000 bike light sets have been installed in the area each year. This year the event will be hosted at Alma Mater, Hallene Gateway, and Campus Bike Center. For more information, visit https://calendars.illinois.edu/detail/6242/33385784

September 24, 4–7 pm

 
 
 
 
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 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

iSchool instructors ranked as excellent
Forty-one iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Spring 2020. 

 
 
 
 
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

 
 
CampusLabs
Registered Student Organizations (RSO) Database
 
 
 
 
 

d7 is an data science collaborative at The University of Illinois with collaborations that span across departments and colleges. Each semester, we explore data to discover new and interesting trends, hidden variables, and create reports and visualizations to share.

 
 
 
 

CHAARG is a health + fitness community on 80+ college campuses. Our mission is to liberate girls from the elliptical + show them that fitness can [+ should!] be fun by trying new workouts every week — from barre to boxing to zumba to lifting weights! 

 
 
 
 

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent's cancer. Kesem's flagship program, Camp Kesem, operates free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent's cancer.

 
 
 
 

Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) is a student-run organization sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association. SAA’s role on campus is to develop positive relations and interactions among students, alumni, faculty and staff.  SAA provides an opportunity for students to realize their fullest potential for involvement and experience while at Illinois.

 
 
 
 
ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES & EVENTS
 
 
 
 
I-Connect Facilitator Application Now Open
 
 

Are you interested in topics related to diversity and social justice? Do you have experience leading or facilitating difficult conversations?

I-Connect facilitators are university students who lead discussions about diversity on campus. Facilitators are hired in the Fall for positions facilitating in the Spring semester.

Use the link to apply: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1222682645 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 

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.

Free Virtual Statistical & Data Consulting, Workshops, and Resources

Do you need help with data, troubleshooting your code, or understanding your analysis?  Consulting and training workshops are open to campus for the following software programs: Stata, SAS, ATLAS.ti, SPSS, R, Python. All services are free and offered in partnership with CITL, the Library Scholarly Commons, and Tech Services. For open hours and workshop registration, visit our website.

CITL Data Analytics Services 

UX Coffee Hours is a volunteer driven platform where aspiring UX-ers can connect and schedule free virtual coffee conversations with experienced UX professionals. The goal of this initiative is to foster the UX community by building a supportive platform to seek and receive advice. 

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 

 
 
 
 

For More Information: healthtech@illinois.edu 
www.healthtech.ahs.illinois.edu 

Great way to combine interest in Health Sciences & Data Analytics/HCI/UX

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MHRIR Information Session
 
 
 
 
 

Sep 24, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm  

This program is highly applied in nature, integrating business strategy, project-based learning, simulations, case studies, and specific electives addressing the analytical needs of various industry sectors. Through partnerships with key employers, the program also provides students with applied projects and data sets as well as access to career networks and employment pathways upon graduation. Join us for this online information session to learn program details, admission requirements, and how you can get started.

 
 
 

Sep 29, 2020   9:00 - 10:00 am  

Technology and Policy Program (TPP) is a research based two year master's program that is housed within the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) at MIT. The degree granted is a Masters of Science in Technology and Policy. TPP is looking for people from a wide variety of technical fields, science, engineering, data science/analytics and economics.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
iSchool News
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Grants & Scholarships
 
 
 
 

Research Support Grant (RSG)  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. For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Conference Travel Grant (CTG) This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference travel for attendance only; grants are meant for students who will present their work. For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_CTG

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020 at 11:59pm.

 
 
 
 

Over $25,000 in Scholarships if you…

  • Are a UI undergraduate with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Will have at least 60 hours of credit by the beginning of the Spring 2021
    semester
  • Will graduate no earlier than December 2021 ...then you may qualify for
    one of our scholarships.

More information and an application can be found at www.theillinoisclub.org/scholarship.php 
Application process begins September 8
Application deadline is October 17, 5:00 PM

 
 

Outside Private Scholarships

 
 

Scholarship winners will become members of the #FJSocialSquad, comprised of students with a passion for food and agriculture. Recipients will receive a $1,500 scholarship and gain valuable workplace experience as they showcase food and agriculture and how they intersect with our communities. Selected students will gain experience in media and business and some of the finer technical aspects of these industries.  Candidates should send their current resume and headshot in addition to the application vai email to sonjahillgrenscholarship@farmjournal.com . Applications (in the attached page) are due Sept. 18, 2020. 

 
 
 

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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