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  • Juntos: Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Latinx Students, and the Future of Study Abroad Panel (10/2)

  • Drive-Up WiFi Map

  • Please Sign the Petition For Free Menstrual Products in All UIC Bathrooms

  • Business Student Advisory Board Survey

  • UIC’s RISE Act Application Workshops (Information now available for January and February dates)

  • Submit to a zine of UIC student artwork! (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 1/31)

  • Submit to a zine of UIC student artwork! (Must submit by 1/3)

  • Ocean Explorations from Magellan to Today In a Changing Climate Event (12/4)

  • Attend Dominican University's Graduate Open House on 9/28

  • Want to Register Voters? Training session at 4pm on 9/10 in BH 121

  • 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!).


    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.  




    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.  




    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


    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


    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



  • 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.


    Open to all UIC students who:

    -are Pell eligible

    -demonstrate high academic achievement



    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