Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

2016-2017 School Year


Established in 2007, the Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board is overseen by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is composed of undergraduate students named by each of the undergraduate serving colleges as well as five at-large members selected through this open application process. All members are appointed to serve one-year terms.


In Fall 2016, the Board will meet for discussion from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 4; Friday, November 4; and Friday, December 2. A buffet lunch will be provided. Dates for the Spring 2017 meetings will be determined at the December meeting.


The purpose of the Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board is to work with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost to:

  • Provide feedback on programs, administrative and academic policies, and initiatives established or overseen by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Innovation.
  • Generate ideas and suggestions for programs and activities to enhance the academic experience of undergraduate students at the university.


  • Undergraduate student standing for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • On campus (not studying abroad or graduating early) both fall and spring.
  • Does not have class or work conflicts with the established fall meeting days/times (see above).
  • Interest in academic affairs initiatives and activities on campus.
  • Strong record of academic achievement (GPA 3.0 or above).
  • Involvement on campus both in academic and extracurricular activities.

Application Process

Interested undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an application. Successful applicants will be notified and may be scheduled for an interview. Applications must be received no later than September 9, 2015.

UG Advisory Board App 2016-17


Questions about the Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board may be directed to Assistant Provost Kathy Martensen,, or Melinda Schaefer,, phone 217-333-6677.


New Minor in Global Markets and Society

If you are interested in

  • Certificate in International Development Studies

  • Certificate in Global Health or

  • Minor in Global Markets and Society

Attend an informational session for students interested in these programs on Thursday, August 25 from 2pm to 2:30pm at LAS Global Studies, 703 S. Wright St, 3rd floor (above Women’s Resource Center).

Tanu Kohli, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer & Academic Adviser
Acting Associate Director
LAS Global Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
703 S. Wright St., 3rd Floor, MC- 301
Champaign, IL 61820
Tel: (217) 333-0178

New Sustainability Minor


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Sustainability Minor Fact Sheet

The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) is a new campuswide undergraduate minor that prepares students for careers in the corporate sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and environmental advocacy groups. Open to students of all majors, this multidisciplinary program teaches a systems-level approach to the ecological, societal, and economic dimensions of sustainability.

Environmental stewardship is one of the greatest challenges facing our nation and world today, and students interested in working on these challenges will need to understand the trade-offs, feedbacks, and barriers of sustainable decision making.

Students are encouraged to apply for the program in the spring semester of their freshman year and start the coursework for the SEE FP in the fall of their sophomore year, though more advanced students will be considered. The Minor requires 16-18 credits to be obtained by selecting from a specified list of courses in consultation with an adviser from iSEE.

Applications for enrollment in spring 2017 are due Thursday, September 15.

We are hosting an information session ahead of that deadline on Tuesday, Sept. 6 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 406 of the Illini Union.

Sustainability Minor Fact Sheet

Upcoming CPA Exam Info Sessions

The Department of Accountancy is sponsoring CPA Exam Information Sessions for State of Illinois CPA candidates during the second week of the semester.   Each session will provide information on the process to become a Certified Public Accountant in Illinois including the educational requirements, licensing requirements, and the CPA Exam application process.   There will also be information on the new format of the CPA Exam that’s going into effect on April 1, 2017.

Times/Dates/Presenters are listed below.  Please RSVP to the session you plan to attend.


Session 1: Tuesday, August 30; 5:00-6:00 p.m., Deloitte Auditorium

Russ Friedewald, Executive Director; Illinois Board of Examiners


(This session is limited to 290 students.)


Session 2: Wednesday, August 31; 10:00-10:50 a.m., 3041 BIF

Russ Friedewald, Executive Director; Illinois Board of Examiners

(This session is limited to 60 students.)



Session 3: Friday, September 2; 10:00-10:50 a.m., 3041 BIF

Accountancy Departmental Advisors

(This session is limited to 60 students.)



Please contact if you have questions.

Accountancy BS/MAS Program – Initial Stage Application due September 1, 2016

Welcome back to campus!

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Students aspiring to be graduate students in the Master of Accounting Science (MAS) program for Fall 2017 are eligible to apply to the Initial Stage of the 5-year BS/MAS program by September 1, 2016, 11:55 p.m.

Application to the 5-year program has always been a two-step process; however, the first step is REQUIRED in order to have priority for Fall 2017 MAS admission. See this Web site to download the Initial Application  (hit the orange “Apply” button) and for more information:

Any student that anticipates the following should complete this application by September 1:

  • You will earn a Bachelor’s degree in Dec. 2016, May 2017, or August 2017; and
  • You anticipate that Fall 2017 will be the start of your graduate MAS year.

Please note that this is THE final opportunity for potential Fall 2017 MAS graduate students to apply to the Initial Stage of 5-year program. You must be a declared Accountancy major in the College of Business. If you are undecided about graduate school, we still recommend that you apply. Admission decisions will be issued by October 2016 and you will be able to make a final decision about enrollment in the 5-year program by November 21, 2016. Admission requirements include a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.0 ACCY-course GPA. Please note that admission could be competitive depending on the number of applications.   See this flyer for more details: Initial Application Flyer-Updated for 9-1-16 applicants

Fellowships for International Internship in Asia

Luce Scholars Program

Ever considered traveling somewhere out of the ordinary after graduation or during your graduate studies? What about gaining valuable international work experience in your area of study?

The Luce Scholars Program offers prestigious fellowships for 15-18 such individuals each year. A select few universities, including the University of Illinois, may nominate up to three candidates for the award. The scholarship provides an internship and all-expenses paid year in East or Southeast Asia. The goal of the program is to provide an Asian experience for those who will be future leaders in their field and communities, but have yet to come in much contact with Asian affairs. Thus, Asian studies majors/minors or anyone who has been to Asia for more than eight weeks are not eligible. No prior Asian language study is required. Any senior, graduate student or young professional who is a U.S. citizen and under the age of 29 is eligible to apply. Both the on-line application and additional information about the Luce Scholars Program may be obtained from:

The National and International Scholarships Program is offering a two-day informational event about the Luce Scholars Program.  The Luce is a one-year internship after graduation in Asia or Southeast-Asia, and designed specifically for students who do not have much prior experience in that region.  On Thursday August 25th, our office will offer an informational overview session, including advice from a previous Illinois Luce recipient, followed on August 26th with a workshop designed to help students/alumni begin to craft their personal statements.

The dates and times are as follows; all events will be held in 514 IUB.

August 25th 3:30-4:30 – Informational session and discussion with former Luce Scholar.

August 26th 3:30-4:30 – Workshop on how to craft a Personal Statement.

More information about the Luce can be found here:

If interested, please contact David Schug or Jeff Yockey, National and International Scholarships Program, 807 South Wright Street, Fifth Floor, Illini Union Bookstore, MC-317 or at or (217) 333-4710. The campus deadline for completed applications (including official transcripts from all college and graduate work and four letters of recommendation) is noon on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The National and International Scholarships Program is also willing to review your application materials in order to provide you feedback prior to the September 22 deadline.



Jeff Yockey
Scholarships Coordinator
National and International Scholarships Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

217 333-4710

CHLH Courses Open

The CHLH courses below should have restrictions lifted. If you attempt to enroll in any of these courses and receive an error message, please contact Office Support Specialist, Julie Jenkins, at In the email, students will need to provide their UIN and the exact error message received when attempting to enroll in the course.

1. CHLH 100 – Contemporary Health

2) CHLH 101 – Intro to Public Health

3) CHLH 206 – Human Sexuality (in person sections only)

4) CHLH 243 – Drug Use and Abuse (in person sections only)

5) CHLH 260 – Intro to Medical Ethics

6) CHLH 404 – Gerontology

7) CHLH 415 – International Health (2nd 8 weeks course)

Research Assistant Positions

Dr. Ravi Mehta, assistant professor in marketing, will like to invite applications from  motivated, curious, and meticulous undergraduate students to work as student research assistants for the Fall 2016.

Dr. Mehta’s research encompasses examining and advancing current understanding of consumer psychology and behavior with specific focus on creativity and new product adoption. In this position, you will have an opportunity to gain first hand experience with conducting consumer research and understanding research processes. Student RA profile includes work like conducting experimental studies, coding dataset and completing rating tasks. You’ll also closely work with PhD students who’ll help you provide step by step guidance and insights into the research processes.


This will be a great experience for students who may want to get hands on experience with consumer research and may be thinking about career in academic research or planning for/thinking about graduate school. Please note that this a voluntary position but offers invaluable research experience and a strong addition to your resume. However, we can only accommodate a limited number of students and may be able to offer independent study credit depending on your level of interest and commitment. Please contact Lidan Xu ( with your resume, if interested or have any questions.

Human Resource Development (HRD) courses for fall 2016

HRD 401 (Training in Business and Industry)

CRN: 67428; link to course catalog

Course Description:
This course provides a survey of the Training and Development (T&D) function in business and industry organizations, non-profits, and other types of organizations and institutions. It includes an overview of the systematic process for planning, delivering, and evaluating training programs; and explores major problems, trends, and issues associated with the field.


HRD 475 (Project Management in Human Resource Development/Education)

CRN: 67429; link to course catalog

Course Description:
This course offers students the opportunity to acquiring skills for developing and implementing an HRD project in an organization. These are key skills because it is estimated that as much as 50% of the work that you will do in an organization will be done as a project. This course also provides best practices and principles related to the management of projects in educational organizations (all levels, traditional or online), emphasis on team building and leadership, establishing relationships, benchmarks and evaluative practices, and review and use of various project management tools.

New Minor in Creative Writing!

Official for fall 2016, the Creative Writing  minor requires 18 credit hours, including a 12 hour core made up of CW 100 (Intro to Creative Writing) *plus* a three course sequence in narrative or poetry writing (CW 104/204/404 OR 106/206/406)—most of these classes are offered in both fall and spring terms.  In addition to that 12 hour core, students will take an additional 6 hours of coursework (3 of those hours at the advanced level) that may be chosen from a variety of classes–students should consult with Kristine McCoskey or Anna Ivy when planning/scheduling those 6 hours.    

Link to Course Catalog

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