2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) sponsors a competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for undergraduate students at UIUC who will be conducting research abroad. This initiative provides students with funds designed to subsidize travel and housing costs associated with the research.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be current UIUC undergraduate students at the time the research will be conducted, and be in good academic standing. GPA will be considered during the selection process.
  • Funding is provided for students who are either pursuing their own research projects or working on a faculty-led project.
  • The research must be conducted at a location outside of the United States and in conjunction with a university or research institute in that location.

 Additional Requirements:

  • A letter of support must be provided by the supervising UIUC faculty member. The letter need not be long, but should contain the following elements:
    • The title of the project and a brief description of the activities the student will engage in, the projected length of the project effort (i.e., 4 weeks, 5-6 weeks, etc), and the hoped-for outcomes.
    • The name of the co-supervising individual(s) at the host institution, title(s), core expertise, and the current state of the collaboration (e.g., new, growing as of the last year, long-standing with several personnel exchanged, etc.)   The idea of this description is simply to ensure that the applicant will enter a hospitable academic environment that is conducive to the proposed research, and wherein both the UIUC supervisor and the host co-supervisor have truly connected.
    • An explicit statement that the host co-supervisor has agreed to supervise the student on this particular.
  • If students use of the fruits of their work result in a presentation at a conference or campus event, there must be an acknowledgement of OUR for its support on the poster or in the paper.
  • Students must indicate any other sources of funds either applied for or received, including department support or support from the UIUC supervisor or host co-supervisor. Failure to disclose additional support from another source will result in a denial of the request or the revocation of the award.
  • Students who receive awards must enroll in an appropriate UIUC course. Many departments, schools and colleges offer courses with the title “Undergraduate Research Abroad.” If such an option is available, students should enroll in that course for the credit hours agreed upon between the student and the supervising UIUC faculty member. If such a course is not available, the student should consult with the advisor about which UIUC course number to use.

 Funding Restrictions:

  • Funding will normally be given directly to the student as a lump sum. Alternatively, arrangements can be made for the Undergraduate Research Office to reimburse expenses for travel.


Students are encouraged to consult their college or department advisors and individual faculty members for information about research abroad opportunities.

Summer Travel USA – Science Camp Instructors


Run week long (5 days), back-to-back mobile youth Science Camp on US Air Force bases.

throughout the country. Time commitments may range up to twelve consecutive weeks. Sessions will consist of 25-35 participants. Provide USAF youth center participants with opportunities to explore scientific topics utilizing a role-playing scenario. The goal of the camp is to expand and assist youths’ understanding of science, and to develop an appreciation for STEM based learning.

Send resume to tom@wearecamps.com or Julie@wearecamps.com

See USAF article below:


LAS 101 Interns Wanted

LAS 101 Freshman Seminar Interns are accomplished juniors and seniors who are willing to share their college experiences with first-term students by serving as student mentors.

They each lead a section of the LAS 101 Freshman Seminar and are really excited to meet their students.

They are among the best and brightest of our LAS students and we are very fortunate to have them with us for the fall semester.

Applications Due by Feb. 25, 2016

CAREER SUCCESS: Resumes and LinkedIN for Scientists                                          

Thursday, February 4: 5:30-6:30 p.m., 165 Noyes

Science majors and minors in the College of LAS are invited to attend a workshop about how to best highlight on your resume and LinkedIn profile your research experience, relevant coursework, technical skills, publications, and skills desired by employers so you’re ready for the spring semester career fairs. Pizza will be provided. RSVP required by noon on 2/4 via i-Link Events or scheduling@scs.illinois.edu (Patricia Simpson, Director of Academic Advising & Career Services – School of Chemical Sciences and Melissa Schoeplein, LAS Career Development Specialist)


Gen. Chem REACT Information Sessions

CHEM 102, 104, 202, 204 students & any volunteers are welcome! Come learn about the REACT program requirements to work with kids on interactive chemistry activities this semester. We will also review how to earn James Scholar honors credit through REACT. Attendance to ONE of the information sessions is mandatory to participate in the program. Hope to see you there!

February 1st @ 7 PM in 217 Noyes Lab
February 2nd @ 7 PM in 217 Noyes Lab
February 3rd @ 7 PM in 217 Noyes Lab

Email: theREACTprogram@gmail.com

Upcoming Career Related Workshops


Tues. Jan. 26

Wed. Jan. 27

Thurs. Jan. 28

Mon. Feb. 1

Wed. Feb. 3

Thurs. Feb. 4

Mon. Feb. 8


Career Services Paraprofessional (CSP) Info Sessions:

  • Jan. 27, 5-6pm, Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNACC)
  • Jan. 28, 7-8pm, FAR Trelease Lounge 102
  • Jan. 29, 1-2pm, The Career Center
  • Feb. 2, 5-6pm, The Career Center

Career Certificate-International Students (CC-I) Info Sessions: International Students who are interested must attend one of the info sessions below. Info sessions held at The Interview Suite 213, 616 E. Green St.

  • , Jan. 26, 4-5pm
  • , Feb. 1, 4-5pm
  • , Feb. 2, 4-5pm
  • , Feb. 8, 4-5pm (only for those who applied but missed a previous info session)
  • , Feb. 9, 4-5pm (only for those who applied but missed a previous info session)


 Tues. Jan. 26 Opportunities Fair, 5:30-7:30pm, The Career Center, 715 S. Wright St.

  • Learn more about The Career Center, how to enhance your college experience and build your resume. Food and prizes will be available.

Thurs. Jan. 28 (Noon-3pm) & Fri. Jan. 29 (Noon-2pm)

Career Closet, The Interview Suite 213, 616 E. Green St.

  • Need help dressing for an interview or the All-Campus Career Fair? Career Closet will provide Illinois students with FREEgently used professional clothing. Limit of one outfit or three items per student.

Wed. Feb. 3 & Thurs. Feb. 4

 Business Career Fair, 2-6pm, ARC

  • Hosted by Business Career Service. For more information and a list of participating companies, visit I-Link.

Tues. Feb. 9 & Wed. Feb. 10

Engineering Career Fair, 2-7pm, Illini Union

  • Hosted by Engineering Career Services. For more information and a list of participating companies, visit I-Link.



Who should apply?  All undergraduate students who will be enrolled at UIUC during the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 academic year are eligible to receive awards of $3000.  Students graduating in 2016-17 will also be considered for the $5000 Bailey Leadership Awards.


  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate the impact of their service, community involvement, leadership, and action
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate awareness and critical thought about the pressing issues facing the world today
  • Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered.

For more information or to apply online, visit: www.universityymca.org/bailey
Application available: November 7

Application deadline: February 7

Got questions?  We have answers.  Come to an info session.

M, 1/25 – 12:00 PM University YMCA, Wahl Room

Or stop by our office hours:  

W, 1/27 – 1-3 PM, University YMCA with Kasey Umland

M, 2/1 – 1-3 PM, University YMCA with Kasey Umland or Jennifer Romine

W, 2/3 – 2-4 PM, University YMCA with Jennifer Romine

F, 2/5 – 3-4 PM, University YMCA with Kasey Umland

or by appointment, email bailey@universityymca.org

​Contact: Kasey Umland

Director, Bailey Scholarship Program

University YMCA



LAS Success Workshops

Personal and professional development workshops designed to help you be successful throughout your college career. For more information and workshop descriptions visit the workshops website.  Includes a workshop specific for CHEMISTRY and many other common subjects our students in SCS take.

BP Scholarship

BP Scholars will be administered through a third party, International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS).  ISTS will allow students to apply and track their application status, upload necessary documents, and will manage the distribution of funds to our recipients.   Below is additional information about the BP Scholars program.  We welcome your support in sharing this great opportunity with your students.


What are the BP Scholarship program details?

  • Applications accepted between January 15, 2016 and March 15, 2016
  • Recipients will be awarded $5,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Scholarships awarded on an annual basis with no automatic renewal. Students are invited to reapply in subsequent years.
  • BP scholarship induction ceremony held in summer 2016 for selected recipients at BP Houston campus


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:
  • Must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full time student for the entire 2016-17 academic year.
  • Must be a US citizen or have the legal right to work in the United States without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)