Secondary Education Programs informational meetings this month!

Hello colleagues,

I wanted to send you the list of dates for the October Secondary Education Programs Informational meetings.  Please disseminate to your students freely and widely!  Many of them are informational meetings for students interested in teaching as we have seen in the past.  Please note that October 3rd and 4th are the first of several informational meetings slated for this month!


I also want to draw your attention to a meeting intended for students interested in earning endorsements.  If a student wants to teach more than one subject (many of them do) at the advanced/AP level, they should come to this meeting.   Endorsements can add to a student’s credentials, making them more employable.  All prospective and current secondary and BAT students are welcome.



Introduction to the Secondary Education minor for Freshmen

Wednesday, October 3rd 4-5pm in 1065 Lincoln Hall

Monday, October 15th 6-7pm at La Casa Cultural Latina

Tuesday, October 23rd, time and location TBA



Introduction to the Secondary Education minor for Sophomores and Juniors

Thursday, October 4th 4-5pm in 1064 Lincoln Hall

Monday, October 15th 6-7pm at La Casa Cultural Latina

Wednesday, October 24th, time and location TBA



Introduction to the Bachelor of Arts in Teaching Foreign Language (BAT)

Thursday, October 11th 5-6pm in 1064 Lincoln Hall

Monday, October 15th 6-7pm at La Casa Cultural Latina



**Brand New! Endorsement Informational Meeting – for all prospective and current secondary education minors and BAT.** 

Wednesday, October 17th 7-8:30pm in Room 2 Education Building



Biology Teaching Informational Meeting

Wednesday, October 31st 4-5pm Burrill Hall



Director of Secondary Education Programs

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

120 Education Building, MC-708 | 1310 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL

(217) 333-2800 | (217) 244-9498 fax

Resources for intl students at The Career Center

We wanted to be sure that you were award of career services and programs for international students provided by The Career Center.
·         INTLconnect website (
·         Weekly INTL newsletter (if you want to sign up, here is a link:
·         LinkedIn group: UIUC International Alumni and Students Network
In addition, we have prepared an updated career workshop series for international students. The 6 week series has been designed around specific learning outcomes and includes interactive activities and guest speakers. Students will get the INTL Career Certification (ICC) from the Career Center if they join 5 or 6 sessions.  You can check descriptions of each session at Attached are a quarter page flyer and descriptions of each session.
We would appreciate if you share this information with your international students.  If you have any questions, please contact Tori Spring, Assistant Director at or Un Yeong Park, GA at  
Un-Yeong Park
GA for International Student Career Development and Job Search at the Career Center
Doctor of Education(EdD) Candidate at Human Resource Development
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Career for INTL students:

Department of Statistics Weekly Seminar

Sewoong Oh (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Budget-Optimal Task-Allocation for Reliable Crowdsourcing Systems
Speaker           Sewoong Oh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date                Sep 27, 2012
Time                4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location          156 Henry
Sponsor           Statistics Department
Event type        Seminar
This talk is on my ongoing research on designing reliable and cost-efficient crowdsourcing systems. Crowdsourcing is a novel paradigm for solving large scale problems by breaking them down into small tasks that are electronically distributed to numerous on-demand human contributors. In typical crowdsourcing, these tasks are submitted to an electronic labor market and completed by any worker choosing to pick it up for a small reward. However, since typical crowdsourced tasks are tedious and the reward is small, errors are common even among those who make an effort. Thus, all taskmasters need to devise schemes to increase confidence in their answers. A common approach is to assign each task multiple times and combining the answers in some way such as majority voting. For such systems, there is a fundamental problem of interest: how can we achieve a certain reliability in our answers at minimum cost? Under a general model, we provide an optimal algorithm based on low-rank matrix approximation and belief propagation. We prove that our approach significantly outperforms majority voting and, in fact, is asymptotically order-optimal through comparison to an oracle that knows the reliability of every worker. We also provide experimental results on synthetic and real datasets that support the optimality of our approach.

Job Opportunity for Math/Stats Students

JP Morgan Chase Seeking Data Savvy Candidates
Resumes due Wednesday, Sept. 19 at midnight
On-campus Interviews: Tuesday, Oct. 2

Do you understand data and how to translate it into meaningful and actionable insights? At Chase Bank, they’re looking for top individuals to join a world-class team of more than 70 analysts. The team has a wide range of analytical experience and advanced academic backgrounds, including more than 10 PhDs. Join a team that influences one of the world’s largest banks with strategic and tactical insights. Chase is looking for students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a quantitative field such as Statistics, Mathematics, Business, Economics, Computer Science, Operations Research, or similar course of study. For more information on how to apply, log-in to I-Link and search for job #63258.

Datalogix (and others) at the Engineering Expo

The Engineering Expo is going on today through Wednesday, and there are a number of companies there who would have a need for statistics students and graduates. A list of companies is available here:

Datalogix is one of the companies, and some info on their opportunities is below. If interested, you can catch up with Whitney at the Expo on Wednesday. Those of you who have been here a few years may know Dave Mitchell, 2008 BS and 2010 MS UIUC Statistics grad, who is currently working there.

Darren Glosemeyer
Department of Statistics

MATRIX Meeting 9/18

MATRIX math club is pleased to announce that our meeting this week will be a career talk by Nick Baier — a UIUC Math grad and current AOL employee. We will be joined by the Economics Club and OTCR. Students with an interest in Computer Science are especially encouraged to attend. Pizza will be served.


What: Talk by Nick Baier, AOL
When: Tuesday 9/18, 5pm
Where: 245 Wohlers Hall (6th & Gregory)
Dress: Business Casual
The following is a description of Nick’s talk and his background:
“Quantitative Majors in the Business Sector and the Online Advertising Industry
Quantitative majors possess a unique problem solving ability that can be extremely valuable to many different employers in many different fields.  Learn how to leverage these skills and what career paths are available to math majors in business.
Learn about online advertising, an expanding and highly competitive industry that allows you to work in a challenging and enjoyable environment.  This field is great for anyone with an analytical background and a desire to pursue a business career.
University of Illinois Graduate – May 2010
B.S. in Mathematics
B.A. in Economics
President of MATRIX from 2008-10
Started at AOL as an Associate Business Analyst in October 2010
Currently Business Manager of, position held since May 2012
MBA candidate at the University of Chicago School of Business, class of 2014”
Hope to see you there! Please RSVP on Facebook if you can.


USDA Career Opportunities Informational Session (Outreach Webinars)

USDA will be conducting a series of Informational Sessions (outreach webinars) about USDA career opportunities for Students and Recent Graduates.  
Dates:(all sessions are the same)
·        September 17, 18, & 19
·        November 19, 20, & 21
·        January 21, 22, & 23
·        February 18, 19, & 20
The following topics will covered at the webinars:
·        An overview of USDA,
·        An introduction to the USDA Students and Recent Graduates Program,
·        Available opportunities, and
·        Basic qualifications and application process.
We are interested in getting registrations from the following individuals:
·        Faculty and career services staff, and
·        Recent graduates and students who are U.S. permanent residents and U.S. citizens.
All webinar sessions will be recorded and captioned.
NOTE: the Agencies SEPCs will be presenting at each webinar.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Wenndy Carrasco,M.P.A. |Departmental Student Employment Program Manager| U.S. Department of Agriculture| Office of the Assistant Secretary of Administration – Office of Human Resources ManagementRecruitment and Diversity Division|1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 17-W Whiten Building|Washington, DC 20250|202-260-8335 (O)|202-690-0960 (F)|
Supervisors, SEPCs, Recruiters and Current Interns and Recent Graduates:
Potential Applicants for Internships, Scholarship and Recent Graduates Opportunities:
Stay tune through USDA DM Website:
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Department of Statistics Weekly Seminar

Song-Xi Chen (Iowa State University): High Dimensional Empirical Likelihood for Generalized Estimating Equations with Dependent Data
Speaker           Song-Xi Chen, Iowa State University
Date                Sep 20, 2012
Time                3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location          122 Illini Hall
Sponsor           Statistics Department
Event type        Seminar
This paper studies the maximum empirical likelihood estimation (MELE) and inference on parameters identified by generalized estimating equations with weakly dependent data when the dimensions of the estimating equations and the parameters are diverging. Our theory greatly extends a wide range of existing results to the new time series framework of growing dimensions of the parameters, the estimating equations and the observed covariates. We obtain the consistency with rates and the asymptotic normality of the MELE by properly restricting the growth rates of the dimensions of the parameters and the estimating equations, as well as the degree of dependence. We also show that, even in this high dimensional nonlinear time series setting, the empirical likelihood ratio still behaves like a Chi-square random variable asymptotically. (Note that time and location are different from usual)