Undergraduate Blog

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September 3, 2019

Please see the following message from the ACES and LAS Study Abroad Offices:


With Illinois Abroad Day taking place tomorrow, we wanted to share a list of ACES and LAS short-term programs that are open to students across campus. Please feel free to forward this information to any of your students who might be interested.


To learn more and apply, students are welcome to visit us at the study abroad fairs tomorrow (September 4th), attend the info sessions listed below, come to our designated walk-in hours, or contact us via e-mail. Each program page is linked below and can be found in the My Study Abroad system. Please also make sure students are aware of campus and college-wide scholarships for study abroad. Scholarship deadlines are the same as the application deadlines listed below. 


WINTER SHORT-TERM (Application Deadline: September 15 unless otherwise noted)

Bahamas – NRES 285/499: Coral Reef Field Course Benin – GLBL 298: Economic Development in Africa Ecuador – FSHN 398: Chocolate Food System (*App Deadline Sept. 6th) Guatemala – ANSC 398: VIDA Pre-Vet Study Tour Peru – ANTH 224/GLBL 298: Heritage, Tourism, and Economic Development in the Land of the Incas Puerto Rico – ABE 498: Global Service Learning Disaster Relief Project Sierra Leone – ACE 499/GLBL 298: History, Culture, and Development (*Info Sessions 9/5 + 9/17 @ 5pm – Mumford 305 / *App Deadline: Sept. 20th) Tanzania – NRES 285: Wildlife Conservation Management (*Info Session 9/4 @ 3:30pm – Turner W121 / *App Deadline: September 9th)


SPRING BREAK (Application Deadline: October 15 unless otherwise noted)

Argentina – PS 199/GLBL 298:  Human Rights, Political Culture, and Politics Belize – IB 496: Natural History of Coral Reefs India – ACE/BADM 436: International Business Immersion Program (*Info session 9/12 @ 12pm – Mumford 323)


SUMMER SHORT-TERM (Application Deadline: February 15 unless otherwise noted)

Austria – PS 300: EU and Governance in Vienna Brazil – ANSC 398: Professional and Cultural Immersion in Animal and Veterinary Sciences (*Page coming soon!) China – LAS 199: Illinois Wanxiang Fellows Program China – ASRM 499: Executive Training and Internship Program China – ACES 293/ABE 397: Research and Cultural Immersion (*Info Session 10/23 @5pm – AESB 208) Costa Rica – CHEM 492: CIPRONA Center for the Research of Natural Products France – FRE 103/104/300-level: French Language & Culture in Arles New Zealand – ANSC 398: Wildlife Care and Conservation Peru – LAST 398: Archaeology Field School Puerto Rico – ABE 498: Global Service Learning Disaster Relief Project (*App Deadline: Nov. 15th) South Africa – ANSC 499: African Wildlife Discovery Tour (*Info Session 9/4 @ 3pm – AnSci Lab 131 / *App Deadline: December 4th) Sweden + Svalbard – NRES 285/293: Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic (*Page coming soon!) Zimbabwe – HDFS 379/ANSC 398: Service Learning, Health Care, and Animal Rescue (*Info Session 9/4 @ 4pm – AnSci Lab 131)
September 3, 2019

Engineering Study Abroad Fair

Tuesday, September 3 at 11:00am
to Wednesday, September 4 at 3:00pm


Graziano Plaza (between Engineering Hall and Everitt Lab), 210 Engineering Hall, Urbana, IL 61801, United States


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Studying, researching, interning and volunteering abroad are great ways to enhance your academic experience! You can fulfill your graduation requirements while exploring a different part of the world. Speak with previous program participants & staff to learn about more about the opportunities available through the Grainger College of Engineering. Food and prizes!!!!

September 3, 2019

The Beckman Institute is offering free professional portraits for faculty, staff, and students—even if you’re not affiliated with Beckman!

We have scheduled our annual Headshot Day (as we are now calling it), and we decided to open it up to our colleagues in neighboring facilities.

Photos will be taken between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in 1003 Beckman Institute (across from the auditorium—enter through the southwest doors).

Photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so no need to make an appointment. Short lines are possible, but our photographer works quite efficiently.

To get the most from your portrait, you are encouraged to dress in business casual and wear solid colors.

The Beckman Communications Office will process and share your photo later this fall (please allow four to six weeks). We also will share it with your home unit so they may update their directory.

September 3, 2019

If you are a student with autism who is looking to enter the job market, The Microsoft Lighthouse Initiative is conducting workshops that may be a valuable resource for you! These workshops will include skills for networking and working in teams, tips for managing stress and deadlines, and information on companies that have internships and special hiring initiatives for students on the autism spectrum. Food will be provided during workshop sessions. 


For more information, please email Jeanne Kramer (jjkramer@illinois.edu).


August 30, 2019

The Smart Structures Technology Laboratory (SSTL) is looking for an hourly research assistant to help with image annotation for research towards automated image-based inspection of civil infrastructure. The research assistant will be expected to annotate a few dozen images per week by precisely painting over or highlighting with input tools (similar to MS paint or Photoshop) regions in the image that correspond to certain structural defects or structural components using software tools developed by SSTL researchers. The research assistant will be acknowledged in published research articles and online.  The compensation will be 10$ per hour for 7 hours per week. 


·          Engineering major

·          GPA of 3.5 or higher

·          Attend weekly meetings

·          This position requires the student to have access to a windows computer with admin access (i.e., the ability to install applications on it)

·          Excessive amount of patience and meticulous attention to detail

·          The work may be done remotely after initial training

Preferred qualification

·          Any programming experience a plus (although not necessary)


To apply, please fill out the following form:https://goo.gl/forms/6b1KOihDYZQmPSz63

For any questions, email Vedhus Hoskere (hoskere2@illinois.edu) with subject line "UG Research Assistant"