Undergraduate Blog

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October 14, 2020

Please see the following message from the UIUC PeaceCorps Recruiter:


In celebration of Illinois Abroad Week next week, we will hosting several Peace Corps events! Attached is a flyer in several forms and the event details are below as well. Please note, they are all virtual events. All members of the campus community are welcome!


Peace Corps Information Session 

Monday, October 19th at 2pm (CST) 

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodOmurDgoH9dCz6X5GD2t6_j90G...


Returned Volunteer Panel 

Thursday, October 22nd at 4pm (CST) 

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvdeyrpz8iH9eO0XG3nAL-5wGgD8...


Peace Corps Application Workshop: Resumes 

Friday, October 23rd at 1pm (CST) 

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtf-quqzkoHtXeX2_Q0rYW36WMgk...


Additionally, I have drop-in hours every week on Wednesdays from 12-2pm and Thursdays from 2-4pm. You can access these hours by visiting the UIUC Career Center website (https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu) and clicking on ‘access the virtual desk’, so if students have questions, please feel free to direct them here.


October 12, 2020

Dear students,

The University of Illinois will be hosting informational sessions on National Security Education Program Boren undergraduate study abroad scholarships. 

The Boren provides study abroad scholarships up to $25,000 for a full academic year or up to $12,500 for a semester. All scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on a language-intensive study abroad program. (Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) These are merit-based scholarships, and approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants receive awards.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students also have the option of applying for summer-only programs of eight weeks or more.

In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in an area related to national security—generally the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community within three years of graduation (deferrals possible/encouraged for graduate study). Working for USAID or tenure in the Peace Corps counts in the service requirement. Winners also receive priority-hiring status.  

The campus application deadline is January 19, 2021 for any semester or year of study between May 2021 and May 2022.


Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Information Session

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from an Illinois alumni recipient

When: Oct 22, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Boren Undergraduate Scholarship Writing Workshop

When: Oct 23, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, undergraduate students should contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website.

The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships will host an information session for graduate students interested in Boren Fellowships on November 4, 2020 from 12-1 p.m. Graduate students can register for this session here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1822383400 or contact Dana Johnson, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, for more information at dnj@illinois.edu.

October 9, 2020

Dear students,

Are you a sophomore or junior in a STEM discipline that aims to pursue a Ph.D. in your field?  Do you already have research experience and strong academic performance? 

If so, you may be interested in applying for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.  

The National and International Scholarships program will be hosting a two-day informational event for students to learn more about this opportunity. At our information session, attendees will receive an overview of the scholarship as well as have a chance to talk with a former Goldwater Scholarship recipient from Illinois.  At the writing workshop, the Scholarships Program will offer tips on how to write a competitive scholarship packet.  We encourage you to attend both events:

Goldwater Information Session

This session will include advice from a previous Illinois Goldwater recipient

Time: Oct 15, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 970 7330 4903

Password: Goldwater


Goldwater Writing Workshop

Time: Oct 16, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/98678186946?pwd=SGhvWUFTSExQcm9kS2EzSk13YXZCUT09

Meeting ID: 986 7818 6946

Password: Goldwater


For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu

We hope you’ll join us!

October 9, 2020

Illinois’ pre-selection period for 2021 Mayo Clinic’s SURF program is significantly shorter this year, so we appreciate any assistance in getting the word out students. The application deadline is Nov. 8. Below you will find a full email to forward, in addition to this link to a 1-page handout (PDF), and a newsletter blurb.


Illinois pre-selection for 2021 Mayo Clinic SURF | Apply by Nov. 8

The Illinois pre-selection period is now open for Mayo Clinic’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), a 10-week program that invites students to work alongside Mayo Clinic researchers on cutting-edge biomedical research. This special pre-selection process allows for University of Illinois students to submit their SURF application to a selection committee of Illinois faculty and staff. Up to seven of Mayo Clinic’s prestigious fellowships are reserved for Illinois sophomores and juniors who are seriously considering a biomedical research career as a PhD or MD-PhD. The Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance will host virtual office hours on Oct. 13 and 14 for applicants  to ask questions and speak individually with a program administrator. The deadline to apply is Nov. 8. Learn more

October 9, 2020

3 Day Startup Social Innovation at the University of Illinois (October 23-25, 2020)



Join us for a 3 day immersive virtual entrepreneurship experience focused on social and environmental impact!

Gain inspiration to be a changemaker Learn practical entrepreneurial skills Build an innovative social venture Network with students across campus Access valuable resources and professional mentorship Pitch for cash prizes to seed the growth of a social venture


FREE and open to ALL majors and levels (undergrad and grad students)

For more information and to apply, visit https://illinois.3daystartup.org

Rolling admissions. Application deadline: October 16 by 5 p.m.