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  • We Are Human. A Fundraiser to Help Chicago's Homeless!

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant Position Openings in Psychology – Application Deadline: April 18

  • World Health Run 5K – April 7

  • Aisthesis 2018: A Publication Opportunity for Honors Students – Submission Deadline: March 15

  • Internship Opportunities with Spring Deadlines!

  • Free 1-Year Subscription to the Chicago Tribune!

  • A Call to Action on Tax Reform Bills

  • Free DACA Renewal Workshop: 9/20 at 6pm

  • TEDxUofIChicago Application for Board Position, Deadline: 9/19

  • Student Advocacy Coalition Kickoff Meeting, 9/14

  • TEDxUofIChicago Informational Meeting, Tonight, 9/12

  • Travel to the Philippines with the NEXTGEN Pagbabalik Program - Apply by April 15th

  • Student Organization Registration 2017-2018

  • Student Elections tomorrow: Tues. March 7th and Wed. March 8th

  • Opportunity to Get Published in the University of Minnesota Duluth's Annual Journal - Submission Deadline 3/15

  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad Summer Internship, Paris - Info Sessions 2/17 and 3/10

  • The Next Great Travel Writer Competition, Due Sun. 2/5

    This winter, we’re making it our mission to find the best new writing talent out there – and we’re teaming up with Penguin to do it! So whether you’re a student with editorial ambitions or you spend your days jotting down notes on your next voyage, we’re giving you the perfect platform to tell us all about it, and also have the chance to win a one-on-one session with a Penguin editor.

    How to Enter:

    Tell us about a travel experience unlike any other

    We’ve handpicked five top judges from the worlds of travel and publishing to help us to choose our lucky winner. In your writing, they’ll be on lookout for style, flair and true travel panache. There’s also a special prize for our favourite student piece, so make sure to tell us if you’re a student (and you’ll still be eligible to win the main prize!).

    Requirements:

    This piece needs to be unique to the competition, which means you can’t submit something you’ve published elsewhere

    We’re looking to showcase the talent of aspiring writers, young or old. If you’re already paid to write about travel, then this isn’t the competition for you

    You can only enter once – so take your time before submitting your entry

    Entries close at 11:59PM (EST) on February 5th 2017 – we will not accept anything submitted after that date

    You have to be over 18 and a US resident to enterStudents can win the main prize. However, if a student is awarded the main prize, then the runner up in the student category, as decided by the judges, will be awarded the student prize

    Grand Prize: 

    A session with a Penguin editor & $1500: The winner will get a money-can’t-buy one hour session with a Penguin editor, packed with top tips, feedback on your work and advice on how to make it as a writer

    An additional bonus $500 prize for the best entry by a current university or college student

    The application can be found at https://www.travelex.com/travelex-hub/competitions/next-great-travel-writer-2017 

  • Chicago Signature Honors Programming - Spring 2017 Schedule

    The Chicago Signature Honors Program Spring schedule is announced!  Chicago Signature Honors Programming invites UIC Honors students to experience amazing cultural and educational opportunities outside of class at no cost to the student!

    Check out the upcoming events:

    Game Changers / Joffrey Ballet: Friday, February 17th at 7:30pmRSVP by Monday, January 30th

    Monster / Steppenwolf Theatre: Friday, February 24th at 7:30pmRSVP by Friday, February 3rd

    Carmen / Lyric Opera: Monday, March 6th at 7:30pmRSVP by Monday, February 6th 

    Leticia Aravena presents D'Corazon / Old Town School of Folk Music, World Music Wednesday: Wed, March 15th at 8:30RSVP by Friday, February 17th

    Ravinia Jazz Mentors: Monk and Gillespie Centennial Tribute / Ravinia Festival, Bennett Gordon Hall: Sat., April 8th at 8:30RSVP by Friday, February 3rd

    Ma, Thile, and Meyer: Bach Trios Tour / Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Monday, April 24th at 8:00pmRSVP by Friday, February 10th

    See http://chicagosignature.honors.uic.edu/events/ for more details and to RSVP.

    Questions? Contact Dr. Brianna Noll at bnoll2@uic.edu or Dr. Jose Melendez at jmelen5@uic.edu

  • Tell us about your internship and enter to win Honors College swag!

    If you completed an internship in Fall 2016, or are currently participating in an ongoing internship, we want to hear about it!

    If you did any kind of internship during the summer, whether on campus or off, paid or unpaid, short or long, please tell us about your experience in this short questionnaire: https://uofi.uic.edu/fb/sec/4362353

    Why?  It’s fast and easy!  You get to talk about things you’ve done! You’ll help us to help other students who need good internships!  You get a chance to win Honors College swag!

    The deadline to complete the survey and enter the swag drawing is February 3.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie O’Leary at soleary@uic.edu.

  • Potential Honors Activity: Seeking Video Editor for Project Vida

    We are currently recruiting a student in the School of Art and Design with experience in video editing to work on a project creating video testominals addressing barriers to pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP).  Our team currently consists of three UIC medical students, one Medical School faculty member, and the staff at Project Vida, an HIV/AIDS education and direct services organization in Little Village. We have the expertise to recruit participants for the testimonials and guide testimonial content, but need to recruit a student interested in being primarily responsible for video editing. If desired, the student would be able to discuss receiving Honors Activity or Capstone credit with their Honors Advisor.  Interested students should contact Wesley Gibbert at wgibbe2@uic.edu.

     

  • Orientation Leaders Needed for Summer 2017

    Student Orientation is seeking Orientation Leaders for Summer 2017! Round 2 Applications opening 1/16.

     

    The UIC Orientation Program seeks to serve its diverse population of prospective new students while connecting them to their advisors and preparing them for their transition into our university.

    This program strives to aid students in more ways than just one, guiding through the historic campus, connecting with the numerous student resources, programs, and clubs available, and showing what we as a university have to offer.

    Looking to gain professional experience? Is your student looking for a paid position? Would your student like to live on campus for FREE during the summer? Student Orientation Leader (SOL) applications for the summer of 2017 will be available as of Monday, January 16th.

    As a SOL your students will gain an immeasurable amount of experience leading new incoming students and working with advisors. Round 2 applications are due January 25th, and your students can access the application at orientation.uic.edu.

     

  • Flashpoint Leadership Experience, Applications Due 1/20

    Applications are now open for Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services spring leadership experience, Flashpoint.

    We are looking for UIC students in at least their second year or who are currently serving in a leadership position for a student organization. This program will help you increase your existing involvement and kick your leadership skills into high gear!

    To learn more and to apply visit http://go.uic.edu/flashpoint.

    Flashpoint will meet on Tuesdays at 4:00-6:00 PM from January 24 through March 14. Applications will close on January 20 at 12-noon and acceptances to the program will be issued on a rolling basis. For any questions please email us at sldvs@uic.edu.

     

  • Apply to be a Student Orientation Leader, Due 1/25

    The UIC Orientation Program seeks to serve its diverse population of prospective new students while connecting them to their advisors and preparing them for their transition into our university.

    This program strives to aid students in more ways than just one, guiding through the historic campus, connecting with the numerous student resources, programs, and clubs available, and showing what we as a university have to offer.

    Looking to gain professional experience? Looking for a paid position? Want to live on campus for FREE during the summer? Student Orientation Leader (SOL) applications for the summer of 2017 will be available as of Monday, January 16th.

    As a SOL, you will gain an immeasurable amount of experience leading new incoming students and working with advisors. Round 2 applications are due January 25th, and you can access the application at orientation.uic.edu.

  • Honors College-sponsored Study Abroad in Chiapas, Mexico

    Cultures and Histories in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico

    June 7 – June 30, 2017

    The Honors College and LALS program are jointly sponsoring a summer study abroad program with our own Honors College Faculty Fellow Joel Palka. This program will give students an opportunity to learn about Chiapas from the Colonial Period to the present, as well as acquire knowledge regarding indigenous cultures in Mexico – for example – Mayan indigenous medicine. Students will have unique opportunity to conduct independent study project under supervision of UIC Professor Joel Palka.  This opportunity could be used as the foundation for an Honors Capstone project.

    See the attached flier for more information.  For Honors College students, the cost will be reduced to $3050, $900 less than the flyer says. There are also other scholarships that students can apply for to help defray the costs. Anyone interested should contact the Study Abroad office and attend a Study Abroad First Steps Session ASAP because space is limited.

    If you have questions about the program, contact Irina Krymova at krymova@uic.edu at the Study Abroad Office, Professor Joel Palka at jpalka@uic.edu, or Honors College Associate Dean Sloan Williams atsloanw@uic.edu .

     

  • Infomation Session for Faculty-Led Paris Study Abroad Program with Kathryn Engel

    Social Services Internships in Paris: Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program with Kathryn Engel

    Information Session

    January 17, 1:00 PM

    Burnham Hall B21 (Basement)  

     

    This is a great time to begin plan for your Study Abroad, make scholarship applications, and connect with family and friends around crowdfunding.  There are two scholarships Kathryn want you to know about and she also wanted to share a couple of tips for fundraising.  The application for the Paris program is attached and also available online. 

     

    Due on January 11, 2017:

    Fund for Education Abroad.  This is for non-traditional locations for study abroad in programs that are both immersive and rigorous.  This fits this program (although Paris is traditional) because it is immersive, rigorous and non-traditional in that students are interning within the social services.  Emphasize that an internship in the social services is a unique and non-traditional destination for studies in France.  It is important to note that this scholarship only supports academically rigorous and immersive study abroad programs.  

     

    http://fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/

     

    Due on March 07, 2017:

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the Department of State. This is for Pell eligible students.  The application will open mid January and you can begin preparations by looking at the website.  

     

    http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/Deadlines-and-Timeline/Summer

     

    Tips for fundraising:

    Apply for scholarships,  use your financial aid, and use crowdfunding through a site or in person.  Be specific, describe your program and costs, and request airline miles donations for flights; miles all now have expiration dates so someone may share miles they cannot use.  

     

    Steps to take in no specific order to have an early application for this program:

    1)  Attend a First Step at Study Abroad  if you have not already

    2)  Meet with Irina Krymova at Study Abroad

    3)  Attend a Program Presentation with Kathryn and have an individual meeting with Kathryn 

    4)  Begin applying for scholarships at the Special Scholarships Office and seek others outside of UIC

     

    Please feel free to reach out any time with questions to fill in your scholarships or about any other way I can support you – engel@uic.edu  

  • Winter Involvement Fair, Tues. Jan 10th and Thurs. Jan 12th

    WINTER INVOLVEMENT FAIR

    Date: 1/10/17 & 1/12/17

     Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

     Location: Student Center East- Illinois Room Are you a student interested in learning more about UIC’s student organizations? Want to meet new people, be connected, and get involved? Attending an Involvement Fair in the fall will allow you to meet members of UIC’s active student organizations, join groups to connect with, and get more information about upcoming campus events.Tuesday, January 10, 2017 --- Pre-Professional Organizations, Special Interests Groups, Sports Clubs, and the departments that support them. Thursday, January 12, 2017 --- Fraternities and Sororities, Cultural Organizations, Performance Arts Groups, and the departments that support them. 

     

  • Application for Yiddish Book Center Fellowship and Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, Due Mon 01/09

    The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, is now accepting applications for two education programs for college students and recent graduates: the 2017 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program and the 2017-18 Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program. 

    The Steiner Summer Yiddish Program is an intensive seven-week course in Yiddish language and culture for college students. The program offers a beginner track for students with no previous Yiddish experience and an intermediate track for those who have completed one year of Yiddish. In addition to their classes, students take part in cultural and social activities, including film screenings, concerts, workshops, and a trip to New York City. Beginner students take a course in Central and Eastern European Yiddish history, literature, and culture, while intermediate students work as interns on the Center’s major projects, including translation and oral history.

    All Steiner students receive full-tuition scholarships. Intermediate students also receive free housing and a $1,000 internship stipend. All participants are eligible to receive college credits through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    The 2017 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program will run from June 4 to July 21. Applications are due by February 6, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/educational-programs/steiner-summer-yiddish-program.

    The Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program offers recent college graduates with intermediate or advanced Yiddish skills an opportunity to develop professional experience while working as full-time members of the Center's staff. 

    Fellows serve as teaching assistants for college-level Yiddish classes, conduct interviews for the Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, develop educational and exhibit materials, assist with translation or online accessibility initiatives, and do bibliographic work with the Center’s collection of books. With the support of mentors, Fellows also apply their ingenuity and personal expertise to the creation of new projects.

    Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend and health insurance. The next Fellowship Program runs from September 2017 to August 2018. Applications are due by January 9. For more information, visit http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/educational-programs/graduate-students.

  • Spring 2017 CTA Ventras Distributed, Wed. 1/04

    SPRING 2017 CTA Ventra U-PASS Distribution begins January 4.

    ID Center: Student Services Building (SSB)1200 W. Harrison St. - Suite 1790

    In order for an existing Ventra U-PASS to be activated on January 4, returning students need to register for a full-time course load for Spring Semester by December 16. If you register late and you use your Ventra U-PASS on trains or buses, you may incur a negative balance, because your U-PASS will not have been loaded for Spring Semester. It may take 3-5 business days after registration to activate your existing Ventra card.

    For U-PASS details, visit http://idcenter.uic.edu/upass.shtml.

  • "Feed the Flames" Food Drive, Tues 11/08 and Wed 11/09

    "FEED THE FLAMES" FOOD DRIVE

    Nov 8th and 9th Pop-Up Pantry

    Dear UIC Community,Join us in contributing to the "Feed the Flames" Food Drive, benefitting the Pop-Up Pantry. The UIC Pop-Up Pantry, is a free resource to support UIC students who are experiencing food insecurity due to financial constraints.Tuesday, November 8, 2016Wednesday, November 9, 20168:30am-5:00pmStudent Center East Tower, Room 613Tokens of Appreciation for Donors:*

    ·         1-5 items: very cool pen

    ·         6-10 items: coffee tumbler or red/black bag

    ·         11+ items: receive a "Fueled by Wellness" black t-shirt or reserve a USG hoodie (to be delivered later)

    *While supplies last.Items Most Needed:

    ·         Canned Fish/Canned Meats

    ·         Canned Soup/Packs

    ·         Canned Vegetables

    ·         Canned Beans

    ·         Cereal/Oatmeal

    ·         Granola Bars/Snack bars

    ·         Instant meal in a cup

    ·         Instant soup

    ·         Rice (white or brown)

    ·         Pasta (white or brown)

    ·         Peanut Butter/Jelly

    Food Drop-off Location: UIC Wellness Center Student Center East750 S. Halsted St., Suite 237Drop-off Options:

    ·         Walk into the Wellness Center

    ·         Call for curbside service and helpers will meet your car on Halsted Street (call 312-413-2120 when you arrive)

    Sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government, Wellness Center, and Office of the Dean of Students.

  • Lecture and Lunch with 14th Ward Alderman Edward Burke, Mon. 10/17

    The Honors College is a proud cosponsor of the Future of Chicago lecture series, which is coordinated by the Political Science Department. This program brings current and former leaders to campus to discuss the current state and future of Chicago, and the Honors College offers students a chance to discuss with Alderman Edward Burke in a small-group lunch after his lecture on Monday 10/17.  The lecture is free and open to the public; The lunch is limited to 25 undergraduate students and RSVP is required.  Details are below. Please register at https://uofi.uic.edu/sb/sec/70030 if you would like to attend the lunch!

     

    Lecture and Lunch with 14th Ward Alderman Edward Burke, Monday 10/17, 12pm - 2pm

    Alderman Burke is the 14th Ward Alderman and represents part of the southwest side of Chicago.  He is the longest serving alderman in the city of Chicago and was named to the "100 Most Powerful Chicagoans" by Chicago Magazine.  As Chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance, Alderman Burke is responsible for all legislative matters pertaining to the city's finances, including municipal bonds, taxes and revenue matters.

    Lecture: "The Chicago City Council and the Future of Chicago", 12:00 - 12:50 pm in Lecture Center C1

    Lunch with the Alderman: 1:00 - 1:50 pm in 121 Burnham Hall.  RSVP for the lunch by noon on Thursday 10/13 at https://uofi.uic.edu/sb/sec/70030.

    All students are welcome to attend the lecture without RSVP’ing.  Lunch is limited to 25 undergraduate students and RSVP is required for lunch.  If max capacity is reached for lunch, students will be notified. Students who plan on attending the lunch are also expected to attend the lecture beforehand to be prepared to engage in discussion with the Alderman.

    Additional events in the Future of Chicago Lecture Series can be found here: https://uicalumni.org/events/uic-presents-the-future-of-chicago-lecture-series/.  More information about additional lunches will be forthcoming. 

    The Future of Chicago Lecture Series is hosted by the UIC Department of Political Science and co-sponsored by the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement and the UIC Honors College.

    Contact Sara Mehta (srmehta@uic.edu) for additional information.

  • Voter Registration Volunteer Opportunity

    Dear Honors College Students,

    We would like to extend an invitation to join us to register people to VOTE. We have Family Weekend night coming soon and it is one of the perfect times to register people to vote for this November 8th! We are also looking for students to help register up to the day of the elections.

    Date: 10/8/16, 9-5pm + Weekend
    Location: SCE

    We are looking forward to hearing from you!

    Best, Delia Bautista-

    ICIRR - NADP Fellow

    deliabautistad@gmail.com

    773-851-1149

  • Open Mic Reading Event, Thurs 9/29

    You are warmly invited to attend

    The UIC Program for Undergraduate Writers

    Fall 16 Open Mic Reading Event

    Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Studies in English

    Where: The Humanities Institute (Lower level of Stevenson Hall)

    When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 4 pm to 6pm

    Why: Here’s an opportunity to hear creative work by UIC undergraduates & learn more about studying English, including professional writing!

    All are welcome to attend! Pizza and soft drinks will be served!

    (Those interested in reading should arrive early to sign up)

  • Volunteering at UIC Open House on Sat? Wear your Honors College button!

    Are you volunteering at UIC's Open House event on Saturday?  Wear your yellow Honors College button to show your Honors College pride!  Don't have one?  Stop by Burnham Hall or the Honors College table at the UIC Forum on Saturday to pick up one to wear.

  • Constitution Day (Register to Vote!), Mon. 9/19

    Constitution Day. 11am-1pm

    Student Center East, Room 602

    Join us for the annual Constitution Day!! A day of non-partisan hands-on democracy!

    Register to vote and learn about ongoing constitutional issues. Activities including voter registration, volunteer opportunities, and a special guest speaker, Flint Taylor.

    Attorney Flint Taylor specializes in civil rights law and has spent much of his career as a prosecutor for police brutality, government misconduct, and death penalty cases.

    For more information, please visit our page on UIC Connection: https://orgsync.com/135631/events/1488543/occurrences/3473506

  • Sustainability Fee: Request for Student Proposals

    The Sustainability Fee Advisory Board (SFAB) is currently accepting student proposals for Fall 2016. The Sustainability Fee's goal is to support projects that help to establish a sustainable campus environment. Paid by all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the Sustainability Fee is $3 per semester.

    The Sustainability Fee funds small, short-term projects, subsidizes larger, long-term projects on campus, and helps to fund student travel to sustainability-related conferences. Funding from this fee is administered by the SFAB, which is comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as faculty and staff. More information can be found here: http://go.uic.edu/sustainabilityfee

    Who can apply: All UIC students and student organizations are eligible to apply. If needed, the SFAB will help provide access to campus resources and personnel to approved projects. SFAB can also suggest other entities that may provide funding or additional assistance.

    Application process: Students/student groups are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by Monday, September 19, 2016. The LOI allows the SFAB to pre-screen proposals for appropriateness and feasibility. Furthermore, the LOI should provide an approximate project budget, expected completion date, and cost savings, if any. Projects that pass this stage will be invited to prepare a final proposal for consideration by the board. The Letter of Inquiry form can be found here: http://go.uic.edu/letterofinquiry. Following review of LOIs, the board will notify all applicants via email by the end of February if they have been selected to submit a full proposal. Full proposals must be submitted by November 7, 2016. Grantees will be notified by the end of the fall semester. For questions regarding previously funded projects, funding criteria, as well as rules and restrictions, please contact skonin2@uic.edu or visit the website: http://go.uic.edu/sustainabilityfee

  • UIC Mock Trial Team seeking new members, Info Sessions 9/13-9/15

    The nationally-ranked UIC Mock Trial team is seeking new members for 2016-17.  All undergraduate majors and grade-levels are welcome. Information sessions will be held Sept. 13 (12-2 & 3-5) in BSB 1115, Sept 14 (12-4) in BSB 1115, and Sept 15 (12-2 & 3-5) in BSB 1115.  Contact uicmocktrial@gmail.com for more information."

  • Be a PAP First Semester Mentor

    The PAP First Semester Mentor is designed to help PAP freshman have exposure to an exemplary role model and help them adjust to UIC with the help of a mentor through knowledge transfer. The benefits are practicing leadership skills, achieving a personal and professional satisfaction of helping fellow PAP, as well as getting recognition from peers, while having it count as a PAP activity for the Fall semester.

    The requirements for First Semester Mentors are: 

    *   Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average

    *   Third or fourth year PAP student 

    *   Enjoy helping others 

    *   Positive attitude

    *   Submit an online questionnaire to be matched with a freshman.  

    *   Availability to meet assigned student once a month.

    *   Participate in mentor orientation on August 15th or August 31st from 3:30 to 4:30pm 

    *   Attend Mentor/Mentee Reception in September (date TBD)

    Please respond to Keila Valle: kvalle4@uic.edu

  • Summer 2017 Diversity Fellowship for 4-week study in London

    The Study Abroad Office is proud to announce this new fellowship offered through our academic consortium partner The Council for International Educational Exchange [CIEE] and the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions.

    The fellowship will cover 100 percent of program fees and travel costs to study abroad for 4 weeks in London during the summer of 2017.

    Eligibility

    Open to all UIC students who:

    -are Pell eligible

    -demonstrate high academic achievement

     

    Course/credit

    Intercultural Communication and Leadership; 3 credits

     

    Application deadline is September 15th. For more information see the attachments below. 

  • Narrative Magazine - Eighth Annual Poetry Contest

    Poetry Contest Open for Entries

    “THE BEST WORDS in their best order.” That was Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s definition of poetry. And it’s ours too. We’re looking for poems that attain this high mark.

    Narrative Magazine's Eighth Annual Poetry Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication.     

    $1,500 First Prize     

    $750 Second Prize     

    $300 Third Prize     

    • Ten finalists receive $75 each

    See the Guidelines. Read prior winners.

    Emerging poets account for a third of the scores of poets Narrative publishes each year.

    Many of our contest winners go on to find agents, win other awards, and publish books.

    We are committed to paying our authors, to providing excellent editorial support, and to encouraging a wide audience for poetry.

    We look forward to reading your work.

  • Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) 2016: Nexus in Chicago

    The University of Illinois at Chicago presents the 6th Annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

    In partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Loyola University; UI LABS; University of Chicago; Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology) 

    The SISE Program

    The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals. From August 4-16, a diverse body of participants will engage a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability-related topics through daily presentations, collaborative projects, mentoring activities, site visits, and networking opportunities with leading research institutions and companies in the digital technology and energy sectors. The issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Graduates leave as thoughtful and informed global citizens with a firm foundation and expanded network for careers in sustainability, energy, and smart technology and infrastructure. 

    2016 Theme: Nexus

    Water and energy have long been thought of--and addressed as--two separate issues. With the advent of systems thinking, life cycle assessment, and similar strategies for interdisciplinary analysis, the connection between water and energy has only recently been fully acknowledged. This nexus will be challenged in the coming decades as a result of 1) a growing world population, 2) the need to cultivate more food, 3) a dwindling supply of available water resources, and 4) unforeseen disasters as result of climate change. It is important for energy and sustainability-minded professionals, and all future decision makers, to become fluent in the issues surrounding the nexus, and to work together to implement innovative solutions in the decades to come. 

    SISE will 1) explore the relationship between energy and water with an eye towards environmental and agricultural impacts; 2) explore the the use of water, especially in energy extraction (fracking) and generation; and 3) highlight the role of the grid in energy issues, emphasizing three specific areas: smart grid, storage for the grid, and the distribution of energy. Participants will consider where the United States is to date, potential solutions, and obstacles and opportunities for each path moving forward. 

    Now Accepting Applications

    Admission into the program is highly competitive, drawing from a national pool of applicants. Participants can expect lodging for the duration of the 2-week program. Many participants will receive partial support for travel costs. 

    Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2016), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply. An online application, a resume, and two letters of reference are required. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2016. More information is provided on the SISE website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Aláan (uic.sise.admissions@gmail.com<mailto:uic.sise.admissions@gmail.com>), SISE Program Coordinator. 

    We look forward to seeing some of you in Chicago this summer! 

    Website: http://sise.uic.edu

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uic.sise

  • Volunteer Opportunity | USA Track & Field Illinois - 2016 Masters Throws Championships

    USA Track & Field Illinois is seeking volunteers for the 2016 Masters Throws Championships to be held August 6-7, 2016 at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. The event consists of unique field event competitions that showcase an athlete’s ultimate power and strength! Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, complimentary parking, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a ticket to Saturday's banquet if they volunteer on both Saturday and Sunday! There are several shifts available from August 5-7 and assistance needed with competition and administrative support.

    An application can be downloaded at www.usatfillinois.org and you can learn more about the competition here or at our Facebook Event Page. Any questions can be directed to Tricia@otrtevents.com. Deadline to apply is July 22, 2016.

    The application and more information are also linked to at the bottom of this post

  • Columbia University's Bioethics Essay Contest

    Calling all undergraduates! Have something to say about BIOETHICS?

    Submit an original, 1,500-word opinion-editorial focusing on a current bioethical issue of your choice that falls within one of the following categories:

    $350

    Amazon gift card for the winning submission on CLINICAL ETHICS

    $350

    Amazon gift card for the winning submission on REPRODUCTIVE ETHICS

    $350

    Amazon gift card for the winning submission on GLOBAL CHALLENGES IN BIOETHICS

    Submit your essay here: 

    voicesinbioethics.org/submissions

    Submit by: June 30th, 2016

    Winners announced: August 15th, 2016

  • AICGS’ New Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Diversity, Apply by 5/15

    AICGS’ New Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Diversity

    AICGS is pleased to announce the continuation of its German-American youth exchange program on the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation,” which was inaugurated in 2015. For 2016/17, AICGS is recruiting twenty young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society with little or no experience with transatlantic relations for seminars and site visits in Washington and Berlin. This program is generously funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) (Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWI)).

    This innovative program will establish new connections between communities that have grown principally from an immigration background, and address common challenges of immigration and integration, such as discrimination, employment, political and societal leadership, education, and international engagement. Project participants will include a core group of young leaders for engagement in intensive discussions, and a broader community of experts and advocates for interaction focused on issues of immigration, integration, and cross-cultural understanding.

    Program

    AICGS has two primary objectives for the program: (1) to deepen public understanding of the issues and concerns of the largest populations in Germany and the United States that have an immigration background; and (2) to build and sustain a network of young leaders committed to transatlantic relations.

    Activities comprise a seminar and site visits in both cities over the course of 4-5 days. Participants at the seminar will engage in small groups and interact with leading experts from umbrella organizations dealing with immigration and integration, government, research institutions, and political foundations. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit other institutions, including cultural/historical sites, offices of elected representatives, and non-profit associations that focus on issues of the underrepresented.

    Selected participants are required to take part in both sets of events. The first takes place in Washington, DC from October 16-21, 2016 and the second in Berlin from May 7-12, 2017. Travel, accommodation, and most meals will be provided for the participants by AICGS.

    Application

    Selection is based on a competitive application process. Up to a maximum of ten applicants from the US and ten from Germany (ages 20-30 only) will be invited to participate in the program.

    Individuals’ qualifications and willingness to engage in all aspects of the program will be the primary criteria for evaluation by AICGS staff. The participants should ideally have little to no experience with transatlantic relations. AICGS in particular encourages applications from the two largest populations that have an immigration background in the United States and Germany: young Hispanic-Americans, and young Germans with roots in Turkey. Candidates need not themselves be immigrants.

    Applications are due by May 15, 2016. Prospective participants must provide the following application materials: • a one-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the program • a current CV • two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)

    Fluency in English is mandatory. Please send application materials and/or questions about the program to Ms. Susanne Dieper, Director of Administration and Grants Management at sdieper@aicgs.org.

    About AICGS

    AICGS is a Washington-based, independent, non-profit public policy organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University that works in Germany and the United States to address current and emerging policy challenges in the German-American and transatlantic relationships, and Germany’s role in global affairs.

  • Climate Survey- Take Survey on Interpersonal Violence

    Dear Honors Students,

    Recently you should have received an email regarding the online campus climate survey. Our department supports UICs goals of having a safe and productive educational experience for everyone. If you are comfortable doing so, we encourage you to take this voluntary and anonymous survey at: http://tinyurl.com/UICclimateSurvey

    Interpersonal violence affects many of our students and the campus climate survey will help UIC better respond to reports of violence and improve services for survivors by giving the university a clear picture about how violence is experienced by students. The survey will also allow the university to plan prevention efforts to stop violence before it begins. Whether or not you have experienced violence, the university hopes to hear from as many students as possible to find out how well you feel the university responds to violence.

    The survey should take about 30 minutes. You will be asked for some basic information about yourself (age, gender, race, relationship status, and the name of your college or university), and questions regarding your experiences with interpersonal violence. Students need to be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research (UIC IRB protocol #2016-0045).

    After you complete the survey you will be offered the chance to enter your email into a lottery to win 1 of ninety cash prizes ranging from$20 to $80.  Chances of winning are approximately 1 in 50.

    If you have questions about this survey, contact Dr. Paul Schewe, at schewepa@uic.edu.

  • Meet the Candidates for Dean of the Honors College, Tues. 4/26 and Thurs. 4/28

    I am pleased to invite you to meet the three finalists for the position of Dean of the Honors College at town hall meetings on the dates below.  Please note that the candidate information for April 26 and April 28 has changed, and this supersedes yesterday’s announcement:

    Wednesday, April 20
    Hormoz BassiriRad
    Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Town Hall Meeting: 1:30-2:30 p.m., 713 SCE

    Tuesday, April 26
    Ralph Keen
    Interim Dean, Honors College
    Professor of History and Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation Chair in Catholic Studies
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Town Hall Meeting: 1:00-2:00 p.m., 713 SCE

    Thursday, April 28
    Hui-Ching Chang
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Honors College
    Associate Professor, Department of Communication
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Town Hall Meeting: 1:00-2:00 p.m., 713 SCE

    I hope that you will take this opportunity to meet the finalists, and to provide your evaluations of them to me using the form available at the search website.  If you have any questions, please contact the search coordinator, Faizan Abid, at fabid@uic.edu

    I am grateful to the search committee, chaired by Dean Karen Colley, for its excellent work.   

    Sincerely,

    Susan Poser
    Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

  • 2016 SISE Applications Now Open

    The University of Illinois at Chicago presents the 6th Annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

    In partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Institute for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Loyola University; UI LABS; University of Chicago; Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)

    The SISE Program

    The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals. From August 4-16, a diverse body of participants will engage a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability-related topics through daily presentations, collaborative projects, mentoring activities, site visits, and networking opportunities with leading research institutions and companies in the digital technology and energy sectors. The issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Graduates leave as thoughtful and informed global citizens with a firm foundation and expanded network for careers in sustainability, energy, and smart technology and infrastructure.

    2016 Theme: Nexus

    Water and energy have long been thought of--and addressed as--two separate issues. With the advent of systems thinking, life cycle assessment, and similar strategies for interdisciplinary analysis, the connection between water and energy has only recently been fully acknowledged. This nexus will be challenged in the coming decades as a result of 1) a growing world population, 2) the need to cultivate more food, 3) a dwindling supply of available water resources, and 4) unforeseen disasters as result of climate change. It is important for energy and sustainability-minded professionals, and all future decision makers, to become fluent in the issues surrounding the nexus, and to work together to implement innovative solutions in the decades to come.SISE will 1) explore the relationship between energy and water with an eye towards environmental and agricultural impacts; 2) explore the the use of water, especially in energy extraction (fracking) and generation; and 3) highlight the role of the grid in energy issues, emphasizing three specific areas: smart grid, storage for the grid, and the distribution of energy. Participants will consider where the United States is to date, potential solutions, and obstacles and opportunities for each path moving forward.

    Now Accepting Applications

    Admission into the program is highly competitive, drawing from a national pool of applicants. Participants can expect lodging for the duration of the 2-week program. Many participants will receive partial support for travel costs.Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2016), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply. An online application, a resume, and two letters of reference are required. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2016. More information is provided on the SISE website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Aláan (uic.sise.admissions@gmail.com), SISE Program Coordinator. 

    Website: http://sise.uic.edu

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uic.sise

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UIC_SISE

    Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130233814@N05/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uicsise/

  • The Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies at the European University Viadrina

    The Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies at the European University Viadrina in the Polish/German border will hold its THIRD ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY POLISH AND GERMAN STUDIES from JUNE 6 - JULY 15, 2016. This year’s emphasis is “Cultures in Transition. Central Europe in Transition.” Click on the post or go to the website to learn more.

    https://www.zip.europa-uni.de/en/2_lehre/summer_school_2016/index.html

  • IGNITE Mentors Needed! Apply by 5/20

    IGNITE Mentors Needed!

    Want to develop your leadership skills?

    Want to work with first- and second-year UIC students?

    Want to have an awesome experience to put on your applications for jobs and grad school?

    Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services is looking for mentors to join for the 2016 Fall Semester IGNITE Leadership Experience. As engaged leaders, IGNITE mentors will help guide the leadership explorations of first- and second-year UIC students. The ideal mentor will have some leadership experience and, most importantly, be committed to engaging with leadership on a personal, academic, and professional level. IGNITE mentors will gain confidence in their interpersonal, facilitative, and advising skills—all critical areas of need for graduate school and the workforce!

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and preference will be given to students who submit by May 20, 2016 at this link: go.uic.edu/ignitementor.

    If you have any questions, please contact Spencer Long at, longsa@uic.edu.

  • Honors College Ambassadors-Now Accepting Applications

    Honors College Ambassadors Accepting Applications for 2016-17, Apply by Thurs. 3/31

    The Honors College is now accepting applications for Honors Ambassadors for the 2016-17 year.

    WHO ARE HONORS AMBASSADORS?

    Honors Ambassadors are Honors College students who have decided to take that extra step in becoming part of the Honors College team by recruiting and welcoming first-year students into UIC and the Honors College. Working through the Honors College from May 2016 through Spring 2017, Honors Ambassadors are instrumental in welcoming new Honors College students to UIC and assisting in their engagement to campus resources and the Honors College Community.

    WHAT DO HONORS AMBASSADORS DO?

    Each Honors Ambassador will serve as a mentor to approximately 10 incoming freshman. Ambassadors will be assigned their mentees based on the Freshman Orientation program date they are assigned and expected to attend to meet their mentees. Throughout the summer, the Ambassador is expected to stay in touch with their mentees. Ambassadors are required to attend the Freshman Retreat onFriday August 19th to reconnect with their mentees. For the Fall semester, Ambassadors will be assigned one of the four tasks: blog for the Ampersand Newsletter about their experience in the Honors College, serve as a PAPH Ambassador (be of service during PAPH week), serve as an HON 101 Teaching Assistant, or serve as an Activities Coordinator for HAMBS-Sponsored events. The term of service continues into the Spring in further support of Honors College Admissions activities.

    Honors Ambassadors must be in good standing with the Honors College by the end of the Spring 2016 semester. Applications can be submitted online (https://uofi.uic.edu/sb/sec/772161) and the application deadline is March 31. Applicants will be required to attend a group interview that will be part of the selection process. Please contact Eliza Callahan (eycas@uic.edu) with any questions.

  • LeaderShape Deadline Extended - DUE 3/28

    Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services is extending the deadline to submit applications to attend the LeaderShape Institute.

    The Institute, provided by LeaderShape, is a six-day, five-night leadership retreat teaching visioning, relationship-building, and the importance of leading with integrity. At no cost to attendees, the Institute will take place May 7 to May 12, 2016 at an off campus retreat center. The only requirement for attendance is you must be returning to UIC in the Fall Semester

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due March 28, 2016.

    Apply by visiting go.uic.edu/LeaderShape.

    Any questions can be emailed to sldvs@uic.edu or feel free to call 312-996-4500.

    FAQ’s

    Q: What is the cost?

    A: There is no cost to students attending.

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    Q: Will transportation be provided?

    A: There will be some form of transportation provided to and from the UIC East Campus.