Mark Your Calendars: Week of February 20

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Pre-Law Upcoming Events

Monday February 27th – Negotiating Scholarships Workshop with University of Illinois College of Law Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid Rebecca Ray

The hard part of applying to law school is over, and now you’re starting to receive acceptances and financial aid offers. So…what happens next? Now is the time to assess aid offers and discuss options for additional scholarships with your law schools. How can applicants have a respectful yet productive conversation that potentially results in more scholarship dollars being awarded? Join us as we examine exactly how to go about negotiating law school scholarships with the expertise of Dean Rebecca Ray, the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Illinois College of Law. This session is a must-see for anyone applying to law school, and the information applies whether U of I or another law school is your goal. For more information, click here.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities 

Carlton Caspers Diversity & Inclusion ScholarshipCarlson Caspers, a Minneapolis-based IP law firm, fosters a culture that welcomes and embraces differences in people and perspectives. Our commitment to inclusion is the foundation for a vibrant work environment and unparalleled client service that comes from varied perspectives in developing strategies and solutions to serve our clients’ business goals.  In keeping with the firm’s focus on recruiting, retaining, and promoting members of groups that are under-represented in the field of intellectual property law, Carlson Caspers’ Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program provides up to two $5,000 scholarships each academic year to prospective law students who are pursuing or have obtained a degree in chemistry, physics, life sciences, pharmacy, engineering, or computer science and who are interested in practicing intellectual property law in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The scholarship recipients will also participate in Carlson Casper’s 2017 Summer Program. Applications are due April 1, 2017. Learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program at Carlson Caspers.

Scholarship opportunity for those entering law school this fall–The ABA Diversity Scholarship is designed for underrepresented students who demonstrate financial need and community involvement. Awards will be $15,000 for entering law students, which is renewable for years 2 and 3 of law school.  Applicants must be entering law school in 2017 and submit an application, personal statement, and statement of financial need by March 2. Find the application and more details here.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting applications for the Research Support Grant (RSG). This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. For details and eligibility requirements please visit: Deadline for applications will be Wednesday, March 1, at 11:59 p.m. Questions may be addressed to

 Upcoming Campus Opportunities and Events for Pre-Law Students
The University of Illinois College of Law hosts many speakers and events that are free and open to the public! Check out their upcoming speakers and events here.

New Sociology Minor of Criminology, Law, and Society!
The Department of Sociology is very excited to announced that coming this Fall they are launching a Minor in Criminology, Law, and Society. Interested students should attend one of these info sessions, all held in Room 3057 Lincoln Hall on the following dates:

Thursday February 23 at 3:30PM
Wednesday March 1 at 5:00PM
Thursday March 9 at 5:00PM.

Career Center Opportunities

Excellent Workshop for Students Considering Taking a Gap Year – The Career Center is hosting a workshop about Finding & Applying to Federal Government Jobs today, February 20th, from 4:00PM – 5:00PM  in the Career Center Conference Room 143. This workshop will give you tips on how to make yourself competitive for federal government opportunities as well as discuss the benefits of working for the government, how to find the right agency fit, and how to best navigate and other government resources. This is a great opportunity for students planning on taking a gap year or two! For more information, click here.

Here are some additional programs the Career Center is hosting. Visit their website here for additional details.

  • Creating Your Powerful Resume, Feb. 21, 5-6 pm & Feb. 23, 4-5 pm
  • Making Your Major Decision, Feb. 22, 4-5 pm
  • Global Career Opportunity: Careers in Japan, Feb. 22, 4-6 pm

Internship Opportunities

Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) Internship Program–The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) needs talented, creative Illinois undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research and development projects in areas including supercomputing, data analytics, visualization, and more. NCSA’s SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) program offers paid internships to Illinois students who can contribute to challenging projects with support from members of NCSA’s expert staff who act as mentors. Explore their website here.

New summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion, Innovation, Interdisciplinary and OpeN-Science (INCLUSION) is seeking students to apply for 10-week paid summer software-in-research training program. Successful applicants will work full-time on one of socially-impactful INCLUSION research projects that develop and use open source software.  Applications must be submitted by March 13, 2017 for full consideration. REU-INCLUSION program information and online application form are available on the REU-INCLUSION website at: Priority is given to minority undergraduate students applying from outside of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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