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Open Seats in Popular Leadership Courses:

There are open seats in the following four leadership courses this spring. These leadership courses would benefit you in developing the essential interpersonal and leadership skills for your future success in any field.

LEAD 140 (1st and 2nd eight weeks – online): Harnessing Your Interpersonal Intelligence lets you look inward. Practice self-awareness and self-management to gain control of who you are and what you want. Open to students with freshmen, sophomore, or junior standing.

LEAD 170 (2nd eight weeks – online): Leading Student Organizations helps you develop the tools to effectively lead student organizations. Learn elements of effective organizations and strategies for leading other people. Open to students with freshmen, sophomore, or junior standing.

LEAD 260 (full semester – both in person and online options): Foundations of Leadership focuses on what kind of leader you want to be to make a difference in your world. Explore diversity, foundational and contemporary approaches to leadership, and more to learn how to more effectively work with and lead others. Online lecture with both in person and online discussion sections available. Fulfills a Social & Behavioral Science Gen Ed requirement. Required course for the Leadership Studies Minor.

LEAD 470 (1st eight weeks – online): Leading Professional Organizations and Communities is all about developing the tools you need to lead professional, academic, and community organizations of all shapes and sizes. This course is for seniors.

For questions, contact Dr. Jenn Smist at jsmist@illinois.edu.

Space Available in HUM 275:

There is room still available in HUM 275: Careers for Humanities Majors (CRN 70726): 2-credit, full-semester, meets synchronously online on Wednesdays from 4pm to 5:50. Registration is limited to juniors and seniors in humanities majors.

Students in the course will have the opportunity to explore the skills and strengths that they developed in their major, connect with alumni from their programs, practice networking, craft effective career documents (resumes, cover letters, online profiles, creative portfolios), and get a more in-depth understanding of the career paths that are open to them.

Colors of Faith:

If you are interested in diversity and inclusion, dancing for fun, and learning about other faiths, then Colors of Faith is the right place for you. Colors of Faith is an interfaith dance team that aims to celebrate religious diversity, and to promote unity and mutual understanding through their art. They dance to devotional and cultural songs of various religions, and having danced to Jewish, Sikh, Christian, and Hindu songs in the past hope to continue their celebration of these faiths as well as expand. Students and community members of all identities are welcome. No prior dance experience is required to join. If this resonates with you, fill out this interest form: bit.ly/cof2021. Colors of Faith will keep you updated on the dates of their clinics and auditions (likely in January/February 2021).

New Gies Business Course:

A new course offering will be available to all campus sophomore, junior, and senior level students at 10:00 AM CST on January 6, 2021. The course is Business Data Innovation 199: Data Storytelling. It is a great elective option for students with an interest in building an understanding of data science and how to communicate with others about data. There is no expectation of a coding/programming background. It is a full semester course with no prerequisites. Feel free to contact at accy@illinois.edu if you have any questions.

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Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship:

The Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship was established to assist womxn who have experienced an interruption in pursuing a college degree (undergraduate or graduate). Awards are available for Fall, Spring, and Summer. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by Sunday, December 13th at Midnight CST.

Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/36yK1Bv. 

Life + Career Design scholarship Application Open:

Life + Career Design scholarships support students’ experiences in professional work with the goal of advancing their career readiness. The scholarships support students’ living and/or other expenses related to engaging in an unpaid or underpaid internship, undergraduate research experience, extended volunteer experience, or possibly even a part-time job. Read the web page for all of the qualifications and details. Priority deadline is Sunday, December 20.

Review Policy Modifications for Fall 2020:

To review the academic policy modifications for the Fall 2020 semester, check in with the college resource page here. These changes acknowledge the unique and challenging pandemic-related circumstances and the additional stress it has caused for students.

International Women’s Day Photography Contest:

March 8th is International Women’s Day! As part of the annual celebration events, including Women’s History Month throughout March, the Women’s Resources Center, OIIR-International Education and International Student and Scholar Services are hosting the 2nd annual photography contest. The top awards will be given during the Global Engagement Lounge on March 10, 2021. Share your talent and submit an original photo that celebrates women’s achievements, experience, and resilience! Deadline for submissions: February 24, 2021.

Intern at the WRC:

Interested in getting more involved with the Women’s Resources center? Apply for one of our Spring 2021 Internships! Please note that the Advocacy position is no longer open. The positions still open are:

  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Programming

You can review the descriptions of each position here.

To apply, please upload your cover letter and resume, and complete the application here. Applications accepted until November 20, 2020 or until all positions are filled.

Specific ATLAS Internship Projects for Spring 2021:

ATLAS is currently accepting applications for specific internship projects in the spring. Please see its website Specific ATLAS Internship Projects | ATLAS – Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts & Sciences at Illinois for more information. If, after reading the descriptions, any one of the projects interests you, apply here

Virtual International Internships and Research Opportunities Available for Spring:

LAS International Programs is offering virtual opportunities for students to engage in global learning this spring. These opportunities include internationally focused research projects, internships with international organizations, and online global courses. Visit the Virtual Global Experiences website and schedule an appointment with an LAS International Programs advisor to learn more.

Skill Tracks Offered by ATLAS Internship Program:

LAS students interested in furthering their technical skills can sign up here for a staff curated Skills Track. ATLAS staff is available to assist and guide students through the track. A student who successfully completes a Skills Track will be invited to interview for an ATLAS internship. Applications open Monday, Dec. 14; skills tracks begin Monday, Dec. 21.

Undergraduate Research Symposium:

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set to be on display April 26 – 30, 2021. Over the course of the week, students will present their work through poster presentations, oral presentations, and creative showcases, the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the excellence of its undergraduate scholars.

All undergraduate students currently involved with research are eligible to present. For more information on URS, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/symposium.html

Join COVID-Corps During Spring 2021:

Earn credit in LAS 199 (CRN49129) while you help address unique challenges posed by the virus, both locally and globally. You do not have to be on campus to participate in our course. Curious for more information? Hear from student participants and check out the COVID-Corps: Action for Solutions website for more information.

Dates and Deadlines:

Instruction ends
Wednesday, Dec. 9

Open registration for Spring 2021 begins
Thursday, Dec. 10

Reading Day
Thursday, Dec. 10

Final examinations
Dec. 11-18

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Life + Career Design Scholarship Applications Open:

Life + Career Design scholarships support students’ experiences in professional work with the goal of advancing their career readiness. The scholarships support students’ living and/or other expenses related to engaging in an unpaid or underpaid internship, undergraduate research experience, extended volunteer experience, or possibly even a part-time job. Priority deadline is Sunday, December 20. For more information, visit https://las.illinois.edu/lifecareerdesign/scholarships.

Virtual International Internships and Research Opportunities Available for Spring:

LAS International Programs is offering virtual opportunities for students to engage in global learning this spring. These opportunities include internationally focused research projects, internships with international organizations, and online global courses. Visit the Virtual Global Experiences website and schedule an appointment with LAS International Programs advisors to learn more.

Casting Call: “The College Tour” TV Series:

Illinois is partnering with the producers of “Survivor“ to create an episode of their new TV series for Amazon Prime: “The College Tour.” Do you have an inspiring story to share about your time at Illinois? If so, fill out the application form by Monday, Dec. 7. If you know a student that fits this description, please nominate them by Wednesday, Dec. 2. Application deadline is Monday, Dec. 7.

Study Spaces Available:

Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, classrooms will be available for students who need a location to participate in an online class or to study. These campus classrooms will be open for study space 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

  • Bevier Hall – Rooms 108, 132, 166, 180
  • Everitt Lab – Rooms 1302, 1306, 2101, 2233, 2310, 3217
  • Lincoln Hall – Rooms 1000, 1002, 1022, 1027, 1028, 1060, 1090, 1092
  • Noyes Lab – Rooms 100, 157, 217
  • Engineering Hall – Rooms 106B1, 106B3 *closed weekends
Reserve a Seat for Finals:

Staying on campus for finals? Want a quiet setting with good wifi to take your online exam? The Office of the Registrar is reserving seats for students to take their finals in Lincoln Hall Theater for all exam timeslots. Make your reservation here.

Spring Application Open Secondary Education Minor:

The Spring application for Secondary Education Minor is now open and will close February 1st. If you are a Sophomore who has completed all the pre-reqs for applying and have above a 2.5 in all GPAs, you should apply at this time.

The application can be found  here: https://education.illinois.edu/programs/information-for/ui-students-applying-to-the-minor

For questions and concerns, please set up a meeting with Amanda Heinsman, Academic Advisor to Secondary Education Minors, using this link Appointments for Secondary Education Advising – Online scheduling (oncehub.com). Also, Amanda will be happy to help with application essays if you would like someone to look over them.

Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program (IURA):

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is looking for motivated and personable first- and second-year undergraduates who are excited to introduce and support peers through the Illinois research experience. If you have participated in a research project, be it through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, you can become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador and help other students along their research journeys.  Ideal candidates should demonstrate at least one semester (or 1 full summer semester) of engagement in research/creative inquiry and exhibit excellent communication skills. Such candidates should be reliable, organized, personable, and respectful.

How do you know if you have research experience? You probably have experience if you have:  

  • Conducted research as part of laboratory or team
  • Participated in a research-based course (e.g., research methods)
  • Participated in a research program (e.g., URAP, IPRH Bio-Humanities, Ethnography of the University Initiative)
  • Are currently pursuing a thesis, capstone project, or independent study
  • Under the supervision of a graduate student, faculty, or research staff member:
    • Conducted lab work
    • Conducted literature reviews
    • Conducted textual analysis of different literature
    • Analyzed primary sources
    • Conducted interviews, surveys, focus groups
    • Wrote or produced a story based on some of the previous steps

Apply Now!

If you are interested but unsure that you have research/creative inquiry experience, reach out to us! The actual practice of research/creative inquiry varies across disciplines. We can help you figure it out if the IURA Program is right for you!

Exciting Course on techno-cultural innovation and design, Spring 2021:

Want to learn how communities contribute to world-changing innovations?  IS266, (Community Innovation: From Accessible Design to Supercomputing Cultures) explores how interdisciplinary communities and globally-changing local innovations from Illinois were critical to fostering new social and technical practices. This course is open to all and there are no Prerequisites. Register for Spring 2020 here!

Dates and Deadlines:

Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
(Updated) Monday, Nov. 30

Instruction ends
Wednesday, Dec. 9

Open registration for Spring 2021 begins
Thursday, Dec. 10

Reading Day
Thursday, Dec. 10

Final examinations
Dec. 11-18

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WRC Spring 2021 Internships:

Are you interested in getting more involved with the Women’s Resources center? Apply for one of the WRC’s Spring 2021 Internships! Open positions include:

  • Advocacy
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Programming

Before applying, review the descriptions of each position here.

To apply, please upload your cover letter and resume, along with the application, by November 20th. All of this can be done here. 

Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship:

The Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship was established to assist womxn who have experienced an interruption in pursuing a college degree (undergraduate or graduate). Awards are available for Fall, Spring, and Summer. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by Sunday, December 13th at Midnight CST.

Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/36yK1Bv. 

Virtual Confidential Advising:

The WRC is offering virtual Confidential Advising appointments. To speak with one of our Confidential Advisors, call the Women’s Resource Center from a safe number at 217-333-3137 or e-mail us at womenscenter@illinois.edu.

For more information, visit https://oiir.illinois.edu/support-services.

Cargill Global Scholars Program:

The application is now open for the Cargill Global Scholars Program – a distinctive, 2-year scholarship and enrichment program providing financial support, mentorship, and the unique opportunity for U.S. college students to participate in leadership development seminars, including engaging with fellow Global Scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia. Please review the attached PDF for details on eligibility requirements. To learn more about the Cargill Global Scholars Program and to start an application, please visit http://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/. The application deadline is Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Consider attending the upcoming webinar where students can learn more about the program and hear from program participants and alumni about their experience. While the target audience of this webinar is students, any faculty or staff members who are interested in learning more are also welcome. People can register for the webinars using the following link:

The application deadline is March 4, 2021. Additional webinars will be scheduled for December through February, and those registration links will be shared here, when available: http://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/.

New American Welcome Center Internships:

The New American Welcome Center has opened its applications for 2021 spring internships. They are looking for interested and passionate students to apply to the four available internship programs: Immigrant Outreach, Legal Services, Immigrant Helpline and Development/Grants. For descriptions of each internship available, visit the New American Welcome Center’s page here, and submit applications and resumes here.

Scholarships for Students Interested in the Environment:

Are you a passionate environmentalist? Do you want to devote your career to addressing environmental concerns?

The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment. Please note that there are special awards also for Native American students interested in tribal policy or health care (no need to be related to the environment). Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The campus deadline is February 4, 2021 to be considered. For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit the website.

Virtual International Internships and Research Opportunities for the Spring:

LAS International Programs is offering virtual opportunities for students to engage in global learning this spring. These opportunities include internationally focused research projects, internships with international organizations, and online global courses. Visit the Virtual Global Experiences website and schedule an appointment with LAS International Programs advisors to learn more.

Join COVID-Corps During Spring 2021:

Earn credit in LAS 199 (CRN49129) while you help address unique challenges posed by the virus, both locally and globally. You do not have to be on campus to participate in our course. Curious for more information? Hear from student participants and check out the COVID-Corps: Action for Solutions website for more information.

Study Spaces Available:

Classrooms will be available from Nov. 30 (Monday) for students who need a location to participate in an online class or to study. These campus classrooms will be open for study space 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

  • Bevier Hall – Rooms 108, 132, 166, 180
  • Everitt Lab – Rooms 1302, 1306, 2101, 2233, 2310, 3217
  • Lincoln Hall – Rooms 1000, 1002, 1022, 1027, 1028, 1060, 1090, 1092
  • Noyes Lab – Rooms 100, 157, 217
  • Engineering Hall – Rooms 106B1, 106B3 *closed weekends
Reserve a Seat for Finals:

Staying on campus for finals? Want a quiet setting with good wifi to take your online exam? The Office of the Registrar is reserving seats for students to take their finals in Lincoln Hall Theater for all exam timeslots. Make your reservation here.

Spring 2021 GLOBE: Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement:

GLOBE connects domestic and international students and provides them opportunities to enhance intercultural communication skills, leadership skills, and build lifelong friendships. Apply for the Spring 2021 cohort here to become a Blue member (students in at least their second year for undergraduate or second semester for grad) or Orange member (new incoming students or just started Fall 2020.)

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World:

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It invites students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL).  Learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement.  Many of these languages can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.

This summer SILMW will take place from June 14 to August 7, 2021, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof.  The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters.

When you complete the program, not only will you be able to hold a conversation in a new language and have earned up to 10 credits, you will have had fun!

Check out the website for more details about the program in general and for the application requirements in particular. The following selected web pages might be of interest to you, should you want to learn more about the program:

Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer 2021 General Schedule

Summer 2021 Activities Schedule

For more general information, visit its website at https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-muslim-world.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SILMW at silmw@illinois.edu.

Illinois PIRG Virtual Run/Walk:

llinois PIRG at UIUC is hosting a virtual 5k run/walk event on Nov. 22 (Sunday) to raise awareness, funds, and support for its campus pantry. You are invited to join the event. See the flyer for more information.

Government Jobs Info Sessions:

You are invited to attend the following two virtual information sessions in the Career Center’s Government Jobs series:

US Department of State – Virtual Information Session with Illinois Alum

When: Tuesday, November 17 @ 4pm

What: Join Illinois alum and current Foreign Service Officer Ronald Packowitz as he talks with Illinois students about careers and student opportunities in diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State. Ron, a 1990 UIUC graduate in Journalism, will also share highlights of his 20-year State Department career.

Register/Zoom Link: https://go.illinois.edu/StateDepartmentInfoSession

Illinois Department of Human Services – Virtual Information Session

When: Tuesday, November 24 @ 2pm

What: Join this virtual presentation to learn more about careers and the employment application process within the Illinois Department of Human Services. Manager of Recruitment, Amelia Gavina, will give a 45 minute presentation, leaving additional time for Q&A.

Register/WebEx Link: https://go.illinois.edu/IDHSInfoSession

Humanities Professional Resource Center:

The HPRC has the following events coming up specifically (but not exclusively) targeted to graduating seniors.

Virtual meet-ups (links are to Handshake):

    • Join us on the first weekday of the fall break to prepare for holiday conversations with people who love you and want to know what you’re doing after graduation. Zoom in (mic/camera encouraged or type in chat box) to talk about your job search and figure out some concrete next steps that will move you forward (and reassure the people who worry about you). Consider it a judgment-free zone where you can talk through your fears and get job-seeking advice in the company of others in the same situation.J
    • Meeting ID: 880 8645 3225                Password: 010453
    • Graduating in December in a humanities major? Come to this interactive online meet-up to confront the uncertainties that are holding you back. No question is too basic. No anxiety is too trivial. No level of preparation is inadequate. Mic/camera encouraged (or be prepared to type into the chat box) to talk about your next steps in a judgment-free zone.
    • Meeting ID: 844 5901 9287        Password: 176166

Programs:

Some Spring 2021 Courses to Consider:

Intro to Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 218)

3 credit hours Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2:50 p.m. Hybrid/Allen Hall Room 40

An introductory exploration/survey of the rich histories, theories, and practices of community-based and social issues theatre. Lively connection of social issues in today’s world through discussion, participation, lecture, and performance!

Devising Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 418)

3 credit hours undergrad/1unit graduate Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Hybrid/Armory Free Theatre (Armory 160)

Focus on writing and devising theatre explicitly concerned with social issues in the context of community. Works created in this course often go on to be performed by the ensemble.

Leading Post-Performance Dialog (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 417)

4 credit hours undergraduate/1 unit graduate Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:50 p.m. with additional times scheduled for fieldwork.

Arts engagement exploration and the dramaturge in social issues theatre. Includes hands-on experience of animateur (facilitation) work with INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre. Great class for those who want to use theatre in their work (social workers, educators, and other community-focused practitioners).

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Ensemble (Theatre 400M)

2 credit hours Rehearses Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 5-7 p.m. Hybrid/Armory Free Theatre (Armory 160)

The focus of the ensemble is public performances. Open to all students. While past experience is useful, it is not necessary. Students may choose to receive credit for their participation in the ensemble.

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre takes on subject matter that is timely and sometimes difficult to address. This requires a willingness to be open-minded and curious about social issues and social justice.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Priority registration time tickets for Winter and Spring 2021 available
Monday, Nov. 16

Fall Break
Saturday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 29

Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
(Updated) Monday, Nov. 30

Instruction ends
Wednesday, Dec. 9

Open registration for Spring 2021 begins
Thursday, Dec. 10