Undergraduate Blog

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May 21, 2020

Please see the following message from Out4Undergrad Engineering


My name is Teddy Kurkoski, and I am an Admissions Director for the 2020 Out for Undergrad (O4U) Engineering Conference. Every year, O4U hosts a weekend-long professional development conference for high achieving, high potential LGBTQ+ undergraduate students who are studying engineering or interested in going into engineering. If you're not familiar with Out for Undergrad (O4U) or the O4U Engineering Conference, you can learn more about it on the website here: https://www.outforundergrad.org/. Despite the unprecedented change and immense uncertainty due to COVID-19, O4U remains committed to our mission. At the same time, we recognize the safety and well-being of each and every student remains of utmost importance. As such, O4U has made the difficult decision to host all of our 2020 conferences virtually.


To ensure that we continue to recruit the most diverse and high achieving LGBTQ+ undergraduate student candidates, please help us share our mission and tell your community that the 2020 O4U application remains open. O4U is an amazing opportunity for students to meet recruiters from a variety of engineering firms and universities, receive guidance from amazing mentors, and form meaningful, lasting connections with other LGBTQ+ people in their fields. To keep our conference accessible for all students, we have waived our $90 registration fee for all admitted students, making the conference free for these students. We are committed to ensuring all admitted students can attend our programming, especially in our new virtual format.


This year’s O4U Engineering Conference will be held virtually from September 9-13th. The student application deadlines have been extended from our previously announced dates. The final round of our rolling admissions process closes on June 14th.


Please let your students at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign know about the conference application. Having attended the conference twice during my undergraduate career, I can attest to the fact that it is an amazing opportunity for both professional and personal development. If you or anyone at your school has any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or the O4U Engineering Admissions Team at O4UEngineeringAdmissions@outforundergrad.org.


Thank you so much for your time, and have a great day!

May 20, 2020

Please see the attached file for details on a Fulbright Scholar Program Virtual Workshop. The RSVP deadline is this Friday, May 22nd.

RSVP online


May 20, 2020

Please see the following message from WeCU:

Dear students,

We are delighted to invite you to participate in a new campus-wide summer program: We CU Community Engaged Scholars. Please submit your interest!

We are launching this summer scholars program to empower University of Illinois students to respond to community needs and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Scholars will receive the following:

A new community-based project matched to your interests, or support for existing projects, that can be completed remotely Tools for tracking service hours and activities Online training and support Opportunity to apply for mini grants to offset costs associated with service activities Honor and recognition for completing at least 40 hours of service during the 10-week summer program

We CU Community Engaged Scholars may address a range of COVID-19 issues related to health promotion and disease prevention, economic recovery, social equity, communication, technology, and more. Scholars will be trained, supported, and actively engaged in the service and engagement mission of our university.

Please refer to the one-page program summary, including frequently asked questions, and contact Emily Stone (ers@illinois.edu) with additional questions. You may submit your interest in joining the program at go.illinois.edu/WeCUsummer2020.

We look forward to working with you this summer to make a difference in our community!


Rachael Dietkus, Siebel Center for Design
Bridget Melton, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute
Peter Ondish, Center for Social and Behavioral Science
Katie Shumway, School of Social Work 
Emily Stone, College of Education and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

May 20, 2020

Generations Healthcare Network is searching for a new Building Construction Project Manager. More details are in the attached document. Applicant emails should be sent to dgustin@generationshcn.com as indicated in the attachment.


May 20, 2020

Claycorp is currently searching for a Project Engineer Intern  to be located in Chicago and is hoping to find students who are interested. Please see the attached PDF for more information.