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October 4, 2017

For 2018, the IAAP Education Foundation will award up to five (5) scholarships of at least $2,000 each.  These scholarships are a one-year grant.  Students may re-apply in subsequent years.

The Scholarship Committee reviews the applications and interviews eligible applicants. Please see the following requirements:

Applicant must be a High School graduate, or will graduate the year applying, and be pursuing undergraduate work only, on a full-time basis, at an institution of higher learning (hereafter referred to as College).

Applicant must be majoring, or intends to major, in a curriculum which will be compatible with a career in the aggregates industry such as (but not limited to) Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Geological Engineering, Mineral Science or Mining Engineering.

Applicant must have a grade point average of at least a "B".

Full details can be found at: http://iaap-aggregates.org/education.htm

October 4, 2017

Please see the following message from Big Island Farms in Hawaii:
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Big Island Farms would like to invite you to join our upcoming Hawaii internship programs, here on our organic permaculture farm.

We are currently accepting applicants for our Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 Internships and beyond! Big Island Farms is located on the tropical Hamakua coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, five miles from the breathtaking Waipio Valley and historic Honokaa Town. The quaint but thriving local community is interconnected with 10 of the world’s 13 available microclimates ranging from vibrant jungle to arid desert tundra. This ancient and sacred island lends Big Island Farms a culturally and biologically rich and diverse environment. Boasting the tallest mountain “Mauna Kea”, the world's most active volcano, “Kilauea” and the largest mountain “Mauna Loa” (in cubic feet), the Big Island of Hawaii is a treasure of geological extremes like nowhere else on Earth.

Big Island Farms, a vibrant 64 acre collection of tropical fruits, macadamia nut orchards, permaculture food forests and botanical gardens, began simply with a decade long effort to restore and revitalize the soil, flora and fauna of these treasured lands. After many years of allowing the natural ecosystems to re-establish themselves and create a biodynamic ecology our team began this mission to establish a unique experiential education program. Mulching tropical grasses that, at times, reach six to ten feet high, we have reclaimed the orchards and farmlands replenishing and protecting the soils, establishing new gardens and reinvigorating the orchards along the way. Our team coalesces around a shared vision of sustainability, community, and the desire to understand how to live off the land through a process of discovering the deeper rooted connections that we all share within the holistic connection of organic permaculture. We are searching for like-minded individuals who we can share our knowledge with and who can also leave their mark at Big Island Farms.

Through our interdisciplinary education model, which incorporates classes, tangible hands-on experience, expeditions and guest speakers, students will actively pursue their passions, learn to broaden their worldviews, and work towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Come be an active participant in a progressive learning environment and expand your horizons through the Big Island Farms Internship Program! We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 and beyond. Internship spots are limited, hurry to APPLY NOW.

Check out our website www.bigislandfarms.com to see full program details

Please email us at info@bigislandfarms.com for details.

October 4, 2017

Now in its third year of collaboration, the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Graduate College offer the opportunity for first and second-year undergraduate students (including transfer students) to assist advanced graduate students (those who have completed all coursework requirements and are in the dissertation research stage) with their research projects. Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Undergraduate students will begin work with their mentors in Spring 2018.

Undergraduate researchers will be given course credit (3 credit hours). Undergraduate students will attend regular weekly class meetings with OUR and Grad College instructors, as well as work one-on-one with their graduate mentors. Students will also complete a final project, consisting of a research poster, to be presented during “Undergraduate Research Week” sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).

If you have any questions about the application process, the office will be holding informational meetings on Friday October 13 and Wednesday October 18, from 3-3:50pm in Bevier Hall Room 166. Get tips on creating a good statement of interest, why you should participate, and get your questions answered.

For more information and to apply, please see the post on website: https://uofi.illinois.edu/blog/view/6204/560664
Deadline for applications is Monday, October 30.

Questions may be addressed to: ugresearch@illinois.edu. Please put “URAP” in the subject line.

October 4, 2017

The Chicago Chapter of the American Public Works Association is pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 scholarship program are now available.  Scholarships are for students pursuing a degree in the fields of Civil, Environmental or Construction Engineering, Public Administration, Public Works Management or other programs closely related to the Public Works field.

Scholarship applications are due no later than Monday, October 30, 2017.  Awards are for the spring and summer 2018 coursework.

Applications can be found on the Chapters website http://chicago.apwa.net/ under the “Awards” tab.

If you have any questions, please contact John P. Wielebnicki, P.E., 708.358.5700

October 4, 2017

The In Focus Group is postponed to start next Wednesday (10/11/2017). Attached is the updated flyer for this semester’s In Focus Group. It is the Counseling Center’s education and peer support group designed for coaching students who experience difficulties commonly associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Students do not need an ADHD diagnosis so any students who may be benefit from learning time management, setting goals, managing procrastination, and better self-care are welcomed. Students who are interested in participating are asked to contact Lori Davis (drlori@illinois.edu) to register. Space is limited to 10 students.

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