HDFS 494: STRONG Kids now accepting applications for 2016-2017

The Family Resiliency Center is currently accepting applications for the HDFS 494 undergraduate research course.  Applications are due April 8th. They will be reviewed and interviews conducted the last few weeks of April. Students are eligible if they

  • Will have sophomore, junior, or senior class standing by Fall 2016
  • Are available to work regular hours on an assigned research project for 6-9 hours per week
  • Have two, 3 hour blocks of time each week
  • Are able to attend class every other week on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00

The purpose of these two-semester year-long supervised research course is to provide students with a first-hand experience working as part of a research team as well as to help them develop a working knowledge of the theory and applications of transdisciplinary approaches to obesity research.

This course is divided into 3 components: Obesity prevention, professional development training, and applied research.

Additional information about this course, as well as a downloadable application can be found on our website at:  http://familyresiliency.illinois.edu/students.html.  The application and flyer are also attached.

Please contact: Jill Bowers, Coordinator (bowers5@illinois.edu)  if you have any questions.


Jen Themanson

Project Coordinator


The Family Resiliency Center

University of Illinois



Final MS Financial Engineering Information Session

Good afternoon,


I wanted to send my appreciation to those of you who helped spread the word for our MSFE Information Sessions.  This semester’s attendance has been amazing!


We will be hosting our final information session next Monday, April 4 at 4:00PM.


If any of your student find themselves wanting to pursue a Master’s Degree and wanting to learn more about Financial Engineering please share with them the attached flyer.


Students can register here: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/4880471



Thanks again!


Department of English Course Showcase — Tomorrow!

Please share the following information with interested students.  The Fall 2016 Course Showcase will take place from 4-5:30 pm in Room 160 English Building.  If you’re receiving this message, you’re invited to attend as well!  This is a wonderful opportunity for advisors to learn more about our offerings and can be helpful when suggesting general education or elective courses for your students as we enter priority registration.


Pizza and refreshments provided!  Hope to see you there!

Information about American Sign Language courses and SHS 222 Language and Culture of Deaf Communities

I wanted to share some information from the Department of Speech and Hearing Science about SHS 222 Language and Culture of Deaf Communities and SHS 121 American Sign Language I. In the past, students planning on taking SHS 121 ASL I on this campus have been required to also take SHS 222 prior to, or concurrently with, SHS 121, unless instructor consent has been given. I wanted to let you know that the department has proposed no longer requiring SHS 222 as a pre- or co-requisite for SHS 121. This is in the process of being formally approved and in all likelihood will be, effective fall 2016, but it is not currently reflected in the information in Course Explorer or the fall 2016 class schedule. Although this will not be able to be updated online in time for registration, given the timing of this, I wanted to be sure you knew that students interested in taking SHS 121 on this campus will not be prevented from being able to enroll in the course if they have not yet taken, or may not be able to enroll concurrently in SHS 222 this fall or in future semesters.


Since SHS does not offer a fourth semester of American Sign Language (courses only go through ASL 3), students in colleges that require the equivalent of four years of foreign language for their bachelor’s degree can take SHS 222 for the fourth level of the language, provided they do not use SHS 222 to satisfy another Gen. Ed. area, specifically in Social Science and US Minority Culture(s).  SHS 222 will continue to be offered both fall and spring, and students may take that at any point with the ASL classes. As of this writing, the times that SHS 222 will be offered in the fall are in the process of being updated but the class is slated to be taught during the first 8 weeks of the fall semester.


Lastly, ASL 1 and ASL II, SHS 121 and SHS 221, are both offered this fall. The department is working on adding information to the class schedule, including a link to request to be placed on a waitlist for ASL classes only. Please note that ASL 3, SHS 321, is not offered this fall but will be offered once again in the spring, along with both SHS 121 and SHS 221. The department does foresee all three levels being taught each semester (fall and spring) in future terms.


I appreciate you sharing this information with your students.


Many thanks.


Kathi Ritten



Kathi Ritten

Academic Advisor

College of Applied Health Sciences

Department of Speech and Hearing Science

220 Speech and Hearing Science Building, MC-482

901 South Sixth Street

Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 333-2230

E-mail:  ritten@illinois.edu

Health Professions Application Month Workshops

All sessions will be held at the Interview Suite Room 213, 616 E. Green St in Champaign.


Overview of Application Process

Friday April 1, 4-5pm

Are you ready to apply? Do you know what the application process entails? Attend this workshop to receive an overview of the application process including the general timeline, preparation, choosing what schools to apply to, and cost of applying.


Personal Statements PLUS

Friday April 8, 4-5pm

Writing about yourself and your experiences can be difficult. Attend this workshop to receive writing tips and begin a personal statement draft.


Application Nuts & Bolts

Friday April 15, 4-5pm

Completing centralized applications can be complicated. Attend this workshop to understand how to complete the application (this will include screen shots of the applications) and receive advice from current students who are already accepted into professional schools.


Waiting for YES!

Friday April 22, 4-5pm

The application process is a full year. Learn how to make the most of your application year. Attend this workshop to learn about completing supplemental materials to individual schools, interview tips, academic updates to the centralized application service, and letters of intent/update.



Jennifer L. Crum

Senior Assistant Director for Health Professions and Graduate School Services

The Career Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

715 S. Wright Street

Champaign, Illinois, 61820


Ph: 217-333-0820


SAMSI’s Interdisciplinary Workshop for Undergraduate Students: May 22-27, 2016

Interdisciplinary Workshop for Undergraduate Students
May 22-27, 2016

This workshop will take place at SAS Hall, NC State University Campus, Raleigh, NC.

The application deadline is April 1, 2016.

This week long workshop provides an introduction to applied mathematical and statistical research in the area of computational neuroscience and forensics. Talks will be presented by statisticians and applied mathematicians who work with analyzing imaging, finger printing and many types of similar data.

While students from universities not in the U.S. are welcome to apply, please be aware that priority is given to students who are enrolled at U.S. schools.  Applications received by Friday, April 1, 2016 will receive full consideration.

SAMSI will reimburse pre-approved and appropriate travel expenses as well as provide food and lodging.

Directorate liaison: Sujit Ghosh

Organizers: SAMSI first year postdocs & Sujit Ghosh

Send questions to ugworkshop@samsi.info

ASA Datafest – Loyola University Chicago

During the weekend of April 08-10, the Math/Stat Department at Loyola is organizing an ASA Datafest event to take place at the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago.


I am writing to you so that you can help us advertise this event to the undergraduate and masters students in your Department/University. Note that this is not restricted to statistics students. I attached to this email a poster that could be used for advertising either by posting it in the boards or forwarding the email.


The ASA website for the event is here: https://www.amstat.org/education/datafest/


Our event at Loyola is funded by several companies, including Google, Open Datagroup, Gallup and Baseball Prospectus, among others. Prizes will be awarded to the best groups.

The official website for the Loyola event (including registration) is here:



Thank you for helping us spread the word.

Adriano Z. Zambom
Assistant Professor of Statistics – Loyola University Chicago

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World welcomes applications for summer intensive language classes.

Dates: 13-Jun-2016 – 06-Aug-2016
Location: Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

Students can earn up to 10 university credits by completing an 8 week intensive summer language institute session.
Minimum language requirement: No Minimum

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World is a language institute that takes place over the summer (June 13 – August 6, 2016) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This summer we will be offering

– Arabic
– Persian
– Swahili
– Turkish
– Uzbek
– Wolof

The eight week session includes a four-week elementary I level course (no prior knowledge of the target language is assumed) and a four-week elementary II  level course. Each four-week course covers the amount of material equivalent to one semester of language instruction at the University of Illinois. Students can choose to complete four or eight week of classes.

After completing these intensive language classes, students will be ready to move on to the intermediate level in Fall 2016, and have the foreign language requirement taken care of in a short time frame. They will enjoy the multitude of co-curriuclar cultural activities that will introduce the cultures of the languages offered in this institute.

We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language. We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement. Many of these languages have been designated by the US government as critical to U.S. National Security and can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development and academic sectors.

Join us and over the short span of 8 weeks you can earn up to 10 credits and go from never having heard of a language to holding a conversation in it. For more information visit our website at silmw.linguistics.illinois.edu


Eman Saadah, Ph.D.

Arabic Language Program ӏ Director and Coordinator
Less Commonly Taught Languages Program ӏ Director
Department of Linguistics
4080 Foreign Languages Building, MC-168
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/uiucarabic?fref=ts
Summer Institute: http://silmw.linguistics.illinois.edu/

REU summer internship in Machine Learning – apply by 31 March 2016



Subject:   2016 AMALTHEA REU: Apply by March 31


AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A 10-WEEK RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS is available in the area of Machine Learning. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and is offered by the Information Characterization & Exploitation (ICE) Laboratory at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, Florida.


Machine Learning (ML) gradually evolved as a branch of Artificial Intelligence with its theory and applications positioned at the juncture of Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics and, even, Physics. Nowadays, ML’s role in successfully addressing hard, real-world technological challenges has become ever more current and central. Moreover, its presence and importance now permeates several aspects not only of cutting-edge technology such as computer vision, stock market prediction and big data analytics, but also our daily life through voice-driven searches on our smart phones or movie recommendations on video streaming services to name only a few.


The program currently accepts applications in order to form a very diverse, multi-disciplinary cohort of nascent researchers for this summer. Minorities, women and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.



Without exceptions, applicants must be:


=> Majoring in an Engineering or Science discipline

=> US citizens or permanent residents

=> Undergraduates in good academic standing




=> Exposure to the exciting world of Machine Learning and its applications

=> Participate in a one-week crash course to familiarize yourself with Machine Learning


=> Work with experienced student mentors and experts in the field

=> Participate and contribute to cutting-edge Machine Learning research

=> Take part in visits to our local industry

=> Paid travel and accommodation expenses

=> Receive a competitive stipend for per diem expenses

=> Visit Central Florida venues such as Disney attractions and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

=> Meet new people

=> Make new friends


Application Deadline: March 31, 2016

Apply online: http://www.amalthea-reu.org


For more information, visit our Web site at www.amalthea-reu.org or contact:


Dr. Georgios C. Anagnostopoulos

Director, The AMALTHEA REU Program

Associate Professor, ECE Dept.

Florida Institute of Technology

150 West University Boulevard

Melbourne, Florida 32901-6975

Phone 321-674-7125 | Fax 321-674-8192

E-mail: georgio@fit.edu


Illinois in Washington Deadline Approaching

Please share the following message with your students about the approaching deadline for Illinois in Washington. The program is open to students of all majors. Students will earn 12 credits Illinois coursework during the fall semester.


Deadline to spend fall in Washington, DC is April 1!

Spend fall interning and taking U of I classes in Washington, DC, with Illinois in Washington.  Fall application deadline is April 1.  Visit http://www.washington.illinois.edu/apply/information/ for application information.  If you have any questions, please get in touch with Susan Dimock at sdimock@illinois.edu.




Katie Clark


Academic Advisor

Department of Political Science

417 David Kinley Hall