Undergraduate Blog

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September 24, 2019

Please see the following message from: Jeffrey Graham, Coordinator, Paraprofessional Program


Recruiting is on-going for the 2020 cohort (our 42nd) of Counseling Center Paraprofessionals. Students who are selected receive credit through the Psychology Department (PSYC 496, 340, 341) but students from any major are welcome to apply. Because our CCPs help support our and provide Outreach & Prevention Services, we week a diverse, inclusive, and representative cohort.


Attached some digital flyers for our Counseling Center Paraprofessional recruitment; the application is officially due on Friday, October 4. Students need to submit two letters of recommendation; we have been flexible with this in the past as needed. We will review applications and select students to participate in an interview process, including a group interview. Selected students will begin the program in the Spring Semester.


Information Night is on September 25 at 5:30PM in Psychology Building Room 17. Students can also gleam a lot of information from our website: go.illinois.edu/ccp and can apply at go.illinois.edu/ccp-apply.


September 23, 2019

WTS is an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation. They are offering two scholarships this year to undergraduate women pursuing careers in the area of transportatio:

-        Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship - $3,000 

-        Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates - $2,000 

You can visit their website for more information about the range of scholarships offered.

All local winners will be nominated to compete for the national WTSF scholarship awards. I have attached copies of the applications for each of these scholarships which are due November 1st.


September 23, 2019

Please see the following message from the MATH department on their upcoming proficiency exams. Please note the registration close date of Noon on October 2nd:


Registration is open now for the Saturday, October 5 math proficiency exams for courses in the calculus sequence, differential equations (285, 286), and linear algebra (225, 415).


Registration closes promptly at noon on Wednesday, October 2. No late registrations will be accepted.


Eligible students may sit for one exam in October. The next math proficiency exams should take place January 25, 2020, and June 20, 2020--please check the proficiency website closer to the date to confirm.

Exams are three hours long and similar to a comprehensive final exam for the course. Calculators, formula sheets, and phone-a-friend are not allowed. Results will be available well before the Oct. 18 drop deadline, though it can take 1-3 months before credit for passes is added to the official student record.

Students who have already earned a grade in a course at Illinois may not sit for a proficiency exam for the same course.

Students needing special testing accommodations are encouraged to register soon for the proficiency exam.

Students requesting a conflict (usually due to religious obligation, for which a religious observance accommodation form is also needed) are encouraged to register soon. Conflict requests are not granted for conflicts such as weddings, vacations, or requests to sit for a second exam, among other things.

Students with questions should review the proficiency website carefully and email math-proficiency@illinois.edu if they can't find the answer there.

September 23, 2019

Please see the following message on the Critical Language Scholarship program:


The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of eligible languages is available here.


The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.  For more information, please visit: http://www.clscholarship.org/. 


Our advisors, who have served as national-level CLS reviewers, will provide an overview of the program and give you helpful guidance on how to put together a competitive application.


If you would like to learn more, please join us:


Critical Language Scholarship Information Session

Friday, October 4th, 3:00-4:00 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore* (807 S. Wright St. Floor 5)

September 20, 2019

The application process is currently underway for The Institute by LeaderShape and will close on Monday, October 28th. Any undergraduate student can apply for the Institute. This is a great program for students looking to challenge themselves and enhance their leadership capabilities.


There will be two more informational sessions for students to come and learn more about the Institute:

Tuesday, October 8 from 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM Wednesday, October 9 from 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM


Both of these sessions will take place in the ILC Conference Room, 290 Illini Union.