Students Pushing Innovation Internship Program – SPIN Open House

NCSA’s Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program will host the SPIN Open House on April 16 from 3-5pm in the NCSA Atrium to promote the Academic Year 2018-19 internship projects. Students will have an opportunity to meet with our SPIN mentors who are NCSA researchers and faculty affiliates and learn more about the projects.

SPIN academic year session:
Program dates: August 27, 2018 -May 1, 2019
Work 5 hours/week for 16 weeks each semester
All NCSA SPIN interns are paid $12.50/hour
Any U of I undergraduate student in good academic standing
No restriction on year of study or major
International students are eligible

The Psychology of Politics (FA18 Course)

The Psychology of Politics
PSYC 396 (Section CS)
Dr. Chadly Stern

Does a candidate’s gender influence whether people vote for them? Do liberals and conservatives have different motivations and goals? How do personality characteristics shape people’s attitudes toward hotly debated social issues, such as immigration and gun control? These questions all concern the psychology of politics in everyday life. Determining the psychological factors that drive politics has long stood as a central question in understanding human behavior, and remains so today. The Psychology of Politics will provide students with the foundation needed to successfully analyze the political world from a scientific perspective. This lecture-based course will be co-taught by a psychologist (Dr. Chadly Stern) and political scientist (Dr. Aleks Ksiazkiewicz), allowing students to gain skills in analyzing political issues from multiple perspectives.

Social Services Panel – Friday, April 6

Alumni Panel: Social Services

We’ve invited three former Psychology students to talk about their journey and their current professions.

Join us on Friday, April 6, at 4:00 pm in Room 142 Psychology Building for a panel discussion.

Rebecca DarrWINGS – providing a pathway to independence for people whose lives have been disrupted by domestic violence

Angela MartinCunningham Children’s Home

Susan NelsonIllinois Department of Children and Family Services

Registration for MCB 245



Registration for MCB 245 is being managed via wait list. Students who submit their information in our signup form are very likely to be placed in a lab section, but no student will be allowed in the course without being on the wait list. The form can be found at 

Registration for the lecture component of A&P I, MCB 244, is open to all students with no restrictions.

National and International Scholarships Info Sessions

The UIUC National and International Scholarships Program office is holding scholarship meetings for freshmen and sophomore students this week on campus.  Our Facebook events page is here.

These short meetings are introductory sessions focused on how to apply for the nationally competitive scholarships listed below and briefly described on the attached handout. The application process for these awards begins next fall, but now is the time to begin thinking about preparing for these scholarships. We are offering this session eleven times to accommodate your schedule. Come learn what you need to know about how to apply.

Truman Scholars (careers in public service), Goldwater Scholars (STEM students interested in Ph.D./careers in research), Beinecke Bros (funds for grad school in the humanities, arts, social sci), Boren Scholarship (funds extended study abroad for those interested in a career in the Fed. Gov’t.), Udall Scholarship (careers in environmental work or Native American tribal affairs), plus info. about the Gilman Scholarship (for study abroad) and the Critical Language Scholarship (8-week summer language study program).

More info at:

Monday, April 2:   3:30-4:00pm and 4:00-4:30pm. 514 IUB*
Tuesday, April 3:   4:00-4:30pm and 4:30-5:00pm. 514 IUB*
Thursday, April 5: 12:00-12:30pm, 1:30-2:00pm, and 3:00-3:30pm. 514 IUB*
Friday, April 6:       1:30-2:00pm, 2:00-2:30pm, 3:00-3:30pm, and 4:00-4:30pm. 514 IUB*


* Rm 514 is located in the Illini Union Bookstore (IUB) on the 5th floor.
Enter by the doors on the NE side of the building (not the front doors).

Be Your Own Boss – Panel Discussion

Be Your Own Boss
Panel discussion on entrepreneurship and owning your own business

Friday, April 6
12:00 – 1:00 PM
The Career Center Interview Suite, Room 213
616 E. Green St., Champaign

Panelists include:
Carrie Eisenmenger—Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual
Elizabeth Sotiropoulos—Owner of Illini Tutoring
Christy Bruce—Owner of Sports & Entertainment Travel
Daniel Applegate—Founder & Co-Owner of Compass Counseling & Consulting
Mike Raycraft—Owner of 3rd Sunday Market


Health Application Prep Month – April 2018

April is Health Application Prep Month!

The Career Center will be hosting two workshops on the Overview of the Health Profession Application Process and one Personal Statement Workshop, presented by the Writers Workshop (see dates/times on image below). On Sunday, April 22, we will be offering an Application Bootcamp. At the Bootcamp, the Health Professions team will go over the details of the application services, how students determine where to apply and the steps to take after they submit their applications.

These programs/workshops are best suited for students who will be applying to any type of health profession program (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Podiatry, SLP/AuD., Vet Med, Public Health, Nursing, Physician Assistant, etc.) for the 2018-2019 application cycle.

In the month of May, we will also be offering Application Work Groups. Students have the opportunity to sit down with a health profession advisor and ask questions about their application. Please note that this is not a personal statement review session. The work groups will take place at The Career Center Interview Suite (616 E Green St, Rm 213-between McDonalds and Subway, under the Kaplan sign) and be offered on:

May 14 from 3-5 pm
May 17 from 3-5 pm
May 20 from 2-4 pm

Students can utilize the Personal Statement Review Service at:

Mock Interviews are also available to pre-health students,

Summer Courses at Parkland College

If you are considering taking any courses at Parkland this summer, please review the following:

Admissions and Registration
Continuing University of Illinois students need to begin with the appropriate Parkland Concurrent Enrollment web form (Domestic or International) and complete it in its entirety (including providing the course rubric, number and section, i.e. ENG 220 – 201). As always, students need to attach a PDF of their Academic History (not DARS audit) to ensure that course pre-requisites are met. For students receiving financial aid, they should also complete the Financial Aid Concurrent Enrollment form.

Academically dropped students and those stepping away from the University are to apply as degree-seeking students and do not complete any concurrent enrollment forms.

The Parkland summer and fall schedules will be online soon. Students/advisors can easily search for available courses at Parkland right from the home page by clicking “Academics” and then “Find a Class”. Open registration dates are as follows:

    • Summer –April 2, 2018
    • Fall – April 9, 2018

Meeting Prerequisites
If a student wishes to take a math course, or a course that has math as a prerequisite (e.g. CHEM, CS or Physics), they must show proof of the prerequisite completed through their Academic History (not DARS audit) or a screenshot of their ACT/SAT score (test taken within the last two years). If they do not have either, they will be required to take Parkland’s ALEKS assessment test in person. The break down for the ACT/SAT requirement cutoffs follow (scores are valid for two years):

SAT MATH Score ACT MATH Score Parkland Course Placement
 530-619 22-24 MAT 108 (STAT 100 equiv)
 620-649 25-26 MAT 124 (MATH 112 equiv)
 650-719 27-29 MAT 125, 141, 143, 145, 160, 200 (MATH 115, 124, 143, 125, and ECON 202 equiv)
 720-800 30-36 MAT 128 (MATH 128 equiv)

If the course requires “successful completion of high school chemistry” and the student hasn’t taken chemistry at the University, then the high school transcript is required for Parkland’s review.

Tentative Summer Semester 2018 deadlines:

      • Instruction begins May 21, June 18, and July 16 and ends no later than August 9.
      • Final exams will be held during the last class meeting
      • Early registration for continuing students: March 26–April 1
      • Open registration begins: April 2
      • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of May 21: May 20
      • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of June 18: June 17
      • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of July 16: July 15
      • Campus holidays and closures
        Memorial Day (college closed): May 28
        Independence Day (college closed): July 4
        College offices closed: Fridays, June 22–August 10

Tentative Fall Semester 2018 deadlines:

  • Registration for continuing students: April 2–8
  • Open registration begins: April 9
  • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of August 20: August 19
  • Full-semester and first 8-week classes begin: August 20
  • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of September 10: September 9
  • 13-week classes begin: September 10
  • Last day to register for classes that begin the week of October 15: October 14
  • Second 8-week (midterm) classes begin: October 15
  • Deadline to petition for fall graduation: November 9
  • Last day of classes: December 7
  • Final examinations: December 10–14
  • Campus holidays and closures
    Faculty and Staff Development (offices closed 8–10 a.m.): August 13
    Labor Day (college closed): September 3
    Thanksgiving recess (begins at 5 p.m. on November 21; college closed): November 22–25
    Winter break (college closed): December 22–January 1

Mental Health Careers Panel – Monday, March 26

We’ve invited three former Psychology students (two undergrads and one grad) to talk about their journey and their current profession.

Join us on Monday, March 26, at 4:00 pm in Room 142 Psychology Building for a panel discussion.

Laura Faynor-Ciha, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Naperville, IL

                (BS Illinois ’83; MS Illinois State ’85; PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology ’95)

Jacquelyn Hines, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, McKinley Health Center, Urbana, IL

                (BS Illinois ’06; MS Indiana ’08; PhD, Counseling Psychology, Illinois ’13)

Beth Rom-Rymer, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Chicago, IL

                (BS Princeton ’73; MA Illinois ’80; PhD Illinois ’86)