Informatics Video Game Design Courses

NEW FOR FA2018! INFO 403: Game Design- Virtual Worlds. Instructor is Dan Cermak.   CRN = 70674.  Tues/Thurs, 3:30 – 4:45 pm in 2078 NHB.
Top Down Video Game Design: The emphasis of this course is on developing an understanding of top down video game design using the various design methodologies and tools introduced in class.  Students will form small groups (4-6) and work on their own design within a selected genre (to be determined at the beginning of the semester).  Areas of focus include high level design vision, audience evaluation, User Interface and its impact on the design, iteration of a series of design documents (high, medium and low level) and the team dynamics of communication, critique and integration.  The goal of the class is to have the small teams use the concepts and the tools taught in class to create a complete design document that will be cataloged.   Sophomore level or above.

NEW FOR FA2018! INFO 490 DC:  The Video Game Development Process.  Instructor is Dan Cermak.   CRN = 70697.  Tues/Thurs, 5 – 6:30 pm in 2078 NHB.
The emphasis of this course is understanding the video game development process as seen in current Game Studios. The course will focus on key elements of the process including each phase of the development timeline, scheduling, prototyping, iteration, QA, game builds and player research. Students will form small teams (4-6 with the goal of using the concepts taught in class to create a video game from a catalog of pre-existing designs. Considering the limited time frame of the semester, the state of the final product is not as important as understanding the game develop cycle. Prerequisites: Knowledge of a programming engine (preferably Unity).  Sophomore level or above.

NEW FOR FA2018! INFO 490 A: Makerspace Studio 2.  Instructor is Emilie Butt.  CRN = 65245.  Wed 3 – 5:50 pm in the FabLab.
This course is a foray into game studies via makerspace production mediums. Students will study the role of play, tinkering and gaming in design, research and innovation and be challenged to learn a variety of makerspace production tools and techniques to create games. This course will include three major components (1) physical board game design, (2) introductory computer game design and (3) investigation into the narrative themes, artistic production, interaction mechanics and culture that make games engaging. Class will meet in the CU Community Fab Lab in Art Annex II. Students who have taken a makerspace class before are encouraged to enroll. This section is for undergraduate students only.   Section AG (CRN 68913) is for graduate students.

INFO 490 JP: Designing and Programming Text Based Games and Simulations.  Instructor is Judith Pintar.  CRN 65396.  Wed 12:00 – 2:20 pm in 172 Armory.
In this course, you will be introduced to the “design work” of game authoring, and will apply these theoretical ideas to specific programming practices and skills. You will become proficient in Inform 7, a programming language and design system for interactive fiction (IF), and text-based computer games and simulations. By the end of the semester you will have developed a game or literary work of IF, and made a substantive contribution to a team-written, historical simulation project, dramatically recreating a key moment in Illinois history. This class meets with CWL 461 JP. No prior programming knowledge is required for students to be successful in the course. Students will be expected to bring a laptop to class. Sophomore level or above.

Fulbright Workshops

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshop
Friday April 20th, 3:30-5:00 pm
514 Illini Union Bookstore
Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program and the Writers Workshop

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 2,000 full scholarships annually to students for a year of study, research or English teaching in any of 140 countries worldwide.  If you are a junior, senior, or recent alumni, and you are looking for an exciting way to spend a year abroad starting in the Fall of 2019, then it’s time to think seriously about submitting an application for a Fulbright Scholarship! The National and International Scholarships Program provides in-depth workshops on each application component to answer questions you have, show you samples of successful applications, and provide helpful suggestions to improve the effectiveness of your writing. On April 20th, we will discuss the key components Fulbright reviewers are looking for in the personal statement. The session is targeted to juniors, seniors, and recent alumni who wish to apply for the Fulbright Priority Deadline of June 25, 2018.

Webinars for those off campus:
Wednesday, April 25
Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad
8:30-9:30 am CST

Thursday, April 26
Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad
12:00-1:00 pm CST

Additional Workshops in April:
Friday, April 27
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Application Workshop
2:00-3:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
The Fulbright ETA application includes a one-page essay on your case for Why the Fulbright program should fund You to Teach English to students in ____________ (insert your host country).  We will discuss how to approach this essay and more during this workshop.

Friday, April 27
Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal Workshop
3:30-5:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright research grant, join us for this workshop to learn how to craft this important two-page grant request, how to secure a letter of affiliation, and how to select your reference letter writers.

The US Student Fulbright website is:
Facebook UIUC Fulbright Events page is here.

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,