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  • $10,000 grant to Explore STEM and Society in Latin America! (Application deadline 10/10)

  • 10th Annual Minority Health Conference – April 24

  • 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.

  • "12 Years a Slave" Film Screening, Tues. 11/4

    Come view a screening of "12 Years a Slave," directed by Steve McQueen and winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 2013.  This screening is in conjunction with the Visualizing Uncle Tom's Cabin exhibit in the UIC Library.

    Tuesday, November 4, 3:30 pm
    Lecture Center C

    Free and open to all students!

    Sponsored by the UIC Honors College, the University Library, and Moving Image Arts.

    Questions?  Contact Dr. Nancy Cirillo at

  • The background is gray, there is a giant red, white, and blue image in the upper right hand corner of the MHC logo. There are four shapes on the center of the flyer. The bottom half of the flyer has text describing the event and listing the dates and registration information.

    14th Annual Minority Health Conference (MHC) - Submit Today! Abstract Office Hours NEXT WEEK!

  • 16th Annual Graduate and Professional School Fair (10/22)

  • 1st Annual Chicago Genre Screenplay Competition, Submissions due 12/5

    Screenplay competition

    HKD Productions is currently accepting submissions of screenplays for the 1st Annual Chicago Genre Screenplay Competition. The first prize award winner will receive $200, second place will receive $100, and third will receive $50.

    The regular deadline to apply is December 15th, 2015.

    Attached is a flyer with more information.

    All submissions are through Film Freeway and Withoutabox.

    If you have any questions regarding this email or the contest in general, please contact the Lead Coordinator, Jon Rizik, at

    Applicants can visit the website at for additional information.


  • 1st Annual Polish Poetry Translation Contest, Due Mon. 11/24

    The Hejna Fund for Polish Studies is excited to announce the 1st Annual Polish Poetry Translation Contest.  All levels of UIC Polish language and heritage students are welcome and have appropriate categories and monetary prizes will be awarded!!!! Through participating in this poetry translation contest, you have the opportunity to contribute to the literature by translating an un-translated Polish poem into English.  Translation submissions are due Monday, November 24th to

    Beginning Level, or less than 3 semesters of language study

    Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska's "Magnolia" & "Na ciepłej niebieskiej łące" ($75 award for best translation)

    Advanced Level, heritage speakers, or more than 5 semesters of language study

    Tadeusz Różewicz's "Poeta w czasie pisania" ($125 award for best translation)

    Graduate Level, graduate students of all language levels

    Bolesław Leśmian's "Południe" ($250 award for best translation)

    We will announce the winners and award prizes at a reception on Wednesday, December 3rd in 1501 University Hall, during the last week of this semester.  All participants and poetry enthusiasts are welcome at the reception!

    Please see the attached flyer for more information as well as our website: (under the Events tab) for pdf versions of the Polish poems.

  • 1st Interfaith and Cultural Diversity Day, 3/13

  • 2014-15 UIC Student Elections, Vote Online on 3/12 and 3/13

    The annual UIC Student Elections are being held on March 12 and 13 at to elect the Undergraduate Student Government President and the Student Member of the UI Board of Trustees. The Honors College does not endorse any particular candidate for these elections, but encourages you to exercise your voice and vote for the candidate of your choosing in the election.  Learn more about each candidate's platform and how to vote here:  If you have questions or concerns, please contact

  • 2014 Chicago Law School Forum, Sat. 9/13

    The 2014 Chicago Law School Forum will on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at The Palmer House Hilton, located on 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603. The forum runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm but is broken down into two parts:

    9:00 am–4:00 pm: Workshops
    11:00 am–4:00 pm: Talk with School Reps

    This event is designed to bring law schools to prospective students so that students get the opportunity to ask important questions, such as:

    •          How does the admission process work?
    •          What is the best way to prepare for the LSAT?
    •          How can you finance your legal education?
    •          What law schools are best for you?
    •          Do you have the ability and educational background that will help you succeed in law school?
    •          What will a legal education train you to do?
    •          How is diversity encouraged in law school and the legal system?

    This event is free to the public. The only cost is your time. To register, please click here:

    Not in Chicago this summer? Not a problem - there are a handful of these events happening across the country. To find one near you, please click here:

    Last year, law schools like Harvard, DePaul, Northwestern, John Marshall, UChicago sent Admissions Representatives as well as current students to speak with in addition to the countless out-of-state law schools that attend this law school forum.

    Don't miss out on this great networking opportunity with your future law school! (here are some photos from last year's forum -

  • 2014 Honors College Ball, Sat. 3/1

    The Honors College Advisory Board (HCAB) and the Honors College Ball Committee, would like to invite you to attend the 21st Annual Honors College Ball!

    Pyramids of Paradise – the 21st Annual Honors College Ball
    Saturday, March 1, 2014
    Holiday Inn – Mart Plaza
    6pm – 12am

    Tickets will be on sale at the Honors College daily from 10 - 2pm beginning Tuesday, February 4th. Student ticket price is $50 per ticket, and includes dinner and unlimited soft drinks. Highlights this year will include dancing, a silent auction to benefit the HCAB Scholarship fund, and a photo booth.  Please stay tuned for Pre-ball contests, prizes, and opportunities!  Contact Sarah Gardiner at with questions.

  • 2014 Illinois African American & Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHEA) Dialogue and Research Forum - Student Presenter Submissions Due 2/21/14

    We are pleased to announce the IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum.   The goal is to improve opportunities for underrepresented students in Illinois institutions of higher education through networking and sharing of scholarly presentations designed to improve dissemination of research projects, teaching strategies, and service efforts.

    The 2014 Illinois African American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHEA) Dialogue and Research Forum is scheduled for Friday, April 4, 2014 at UIC’s Student Center East.   The Dialogue and Research Forum also includes alumni, as guest speakers, who typically focus on issues of public policy and professional development.  There is no cost for the event and lunch is provided.  

    Undergraduate student abstracts are being accepted for this multidisciplinary research forum.  Submit your abstract today. Research poster presentations will be on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    If you would like to submit an abstract, learn more here: .  Note: The student abstract submission deadline is: Friday, February 21, 2014

    For further information, contact Lunaire Ford at 773.413.2556 ( or Demetria Ward-Kato, Graduate School Specialist, at 312.413.2459 (

  • 2014 National Student Issues Convention, Fri. 10/31

    Students, what's important to you?

    Jobs, Student Loan Debt, Public Education, Healthcare, Immigration, Marriage Equality, Veterans Support...

    Add your voice to this pre-kickoff event for Student Advocacy Week! 

  • 2014 Scholarship Association Awards, Due 2/28

    The Office of Special Scholarship Programs would like to remind you that the 2014 Scholarship Association Awards for UIC Students applications are now available!

    This year the Scholarship Association for UIC will be providing seventeen (17) scholarships for currently enrolled UIC students ranging in value from $400 to $2,000. Awards are generally for students of any major and also include recognition for academic achievement, campus and community involvement and financial need.

    We urge students to apply early in case they will be considered for an award that requires letters of recommendation! Students can apply online at  The deadline to apply for the SAUIC Awards is at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014.

  • 2014 Student Research Forum – Submissions Due March 24

    Are you looking for an opportunity to present your Honors Capstone project or other undergraduate research project?

    The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and the University of Illinois Alumni Association, is pleased to announce the 2014 Student Research Forum (SRF), which will be held on April 8, 2014. This important campus-wide event showcases undergraduate, graduate and professional student research covering a broad range of scholarship: Art/Design/Humanities; Business/Computer Science/Mathematics; Engineering/Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; and Social Sciences. In addition to awards in the above categories, awards will be given to the top student research projects that best reflect the principles of sustainability.

    To participate in the event, you will need to submit a one-page abstract by 9:00AM, Monday, March 24, 2014. Further details on the event and specific instructions for participation are provided on the SRF website.

  • 2014 UIC Urban Forum: The Return of the Neighborhood as an Urban Strategy, Thurs. 9/18

    Registration is now open!

    The University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to announce the 2014 Urban Forum: The Return of the NEIGHBORHOOD as an Urban Strategy

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    8:45 AM - 4:45 PM

    UIC Forum

    725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608 For tickets and the Forum agenda, please visit:

    Admission is complimentary for all Chicago-area teachers, faculty and students with valid ID. Tickets are $25 for the general public.

    Registration required for all guests. Lunch will be provided.

    Questions? Email

    Follow the Forum on Facebook at /UICUrbanForum and Twitter at @UIC_UrbanForum.

    Metropolitan regions are a complex web of activities, systems and networks, of people, businesses, and capital, and of commercial, industrial and residential areas. The strength, value, welfare and resilience of cities and metropolitan regions reflect their core building blocks, namely, their neighborhoods. Sustainable capital and societal investments in people and firms at the neighborhood level—from micro-enterprises to factories, from social spaces for collective and social action to private facilities, from affordable housing and safety to gated communities, from accessible jobs and transportation to opportunities for growth and development, from public education in the neighborhood to cooperative, charter and private education—reflect contested and diffuse paths to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, households and neighborhoods.

    The 2014 UIC Urban Forum will engage policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals and citizens in a dynamic discussion and debate about the broad issues surrounding the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban regions.


    Toni Preckwinkle
    President, Cook County Board

    Susana Vasquez
    Executive Director, LISC Chicago

    Paula Allen-Meares
    Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • 2014 Urban Medicinal Plant Garden Walk and Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture at UIC College of Pharmacy

    2014 Garden Walk and Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture
    Friday, August 29, 2014
    UIC College of Pharmacy
    833 S. Wood St., Rm. 32, Chicago

    Please join the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy as we host the 2014 Garden Walk and annual Alan Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture to celebrate the first and only urban medicinal plant garden in the city of Chicago.

    The day will feature a keynote lecture by Memory Elvin-Lewis, Ph.D. on "Understanding Traditional Healing Plants of Tropical Rainforests in Northern South America" and tours of the garden. The garden is open for guided tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.


    10 a.m. to Noon. Garden Walk: Walking Tour and Discussion of the Uses of Medicinal Plants
    Location: Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden, COP

    Noon-1:20 p.m. Alan Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture

    Understanding Traditional Healing Plants of Tropical Rainforests in Northern South America
    Speaker: Memory Elvin-Lewis, Ph.D.
    Professor, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
    Location: Room 32, COP

    1:30-3 p.m. Garden Walk: Walking Tour and Discussion of the Uses of Medicinal Plants
    Location: Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden, COP

    Please contact Deb Fox at, if you have any questions or wish to attend this program.

  • 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:

  • 2015-16 Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowships Program @ Congressional Hunger Center, Apply by Jan. 6

    The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is excited to offer a unique opportunity to be actively involved in the movement to end hunger and poverty. Our national initiative, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program, trains, inspires and sustains a tight-knit community of emerging leaders committed to social justice. The program provides Fellows with an opportunity to gain practical experience fighting hunger and poverty, work with community-based and national leaders, deepen their analysis around poverty and develop leadership skills.  The application deadline for the 2015– 2016 program is January 6, 2015.  If you have questions, please email or call 202-547-7022 x 29. 

  • 2015-16 College of LAS Scholarships, Apply by Mon. 4/20

    The College of Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) is currently accepting applications for 2015-16 scholarships! All available scholarships are listed on their website, are  available for undergraduate and graduate UIC students and vary depending on financial need. Each student must submit a list of activities as well as a personal essay as part of the online applications and each must be applied for individually. For details, please visit the LAS Scholarship webpage. 

    Deadline: April 20, 2015

  • 2015-16 Journalism Internship with NPR and the Washington Post, Apply by April 30

    In memory of Stone and Holt Weeks, following their tragic deaths in 2009, NPR and The Washington Post have partnered to give a promising individual the opportunity to launch a career in journalism. This fellowship consists of two sessions, 12 weeks at The Washington Post and 12 weeks at NPR, with training in reporting for print, radio and the web.

    The Fellowship is both educational and experiential. At NPR, the Fellow is trained in radio and digital production and report on the National, Washington or Business desk. The Washington Post session gives Fellow experience with publishing original stories and other news content. At both organizations, the Fellow has individual sessions with leading journalists and receive guidance on the most important skills of the trade.

    The Stone and Holt Weeks Fellow learns about the role of journalism in "making the world a better place." This Fellowship offers a broad exposure to the relationship between journalism and public education, citizenship, social change and democracy, and will learn that a major aim of journalism, as expressed a century ago by author Finley Peter Dunne, is "to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."

    Candidate Qualifications
    Anyone who will have received a bachelor's degree by July 15 is eligible to apply for the Fellowship. Individuals with additional education and experience are welcome to apply. While a demonstrated appetite for journalism is desired, there is no specific requirement for a journalism degree or experience as a journalist.

    Application Process
    Applications must be postmarked by April 30. Finalists will be notified in early June and invited to travel to Washington, D.C., for an interview with the fellowship committee. Travel costs for the interview will be paid by NPR and The Washington Post. The selected candidate will be notified by the end of June and asked to confirm his or her commitment early in July. The fellowship begins after Labor Day.

    Learn more and apply at

  • 2015 Chicago Disability Studies Conference, Fri. 3/13

    Friday, March 13, 9am - 3pm, UIC Student Center East Room 605

    A one-day interdisciplinary conference taking up the issues of power, disability, justice, and coalitions.

    This event is free and open to the public thanks to these co-sponsors:

    The Disability Studies Student Council
    UIC Department of Disability and Human Development
    UIC Department of English
    UIC Department of Gender and Women's Studies
    UIC Disability Resource Center

    Click on the post for a full schedule.  Learn more at

  • 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, Apply by 11/12

    The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the opening of the scholarship competition for the 2015 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in thirteen critical foreign languages.

    The CLS Program is a fully-funded overseas summer  language program for American undergraduate and graduate students.  Participants spend a summer overseas, engaged in intensive language studies.

    The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

    The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

    To apply:

    Due: November 12, 2014 by 8:00 pm EST*

    Full eligibility and application information:

    ::: Interested? Contact Sheena Miller at ::::

    CLS Facebook page:

    Questions? Contact CLS at:

  • 2015 Dream Scholarship for Undocumented Students, Application Due Fri. 2/27

    The 2015 Dream Scholarship application is NOW available for undocumented college students to apply. Visit our website at for a complete application.  Contact with questions. 

    Applicants must apply by February 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm.  Visit for application details.

    The Office of Special Scholarship Programs is available to assist students with applications.  If you would like support with your application, contact Beth Powers at

  • 2015 Lavender Graduation, Wed. 4/29

    The UIC Gender and Sexuality Center is hosting the 20th annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony. This year's event will take place on Wednesday, April 29th from 5:00 - 6:30 pm in the UIC Forum. The event will feature welcome remarks from Interim Provost Gislason, a year-end review from the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People and Allies, a keynote address from Angelica Ross, founder and CEO of Trans Tech Social Enterprises, and the presentation of this year's graduates followed by dinner at 6:30 and entertainment to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

    Lavender Graduation recognizes that barriers exist for LGBTQ people navigating higher education and the event celebrates the academic and personal achievements of LGBTQ and Allied students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs at UIC.

    The registration links for graduates and guests are live on the Gender and Sexuality Center's website on the event page. Below is the guests RSVP link.

  • 2015 LSAC Chicago Law School Forum, Sat. 11/7

    The Chicago Law School Forum is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to talk with representatives of over 170 LSAC-member law schools. Students can obtain admission materials and financial aid information, and attend workshops that are not offered anywhere else. Admission is free.

    Chicago Law School Forum Saturday, November 7

    Workshops: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Talk with School Reps: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Palmer House Hilton 17 East Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603

    Several panel presentations and workshops will be offered, including a session designed to help attendees make the most of their time at the forum. Other workshops include the law school application process; a discussion of issues of particular relevance to diverse applicants; roles of lawyers today; tips on taking the LSAT from the test developers; and a presentation on how to finance a legal education. You can find a list of scheduled times for the workshop here:

    Here are some helpful links for your planning:

    Registration for students:

    Who should attend the forum:

    Details about hours, workshop schedules, and other information:

    What is an LSAC Law School Forum?

    A participating school list will be available shortly here:

    For more information about the forum, please visit our website,


  • 2015 LUNA (Latinos Uniting and Networking for Advancement) Reception, Wed. 4/29

    The LUNA reception is an annual event hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Students interested in networking with students and professionals in the Latino community can visit the following registration site:

    This event will be held on April 29, 2015 at the Hotel Palomar, Gallery Ballroom, 505 N. State St., Chicago, IL from 6:00pm- 9:00pm.

    For more information please contact: Karina Romo,

  • 2015 Nebraska Summer Research Program, Priority Deadline Feb. 2

    Nebraska's summer program offers research opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in addition to an interdisciplinary Minority Health Disparities program aimed at conducting cutting edge social and behavioral research into understanding and reducing health disparities and in diversifying minority health researchers. A complete listing of faculty mentors and research project descriptions can be found on our website at Students can also find information about program benefits including a competitive stipend, room and board, travel expenses, and more. 

    Summer 2015 programs include:

    During the Nebraska Summer Research Program, students receive first-hand exposure to research and the experience of graduate school. They work closely with faculty mentors and research teams of graduate students and other summer scholars. Students also have opportunities to participate in meaningful social and professional development activities outside of the laboratory.

    Our online application makes it easy for students to apply. Priority review begins Monday, February 2 and all applications must be completed by Monday, March 2. Students historically underrepresented in graduate education and students from academic institutions where research programs are limited are especially encouraged to apply.

    Download our flyer for more information. Questions?  Contact Maggie Jobes, Summer Research Program Director, University of Nebraska–Lincoln at

  • 2015 Sickle Cell Disease Undergraduate Team Challenge

    The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the “Novel, Innovative Tools to Increase Public Awareness and Knowledge of Sickle Cell Disease Undergraduate Challenge” to help address the lack of awareness about sickle cell disease and its associated complications and to improve successful implementation of effective interventions for sickle cell disease (SCD) in real world settings.

    Through this Challenge, the NHLBI is challenging undergraduate students to create novel, innovativeinformation dissemination tools that may be used to increase the general public’s awareness of SCD, provide information on SCDand its complications (particularly pain) to individuals, caregivers, families, and communities affected by SCD in an easilycomprehensible manner and that may lead to rapid and sustained adoption of effective interventions for SCD in real worldsettings.  Read more about the challenge in the attached document. Submissions are due March 7.

    This Challenge is open to any “Student Team”, defined as a group of at least 3 and not more than 5 individuals each of whom is at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled as a full-time student pursuing abachelor’s or associates degree.The Student Team must also be trans-disciplinary, that is, composed of undergraduate students from diverse disciplines such as fine arts, performing arts, humanities, psychology, science, engineering, graphic design, IT (hardware, software), mathematics, statistics, environmental science, computational modeling and others.

    If you are interested in participating on a student team or helping to form a student team to participate in this challenge, please contact Dr. Robert Molokie, physician and instructor in the Department of Medicine, at  He is willing to serve as the faculty advisor for the team.

  • 2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, Apply by 2/10

    The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, is now accepting applications for two education programs for college students and recent graduates: the 2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program and the 2015-16 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 at the Center. Students live and eat at the adjacent Hampshire College campus.
    All Steiner students receive full-tuition scholarships. Intermediate students also receive free housing and a $1,000 stipend in exchange for working on ongoing projects at the Center. All participants are eligible to receive college credits through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
    The 2015 Steiner Summer Yiddish Program will run from June 7 to July 24. Applications are due by February 10. For more information, visit
    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 $28,000 stipend and health insurance. The next Fellowship Program runs from September of 2015 to August of 2016. Applications are due by January 5. For more information, visit
  • 2015 UIC Recent Graduate Job Fair, Thurs. 6/18

    UIC is hosting the 2015 Recent Graduate Job Fair!

    The event will be held on Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 12:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. at the UIC FORUM (725 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60607). There will be over 60 employers present to discuss potential full-time and part-time inern positions. This event is free and open ONLY to UIC students and UIC alumni. Remember to dress professionally and bring resumes!

    For more details visit


  • 2015 UIC Urban Forum: Remaking the Urban Social Contract

    REMAKING THE URBAN SOCIAL CONTRACT: Health, Energy and the Environment September 17, 2015 The politically tumultuous 1960s and early 1970s in the U.S. resulted in national, state and local governments promulgating policies designed to address a host of societal issues, including a degrading environment (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act of 1969), unaffordable health care for the poor and elderly (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare in 1965), and energy conservation (e.g., fuel efficiency standards in 1975). Although a broad commitment to meet these societal issues created a broad social contract among the people, the contract is becoming unraveled and contested even as important advances in these three areas have been undertaken in the past decade.

    The challenges to the old social compact are most visibly played out in the nation's metropolitan regions, which generate 85% of the gross domestic product. Attacks on government regulation of health, energy and environment issues coupled with the recent contraction of the economy and challenges to the validity of sc ientific inquiry have created a political situation in which metropolitan regions and cities are grappling again with redefining, revising and remaking the social contract that prevailed for nearly half a century. With particular emphasis on the social contracts and political agreements on health, energy and environmental policies of the last 40-50 years, the 2015 UIC Urban Forum focuses on the substantive and philosophical shifts in the urban social contract and examines the remaking of urban social contracts today.


    White papers for the 2015 UIC Urban Forum: The Overview White Paper From its origin, the notion of social contract seems to be related to different features of the collective (public?), sometimes based on society and others in specific institutions. From Socrates' argument about the need to obey human law to ensure the organization and functioning of society to a critical contemporary understanding of social rules as possible instrument of social control, theories about the social contract have historically accompanied the philosophical and political debate about the role of state and the making of public policy. This paper suggests that the contemporary shift in the balance of political and economic power represents an opportunity to review social contract theories from the understanding of the changing role of the state in the rise of economic power (and urban policies). David Perry and Natalia Villamizar-Duarte, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago.


    White Paper 1: The social contract on health issues William Kling and Emily Stiehl, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago

    White Paper 2: The social contract on environmental issues Anthony Townsend, New York University

    White Paper 3: The social contract on energy issues Howard Learner, Environmental Law & Policy Center

    White Paper 4: NGOs, Governments, Private Providers of social and regulatory services. David McDonald, Queen's University


    For full abstracts on the white papers visit


  • 2016-2017 WLRC/CAN Tuition Award

    We are pleased to announce that financial awards towards tuition* are being awarded for undergraduate study at UIC for the Spring 2017 academic semester.  We at the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center/Campus Advocacy Network want to recognize students that have made significant contributions to the movement against domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the UIC campus and/or Chicago community or who have triumphed over personal experiences within these areas. The goal of this award is to support women in their educational pursuits who have a great deal of financial need that is not being met by financial aid or loans. 

    We invite you to apply and to be considered for this tuition award.  A student must meet the following qualifications:

    Must be a full time undergraduate degree seeking student who meets the requirements of UIC’s SAP policy. Please visit for the details of this policy.Must not have completed their degree requirements for graduation or already have earned a Bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be continuing UIC undergraduate students who have attended UIC for at least one semester.Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and must qualify for Illinois resident tuition.Must complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and have financial need as determined by the FAFSA.Applicants should have demonstrated both leadership and involvement in the movement against domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the UIC campus and/or Chicago community or have had personal experiences within these areas.

    If you are interested in applying, please visit and complete the application.  The deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016. 

    * This award can only be applied towards tuition costs, excluding fees. For out-of-state students, the maximum tuition award will only cover the amount equivalent to in-state tuition.  The student will be responsible for the remaining balance.

  • 2016 Careers in Science and Medicine: Workshops and Mentoring Session

    2016 Careers in Science and Medicine: Workshops and Mentoring Sessions

    Saturday, October 1, 2016

    Loews Chicago O'Hare

    Rosemont, Illinois

    1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

    Who should attend?

    Anyone considering careers in biomedical research (PhD and MD-PhD) and medicine (MD):

    - College and high school students

    - Post-bacs and lab techs

    Also invited:

    - Parents

    - Pre-health advisors

    - School and college administrators

    Why attend?

    Learn about MD, PhD, and MD-PhD programs and meet program directors and administrators from across the country Learn about AAMC Services (MCAT/AMCAS/AspiringDocs and SMDEP, etc.) Learn about summer research programs and post-baccalaureate research programs Hear about the life of PhD and MD-PhD students Participate in mentoring session with PhD and MD-PhD program leaders and trainees, and AAMC services staff

    Event Timeline

    12:30 p.m. – 1:30pm High School/College/Parents/Advisors Registration

    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Workshops

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mentoring session

    For more information and to register, visit

  • 2016 Integritas Business Ethics Symposium-The Power of Story in Business Ethics

    What can stories, be they in novels or in film or in our own lives, teach us about the right way to do business? What can the humanities offer business ethics? Come hear Christopher Michaelson, the business ethics practitioner and professor who advises CEOs to read novels, UIC Professors Marya Schechtman and Bill Kohler, and a creative group of business leaders discuss the question:"How did I discover the right way for me to do business?'

    2016 Integritas Business Ethics Symposium

    The Power of Story in Business Ethics

    Please register at:

    UIC Illinois Rooms, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016


    10:00 AM Greeting:

    Albert Schorsch, III-Director, Integritas Institute for Ethics, St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at UIC

    Invocation: Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, JCL, DD, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Chicago


    10:15 AM Keynote:

    Christopher Michaelson

    David A. and Barbara Koch Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility

    Associate Professor, Ethics & Business Law, University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business

    (affiliations: NYU and PricewaterhouseCoopers)

    With audience discussion, and Response by:

    Marya SchechtmanProfessor, UIC Department of Philosophy, Associate Dean, UIC College of Liberal Art and Sciences


    11:45 AM Lunch (included in the price of admission)


    12:00 PM Lunch Panel: Stories: "How did I discover the right way for me to do business?"

    Moderator: Bill KohlerLecturer, Department of Managerial Studies, UIC College of Business Administration

    Kate Evert

    Founder and President, Commonwealth HR Consulting

    Suzanne Huspen

    Principal Advisor of Active Business Consultants, Executive Education Facilitator for The Kellogg School of Management, Customer Engagement Manager of Innovation Driven Marketing (IDM)

    Al Kagan

    Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

    Christopher Michaelson, University of St. Thomas


    1:30 PM Colloquy All presenters, panelists, attendees.


    2:00 PM End


    UIC Students can attend for free. A limited number of free tickets are available to UIC faculty and staff on a first-come, first served basis. Please register at:

  • 2016 Involvement Fair, Wed. 8/31

    Each year, the Center for Student Involvement (formerly Campus Programs) hosts an annual "kick off" event for the students, faculty and staff of UIC, to celebrate not only the beginning of the school year, but also to introduce the campus to the many involvement opportunities in the surrounding community and the city. Involvement Fair will expose students to the diverse engagement opportunities available at UIC. Over 200 student organizations, university departments, and neighboring businesses will be on hand to greet and welcome students to campus.

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Lecture Center Quad


  • 2016 Lavender Research Forum at UIC: Call for Proposals

    The CCSLGBTQPA invites students and staff at ALL levels and areas of study to submit paper, poster, and presentation proposals for the Lavender Research Forum on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

    Proposals are welcome from UIC students, UIC staff, community members and from students at other institutions. We invite proposals that span the spectrum of queer thought and academic disciplines, including the creative, visual, and performing arts. Proposals can focus on academic inquiry, skills-development, and/or creative performance/expression. This forum is an opportunity to present work, create community, and facilitate collaboration across disciplines and institutions.

    • The forum is a space to present papers and posters as well as artistic or creative contributions such as artwork, videos, and photo essays.

    • Proposals should be no more than 300 words and list presenter(s) name(s), key words regarding theme, field of study, and institutional affiliation (if any).

    • For creative pieces, proposals must also include description of A/V and/or other display needs as well as length of time and dimensions of space required to present the material.

    • Possible focus areas can include (but are not limited to): intersectionality, trans* and transgender identities and experiences, queer voices of color, role of social justice and activism in society, connections between media representations and treatment of LGBTQ people, queer-narratives of resilience, healthcare advocacy and health disparities, queering of immigration reform, and safer and inclusive education practices.


    Proposals should be sent to

    Rules for the 2016 Competition:

    1. Proposals may have more than one author or creator

    2. Author(s) and/or creator(s) may only submit one proposal for consideration

    3. Original research must have IRB approval

    4. All author(s) and/or creator(s) must be available to present their work at the Forum

    5. Paper submissions must follow these format and content guidelines:

    a. 10 pages maximum single space including references and appendices

    b. Cover page with affiliation, short biography, lay abstract

    c. Narrative including introduction, literature review, design, findings, and significance

    6. Creative pieces/contributions such as artwork, videos, and photo essays and posters must follow

    these format and content guidelines:

    a. Cover page, with affiliation, short biography, lay abstract

    b. Narrative including introduction, design process, and significance


    In addition to selection for presentation, a committee will rate presentations throughout the Forum. The two most highly rated UIC student presentations will be awarded monetary prizes at the end of the day. The 1st prize award is $500 and the 2nd Prize award is $300.

    Send questions and submissions to with subject line: Lavender Research Forum

    Once notified of acceptance, all final work must be submitted by Wednesday, April 9, 2016.

  • 2016 PhD Information Sessions-Jane Addams College of Social Work


    September 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

    Learn more about the PhD Program at Jane Addams College of Social Work. The first information session is on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Second information session will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  

    Register at PhD Social Work Information Session-September. to attend in person or online.

  • 2016 Regenerative Medicine Summer Internship Opportunities

    The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project in such exciting areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded scientists who can work equally well with other scientists or the general public. Students participating in the program will hone their writing skills via periodic reports, which are designed to emulate text scientists commonly must produce. Additionally, a poster presentation at a SRF-sponsored conference at the end of the summer will provide students with an opportunity to put all of their newly developed communication skills into practice when they present their results to scientists from other research institutions.

    Paid positions are available at such world-renowned research institutions as:

    Buck Institute for Research on Aging

    Harvard School of Medicine

    Sanford-Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

    Scripps Research Institute

    SRF Research Center

    Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

    The online application and full descriptions of each research project can be found at Applications will be accepted until 12 pm PST February 1, 2016. 

    If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Gregory Chin at

  • 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 (, SISE Program Coordinator. 






  • 2016 Summer Course Preview now available!

    UIC Summer Session can be the resource students need to get ahead, catch up, finish in four.

    Check out the 2016 UIC Summer Session preview of courses now. The full course schedule will be available on January 19.

    The 2016 Summer Session dates are:

    4-week session: May 16 - June 10

    8-week session: June 13 - August 5

    Questions? Comments? Contact Natalie Kokorudz at 3-9075 or

  • 2016 Women’s Heritage Month Celebration at UIC

    The goal of our annual Women’s Heritage Month (WHM) celebration at UIC is to promote activities and lectures that engage and inform our community about the diverse roles and unique contributions of women in our community. A variety of departments and organizations throughout the UIC campus community are hosting a month long array of programs and events that have a strong common thread: they delve into and celebrate the lives and impact of women from a diversity of communities and cultures. This year the Women’s Leadership & Resource Center will be focusing its WHM programming around the impact of the prison industrial complex on woman-identified people.

    By centering UIC faculty, staff & student research and community involvement in this month-long program, we hope to provide a unified voice sharing Women’s Heritage Month activities and events to the campus community and beyond. Come join us!

    Be sure to check out all the wonderful events scheduled for this week of Women's Heritage Month and the weeks ahead at

    Questions?  Contact


  • 2017 Chicago Disability Studies Conference: Disability and Violence - April 7th

  • 2017 Chicago Graduate and Professional School Fair – Thurs. 10/19 at 3pm

  • 2017 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) - Reminder for First-Years and Seniors!

  • 2017 Summer Internship for The American Chemical Society, Deadline Feb. 17th

  • 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship application, Apply by 1/13

    We are proud to announce that the 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship application is now open!

    As you may know, the Pickering Fellowship is one of the State Department’s premier recruitment programs aimed at increasing diversity among U.S. Foreign Service officers. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Program highlights include:

    Undergraduate candidates (10 fellowships available): Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for the senior year of undergraduate studies, and first year of a master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields. Graduate candidates (20 fellowships available): Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as business administration, economics, public policy, international affairs, and other relevant fields. Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships. Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements.

    The application for the 2017 Pickering Fellowship is now live and can be accessed on our Pickering Fellowship page. Students are encouraged to survey this page to assess their eligibility and review expectations if selected. All applications for undergraduate and graduate fellowships must be received by January 13, 2017 in order to be considered.

    We ask that you share this information with eligible students on your campus, along with faculty and staff who can help identify strong candidates. To assist with your recruitment efforts, we have created a resource webpage with digital copies of the Pickering promotional materials, key messages, approved logos and an application checklist.

    Thank you for sharing this information with your campus and for providing your students with opportunities to help them achieve their potential. If you have any questions or need additional information about the Pickering Fellowship, please feel free to contact or 202-238-7991.

  • 2017 Women's Heritage Month Event Tonight (3/10) and Monday, March 13!