Undergraduate Blog

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April 21, 2020

Please see the following message for the H.O.P.E. Scholarship:




I hope this email finds you well during these challenging times. This is on behalf of the Illinois Student Government’s Helping Others Personal Excellence (HOPE) Department. Last Spring, the student body voted to create the HOPE Fee to support students who do not qualify for federal financial aid. This year, the HOPE Department has been focusing on the creation of the HOPE Fee Scholarship. The HOPE Scholarship was designed to help undocumented, transgender, and students with minor convictions be equipped with the resources to pursue a higher education at Illinois. Each scholarship recipient may be awarded up to $10,000 in aid. The inaugural year for this scholarship's application period is currently open and closes Friday, May 1st. 


This scholarship also includes an emergency fund for international students who have faced financial barriers to their education due to unforeseen circumstances. 


WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please spread news of the scholarship to students who may need it. Please reach out to all your points of contact (social media, listservs, etc..) that may find this information useful. Attached please find the flyer with further information regarding the scholarship, and the link to the application. The application can also be found at open.illinois.edu. 


Thank you and stay safe! 


Link to the application: https://go.illinois.edu/ISGscholarship


April 21, 2020

SKY Happiness Retreat is a total well-being training offered to thousands of university students, faculty, and staff across the country. Participants gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal evidence-based breathing and meditation practice, learn a short personal yoga practice, develop strategies for social connection and community building, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives. The SKY Happiness Retreat introduces SKY Meditation, an evidence-based meditation practice integrated with breath work that can significantly increase one's well-being and calmness, and significantly reduces anxiety and stress markers. The course features interactive group processes, experiential learning, emotional intelligence training, breath-work, yoga, evidence-based meditation, and service leadership. It's one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and, most importantly, have fun!

We're happy to share that the SKY Happiness Retreat is offered with a full scholarship for UIUC students, staff, and faculty members. There are limited spots available for this retreat, and they are filling up fast. Availability is first-come-first-serve, by registration only and requires attendance to all sessions. Please contact skyatuiuc@gmail.com for any questions.

Location: Online via Zoom :)

-  April 24 (Fri): 6:00pm - 8:45 pm CST
-  April 25 & 26 (Sat & Sun): 11:00 am - 1:45 pm CST

Apply here:  bit.ly/skyhappinessuiuc

April 21, 2020

As we head toward the end of the semester, the Writers Workshop will be hosting Zoom presentations on a range of topics, from overcoming writer's block to checking those MLA and APA citations. I hope you'll pass this flyer (attached and below) for these events on to your students. We're asking students to register in advance by visiting our calendar.


April 16, 2020

Many Business Minor courses offered this summer and fall – this is unique to this year and is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our desire to offer more opportunities for students to complete their Minor requirements. The Gies College of Business will not offer this many elective courses to Business Minor students in subsequent terms.


Business Minor course availability for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms:

Summer 2020 core courses: ACCY 200, BADM 310, BADM 320, FIN 221

Summer 2020 elective courses: BADM 300, BADM 311, BADM 340, BADM 350, BADM 375, BADM 380


Fall 2020 core courses: ACCY 200, BADM 310, BADM 320, FIN 221

Fall 2020 elective courses: BADM 300, BADM 311, BADM 312, BADM 313, BADM 314, BADM 323, BADM 326, BADM 340, BADM 381


Please review the course section notes – all enrollment restrictions, including dates that sections will open to all students, are listed there.  If an online section is offered, students must choose that option rather than the face-to-face section(s). 


Now that all students who began the minor under the previous application process have completed their studies, we are operating under the current open enrollment policies. This means we will not provide Closed Section Overrides to students who need classes to complete the Minor.  Please advise students to allow up to six semesters to complete the Business Minor.


Please refer to the Business Minor website and if a question cannot be answered there, please contact the Business Minor e-mail address (busminor@business.illinois.edu) rather than contacting individual advisors in Gies Business.  While we are working remotely, the intent to declare a campus minor form can be sent to the Business Minor e-mail address for processing.  We appreciate your support with these students and look forward to working with them to complete their Business Minor.

April 9, 2020

Please see the following message from Out for Undergrad:


I am a Campus Ambassador for the Out for Undergrad Conferences. My goal is to share this opportunity with as many students as possible, and I would greatly appreciate help sharing it with the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. At Out for Undergrad (O4U), we invite high-achieving LGBTQ+ undergraduates to our four, industry-specific conferences where they learn to navigate the nuances of a diverse corporate workforce/climate/environment. In providing them with these resources, we help transform their professional skills, careers, and ultimately lives.


The two UIUC Campus Ambassadors for O4U will be holding informational sessions on the conferences and the application, with an interest/contact form here: https://forms.gle/S6kcArATbgTKCSHNA


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are available on the O4U webpage: www.outforundergrad.org/apply. 


I’ve included our flyer with this message - please share them and direct any questions to me or the O4U Admissions contacts below:


General O4U Admissions: admissions@outforundergrad.org 

O4U Engineering Admissions: O4UEngineeringAdmissions@outforundergrad.org 

O4U Tech Admissions: O4UTechAdmissions@outforundergrad.org