Fall 2013 Grades

The Fall 2013 academic progress audit is scheduled to begin Thursday, January 2, 2014 and continue through Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  During the period of January 2-7, the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office at 2002 Lincoln Hall will be open on a limited basis: the ARO unit will not be available for walk-ins, but we will have staff answering phones and assisting students with pressing issues.  The Access and Achievement Office at 112 English Building will be closed until January 10.
Fall 2013 grades will be made available to students on Saturday, December 28.  All students will be able to access their posted grades online and will see an academic status (good standing, probation, or drop) displayed.
NOTE:  these are computer-assigned academic standings and are NOT FINAL.  Students are advised of the provisional character of the academic standing notation when viewing their grades, via the following message:
The academic standing displayed on December 28, 2013 as a result of your Fall 2013 reported grades is provisional. Your college office is currently reviewing academic standing for all students. Reviews will be complete and results posted on the web for viewing January 7 at 5 PM.

If you have questions about your academic standing after that time, please contact your college office.
No information regarding academic status, including confirmation of what is listed provisionally, is to be offered by telephone, due to FERPA concerns.
*Medical or other DOCUMENTABLE extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control which affected their Fall 2013 academic performance may be brought to the attention of the College through e-mail  (las-studentoffice@illinois.edu) and/or fax to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office (217-244-9498).  These materials must be received by the College NO LATER THAN 11:59 pm ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 if they are to be taken into account by the College review committee.
*Students who are confirmed or placed on academic drop status by the College during its review will be informed by e-mail only.
*All students who have been confirmed on probation as a result of the College review will receive an e-mail message from the College advising them of this fact, and indicating their minimum GPA requirement on 12 graded credit hours which must be earned in the next term. Also, those for whom special action is required, such as seeing an assistant dean or advisor to sign an Academic Advising Agreement, will have an explicit note regarding this requirement in their e-mail.
You may also find it useful to know that January 13 is our day for cancelling Spring 2014 registrations for students who are on drop status.  This action will not be taken if a student has an updated academic record for the Spring term indicating an ICT into another college.

Money for Travel to Sweden – Anna Jensen Award

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures is pleased to announce an award competition to facilitate study abroad in Sweden during summer 2014 or academic year 2014-15.  The Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award is a prize in the amount of up to $1,500 to facilitate study or research in Sweden.  To apply, please submit a 500-word application statement and include your most recent University of Illinois transcript (unofficial is fine). Ideal applicants are students who have been taking Scandinavian courses, or who articulate plans to do so during their time of study abroad. The statement should clearly outline:

• your reasons for applying
• how a period of study in Sweden is important to your studies and to your future career plans
• how you expect to use the award (you may include a basic budget)
• what your plans are to continue Swedish and Scandinavian Studies once you return.

You may also address in your application if there are special needs or circumstances that motivate your application.  Submit all application materials to the mailbox of Dr. Mark Safstrom, 2090 Foreign Languages Building by 4:45 PM on February 7, 2014. http://www.germanic.illinois.edu/scandinavian/funding/

Scholarship to Study at Stockholm University, $70,000

Open exclusively to seniors at the University of Illinois interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree at Stockholm University.  Stockholm University offers 76 Master’s programs in English language within the faculties of the humanities, social sciences, law, and natural sciences.  Scholarship covers the cost of tuition and living expenses for two-years while working on Master’s, or one year of work on a law degree.  For more information and how to apply visit the website.  This opportunity is designed specifically for an Illinois student in recognition of the strategic partnership between our campus and Stockholm University through the INSPIRE program (http://inspire.illinois.edu).  To apply for the fellowship, an eligible student must first apply to a Stockholm University M.Sc. program by January 15, 2014, and then submit a one-page motivation statement by February 1, 2014.

Taiwan International Graduate Program International Internship Program

The Taiwan International Graduate Program (http://tigp.sinica.edu.tw/) is pleased to announce that we start to accept applications to our 2014 International Internship Program (TIGP-IIP) in January 2014. The TIGP is a unique all-English Ph.D. program supported by Academia Sinica (www.sinica.edu.tw), the most prestigious research institution in Taiwan. In collaboration with top-ranking local research universities, the TIGP would like to invite outstanding young scholars from around the globe to experience Taiwan’s top-notch scientific research facilities and to participate in build an intellectual network of people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This 2 month program takes place between May and August 2014. There are 12 programs offered by TIGP Internship:

  1. Chemical Biology and Molecular Biophysics
  2. Molecular Science and Technology
  3. Molecular and Biological Agricultural Sciences
  4. Bioinformatics
  5. Molecular and Cell Biology
  6. Nano Science and Technology
  7. Molecular Medicine
  8. Earth System Science
  9. Biodiversity
  10. Interdisciplinary Neuroscience
  11. Sustainable Chemical Science and Technology
  12. Social Networks and Human-Centered Computing

Launched in 2009, the TIGP-IIP (http://db1x.sinica.edu.tw/tigpSummer/) is an intensive pre-doctoral research training program that prepares its participating interns with the necessary knowledge and skills for future research or career development through rigorous hands-on training.

Write an Essay in Your Second Language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish)

Winners will be sponsored to participate in a Global Youth Forum to take place between June 25-29, 2014 at the United Nations in New York City. June 2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and as part of the United Nations Academic Impact global initiative, we are pleased to announce a global essay contest. Winning essayists will be invited to come to New York City for the 2014 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum. Accommodations and meals will be provided on the campus of Adelphi University located in Garden City, New York.

ELS Educational Services, Inc. (ELS) and the United Nations Academic Impact global initiative are working together to promote multilingualism through the Many Languages, One World Essay Competition and Global Youth Forum.  The goal is to promote multilingualism and the continued study of the United Nations’ six official languages:  Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.  To qualify, entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education.

“Our collaboration focuses on two of the priorities of the Secretary-General, one being youth and the other multiculturalism, and this is a wonderful way of bringing those two together,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information of the United Nations, following the signing ceremony launching the contest.

“The role of the UN is the role of every global citizen, which is to make peace and to look at ways to enhance the qualities of life, health, and spiritual fulfillment of peoples around the world through common understanding achieved through dialogue, through a language spoken in common,” said Mark W. Harris, CEO and President of ELS, who will provide sponsorship for the event.

Ten winners will be selected for each of the six official UN languages for a total of sixty- those 60 essay competition winners will be invited to New York where they will attend the UN Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum.  ELS will sponsor travel, room and meals for each of the contest winners to come to New York, from June 25-29, 2014 to participate in a conference to discuss principles of the UN Academic Impact and formulate action plans to address global issues.  This interaction between speakers of many languages will demonstrate the benefits of multilingualism and multinational collaborative dialogue as part of the United Nations Academic Impact.

Essay contest winners will attend a conference at Adelphi University and will present the action plan outcomes of that dialogue at the United Nations Headquarters on June 27th. During the Global Youth Forum each language group will develop an action plan in support of selected principles of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative.  The delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with student linguists from the USA and other countries who composed the winning essays.  They will stay in student housing and share meals on the Adelphi campus located in lovely Garden City, New York and will also be taken on a tour of New York City.  Many Languages, One World

Essay Contest Eligibility and Qualifications:

1.  Students 18 years of age and older who are currently enrolled in a full-time program of study at a college or university are eligible to compete to win a place as a delegate to the Conference and Global Youth Forum.
2.  The contestants must write their essay in one of the six official languages of the United Nations:  Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish. Entries must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education.
3.     The essay, not to exceed 2000 words, should explore:   How multilingual ability advances global citizenship and understanding.  The essay should reflect the entrant’s academic, cultural and national context.
4.     Each entrant must be sponsored by a faculty member or university official. Upon completion of the reference form, the student will receive an email with information on how to enter and upload their essay to the contest website.
The deadline for essay submissions is February 21, 2014.
Full competition details, including forms for entry and submission, are available at http://ManyLanguagesOneWorld.ELS.edu

Mr. Mark W. Harris
Mr. Ramu Damodaran
President & CEO
Deputy Director, Outreach Division
ELS Educational Services, Inc.
Chief United Nations Academic Impact Secretary

2nd Annual Health Professions Conference

Proposals are needed for the Health Professions Council’s 2nd Annual Health Professions Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Tomorrow’s Healthcare—An Evolution of Practice and Policy.” Bring awareness to your student organization and an issue in healthcare that is important to you. Please submit a proposal by filling out the form by January 17th, 2014, https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/9597948. Thank you for your help, and we look forward to hearing your ideas!


Summer Research: Florida, New York, Texas

Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program in New York City for Pre-MD/PhD Students

Ideal for students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree (this program is run by the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program).

10 weeks of independent research at either Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center or The Rockefeller University (all in NYC).

Present & participate in weekly journal clubs

Scrub into surgeries at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of your family (who are flown in for the event), friends and colleagues.

Receive on going mentorship by your “Big Sib” (a current MD-PhD student), as well as weekly meetings with the Program’s leadership.

Receive a stipend of $4,300 (minus the cost of housing).

Gateways alumni are accepted and matriculate in the top MD-PhD Programs in the country!

For further information (including eligibility) and an on-line application, please visit our website:http://weill.cornell.edu/mdphd/summerprogram/. Please note the application deadline is February 1, 2014.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) offers 50 college students each summer an exceptional opportunity to conduct original research in a laboratory at one of the world’s top-ranking scientific institutions. The program is designed for undergraduates with a strong background in science who are considering a research career. For more information: http://www.einstein.yu.edu/education/phd/the-summer-undergrad-research-program.aspx.

University of Texas, Houston Medical School Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program provides U.S. undergraduate students and The University of Texas Houston Medical School (UT-Houston) first-year medical school students with hands-on laboratory research experience supervised by faculty members from the medical and dental schools of UT-Houston. For more information: http://med.uth.tmc.edu/administration/edu_programs/medical-education/srp/index.html.

University of South Florida Summer Enrichment for the Health Professions

PSEP is an intensive six-week full time summer program for highly motivated students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. A total of sixteen students will be accepted into the program.   The program will help participants enhance science inquiry and communication skills utilizing Small Group Problem-based Learning; explore time management and test taking strategies to enhance learning skills; provide exposure to various health professions (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Physical Therapy) through clinical experiences; and offer professional school admissions information through interaction with faculty, staff and students.For more information: http://health.usf.edu/medicine/osde/psep.htm.

University of Connecticut Health Center: Undergraduate Summer Research

The University of Connecticut (UConn) Health Center invites applications for a limited number of summer research internships from highly qualified and motivated undergraduate students who have completed at least their sophomore year and have an interest in obtaining a Ph.D. in the biological and biomedical sciences. Students will have the opportunity to participate in research activities of a laboratory at the Graduate School under the direction of a faculty member. The purpose of the program is to provide a research experience and the opportunity to learn about ongoing research programs at the University of Connecticut Health Center. For more information: http://grad.uchc.edu/prospective/programs/summer/index.html.

Drexel University School of Public Health Tuition Scholarship

Drexel University School of Public Health is pleased to offer a new full tuition scholarship for applicants to the full-time Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program. The Health and Human Rights (HHR) Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship for highly qualified applicants with a strong commitment to health and human rights and social justice. Eligible applicants for the Health and Human Rights Scholarship will be identified and invited to apply in January of 2014. Two recipients will be selected by the School of Public Health’s admissions committee in March. Selection will be based upon academic background and the applicant’s commitment to health and human rights as expressed in their scholarship application essay. In order to apply for the Health and Human Rights Scholarship, students must be accepted applicants to MPH program at Drexel. The application deadline for the Health and Human Rights Scholarship is Friday, February 14th.

All applicants to the MPH program at Drexel University are also eligible to receive merit-based scholarships which range from $8,000 per year to $17,000 per year. For more information on the Health and Human Rights Scholarship and the Drexel University School of Public Health, please visit www.publichealth.drexel.edu.