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January 31, 2020

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January 31, 2020

MSFE 2020 Upcoming Information Sessions:

Monday, February 3, 4:00 p.m. - Siebel Center Room 1109 - RSVP https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3228797

Monday, February 17, 4:00 p.m. - BIF Room 3001 - RSVP https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/7668829

Wednesday, February 19, 4:00 p.m. - Siebel Center Rm 1109 - RSVP https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/231982

Monday, March 9, 4:00 p.m. - Lincoln Hall Room 1027 - RSVP https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3687549

Monday, March 23, 4:00 p.m.- BIF Room 3001 - RSPV https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3070325


January 31, 2020

ACES Faculty Lead Summer Study Abroad

Sweden + Svalbard – NRES 285/293: Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic

Application Deadline is February 15, 2020.



January 31, 2020

Greetings high-achieving freshman and sophomore students,


You are among students at only 12 universities nationwide eligible to apply for the Cargill Global Scholars Program.


The Cargill Global Scholars Program annually awards ten scholarships to students in fields including:   Agriculture (and related fields), Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food Science, and International Relations.  Last year, three of the ten nationally-selected Cargill Scholars were Illini! 


Cargill Global Scholars receive an annual scholarship award of $2,500 for up to two years, participate in a fully-funded three-day leadership seminar during the first year of the program and a fully funded Global Leadership Seminar to be held at one of Cargill’s global locations during the second year of the program, and are paired with a Cargill leader who will serve as a mentor.


On February 13th, the National and International Scholarship Program will be holding an information session from 2:00-3:00 pm to share more about this opportunity.


Cargill Global Scholars Program Information Session

Thursday, February 13th, 2:00-3:00 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore

January 30, 2020

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium. See details below:


The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set for Thursday, April 30, 2020. The URS is the signature event of Undergraduate Research Week (April 26 - May 2), and brings together students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as corporate partners and sponsors, to learn more about undergraduate research and its potential to change the world. Over the course of the day, students present their work in concurrent oral and poster presentations (including creative performances), the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the caliber of our undergraduates.
All undergraduate students currently involved with research are eligible to present. For more information on URS, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/symposium.html
The deadline for applying to the URS is March 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm. No late submissions will be accepted.
Below we have provided answers to frequently asked questions:
•    Question - Who is eligible to present?
o    Answer - All undergraduates enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the current academic year are eligible to present, including those graduating the preceding December. Visiting students who are not officially enrolled but are currently participating in an undergraduate team research project, may present their work as long as one member of the project team is a currently enrolled student.
•    Question - I have not yet completed my research project; am I still eligible to present at the symposium?
o    Answer - Absolutely! We encourage students to present in-progress as well as completed research projects or creative works.
•    Question - Is the symposium open to projects in the fine and applied arts?
o    Answer - Absolutely! We encourage fine and applied arts students to submit applications to present at the symposium. We will work with student presenters to provide the appropriate spaces and materials needed for the presentation or performance.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at ugresearch@illinois.edu.