Undergraduate Blog

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March 27, 2019

During the first two weeks of April, the National and International Scholarship Program will be hosting information sessions for undergraduate students across colleges and fields to learn about some nationally competitive scholarship opportunities.

Information Sessions for juniors and seniors will be held the week of April 1st:

For juniors and seniors, information sessions will focus on how to apply for June priority application deadlines, including many scholarships for study or research beginning in the fall of 2020.

Monday, April 1st: 1:30-2:00 or 2:00-2:30
Tuesday, April 2nd: 1:30-2:00 or 2:00-2:30
Wednesday, April 3rd: 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30
Thursday, April 4th: 3:00-3:30 or 3:30-4:00

Information Sessions for freshmen and sophomores will be held the week of April 8th:

For first and second year undergraduates, sessions will focus on what students should be doing to strengthen their candidacy for various awards.

Monday, April 8th: 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30
Tuesday, April 9th: 11:30-Noon, 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30
Wednesday, April 10th: 2:30-3:00 and 3:00-3:30
Thursday, April 11th: 2:30-3:00 or 3:00-3:30
Friday, April 12th: 1:30-2:00

All information sessions will be held in conference room 514 in the Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services at 807 South Wright Street, which is the Illini Union Bookstore building. Our office cannot be accessed by entering through the bookstore. Instead, enter through the separate building entrance on the northeast side of the building along Wright Street and take the elevator to the 5th floor.

March 27, 2019

TEDxUIUC aims to enhance the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and surrounding communities through a TED-like experience. It provides top thinkers and the most remarkable doers a platform to share innovative ideas, inspiring experiences, and limitless passions through presentations, performances, discussions and more at a day-long conference. And we are inviting you to apply to attend!


The conference will be occurring on April 7th, 2019 at Krannert Center under the theme EMERGE. The all-day event includes 14 live TED talks and 2 performances. On top of this, there are also breakout sessions that provide a space for organizations around campus to get a chance to interact with the audience and promote discussion, along with giving the speakers a chance to interact with audience members between talks! 


Applications take less than 2 minutes and are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Tickets are $30 and lunch is included! 


For more information and to apply, visit tedxuiuc.com 

March 27, 2019

Please see the following job posting from Senseair North America


Field Application Engineering Technician – grow your career with the industry leader in

NDIR technology.


Senseair North America, Inc. – St. Charles, IL.


Senseair AB is the worldwide leading provider of NDIR-based technologies. Senseair is best

known for innovative OEM and turn-key engineered solutions in optical gas detection

technology leveraging absorption spectroscopy – for high-precision, compact, wireless and

low-power application areas.


Founded in Delsbo Sweden in 1993, Sensair AB has an international footprint with offices

located in Dusseldorf Germany, Chengdu China and St. Charles, Illinois USA


Senseair North America is looking for a Field Application Engineering Technician that will

work alongside a rapidly expanding Account Management, Marketing and Technology Team

located at the U.S. Headquarters in St. Charles, Illinois.


The main goals of this position are:

● Support the Account Management and Marketing Teams in fostering new customer

relationships and expanding existing customer relationships through the Candidate’s

technical know-how and expertise.

● Support the Technical Director in both long-term and short-term technical initiatives.

● Maintain existing technical specifications and develop market specific technical



● Support Senseair North America customers in technical matters, both on-site and from

the North American headquarters.

● Increase Senseair value by working directly with the end-customer to develop solutions

targeted at solving unique customer challenges.

● Supports all aspects of the sales process and contributes to ensuring that Senseair

delivers a maximum value proposition to our customers. (Delivery, product quality,

response time, etc.)

● Continuously provide direct Voice-of-Customer feedback on technical aspects and

customer challenges.

● Attend/lead customer meetings, of both technical- or sales-oriented natures.

● Be perceived as a trusted advisor by the customers in technical matters.

● Assist in creating conceptual offers to customers.

● Other duties as assigned by the Technical Director.


● Ability to travel domestically and internationally, 25% travel estimated.

● Bachelors of Science Degree required, Engineering or Technical curriculum preferred.

● Independent worker who is comfortable in a matrixed environment and has

excellent personal time management skills.

● Experience in hardware architecture, electronics and/or software development.

● Experience in machine-level programming preferred

● Strong verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with all levels of

an organization.




Tony Nowak 


Engineering - Civil / Mechanical / Other, Sales


Senseair is a leading global provider of air and gas sensing technology . Our purpose it to make sense of air by providing the best possible measurement solutions, services and intelligence. With over 25 years of experience, Senseair has become the centre of excellence in the field of non-dispersive infra-red (NDIR) technology. We develop and produce the smallest and most cost efficient high precision low power sensors for high volume production to target key markets such as Smart Home IoT, HVAC/R, Automotive, Life Sciences, and many more. Our air and gas sensing technology include highly advanced and complex sensor products composed of many carefully chosen details. Years of product development, design and testing of our products close to the technological forefront, has made Senseair a world-leading manufacturer of high performance air and gas sensing technology. We help leading OEMs to develop state of the art solutions well integrated into their product offerings including Sensor Cores, Sensor on Board as well as designed white-label Sensor in Case solutions for indoor and outdoor air quality, alcohol detection, alarms, automotive and industrial applications.





Senior, Graduating December 2017 - May 2019


All Aerospace Engineering, Agriculture & Biological Engineering, Automation Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil/Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, General Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nautical/Naval Engineering, Network Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Packaging Engineering majors


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March 27, 2019

Please see the following events celebrating the final week of Women's History Month with the Women's Resource Center:

Feminist Accountability with Dr. Ann Russo

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at the Illini Union Bookstore, Author’s Corner (2nd Floor)


Join us for a conversation with Dr. Ann Russo as she discusses her new book, Feminist Accountability. Dr. Russo will be reading from her book, answering questions, and signing copies, which will be available for purchase. This event will be held at the Author's Corner on the second floor of the Illini Union Bookstore. Snacks included.

About Dr. Russo: Ann Russo is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University who focuses on queer, antiracist, and feminist movement building to end violence and to build socially just and caring communities. Her scholarly and activist work engages transformative justice theories and practices that cultivate communal healing, intervention, accountability, and transformation in response to systemic interpersonal, community, and state violence. To learn more about the book: https://nyupress.org/books/9780814777169/


Women Who Rise: A Panel of Illinois Change Makers

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Illini Union, Room 405


Illinois is home to many incredible women, and several of them are working towards gender equity right here on campus. Join the WRC as we converse with Dr. Isabel Molina-Guzman, Dr. Mary Arends-Kuenning, Dr. Christine Shenouda, and Jessica Robinson about their careers and the work they are doing to elevate the voices of women. Discover new strategies for disrupting sexism while learning more about the incredibly work of women right here on campus! Snacks provided!


            WHM Film Series: The Joy Luck Club

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Join the WRC and the AACC for a movie night and discussion! We will be watching the 1993 movie, The Joy Luck Club. Free food and conversation provided!
About the film: The Joy Luck Club is an American drama film about the relationships between Chinese-American women and their Chinese immigrant mothers, and it is based on the acclaimed novel by Amy Tan. Before Crazy Rich Asians, it was one of the only films produced by a major Hollywood studio to feature a predominantly Asian-American cast.


March 26, 2019

As we head into the last six weeks of the semester, the Writers Workshop is hosting a variety of interactive presentations that may benefit students as you prepare your final course projects and professional materials.