Undergraduate Blog

To submit an item for the undergraduate blog, email Greg Coughlin.

October 9, 2020

Please see the following message from the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment minor:


I am the adviser for the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) hosted by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (ISEE). I have gotten a lot of feedback that with your help, many undergraduates have decided to enroll in our minor. I really appreciate your support; and commitment to guiding students to follow their passions around sustainability. 


For those who may not have heard of the SEE FP minor, I want to offer some basic information so that you can connect interested students with us and provide helpful first steps to enroll. Our minor consists of five course requirements totaling 16-18 credit hours. Our introductory requirement provides students with a broad foundation in sustainability language and environmental issues. The Environmental/Natural Systems and Policy/Economic/Social Dimensions give them a deeper understanding of those aspects of sustainability, while contributing to holistic understanding. 


While the introductory courses are available to all students (even those who are not committed to the minor), our final two requirements are specific to the minor and only available to SEE FP students. Our Tools for Sustainability course helps students develop technical skills, focusing on Life-Cycle Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis, without any background knowledge required. The Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Capstone asks that students apply their skills and knowledge on a real-world project proposed by a corporate or public partner. An example of the type of project work, from this semester, has the students performing a Life-Cycle Assessment of solar panels to determine all the pollutants and resource use that occurs in the manufacturing and transport of the panels. This LCA will then be used as part of an internal sustainability audit for the company to be able to share with their various business partners and to report their overall environmental impact. This focus on application and simulation of post-graduate experience is what really makes our minor unique. 


This minor is open to all students and does not require any previous experience. In order to make it more accessible to a broad range of students, I am in the process of expanding the courses that fulfill the requirement of the minor. This should, hopefully, allow students to focus on sustainability within their major and reduce the number of additional credit hours they would need to take by participating in this minor. 


Thank you so much for your time and the opportunity to connect with excited students. If you find students that are excited to participate in this minor, they can either apply through the link on our website or follow up with me directly at ewgreen@illinois.edu 


If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out.

October 8, 2020

Please see the following message:


Dear Students,


We hope that you are well, and the semester has been off to a smooth start. Last fall, the campus launched the Student Success Initiative. Chancellor Jones noted the Student Success Initiative is an effort to better identify the factors that lead to positive and productive experiences for our undergraduate students. Last year we gathered valuable data from faculty, staff, and students! This year, our focus will be on using the data collected and recommendations to implement change on campus.


We are seeking a diverse group of students to serve on our Provost Undergraduate Student Advisory Board. We hope you will consider applying to be involved in providing additional feedback and helping us to operationalize the recommendations provided through their lens. Student voice is a critical part of student success; thus, we need your valuable input to continue improving our campus community. 


The application can be found here, and a set of frequently asked questions attached to this email. If selected to participate as a Board member, appointments will be for one full academic year. All applications will be due by Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT.


We genuinely appreciate your consideration!




Colvin Georges, Jr.

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for Student Success

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost


Kathy Martensen

Assistant Provost for Educational Programs

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost


October 8, 2020

Siebel Center for Design is currently hiring for two part-time student positions (open to both undergraduate + graduate students).

Innovation at UIUC Mural team: Augmented Reality Experience Developer (Mural Project) Playful by Design group: Game Engine Programmer (Playful by Design)
October 8, 2020

Graduate, Law, and Professional School Fair

Thursday October 15, 9am-6pm

Register here: https://go.illinois.edu/2020GLPFair

Open to all students, alumni, and the public


What are your plans after graduation? If you are considering graduate, law, or professional school please join us on October 15th! This is your opportunity to speak with admission representatives from a variety of programs including business, science, engineering, law, social sciences, health professions and many more. Get your questions answered and learn about the admissions process. And this year The Career Center is partnering with the Pre-Law Advising Services Office to offer the Law Fair during the GLP Fair (details below.) Register now to view programs attending and their scheduled chat times. You can find a tutorial on the CareerEco virtual fair platform here.


Law Fair:  The Law Fair is open for all students whether considering law school next year, following a gap year, or in the future. The Fair is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet admissions representatives from across the country to learn more about law school programs, learn about the admissions process, and ask individual questions of deans and admissions representatives! There will be designated Law Fair hours from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm during the upcoming Grad, Law, and Professional School Fair. Students should also check individual schedules for extended times as well! For more information about the Law Fair portion, please visit the Pre-Law Advising website and our blog for the Law Fair Countdown and Highlights!

October 8, 2020

Jim Mellon (Head of Sustainability and Innovation at Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC) is looking to hire 4 data scientists.

Syngenta Seeds R&D IT is changing the agriculture industry and we want you to be part of that. Our innovations, data and new technologies will transform the way that crops are managed in the future and enable farmers and agronomists to enhance efficiency and sustainable food production. You will help to develop solutions that turns data into meaningful information and ultimately helps to grow more food with fewer resources.

Be a member of an innovative team working in a collaborative DataOps environment assembled from data engineers, data scientists, visualization and analytics experts drawn from IT and R&D teams.  Relationship building, collaboration and influencing will be key in an environment of data complexity and difficult data integration challenges.

For more details on this opportunity, please apply here: