Undergraduate Blog

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October 31, 2019

Dear Illini working to save the planet,


Are you a passionate environmentalist? Do you want to devote your career to addressing environmental concerns?


The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment.


Please note that there are special awards also for Native American students interested in tribal

policy or health care (no need to be related to the environment).


Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The University of Illinois may nominate up to six students for the Udall Scholarship. The campus deadline is February 6, 2020 to be considered.


If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our Udall informational events:  


Udall Scholarship Information Session

Thursday, November 7th, 3:30-4:30 pm

503 Illini Union Bookstore Building


Udall Scholarship Writing Workshop

Friday, November 8th, 3:00-4:00 pm

503 Illini Union Bookstore Building


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

October 31, 2019

NEW DATE -International Students, Visas and Starting a Company workshop: Thursday, November 14 (3:00-4:00pm) B02 Coordinated Science Lab. Learn more at the Grainger Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC). RSVP appreciated: go.illinois.edu/2019International

This was originally planned for October 24th, but is now rescheduled for November 14th.

October 31, 2019

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL).  We believe that learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement.  Many of these languages can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.    


This summer SILMW will take place from June 15 to August 8, 2020, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof.  The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters.This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more!  


When you complete the program, not only will you be able to hold a conversation in a new language and have earned up to 10 credits, you will have had fun!   


For more information, visit our website at https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-mu... If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at silmw@illinois.edu or reach out to Giang Le (gianghl2@illinois.edu).  We hope to see you this summer!


October 31, 2019

The upcoming Travel Around the World event will take place during International Education Week on November 13th from 11am to 2pm in the Illini Union Rooms B&C.  This event provides a platform for international students to share about their language and culture, including international music performances!  Please see the attached flyer.


October 29, 2019

Congrats to CEE PhD student Rebecca Andrus who is the 2019 winner of Research Live! Research Live! is a fun, fast-paced competiton that celebrates the research of graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thirteen finalists competed in the public round of Research Live! on Tuesday, October 22 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The winners are:

Rebecca Andrus, "Can We Reinvent the Toilet" (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Lucas Buccafusca, "The Tragedy of the Wind Turbine" (Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering)

Mary Lyons, "In an Era of Academic Rigor, Play in Kindergarten" (Curriculum and Instruction)


Sana Saboowala, "Investigating the Biological Effects of Historical Trauma in South Asia" (Integrative Biology) 

More info  https://grad.illinois.edu/news/congratulations-2019-research-live-winners