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 Students Pursuing the Chemistry Minor

If you need advanced hours to complete the chemistry minor, you have a variety of classes to choose which should challenge and interest you.

Please note that some course seats such as CHEM 360 are in high demand by chemistry majors and seats may not be available for student’s pursuing the minor. Restricted seats will be opened according to this website.

Students who are needing advanced hours to complete the chemistry minor can choose any of the following courses:

CHEM 312 Inorganic Chemistry credit: 3 Hours.

CHEM 332 Elementary Organic Chem II credit: 4 Hours. – Never Restricted

CHEM 360 Chemistry of the Environment credit: 3 Hours.  Likely will be full before restrictions removed.

CHEM 436 Fundamental Organic Chem II credit: 3 Hours.  

CHEM 440 Physical Chemistry Principles credit: 4 Hours. – Never Restricted

CHEM 442 Physical Chemistry I credit: 4 Hours.

CHEM 444 Physical Chemistry II credit: 4 Hours.

CHEM 450 Astrochemistry credit: 4 Hours.

CHEM 474 Drug Discovery & Development credit: 3 Hours. – Never Restricted

CHEM 480 Polymer Chemistry credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

CHEM 482 Polymer Physics credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

CHEM 483 Solid State Structural Anlys credit: 4 Hours.

CHEM 488 Surfaces and Colloids credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

The following courses may not be used to complete the minor: CHEM 315 , CHEM 397, CHEM 420, CHEM 445,CHEM 447, CHEM 492, CHEM 494, CHEM 496, CHEM 497 and CHEM 499.

Job Opportunity: Abbott Nutrition Operations Management Intern

Operations Management Intern

Abbott Nutrition, UIUC Research Park

Job ID Number: 100001

Who We Are:

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 74,000 people.

Position Summary:

Abbott Nutrition is seeking a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) student to support Abbott’s Research Park site manager with maintaining and improving operations and engagement.

An Operations Management Intern will be responsible for:

  • Tracking status and deliverables of all research projects
  • Acting as liaison between site and global R&D to recruit and initiate projects
  • Conducting annual “Call for Project Proposals” within Nutrition R&D and coordinating proposal review and student alignment with review committee and project investigators
  • Preparing an annual report based off of events, projects, and deliverables from previous year
  • Contributing to the design and management of intern deliverables library in Microsoft SharePoint
  • Collating monthly accomplishments for advisement of senior HR and leadership
  • Creating materials for internal and external marketing of Abbott Research Park activities

What We Offer to Our Student Employees:

  • Part-time employment with Abbott at the UIUC Research Park during the academic year
  • Minimum of 8-10 hrs/week and maximum of 19 hrs per week
  • Competitive hourly wage commensurate with year in school
  • Flexible work schedule with 24/7 keycard office access
  • Personally-assigned workstation in a modern style office space
  • Valuable experience in the global healthcare industry


  • Must be enrolled as a student at UIUC
  • Must be available to work during the summer
  • Preferably a sophomore or junior undergraduate
  • No major restrictions but should preferably be a student interested in a future with Abbott
  • Experience in Excel is highly recommended
  • Responds well to feedback
  • Effective communication and excellent verbal/written English language skills
  • Self-motivated problem solver that can lead a project from beginning to end

Start Date/Duration:  Late in the Fall 2017 semester or at the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester through at least Summer 2018 with a possibility for an extension

Link to more info on Handshake.

Information on MCB Course Restrictions

MCB 101 – Interested students should watch the course schedule closely for openings.  These will become available sporadically throughout the registration period.

MCB 199, Merit– All seats restricted and managed by Alejandra Stenger.  There are request forms available to fill out at

MCB 247 – Managed via waitlist at  Must be on the waitlist to receive permissions for the course.

MCB 301 – Restricted to MCB and BIOC juniors and seniors until November 13.  Restrictions will be removed on November 13.

MCB 354 – Restricted to MCB and BIOC juniors and seniors. Restrictions will not be removed.  Non-majors or biology students wanting course should fill out the request form at

MCB 408 – Restricted to MCB and BIOC juniors and seniors.  Non-majors interested in taking the course should email Alejandra Stenger ( ) to be placed on a waiting list.

MCB 458 – Restricted to MCB and BIOC juniors and seniors.  Restrictions will not be removed.

MCB 493 FIP– Restricted to MCB and BIOC seniors.  Restrictions will not be removed.  Juniors in MCB and BIOC can email Lori Raetzman for permission (

MCB 493 ECB – Restricted to MCB and BIOC juniors and seniors until November 13.  Restrictions will be removed on November 13.

BIOC 455 – Effective immediately remaining seats will be restricted to juniors and seniors in Biochemistry.  This is to ensure that all biochem students that need the course are able to get it.  If seats remain after November 13 the restrictions will be lifted.

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:

Pre-Med Fellowship in India

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 2018 and finalists are interviewed in early March in Washington, DC (at the candidate’s expense).

The Fellow would depart the US in mid-June 2018 and returns in spring of 2019. 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. The Fellowship in 2018-19 will include work at a rural project in Nepal and, in addition to a focus on primary health care, attention will be paid to non-infectious diseases and periodic surgical camps.

All relevant information is available on the AMSA website (, search for Arole) which has a link to Jamkhed site and contains reports by previous Fellows. Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Pyle at or 503-894-8546 (in Portland, OR).

Undergraduate Research Opportunity!

Undergraduate student researcher positions open in the laboratory of Dr. Joe Qiao, Comparative Biosciences Department

Qiao lab is seeking freshman and sophomore students currently enrolled in biology-related majors to conduct guided research on homologous recombination and checkpoint pathways in mouse meiosis. We are looking for students who are able to start during the Fall 2017 semester and to continue their work throughout the school years. Specific tasks include genotyping/PCR, mouse husbandry, immunohistology, immunofluorescence, and other molecular and cytological work. Prior laboratory experience is not required.

Candidate requirements:

  • GPA of 3.7 or higher (for sophomores)
  • AP/IB Biology and Chemistry credit (for freshmen)
  • At least 16 hrs/week commitment
  • Multiple semester commitment

Interested students should contact Joe Qiao no later than October 1 at Please include a copy of a CV (resume) and an unofficial college transcript (if applicable).

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Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Genomics of Pathogenic Fungi

An undergraduate research opportunity is available to study genomes of pathogenic fungi. The project runs for the 2018 calendar year, including summer. Students with sophomore or junior standing for 2018 are eligible for the project. Pre-dental students are especially encouraged to apply. Full details about the project and application information are available at

Undergraduate Research Opportunity!

The Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience (BCNN) laboratory is looking for committed undergraduates who are available to help facilitate ongoing research studies.  The lab, led by Dr. Naiman Khan, is one of few labs worldwide investigating the links between dietary intake, body composition, physical activity level, and cognitive function.  We are looking for detail-oriented, committed, self-driven students to assist with data collection and entry for many multi-year projects.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google form with your Google Apps @ Illinois account and they will be in touch:

(*if you have not already set up your Google Apps @ Illinois account, you can find instructions at:




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