Undergraduate Blog

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October 10, 2018

Now in its fourth year of collaboration, the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Graduate College offer undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students (those who have completed all coursework requirements and are in the dissertation research stage) with their research projects. Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Selected undergraduate students will begin work with their mentors in Spring 2019.

Undergraduate students will (1) attend regular weekly class meetings (GC 295, Introduction to Undergraduate Research, 3 credit hours) with OUR/Grad College instructors; and (2) work one-on-one with their graduate mentors, an average of 5-6 hours per week. As part of the course requirement, students will complete a final project, consisting of a poster, to be presented during “Undergraduate Research Week,” an annual event sponsored by OUR.

If you have any questions about the application process, or would like tips on creating a good statement of interest, please ask an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador! Details on how to set up a meeting with us can be found at: https://go.illinois.edu/askOUR

For more information and to apply, please visit our website: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/urap.html
Deadline for applications is Monday, October 15.

October 10, 2018

The USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center is looking for hydrologists to work in their Urbana, IL office.  A vacancy announcement has been opened on USAjobs.gov for Recent Graduate Hydrologists.  Below is the direct link to apply and attached is an Outreach document which contains further details on the positions.




October 9, 2018

The Deferred Maintenance Program has greatly benefitted from excellent Civil Engineering Project Management student interns for the past several years.  We are again seeking an hourly undergraduate candidate for deferred maintenance data tracking, site verification, and other related tasks to improve campus facilities. 

Attached is a position description for your use.  To apply resumes should be submitted by October 22.

October 9, 2018

Please see the following message for information on the upcoming Goldwater Scholarship:


Dear students,

Are you a sophomore or junior in a STEM discipline that aims to pursue a Ph.D. in your field?

Do you already have research experience and strong academic performance? 


If so, you may be interested in applying for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.  


The National and International Scholarships program will be hosting a two-day informational event for students to learn more about this opportunity. On October 18th, attendees will receive an overview of the scholarship as well as have a chance to talk with a former Goldwater Scholarship recipient from Illinois.  On October 19th, the Scholarships Program will offer a workshop on how to write a competitive scholarship packet.  We encourage you to attend both events:


Goldwater Information Session

This session will include advice from a previous Illinois Goldwater recipient

Thursday, October 18th, 3:30-4:30 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore

Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program


Goldwater Writing Workshop

Friday, October 19th, 3:00-4:00 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore

Hosted by the National and International Scholarships Program


For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu

We hope you’ll join us!

October 5, 2018

The Counseling Center is offering several psychoeducation workshops this fall. Students do not need to be current clients of the Counseling Center to register for these free courses. More information about the offerings can be found on our website, but brief summaries are listed below. Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks in advance for promoting these to students who may benefit!   https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/outreach-and-prevention/outreach-s...


In Focus: Assists students who have ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms. Students do not need a diagnosis to register.


Perfectionism: Focuses on recognizing when perfectionistic tendencies can be harmful and how to implement coping strategies to better manage.


RIO: Offers students a chance to develop skills to recognize and understand their emotions and use mindfulness principles to regulate emotions and determine what changes they'd like to make in their lives. RIO stands for recognition, insight, and openness.


Test Anxiety: This workshop discusses effective ways to manage test anxiety and perform better on exams.