Undergraduate Blog

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October 2, 2019

If you are interested in learning Chinese/Japanese/Korean , you may be eligible for a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS).


FLAS Info Session I: 

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 

12:00 - 1:00 pm 

1090 Lincoln Hall (702 Wright Street, Urbana) 


FLAS Info Session II: 

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 

4:00 - 5:00 pm 

100 Gregory Hall (810 S Wright St, Urbana)



For more information please visit: http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/ Contact: CEAPS Associate Director, Yuchia Chang at yuchia@illinois.edu


October 1, 2019

Dear Illini who want to change the world: 


Are you concerned about issues facing your community, campus or country, and are you actively working to make change?  The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service.


Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular involvement, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a graduate school program. It awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to U.S. citizen college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.  Public service includes a wide array of career possibilities, such as public health; local, state, or federal government; educational policy; international relations; conservation; and environmental protection. Candidates should be able to demonstrate leadership experiences in campus and community service activities.


Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, and public health. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. 

The University of Illinois may nominate up to four students for the Truman Scholarship.  If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our informational sessions: 


Truman Scholarship Information Session

Thursday, October 10th, 3:30-4:30 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore


Truman Scholarship Writing Workshop

Friday, October 11th, 3:00-4:00 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore


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

September 27, 2019

Re:Search, the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at Illinois, is accepting proposals until October 20, 2019 for articles to be published in May 2020.  See the attached Call for Proposals for more details.


To learn about other ways to be involved in the journal, such as the blind peer review process, students can email uiuclitjournal@gmail.com or visit the microsite at www.publish.illinois.edu/undergradliterarycriticismjournal.


Read previous issues at https://ugresearchjournals.illinois.edu/index.php/ujlc.


September 26, 2019

Program Description

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP@UI) offers undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students 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.

Undergraduate students selected to be part of the program will begin work with their mentors in Spring 2020. As part of the program, 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.

For more information about URAP, and to apply to the program, please visit our website: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/urap.html

Informational Meetings

Informational meetings are scheduled for September 23, October 2, and October 8, from 3-3:50 pm in Noyes Laboratory Room 217. Get tips on creating a good statement of interest, why you should participate, and get your questions answered.

Application Deadline

Deadline for applications is October 15, 2019 at 11:59pm.

To apply, please visit: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/urap.html

September 24, 2019

Chi Epsilon and ASCE are hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, October 2 at 11am-3pm in Crane Bay.

Anyone interested can sign up for an appointment at this link:

https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Civil Engineering