Category Archives: Student Resources


There are currently openings for undergraduate student researchers in the lab of Dr. Steven Blanke (Department of Microbiology). The student will work on projects pertaining to the interactions between bacterial pathogens and host cells. Interested students should be able to commit to at least 3 semesters in addition to summer semesters. No research experience necessary; having taken introductory MCB courses is preferred. The student will be involved in laboratory meetings/discussion. Based on progress, the student may receive an independent project. The student will be trained to perform many different techniques relating to molecular biology and microbiology, and also taught the science and rationale behind the experiments. SERIOUS time commitment is required. It is expected that students be able to work flexible hours including early mornings, evenings, and weekends. This position is tailored for those considering research at the graduate level.

Any interested students should email Ami Seeger at <>. Please include a cover letter and CV for interview consideration. The cover letter must include how a research position will benefit the applicant and further his/her academic goals. Expected date of graduation must be clearly stated in the CV. Please respond by 5 P.M. Sunday, August 26. No applications can be reviewed after that time. Review of applications will commence August 27 and interviews and acceptances given on a rolling basis. The student will commence laboratory duties immediately this upcoming Fall 2018 semester. Please contact <> with any questions/concerns.

Student Alumni Ambassadors 2018 Recruiting NOW!

SAA is the premier Registered Student Organization on campus which focuses on developing their members professionally and creatively while planning and executing large scale events to engage the campus-community in what it truly means to be an Illini.  Some of their feature events include Illinois Sights and Sounds (the Freshmen welcome presentation), iHelp (the fall campus-wide day of service), Homecoming programming, Senior 100 Honorary (an award honoring 100 accomplished graduating seniors), and GradFest (a program to celebrate our graduates).  Additionally, SAA provides its members with countless opportunities to engage with campus and grow professionally through Service Requests across many campus units.  While giving students an opportunity to engage with campus through their programming, providing countless leadership opportunities, and molding students to be active on this campus in order to become engaged alumni, the Student Alumni Ambassadors is a family that takes great pride in their work and their membership.

2018 Recruitment for the Student Alumni Ambassadors begins with their Information Sessions on January 30th at 7PM in Main Library Room 66.  They are looking for mainly motivated freshmen and sophomores who are looking to be a part of a prestigious organization. Furthermore, they are seeking to recruit a new member class that reflects the diversity of the current student population in order to properly serve our university.

Changes for School of MCB Certificate Programs

The School of MCB offers three Certificate Programs for students who are interested in focusing their advanced MCB coursework.  Certificates are available in Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Neuroscience.

To declare a certificate, students must meet with an MCB advisor and complete the online declaration form, available on the respective websites, by the 10th day of their final semester.  To earn the certificate, students need to complete and pass all required courses, complete the appropriate certification form and turn in to the MCB Advising Office by the posted deadline.  Once requirements have been verified, students will be contacted with options for receiving the printed certificate.

Questions about MCB Certificates should be directed to

Important Information for International Students: Visa Issuance Bans

Over the past month, there has been the continued development of visa issuance bans via both executive order and diplomatic relation issues. The executive order that has been commonly referred to as the ‘travel ban’ now includes Chad, North Korea, and certain individuals from Venezuela, in addition to countries from previous versions of the order which include Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Iran. In addition, visa processing has been suspended in Turkey with Turkish citizens currently unable to obtain new nonimmigrant entry visas.

If you are a citizen of any of the aforementioned countries, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) strongly recommends caution if you are considering travel. If you do not have a currently valid entry visa, you would need one to return to the US which may not be possible depending on your country of citizenship. Furthermore, though current entry visas remain valid and should allow for entry to the US, it is reasonable to expect citizens of these countries may experience delays and potentially more serious issues when attempting to enter. ISSS emphasizes that all these issues affect entry to the US only and have no bearing on your ongoing legal nonimmigrant status within the US.

Throughout 2017, we have seen the effect of these bans on our international population. We have seen how it hurts you, especially those of you from the affected countries. We have heard that you feel you are not welcome in the US, and we want you to know that this is not true. The University of Illinois and ISSS are delighted that you are here and proud you chose our campus. We have seen the campus come together in support of international education throughout this year, and that commitment will continue regardless of what bans are placed or revoked.

The university has made a number of statements regarding these issues that can be found here, including an FAQ. The Counseling Center are available for one-on-one counseling if you wish to talk about this or any other issues affecting your mental health. The Graduate College also has statements and resources on this issue, and of course ISSS is always available for one-on-one in person appointments and phone calls:

Handshake @ Illinois is here!

Looking for a Job, Internship, Experience?

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Handshake @ Illinois provides personalized job recommendations and career information, based on your profile and site usage, similar to Amazon and LinkedIn. Given this, it is very important to have a complete and accurate profile to maximize your search results. During initial registration you will fill out a Career Interest profile to better identify relevant events and opportunities to your interests. The more information you provide Handshake, the more useful it will be to you. We have already preloaded some of your basic profile information.

Claim your Handshake @ Illinois account today! Log in and complete your profile at

Information for Pending Graduates Attending the School of MCB Convocation Ceremony


Good News!  We have enough tickets remaining to offer each registrant for the School of MCB Ceremony an additional 1 or 2 tickets.  If you would like to receive 1 or 2 tickets in addition to what you’ve already requested, please fill out this form prior to 10:00 PM on Thursday, May 4.  We will send email confirmations for your total number of tickets by Friday, May 5 at 5:00 PM. Tickets will be available for pick up at a time and place to be announced after Monday May 8. Please watch your email carefully.

Please only request additional tickets if you need them for your guests. Tickets cannot be sold under any circumstance. These are being offered to you free of charge, and we appreciate your help in keeping this process fair.


Academic attire will be distributed in the ARC, Gym 1 at the following times:

Date Time
Wednesday, May 10 11 AM to 6 PM
Thursday, May 11 11 AM to 6 PM
Friday, May 12 11 AM to 6 PM
Saturday, May 13 7:30 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, May 14 7:30 AM to 10 AM

Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check, made payable to Herff Jones, when you pick up the apparel. Payment cannot be made in advance, unless you chose the ship-to-home option.

You are strongly advised to pick up your academic attire before Saturday, May 13. Please be aware that your gown will be folded and may require steaming (do not iron).

You should present your receipt when picking up your academic attire. Bronze Tablet students may request their cord at this time, if they did not attend the Bronze Tablet reception in early May. The cord should be worn over your left shoulder.

If you cannot pick up your academic attire at one of the scheduled times, you may arrange for someone else to do so; that person should present your receipt and must pay the rental fee. Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check only. Checks should be made payable to Herff Jones and have your name, address and phone number printed on the check.

City Internships: Global Explorer Program

City Internships (CI) provides immersive experiential education programs for college student and recent graduates.

Their Global Explorer Program centers around an internship placement with a leading company, accompanied by a comprehensive series classes workshops and networking events optimized to enhance a student’s commercial awareness and employability.

More than 65% of CI alumni go on to accept permanent graduate positions with their host company. Moreover, their annual Student Outcomes survey shows that CI alumni gain employment 3 times more quickly and earn 30% than their peers immediately after college.

If you feel the Global Explorer Program would be of interest, apply via:

The program may be attended by undergraduate students (including seniors). And students may choose a program in one of 12 cities globally, with an internship in one of 9 career fields.

Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For summer 2017, seven of twelve program destinations are now full and closed to new applicants. Places remain available in the following five program destinations only: New York, London, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Miami (closing soon).

More information can be found on their website:

Fall courses for Military-Connected Students

The Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education is offering the following three electives in the fall semester. A description of each course and CRN are below. The courses were designed specifically for military-connected students to assist with their transition and integration at the University of Illinois.

All courses will take place at the Center for Wounded Veterans: 908 W. Nevada Street, Urbana.

Veterans Leadership Transition (2.0 credits)  CRN 54672

Offered 1st 8-week session of the semester on Tue / Thurs 11a – 12:20p

Having veterans on campus is an honor. The University recognizes the vast experiences and leadership that veterans bring from the military. For some returning veterans, going back to school can present unique challenges. There are many offices on campus and within the community that are designed to see veterans succeed. This course is designed for veterans who are freshman and transfer students to learn about assistive resources, gain practical skills that will support their transition to campus, reflect on their service history and new mission as students, and develop community. Students will engage and complete readings and assignments related to the “Hero’s Journey” by Joseph Campbell. 

Career Development for Military Connected Students (2.0 credits)  CRN 68462

Offered 2nd 8-week session of the semester on Tue / Thurs 11a – 12:20p 

The objective of this course is to introduce military-connected students to the subject of career development and to provide strategies that enable them to land a career and succeed in the workplace. This course provides an overview of the civilian and federal job search process, resources for creating effective resumes and cover letters, interview preparation, job negotiations, professional networking and knowledge of various industries and organizations. Additionally, employee rights and benefits to include retirement programs will be discussed in detail, as well as tips for business-related functions, workplace challenges and situations, making sense of your paycheck, increasing your salary, and the importance of finding a mentor(s) early in your academic career.

Rally Point – Workshops (1.0 credit)  CRN 68463

Offered full semester; Tuesdays from 5p – 5:50p

The goals of this course are to: 1) continue to guide you through your transition to civilian and college life; 2) identify and examine obstacles, problems, and issues that may be arising during the second half of the semester; and 3) teach and implement adaptive coping and problem-solving strategies for dealing with current and future stressors.


The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is offering summer education and research training to outstanding undergraduate students, who are interested in combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment. The MSUCOM Summer Undergraduate Education and Research Program is a 10-week program that begins May 30, 2017 and will conclude August 4, 2017. Up to six awards will be given to qualified undergraduate applicants each year. The program includes both clinical & laboratory experiences. Students will work in a research laboratory under the guidance of selected faculty members in the biomedical sciences, shadow physician-scientists in a clinical setting, attend seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine, and participate in career development workshops.  Students will work with faculty on an individual basis and as part of a research team. Research teams will include graduate students, post-docs, research scientists, and current DO-PhD students.

Students will be matched based on their interests to a research faculty mentor/laboratory at Michigan State University.  The student will work in the laboratory 10 weeks. All students will be required to make a full-time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) to their research. Students will be required to make a poster presentation at Mid-SURE (Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences) sponsored by Michigan State University and to their fellow SUPER  participants, faculty mentors, and others at the end of the program. 

Students can expect to have “hands on” experience and learn the basic skills necessary to contribute to a research effort; a sample of the techniques a student might learn includes: maintaining cell cultures, electrophoresis, chromatography, immunoassays, animal surgery, electrophysiology and neurochemical assays, and protein and nucleic acid molecular biology.

• Students will receive exposure to the practice of medicine by individual physician mentors; this experience will average 2 weeks per physician.

 • Students will  attend a program on (1) how to apply to MSUCOM medical school  and  MSU graduate programs (2)  information on how to complete their AACOMAS (American Association of

> Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine application service) application  (3) how to succeed in medical school or graduate  school.    Students will also attend weekly research seminars.

 • A “Certificate of Merit” will be awarded to all participants upon completion of the program.

 Each SUPER undergraduate participant will receive $2,500 for the 10-week, full-time research experience.  Accommodations in University Housing will be provided for any student outside of the greater Lansing, East Lansing area. In order to participate in the clinical portion of the program (shadowing in physicians’ clinics) students are required to have their own vehicle for transportation off campus.

Eligibility:  Applications are invited from undergraduate students who are currently in their junior year, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have a minimum of one full semester of research experience. Students who have a GPA of less than 3.5 but have extensive research experience are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be involved in research and be interested in graduate and medical education in biomedical sciences leading to a DO-PhD. Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the biological or physical sciences in the academic year following the summer of planned participation. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Selection: Selection of students is based on the completed application that asks for a description of academic interests, career goals, and research experiences. Students must state specific scientific interests and any particular research areas or techniques they wish to explore in order to be matched with research faculty. Also required are two letters of recommendation ( from faculty and/or from an advisor) and an unofficial transcript from the student’s undergraduate institution(s). Minority students are encouraged to apply.  Deadline for receipt of all materials in our office is March 31, 2017. Decisions will be made and students notified by April 14, 2017.

Applications should be sent to J. Justin McCormick, Director – by email.


Call for Submissions! The Undergraduate Research Journal

The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) at UIUC announced the fourth volume of its undergraduate research journal, Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal. Peer Review is an open-access, digital journal published annually. 

Volume 4 is slated for publication in May 2017.  Their inaugural edition was published in May 2014. The journal publishes research-based articles, posters, and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates who participated in EUI-affiliated courses (this may include independent study/thesis coursework), or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the university or the “university experience” in a meaningful way. 

They also invite short commentaries and reflections on the EUI research or teaching experience from former EUI-affiliated students and faculty. Click here to read their latest volume!

Submission Process:

(a) Research-based articles or multimedia projects already completed may be submitted in their entirety, to be accompanied by an abstract of 250-300 words that describes your primary argument/s, method/s, and findings. For articles, the suggested word count is 2,000 to 4,000, not including references and bibliography; longer pieces will, however, be considered. Audio or video work should be no longer than 15 minutes run-time.

(b) Research in progress may be submitted as an abstract of 250-300 words that describes your anticipated research focus, method/s, and argument/s.

(c) Commentaries or reflections by previous EUI-affiliated students or faculty should provide (i) for students, the course and semester in which you did your EUI research, (ii) for faculty, your affiliated course and semester, and (iii) for both, a brief paragraph (250-500 words) outlining your experience.

They will accept co-authored work (with faculty or graduate student/s) in which the undergraduate student is the lead author, as well as multi-authored undergraduate work. Student abstracts, articles and multimedia projects must be accompanied by contact information for the faculty mentor or program administrator (such as McNair Scholars, James Scholars, etc.) who is willing to write in support of your submission.

Deadline for submission is March 17, 2017.  Please note: acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee final publication. For submissions please complete their Submission Form. If you have questions about the submission process, as well as general questions about the journal, please email me or contact