All posts by Arif Fazel


Any undergraduate student who is interested in international community health should know about the Mabelle Arole Fellowship, awarded annually since 2002 through John Snow, Inc (JSI) Research and Training. Candidates must be admitted to medical school to be eligible. If awarded the Fellowship, s/he defers entrance to medical school for one year.

Applications are due in mid-January 2015 and finalists are interviewed in late February in Washington, DC (at the candidate’s expense). The Fellow would depart the US in mid-June 2015 and returns in late spring of 2016. The Fellow, who receives $8,000 to cover all expenses, spends 10 months at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project at Jamkhed (in Maharashtra), one of the best examples of how mobilized/empowered communities can significantly improve their health/nutrition status.  All relevant information and application are available on the AMSA website, including a link to the Jamkhed site and reports by previous Fellows. Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Pyle at or 503-894-8546 (in Portland, OR).

Truman Scholarship – Public Service

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship provides a year of funding for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. College juniors who are U.S. citizens with a record of community service and a commitment to a career in public service are eligible.

The Truman program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service. Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular activities, suitability of the applicant’s proposed program of study for a career in public service, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a premier graduate school program. It awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to college juniors who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service. Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, global studies, law, political science, public administration, and public health. Illinois may nominate up to 4 students for the Truman Scholarship.

 The required campus deadline is November 13, 2014 at 12:00pm (noon).

Join us for our two-day Truman information event:

·         Thursday, Oct. 16, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Information session and discussion with former Truman Scholar-This session will be held in IUB Room 504

·         Friday, Oct. 17, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.—Workshop on how to craft a Truman Application-This session will be held in IUB Room 514

More information on this award, including the campus endorsement process, can be found here.  To make an appointment to discuss whether the Truman Scholarship is right for you, please contact us at


Be the Match on Campus (BTMOC) at UIUC is hosting three volunteer training sessions for RSOs or individuals to attend and become official Level 1 Volunteers and able to participate in any of our bone marrow swabbing drives. Training will last about 30 minutes. After being trained, one can volunteer at any of our drives throughout the academic year. Details for these trainings are as follows:

Wed, Oct. 8 – 7pm in 1027 Lincoln Hall

Thurs, Oct. 9 – 7pm in 1024 Lincoln Hall

Fri, Oct. 10 – 7pm in 1024 Lincoln Hall

Also, we are hosting bone marrow drives all week during our Cheek Week, Oct. 13-17, in the Union and the SDRP during the day (11am-3pm):

Mon – SDRP Lobby

Tues – Union Vending Room & SDRP Lobby

Wed – SDRP Lobby

Thurs – Union Vending Room & SDRP Lobby

Fri – Union Main Room (w/ Red Cross and Sigma Beta Rho) & SDRP Lobby

If you and/or your RSO is interested in volunteering with us, please come to one of the volunteering trainings. Email Parth Shah, our volunteering director, at for more information.

Winter Break Job Shadow Program

The Winter Break Job Shadow Program will help students engage with a company of interest, establish a professional network, and foster potential career opportunities! This program is a one-day commitment over winter break (between Dec. 22, 2014 – Jan. 16, 2015). The Job Shadow Program is open to ALL MAJORS and will include a variety of industries.  Students must be in their Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year.

To apply, students must attend one of the Job Shadow Information Sessions listed below:

·         Monday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m., Gregory Hall 223

·         Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m., Burrill Hall 124

·         Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m., Gregory Hall 223

·         Thursday, Oct. 30 at noon, Materials Science and Engineering Building 119

·         Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m., Gregory Hall 319

SURFs at Mayo Clinic

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The Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program places undergraduate students from across the nation in a host lab at the Mayo Clinic. For 10 weeks, students become fully immersed in the research and culture of major medical center. Since 2012, up to five SURF fellowships have been exclusively reserved for Illinois students. These SURFs are sponsored through the Mayo-Illinois Alliance and their home department at Illinois.

To see which Illinois students have been previously selected for this opportunity, visit

2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was awarded with one half to John O’Keefe and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”.


Gene Week Volleyball Game

The Genetic Student Leadership Committee is proud to partner with Pink Illini to present our first ever Gene Week Volleyball Game! If you are looking to make new friends and have fun while supporting a great cause, then this is the event for you.

Sign up TODAY by filling out this form. Register with a whole team, a few friends, or by yourself. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are always welcome!

Here are the details:

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 5:30pm

Where: The Douglas Community Center – very close to campus and easily accessible by public transportation, car, or walking! (512 E Grove St, Champaign, IL 61820)

Who: Anyone interested in taking proactive steps against hereditary cancer and genetic conditions

If you care about health/fitness or want to be a part of our 5th annual Gene Week, then you won’t want to miss this exciting event. This is a great way to get involved in an organization that will look great on your resume and help you learn a lot about genetics, business, science, technology, health, fitness, ethics, and more! Questions?  Email for more information.

The Illinois Club Scholarship

The Illinois Club is now accepting scholarship applications online for the next academic year.  They are offering 12 awards for UNDERGRADUATES totaling over $27,000:

  • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards & Make-A-Difference Awards – $2,000 each – 9 awards
  • STEM Education Award – $3,000 – 1 award
  • Susan T. Haney Social Work Award – $3,000 – 1 award
  • Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award – $3,400 – 1 award

 Students will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible.

 The Application Deadline is November 1, 5:00PM

 You will be notified via e-mail when your application is received.  In December or January you will be e-mailed again about the status of your application.  If you are a semifinalist you will be interviewed in late January or early February, with notification of all awards occurring shortly thereafter.  Study Abroad student interviews may be Skyped.  The winners and their families will be celebrated at a Scholarship Awards Brunch in early March.

Online application can be found here:

Helpful hints on supporting documents can be found here (read this before applying!):