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  • Advising/Networking Opportunity for Pre-Medical Students

    Attention pre-medical students with an interest in technology, health information sciences and entrepreneurship:

    A leader in this area has offered to long-distance/virtually advise a small group of UIC Honors College pre- medical students seriously considering a career in this direction. (He is based in New York City.) Check out these websites and if they interest you, email Associate Dean Sara Hall with a brief statement of interest and your resume and/or an example of a project or classwork in this direction. Her email address is Use the subject line HEALTH 2.0.

    Click on the post to read more.

  • Summer Medical and Dental Enrichment Program (SMDEP) Info session, Thurs. 1/23

    Come hear about the many opportunities for students at Case Western! The Director of Multicultural and Minority Programs will visit UIC and to talk specifically about the SMDEP program located on their campus as well as share advice regarding medical school applications and summer research opportunities at the medical school. He will talk about how to write a successful application and provide with insider tips. It will take place in the Daley Library room 1-470 at 3:30PM Thursday, 1/23.  Questions?  Contact Amy Halder at

  • Society for Future Physicians: Free MCAT, LSAT, PCAT, GRE Practice Exam & Help

    Kaplan is hosting a Free MCAT, LSAT, GRE, DAT, OAT, and PCAT Practice test on Saturday, March 8th on campus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the event you will take a free practice test under real-life proctored conditions. Kaplan will also provide you with a free comprehensive score analysis and complete answers and explanations to the practice test.

    Pre-registration is REQUIRED and space is limited.

    Save your spot today @ .  PLEASE be sure to select Society for Future Physicians (SFP) as your source.  Contact Rahul Patel at with questions. 

  • Chicago Academic Medicine Summer Program II, Apply by 2/24

    CAMP II is an eight-week commuter program where students learn to conduct primary research in a laboratory with a University of Chicago faculty mentor. Participants will be selected either following successful completion of CAMP I or through previous participation in a similar summer pre-medical training program. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the ethics of research, the basics of biostatistics, and the conduct of biomedical research.CAMP II also provides an enhanced focus on medical school application processes to support future success. Participants will engage in MCAT preparation coursework and re-visit the elements of personal statement writing and interviewing skills. This experience is available to a cohort of participants who are underrepresented in the medical education community, and is intended for freshmen or sophomores. 

    Learn more at Applications are due Monday 2/24.  Contact Nikki Oliver at 773-702-8946 or with questions.

  • The Berkeley Prize for Undergraduate Essays in German Studies, Due 2/15/14

    The Berkeley Undergraduate Essay Prize is awarded annually by the Department of German for outstanding unpublished papers written during the previous calendar year by undergraduate students enrolled at a North American university/college. Thus the 2014 prize will consider papers written during 2013 on a broad range of topics in German studies. The winning essays carry a cash award of $500 each and will be considered for publication in the department’s electronic journal TRANSIT (
    The submission deadline is February 15, 2014.  Click on the post to learn more.
  • Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA), Nominations Due 3/10

    The CSSLA program has recognized outstanding student leaders and student volunteers who, while maintaining high academic achievement, demonstrate a commitment to the UIC community through participation in student organizations and campus activities and throughout the greater Chicagoland area through active service and community engagement.

    2014 Nominations are now open and will close on March 10, 2014.  Visit the website to learn more: 

    Students may be nominated for the following awards, presented each year

    at the CSSLA program:

    • The Chancellor’s Student Service Award (CSSA)
    • The Eugertha Bates Memorial Award
    • The President’s Volunteer Service Award
    • Campus Programs Annual Awards
    • Annual Awards of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
  • The Berkeley Prize for Undergraduate Essays in German Studies, Due 2/15/14

    The Berkeley Undergraduate Essay Prize is awarded annually by the Department of German for outstanding unpublished papers written during the previous calendar year by undergraduate students enrolled at a North American university/college. Thus the 2014 prize will consider papers written during 2013 on a broad range of topics in German studies. The winning essays carry a cash award of $500 each and will be considered for publication in the department’s electronic journal TRANSIT ( ).

    Essays for submission may be written in German or in English; one submission per student. They should be double-spaced, between 3000 and 5000 words in length (including notes and references), and without the student’s name on the paper, since the Awards Committee reads the essays anonymously. A separate cover sheet with the student’s name, title of the paper, address, phone number, and e-address should accompany the submitted essay. The essay may be submitted in hard copy or electronically. The submission deadline is February 15, 2014; winners announced May 2.

    Send to:  Undergraduate Essay Prize, Attn: Nadia Samadi, German Department, University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-3243, e-address:

  • US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute Award Programmes, Due 2/27 or 3/6

    Participants in the 2014 UK Fulbright Summer Institutes will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.  There are nine Summer Programmes available for US students in 2014 and candidates apply for one of their choosing.  The Summer Institute will cover the majority of the participant costs.  View the post to read more.

  • London's Black and South Asian Communities: Politics, Culture, and History - Summer Study Abroad Program, Info Session, Thurs. 2/13

    The goal of this program is to encourage students to think in complex ways through comparative analysis about issues of race, gender justice, identity and community from England to the US. The course will survey London's culture and politics through the experiences of the African, Caribbean and South Asian descended communities. Additionally, it will focus on the history of British colonialism, migration, discrimination and the hybrid cultural and political formations that emerge in London over time. Through readings, films and lively interactions with London-based researchers, students will explore some of the following issues:

    • History of colonialism and anti-colonialism
    • Women's organizations and grassroots movements
    • Housing and immigration policies and patterns
    • Social construction of race, ethnicity and identity

    All Students will take London's Black and South Asian Communities: Politics, Culture and History for 6 credits. Undergraduate and Graduate students may apply.

    An Info Session will be held on Feb. 13 from 12-1 in UH 1250.  Click on the post to learn more.

  • Two opportunities for students interested in film/videography/video editing and disability studies and human development

    1) Help shoot and edit a brief video on the experiences of amputee athletes and prosthetics.  Time commitment of 10-20 hours off campus between now and April 1. Contact Prof. Paikoff-Holzmueller at

    2) A doctoral candidate in Disability Studies at UIC is working on a dissertation that addresses social relations of older adults with intellectual disabilities from a life course perspective.  The project will include the development of a 15-20 minute DVD with the life stories of six individuals with intellectual disabilities. This DVD will be used as an education and advocacy tool at agencies and universities. Seeking a research assistant to help collect video materials and edit final video beginning this spring. If the project receives grant funding, this may develop into a paid position. Contact Lieke van Heuman at

  • UIC Green Fee Request for Proposals, Initial Deadline Fri. 2/21

    Request for Proposals for Funding by the UIC Green Fee
    Letter of Inquiry Deadline: February 21, 2014
    Final Proposal Deadline: April 18, 2014
    The Green Fee Advisory Board (GFAB) is currently accepting student proposals for Spring 2014. Approximately $30,000 is available to support proposals that help to establish a sustainable campus environment by expanding such areas as composting, landscaping, and transportation initiatives while also reducing waste and conserving resources.  Funding proposals must address the three pillars of sustainability - environmental protection, social equity, and economic benefit - and align with the goals of the UIC Climate Action Plan. 

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

    Click on the post to learn more.

  • Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Plus Program, Apply by Mon. 3/3

    Illinois Institute of Technology, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is sponsoring a Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program from June 1 through June 20, 2014.   The deadline to submit the application is Monday, March 3, 2014.
    The PLUS program is a unique and rigorous three-week experience for current college freshmen, sophomores or juniors interested in the legal profession.  Our goal is to provide students with a “taste” of the law school experience and introduce them to the admissions process.  Students will attend classes taught by IIT Chicago-Kent law professors, recognized as some of the most productive and accomplished law professors in the nation. 
    The program is designed to attract disadvantaged students and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.  The program will cover the cost of tuition, room in a residence hall, required course materials and other expenses.  Participants are paid a stipend to offset some of their meal and other expenses.  The program does not pay for any transportation expenses.
    You may download the application and informational brochure from the website at  If you have questions, please contact Theda Mickey at 312-906-5133 or
  • Japan Intercultural Consulting “Succeeding in a Japanese Company” Telesummit, 3/4 – 3/20

    Interested in a career in international business?  Have you studied abroad or spent time in Japan?  You might be interested in Japan Intercultural Consulting's first-ever online event: "Succeeding in a Japanese Company" telesummit.

    It’s going to be a no cost, 3 week online training summit where I’ll be sharing the microphone with 12 of our Japan Intercultural Consulting subject matter experts, as they share their years of experience and extensive knowledge during a series of interviews to be broadcast March 4 through March 20, 2014
    With 12+ hours of interviews planned, we’re offering in-depth advice on topics that include:
    Working with Your Japanese Boss • Becoming Part of the Team in Your Japanese Workplace • How to Keep Japanese from Falling Asleep in Your Presentation • How to Give and Receive Feedback in Japanese Culture • Understanding and Influencing Decision Makers in Your Japanese Company • How to Avoid Meeting Madness in Your Japanese Company • Same Words, Different Meanings -- Effective Communication with Japanese
    Sign up to attend the Succeeding at a Japanese Company Telesummit that kicks off on Tuesday, March 4th at, and we’ll send you more details in the weeks ahead.  No registration fee.  However, only those who register in advance by signing up at will get the event details.

  • 11th Annual Illinois Latino Law School Association Forum, Sat. 3/1

    The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, IL)

    11th Annual Illinois Latino Law Student Association Forum

    Date: Saturday, March 1, 2014
    Time: 8:00 am–6:00 pm
    Location: The John Marshall Law School

    The forum is designed to encourage more Latinos/as to consider the field of law as a career choice by exposing Illinois high school and college students to the benefits of a legal career. This forum is offered at no cost to participating students, and it provides these young men and women with an opportunity to learn, socialize, and network with Latino/a law students and professionals from all over Illinois. The forum includes panel discussions, admission and financial aid workshops, a mock torts class, and a mock trial. During lunch, participants receive an inspirational and informative message from the forum's keynote speaker. Afterward, participants are provided with information about law and legal education, as well as opportunities to personally meet and network with Latino/a law students, attorneys, judges, and elected officials. The annual Illinois Latino Law Student Association Forum is one of the few events in Illinois that unites the legal community to promote the increase of Latino/a student representation within our law schools.

    Register here:  

    Contact Brian Martinez a with questions.

  • Vote for ASB's Hurricane Katrina Relief Project in this nationwide contest! Winner receives $2500!

    Vote for Alternative Spring Break in this nationwide contest held by Cengage on Facebook!  ASB's Hurricane Katrina Relief project is a spring break project that could receive $2500 of funding towards the cause. Hurry and vote today!  Contact with questions.

  • NEW Leadership Illinois –Summer Leadership Program for Females in Public Service, Due 3/3

    NEW Leadership Illinois is a yearly bi-partisan program that strives to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. This all expenses paid program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networking opportunities with leaders from every level of government. Students from all backgrounds and in all majors are encouraged to apply. Students should attend a college or university in Illinois or should be an Illinois resident, and must have junior or senior standing in June 2014. Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2014. View the post for more details.

  • Observe a Mock Medical School Interview at the Honors College, 3/10

    Professor Timothy Murphy from the UIC College of Medicine will conduct a mock medical school admissions interview in front of an audience to show an example of that important milestone in medical school admissions.  The first part of the session will include an interview as nearly identical to the actual interview as possible.  The second part of the session will be an open forum for questions about admissions interviews and the application process in general.  Students who attend will have the opportunity to hear typical interview questions, listen to Professor Murphy’s feedback and appraisal of the mock applicant, and ask questions following the interview.  All Honors College students interested in applying to medical school are welcome to attend.

    The event will take place in 121 Burnham Hall (Quiet Study Room) on March 10 from 4:00-5:00pm.

    Please RSVP and submit any questions to Stephanie O’Leary at

  • Summer Law Program for Undergraduates at Florida State University, Apply by 3/28

    Thinking about law school?  The Florida State University College of Law is currently accepting applications for its 2014 Summer for Undergraduates Program, which provides students an inside look at law school and the legal profession.  The program will take place May 19-June 12. All undergraduate students, except those graduating in spring 2014, are eligible to apply. 

    Approximately 60 students will be chosen from the applicant pool to participate in the intensive four-week program. Daily lecture classes taught by a Florida State Law professor will familiarize students with the functions of the American legal system and the process by which conflicts are resolved. Legal Writing classes will help students develop their verbal and written communication skills. In addition to the rigorous academic focus of the program, participants also will be exposed to LSAT overview workshops and a simulated exam, law school admissions sessions, visits to local state and federal courts and law offices, and guest lectures by prominent attorneys in a variety of practice areas.

    The College of Law provides free room and board, course materials, and a travel stipend to all participants. There is no program tuition, but participants are responsible for their travel expenses to and from Tallahassee.  

    To apply, students must complete the online application and submit a resume, one letter of recommendation, a personal statement, and a current transcript. Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 28, 2014. For more information or to view our program video, visit  Questions?  Contact

  • Donald and Leah Riddle Prize for Outstanding Seniors, Apply by Fri. 3/28

    The Donald and Leah Riddle Prize is awarded each year at Commencement to an outstanding graduating senior regardless of major field. Graduates from Summer 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 are eligible to apply. The award is based on academic excellence and leadership. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a $1,000 cash prize. The Riddle Prize is made each year in recognition of the former UIC Chancellor Donald Riddle and his wife Leah and honors the Riddles' contribution to the campus.

    Application Deadline: March 28, 2014.  Apply at: 

    Questions: Contact Tula Georgopoulos at

  • Submit a Film to the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, Fri. 4/25

    This year the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMMfest) is continuing with its 2nd annual industry conference, CIMMcon, a series of music music and film based panels, workshops, and presentations.

    This year for CIMMcon we are proud to introduce a new event called Filmlympics a student film festival to showcase students’ work and cultivate the Chicago student filmmaking community. Undergraduate students and recent graduates are invited to submit a short film. Select films will be chosen for an exclusive screening before a CIMMfest audience and will have the opportunity to win an Audience Choice Award or a Grand Prize Jury Award.

    Students are invited to submit their films through this form or via Facebook (see more on FAQ Form) by April 25, 2014. For additional submission requirements or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

  • Regenerative Medicine Summer School, Apply by 4/18

    McGowan Institute - Regenerative Medicine Summer School 2014

    July 14-18, 2014

    Announcing the 1st Annual Regenerative Medicine Summer School


    • To provide national and regional students with a week-long didactic and experiential learning experience addressing science and engineering related to the multidisciplinary field of regenerative medicine.

    Target Audience:

    • Undergraduates, enrolled in a science or engineering program that will have

    completed their 3rd year of study; exceptional candidates who will have completed their 2nd year of undergraduate study will be considered.


    • McGowan Institute-Pittsburgh, PA

    • July 14-18, 2014 o Students will be provided accommodations in a University of Pittsburgh dormitory for the week (shared student suites)

    o Please plan to arrive on July 13th and depart on July 19th

    Tuition: $695 includes room, board, and select social and networking events

    Applications for the 2014 Regenerative Medicine Summer School will be accepted starting January 1, 2014. The deadline for submitting the application and all required documentation is April.18th, 2014. Applicants will be notified by the end of April (via email) if they are selected as a final candidate. At that time, additional information and forms will be required to complete the application process. Final admission decisions will be made by May 15, 2014 and accepted students will be notified by letter.

  • 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant for Photojournalism Project, Deadline 6/30

    The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women.

    The Foundation invites proposals from any photojournalist anywhere in the world. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2014.

    Learn more here:

  • Capital Semester Fall 2014 Internships, Deadline June 1

    The Fund for American Studies offers academic internships in Washington, D.C. through the Capital Semester program.   The comprehensive package includes a guaranteed internship placement, courses for credit, furnished housing, a variety of guest lectures and briefings, as well as opportunities for professional development and networking.

    Two different program tracks are available: Public Policy and Political Journalism

    Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2014

    Learn more about the program, tuition costs, internships, and living arrangements at 

  • John Marshall Law School Pre-Law Summer Institute, Apply Now

    There are a few spots left for this program.
    The John Marshall Law School is hosting its annual Pre-Law Summer Institute. The Pre-Law Summer Institute (PLSI) prepares historically under-represented minorities for the legal profession by introducing students to the rigors of law school. PLSI is designed to simulate the academic challenges of the first year of law school. PLSI concentrates on giving students law classes, LSAT preparation, resume preparation, career orientation, and exposure to various areas of the law. Students will learn skills on legal research and study, analysis, legal writing, and trial advocacy. PLSI is essentially a pre-law orientation that is based on teaching sound legal education principles. (This is a non-residential program.)

    For more information please visit:

    The program will run from Monday, July 28, 2014 through Friday, August 1, 2014 on The John Marshall Law School campus.

    PLSI is designed to be rich in content that will assist students in preparing for the rigors of law school.

    If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact the Office of Diversity Affairs and Outreach.

    Troy A. Riddle
    Director of Diversity Affairs and Outreach
    The John Marshall Law School
  • Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health Youth Leadership Council, Application Due Mon. 6/23

    The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) is a network of empowered youth and allied adults who transform public consciousness and build the capacity of systems to support the sexual health, identity and rights of youth. ICAH’s priorities
    • Reduce stigma and shame around youth sexuality and decision making
    • Increase access to accurate sexual health information and to health care
    • Increase youth voice within systems that impact their lives
    • Foster mutually-respectful relationships between youth and adults
    • Increase access to safe relationships and environments that promote a positive perception of self.

    Members of the Youth Leadership Council learn how to organize and educate peers and adults within their communities. They lead ICAH’s peer education work in schools and programs, organize in school, family and healthcare systems, and implement new media campaigns that transform public consciousness around youth sexual decision-making.

    See the flyer and application below for more information.  Contact Nikki Zaleski at with questions.  Applications are due Monday, June 23.

  • UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) Summer Program, Apply by 7/1

    What is SISE?

    The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy. From August 6-20, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of topics in energy and sustainable energy through daily presentations & panel discussions, collaborative research projects and mentoring, site tours of leading energy facilities in Chicago, and networking opportunities with energy & entrepreneurial leaders. The issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. This experience leaves graduates of the SISE program with a firm foundation for future careers in sustainability and energy, and inspires them to lead the next generation as thoughtful and informed global citizens.

    SISE is now accepting applications.

    Admission into the program is highly competitive. Only 50 participants will be accepted from a pool of national applicants. Applicants accepted into the program can expect to receive receive lodging support for the duration of the 2-week program and some meals on weekdays. Many will receive partial support for travel costs. Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2014), 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 form, a resume, and three letters of reference are required. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2014. More information is provided on the SISE website.

    Learn more about us!

    We invite you to learn more about the SISE program by visiting us on the web. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Aláan (, SISE Program Coordinator.

  • Fulbright Student Awards

    Interested in teaching English or conducting research overseas for a year after you graduate?  A strong Fulbright application requires a great deal of thinking, planning and writing. Summer is the perfect time to begin to prepare for the September deadline! 

    What is the Fulbright?

    • Immediately after World War II, Congress created the Fulbright Program to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange.
    • The U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,800 grants annually and sends students to over 155 countries worldwide.
    • Students participate in a self-designed program of study that can include research, university coursework, language study and more. Alternatively, students can also choose to assist in teaching English in one of over 70 countries, at various levels.
    • Candidates must have US citizenship at time of application and a bachelor's degree before starting their service period. Bachelor’s holders are eligible to apply at any point in life after graduation. 

    Fulbright Full Grant vs. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA)

    • Full Grant: requires a proposal of study or research that would take 10-12 months to perform. Some countries require knowledge of the language, others are flexible. Programs of study can include classes, research projects, library work, observations, training in the creative arts, surveys, lab work - in short, anything that would help a student study or learn more about the proposed topic.
    • ETA: offers students the chance to apply to teach English.  In some countries ETAs teach in a high school, in others elementary and in others at the college level. Language requirements vary from country to country, and many countries have no requirement. ETAs are generally students who have some teaching experience and believe that the ETA experience will help to prepare them for what they are doing in the future.

    What are the benefits?

    • These grants generally provide round-trip transportation, language or orientation courses, maintenance for the academic year (based on living costs in the host country), and supplemental health and accident insurance.
    • The Fulbright name is well respected in the U.S. and beyond. Past scholars have considered it an experience of a lifetime. They learn about new cultures or deepen their knowledge of one they already were acquainted with. They make new friends and engage in an in-depth teaching or learning experience that gives them depth of knowledge and skills in their chosen field, and helps set the stage for greater independence in their next career move. They develop a more sophisticated understanding of their host country, the U.S. and themselves.

    Where can I find more information?

    Interested?  Contact:

    Beth Powers, [, oversees Fulbright Full Grant applications]

    Sheena Miller, [, oversees Fulbright ETA applications]

  • Free Kaplan Test Prep Opportunity

    Are you preparing to take one of the national standardized exams for admission to professional or graduate school?  

    Funded by the State of Illinois, the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program (CAHMCP) has a Professional / Graduate Test Prep Program to help you achieve marketable, competitive test scores for professional/graduate school admission.

    CAHMCP contracts with Kaplan for Classroom or Online courses for: MCAT, DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, PCAT, OAT which may be taken at a Kaplan site convenient to your school.

    CAHMCP offers a comprehensive Reading Development PRogram to increase a student's reading comprehension, spped and test-taking skills at its Chicago Office.

    You must: 

    • be a legal resident of the State of Illinois irrespective of where you attend college,
    • have completed the core courses requisite for Professional / Graduate School admission
    • have a cumulative college GPA and SPGA that exceeds 2.4 on a 4.0 scale.

    You do not have to be a currently enrolled student.  Applications are first-come first service, and enrollment is already underway.  For additional information and a Test Prep application, contact:

    Etta Davis
    Director, Test Prep
    Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    3424 South State Street
    Chicago, IL 60616
    (312) 567-5915 

  • Chicago College Startup Competition

    1871, Chicago's Entrepreneurial Hub for Digital Start-ups, is hosting the Chicago College Startup Competition (CCSC).  Working in conjunction with ThinkChicago, this will involve 1871 providing up to 10 full-time Memberships to the 50,000 square-foot networking and business incubation space in The Merchandise Mart. The spaces will be for entrepreneurs who started their businesses while in college and want to continue after graduation by moving to Chicago. The winners of the competition will receive a full free year at 1871, including desk space, mentorship services, a support group of College Startups currently at 1871, and all of the amenities that are made available to startups at the facility. The idea is to attract some of the top startups in the nation directly to the city and give them the support and resources they need to succeed.

    We are actively seeking businesses started in college, along with winners of the top college startup contests, both of whom are looking for space to grow. If this sounds like you, we strongly encourage your submission.  Learn more at: 

  • Join the Food Recovery Network Movement at UIC!

    This summer, UIC's Dining Services will be establishing a Food Recovery Network Chapter. Part of this alliance is to initiate a Food Recovery organization led by students here at UIC. Currently, they are looking to recruit volunteers that can help initiate this program as soon as possible. The purpose of this group would be to help donate food leftover from our campus Dining Halls to non-profit organizations. If interested in volunteering and to receive further details, please email Aracely Lara, Food Recovery Intern assistant. 

  • CDOT Seeking Volunteers to Count Pedestrians

    The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Pedestrian Program seeks volunteers to help count pedestrian traffic at key locations across the city. Reliable pedestrian counts provide critical data for assessing and improving pedestrian safety and walkability as well as tracking city-wide trends in walking to work, school, and transit.

    The count contributes to the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project ( and helps meet goals set out in Chicago’s Pedestrian Plan (

    When:  July 8-10, 2014, 4:30-7 PM
    Where: Various locations around downtown Chicago

    CDOT appreciates your assistance in helping to develop this pedestrian initiative. Please email your interest to Eric Hanss, Pedestrian Program Project Manager, at 

  • Discounted Divvy Bike Membership for UIC students

    Did you know that there is a Divvy membership discount for UIC students, faculty, and staff?  Check out the UIC Office of Sustainability website to find out how to get $20 (student) or $10 (faculty and staff) off a Pedal membership with Divvy.  More information about Divvy bike share can be found here

  • Nominations for UIC Woman of the Year, Due Mon. 7/28

    You have an opportunity to nominate a UIC faculty or staff member for the 2014 "Woman of the Year" Award sponsored by The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women (CCSW). Established in 1992, this annual award honors a UIC woman who has consistently worked on women's issues beyond the call of duty and who is an exemplary role model. Winners are honored with a reception officiated by the Chancellor and a cash award of $1,000. 

    The award criteria include providing service to women at UIC while on the job, responding to issues affecting women, and offering service to women through voluntarism and public support of women's programs. All UIC women employed by the University (including faculty, academic professionals or civil service with at least a 50% appointment) or retired faculty or staff who are still actively involved with women issues and/or service at UIC are eligible for the award. A committee of CCSW officers and former award winners will make the final selection from among the nominees.

    The final date for submitting nominations is Monday, July 28, 2014 by 5PM. For more information about the Award and about CCSW's other activities, including our mentoring program, subcommittees, and newsletter, see our webpage at


  • McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest, Due 8/31

    Apply to the first-ever McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest, guest judged by an illustrious, soon-to-be-named writer.

    Contestants must be students (undergraduate or graduate) in the United States, and stories must be under 7,500 words, but that is, thankfully, where the rules end. The winner of the contest will receive $500 and their story will be published inMcSweeney’s 51, in August 2015. A few stories will be selected as honorable mentions, and the names of those stories, as well as the names of their authors, will also be printed in McSweeney’s 51.

    We will be accepting submissions from July 30 – August 31, 2014. To cover the cost and time of our small staff and our guest judge, submitters must pay an entrance fee of $55—but, get this, with your entrance fee, you also get a full year’s subscription (at a discount) to McSweeney’s Quarterly. Isn’t that a great deal? It is indeed a great deal. To learn more about what this subscription will include, check out this letter.

    Along with your submission, please include a brief cover letter that mentions your hometown, the college or university you attend, and your year in school. Please also include your contact information. To learn more and enter the contest online, please go here:

  • Dean Chang (JST FIR) and Cutie the Cat’s Office Hours, Thursdays beginning 8/28

    Join Associate Dean Chang and her cat "Cutie" in her apartment in James Stukel Towers for Cutie's Office Hours!  Stop by to say hi and unwind at the end of the week by playing with a cute cat !

    Turn to page 4 from last year's Ampersand to read about Cutie the Cat! 

    Cutie's Office Hours are every Thursday from 8 -9pm in JST C226.  Contact Dean Chang at with questions.



  • Honors Activity Option: Volunteer to be a Lab Assistant for a visually-impaired UIC student

    The UIC Disability Resource Center in need of two students (one for each class) to serve as the lab assistant for a student who is blind.  The lab assistant would be responsible for attending each weekly lab session and describing any visual aspects of the lab or completing any physical aspects of the lab the student needs assistance with.  There is no formal training needed for the position.  The student should just be a good listener, willing to help, and able to collaborate with the student to make sure that his/her needs are being met.

    Here is information on each of the labs:

    OPTION 1:PHYS 112 Astronomy and the Universe

    Duties: Lab Assistant will help a student with a visual impairment complete the PHYS 112 labs. Duties will vary depending on lab but expect to help a student with the physical and visual aspects of the astronomy labs.  The student would be responsible for informing the assistant what tasks are needed such as filling out or reading tables aloud, describing images in detail.


    Contact Info: If interested please contact Sara Vogt at or 312-413-9467

    OPTION 2: EAES 101 Global Environmental Change

    Duties: Lab Assistant will help a student with a visual impairment complete the EAES 101 labs. Duties will vary depending on lab but expect to help a student with the physical and visual aspects of the astronomy labs.  The student would be responsible for informing the assistant what tasks are needed such as filling out or reading tables aloud, describing images in detail.

    Wednesdays, 8-9:50 am in SEL – East room 1099 

    Contact Info: If interested please contact Sara Vogt at or 312-413-9467

  • Be a peer mentor for Women in Science and Engineering

    The Women in Science & Engineering program needs you to help mentor new UIC students. We are looking for continuing UIC women students in the following majors:

    Biological Sciences
    Chemical Engineering
    Computer Engineering
    Earth & Environmental Sciences
    Industrial Engineering
    Pre-Med (any major
    Engineering (any major)

    The WISE peer mentor program has seen success with the students who participate including a higher 6year graduation rate and higher final GPA than women who did not participate. Mentors are expected to meet with their mentee once a month in person and stay in touch between meetings. You can read more about our program at

    You can also use this opportunity as your Honors activity.

    Thank you,
    Veronica I. Arreola
    Director, Women in Science & Engineering

  • Think Chicago: Chicago Ideas Week, Apply to attend by Sun. 9/14

    About the Program

    Chicago is a hub of tech innovation, a booming center for cutting edge companies like Groupon, GrubHub, Threadless and Google to thrive – where young entrepreneurs grow big ideas, transform industries and shape technology and business as we know it.

    From October 16-18, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Ideas Week, World Business Chicago, 1871, and University of Illinois invite university students from across the Midwest to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago’s fast growing tech scene and attend Chicago Ideas Week events.      

    Student Makeup

    Up to 150 students (75 from University of Illinois) will be selected based on their interest in digital technology, engineering, computer science, innovation, and/or entrepreneurship. Prospective students should demonstrate a commitment to excellence as evidenced by academic honors, leadership ability, extracurricular activities, and/or professional achievement.

    How to Apply

    Interested students may apply at  Applications are due by 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, September 14, 2014.
    Dates: October 16-18, 2014

  • Speak your Mind about Campus Walkway Safety – Focus Group and Survey, 9/16

    The UIC Office of Sustainability is currently looking for students (undergrad and grad) and anyone from the campus community with sensory or mobility disabilities to participate in a focus group on pedestrian and bicycle circulation at UIC. The study will gather feedback on your experiences and suggestions for improvements. It is being conducted by a consultant in cooperation with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management.

    The focus group will be one hour long on Sept. 16. As a thank you, each participant will receive a $25 gift certificate from the UIC bookstore.

    If you wish to participate or would like more information, please send an email to and someone will contact you to confirm your eligibility and schedule you for the focus group. Enrollment will be on a first come, first served basis. 

    OR Take a short (less than 5 minute) survey about your experiences on campus walkways at .

    All questions and comments are welcome.  Thank you!

    Kate Yoshida
    Program Coordinator
    Office of Sustainability
    1140 S. Paulina Street, #150
    Chicago, IL 60612 
    ph. 312-355-0089

  • UndocuScholars Project: Seeking Feedback from Undocumented Students

    Carola Suárez-Orozco and Robert Teranishi, professors at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, are the Principal Investigators of the UndocuScholars Project. They seek to identify both barriers and opportunities that diverse undocumented college students experience on college campuses so that programs can be designed to provide better supports. They would like to hear from students about their experiences in order to understand how undocumented status is related to feeling connected to college as well as academic success and wellbeing.

    To participate in this project, you would complete an online survey about your experiences in college. In order to qualify you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and identify as an undocumented, DREAMer, or DACAmented college student. 

    Participation in this research is completely confidential. They do not ask you to provide your name or any identifying information. Participation in this research is completely voluntary. You can refuse to answer any questions or end your involvement in the research at any time.

    Because they will not be collecting any identifiable information, there are no risks, beyond those in ordinary everyday life, in taking part in this project. Approximately 1,000 students will be in this research project. There are also no direct benefits to you participating in this research project; however, your participation may help the researchers learn more about the experience of UndocuScholars and help to inform educational policy and reform.

    You will be compensated with a $20 Reward for your time at the end of the completed survey. 

    If you have any questions or concerns about this research or your participation in the survey, you can contact them at or (310) 825-5380. For questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the UCLA Office of Human Research Protection Program (OHRPP) by phone: (310) 825-5344; by email:; or U.S. mail: UCLA OHRPP, 11000 Kinross Ave., Suite 211, Box 951694, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1694.


  • Join the Office of Campus Learning Environments (OCLE) Advisory Board

    The Office of Campus Learning Environments (OCLE) is seeking two to three 3 HC students to serve on its Advisory Board and help shape the physical learning environment at UIC.  Please consider volunteering to serve on this important campus committee.  It’s a great way to have your student voice heard!

    You might know the work of our office best by recent renovation projects like Lincoln Hall, Douglas Hall, the 1st floor of Stevenson Hall, Lecture Center A, Lecture Center F, or the many Oasis spaces  across campus.  The ideal participants on our Board are students who are interested in improving the learning environment at UIC.  The time commitment is minimal (only one meeting per semester) but the impact could be significant.

    If you think that you would be a great addition to the Advisory Board then please send an email to Dave Taeyaerts, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities and Director of the Office of Campus Learning Environments ( with your name, year in school, major, a couple of sentences describing why you are interested and if it is available please also include a copy of your resume.  


  • Capstone or Honors Activity related to Uncle Tom’s Cabin exhibit at UIC Library

    A team of UIC faculty and librarians are seeking students interested in exploring themes of the Black experience in the United State as represented in film (fiction or documentary) to complement the exhibition "Visualizing Uncle Tom's Cabin: Pictorial Interpretations of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Novel," on display in the Richard J. Daley Library, Special Collections and University Archives Department.

    The goals of the activity portion of the project are as follows. A more in-depth capstone project could easily be designed around placing these results in a scholarly context.

    -An annotated bibliography on area of research to include Black cinema history

    -Identification of 1 to 2 films to screen during spring semester

    -Identify speakers to moderate an educational discussion of the film(s)

    -With the help of advisory faculty, secure a screening location, and promote the event to the campus

    Please contact Dr. Nancy Cirillo immediately if you are interested. Email Dr. Cirillo at


  • UIC Master’s in Science Education and NSF Fellowship Opportunity

    Interested in a teaching career in secondary science education?  The UIC College of Education is currently recruiting students for the MEd in Science Education to begin the program in May 2015.  Some prospective students may be eligible for a fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation.

    More information about this MEd program and NSF fellowship, along with program contact information, is included in this flyer.

  • Join USG’s Academic and Advising Policy Committee (AAPC), Sign up by Fri. 10/10

    UIC Students:

    My name is Jacob Schulz and I currently serve as President of the Undergraduate Student Government. As President, one of my goals is to work towards improving our academic and advising curriculum. Therefore, I have created the Academic and Advising Policy Committee (AAPC), a special committee of the Undergraduate Student Government. I am seeking student representatives from each college to join this committee. Listed below are the goals of the AAPC:

    • A thorough analysis of the SIT Data
    • Identify common core issues that students face in our classrooms.
    • Identify effective practices that students face in our classrooms.
    • Encourage all UIC Colleges to use the same advising system that is administered by the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs.
    • Solicit input from students through forums and events in regards to academic policies.
    • Encourage all UIC Colleges to create an evaluation system for advisors.
    • Solicit feedback from students about common issues faced with advisors.
    • Identify effective advising practices.
    • Establish a list of Academic and Advising Policy Recommendations.
    • Work with faculty representatives from each college to garner feedback and possible support for our recommendations.
    • Submit them for consideration and possible implementation to the Undergraduate Policy Committee.

    If you are interested in serving on the AAPC, please fill out the form at this link: by Friday, October 10th at 5:00 pm. If you have any questions or concerns, then please feel free to contact me at Thank you.

    Best Regards,
    Jacob Schulz
    President | Undergraduate Student Government

  • Volunteer for Chicago Ideas Week! 10/13-10/19

    Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) is about the sharing of ideas, inspiring action, and igniting change to positively impact our world. People who come to CIW are artists, engineers, technologists, inventors, scientists, musicians, economists, explorers — and, well...just innately passionate. For more information on this year’s schedule please go to

    For one week each October, CIW brings together some of the world's most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city of Chicago. CIW aims to be the platform for sharing big ideas and making big things happen.

    Chicago Ideas Week is an asset that belongs uniquely to Chicago, and reflects our great city in its inclusiveness, diversity and excellence of intellectual discourse. It is a platform that continues to be shaped by the people, organizations and institutions that care about the future of Chicago as well as communities around the globe.

    Volunteers are needed for events taking place October 13-19. Please log in and sign up to volunteer. As a volunteer you may have the opportunity to attend the events at which you are placed: 

  • Summer courses in the United Kingdom at Pembroke College

    Over the last thirty-five years Pembroke has successfully pioneered College-based vacation programmes taught in the Cambridge style, and aimed at students in search of a first-rate experience of living and learning in Cambridge. Participants from the UK and all over the world are welcomed into the intellectual and cultural life of Cambridge and become part of strong college communities which provide delightful refuges from the noisy bustle of an ancient town in high summer.

    In addition to the long-established Pembroke-King’s ProgrammePembroke launched the International Security and Intelligence and Creative Writing in Cambridge programmes in 2013.

    Learn more about the programs at

  • Field Course in Computational Ecology (including fieldwork in Kenya), Info Session Mon. 10/20

    Announcing Field Computational Ecology course.
    Information meeting Monday, October 20, 6pm in 1127 SEO

    Field Course in Computational Population Biology
    Spring 2015 (with preparation starting in November 2014)

    Tanya Berger-Wolf (UIC),
    Daniel Rubenstein (Princeton),
    Iain Couzin (Max Planck Institute)

    A unique highly integrated field course is offered partially in Kenya (at the Mpala Research Centre) where biology and engineering students will work with faculty in both disciplines to learn how to ask questions, frame hypotheses and understand how and why the disciplines and cultures do this differently. The course will begin with background preparation in November-December where students learn the key concepts and approaches from biology, computer science and engineering. The initial interdisciplinary orientation will be followed by a research project in the field. The on-location course January 5-23 will be followed up throughout the semester culminating in a conference of student presentations.

    Fall lectures will cover a range of topics in computer science and ecology:
    *Introduction to population biology and ecology
    *Behavioral ecology and social interactions
    *Computational thinking
    *Data science
    *Network analysis

    The 2012 course is available at

    The course is appropriate for upper level undergraduate students.
    Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf
    Department of Computer Science
    University of Illinois at Chicago 

  • Audio Editing Project for “Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think Tank”

    Dr. Rooshey Hasnain's project called "Asians with Disabilities Outreach Project Think Tank" is seeking a college student interested in assisting with simple audio editing.
    The student would be merging, editing, and cutting out sections of the audio recordings that talk about a Vocational Rehabilitation fact sheet in different languages. The student will be given instructions as to what needs to be cut out at certain times, and what needs to be merged. 
    This would be a great opportunity for a student to enhance their resume by indicating that they were a part of the process for making language and disability accessible vocational rehabilitation fact sheets! 
    If you are interested or have questions, contact Raveena Kingra at
  • Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership

    The Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies has partnered with Points of Light to offer a new 12-credit-hour certificate in Community Engaged Leadership.

    This certificate program is delivered virtually using an online interactive platform.  In addition to collaborating with peers across the country, you will:

    • Create and implement a hands-on service project in your community, centered around an issue that is important to you.
    • Work with academic and community advisors who will support your course and service work
    • Develop skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, and deliberation
    • Gain the skills and experience to impact your community in just one year

    Be sure to speak with your UIC academic advisor to see how the credit may transfer to UIC.

    Learn More: 



  • Enroll in a class through UIC at Newberry Library to conduct research on "Mexico and Peru through Word and Image" with optional short-term study in Peru

    Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar: Mexico and Peru through Word and Image, 1492 – 1820

    Looking for a unique opportunity to take a class with students from other universities and do research about Mexico and Peru this Spring?  Apply for the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar!

    The Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar is a team-taught interdisciplinary course that is open to undergraduates from four Chicago-area universities (DePaul, Loyola, UIC, and Roosevelt).  Taught at one of America’s foremost research libraries, students take part in an intensive classroom experience that will culminate in the preparation of an independent research project.  The course will take place at the Newberry Library during the Spring 2015 semester but students would register for the course through UIC under an LAS rubric.  The seminar topic for Spring 2015 is “Mexico and Peru through Word and Image, 1492 – 1820.”

    Students who take the course will also be eligible to travel to Peru with a group from Roosevelt University May 8 – 21, 2015.

    More information can be found at and in the documents attached below. 

    Come to an Info Session to learn more!

    Monday, October 27 at 3:00 pm
    114 Burnham Hall

    RSVP’s requested but not required:

    We recommend that you bring at least an outline and preferably a draft of your application along to the Info Session so you can apply what you learn directly to perfecting it!


    Applications are due November 3, 2014.  The application is attached below.  


    Contact Dr. Lisa Freeman at or 312-355-2530.