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  • 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

  • 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: http://www.jmls.edu/diversity/programs/pre-law-summer-institute.php

    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
    312-987-1412
  • Honors College Ambassadors-Now Accepting Applications

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

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

    WHO ARE HONORS AMBASSADORS?

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

    WHAT DO HONORS AMBASSADORS DO?

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

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

  • 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: https://uofi.uic.edu/fb/sec/5120131 

    Questions: Contact Tula Georgopoulos at tula@uic.edu

  • Chicago Signature Honors Programming - Spring 2017 Schedule

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

    Check out the upcoming events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Honors College Hoodies Are Here!

    HONORS COLLEGE HOODIES ARE HERE!

    Honors College Hoodies are back and better than ever! Featuring the new logo design on a black zip front hoodie. For sale at the Honors College front desk. Get yours while supplies last! Each one costs $30.

  • Internship Opportunities with Spring Deadlines!

  • Nominations for the Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards Due Fri. 2/13

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 43rd Annual Chancellor's Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA)!
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    The CSSLA program recognizes exceptional students who, while maintaining high academic achievement, demonstrate a commitment to leadership and volunteerism. Please consider nominating outstanding students you know who have given their time and talents to campus or community service.
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    The nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 13, at 5pm. Nominations can be submitted by UIC students, staff or faculty by visiting: http://www.vcsaweb.uic.edu/csslanoms/ 
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    Awards will be presented to chosen recipients at the 43rd Annual CSSLA program, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, April 9, 2015, in the Illinois Room of SCE. Presented awards will include: the Chancellor's Student Service Award, the Eugertha Bates Memorial Award, and the President's Volunteer Service Award. Visit www.sldvs.uic.edu or contact Casey Lowman at clowma2@uic.edu for more information.

  • Honors College-sponsored Study Abroad in Chiapas, Mexico

    Cultures and Histories in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico

    June 7 – June 30, 2017

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

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

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

     

  • 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: http://www.uic.edu/depts/sldvs/recognition.shtml 

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

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

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

    Eligibility

    Open to all UIC students who:

    -are Pell eligible

    -demonstrate high academic achievement

     

    Course/credit

    Intercultural Communication and Leadership; 3 credits

     

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

  • New Leadership Illinois Summer program for college women, Apply by 3/7

    Empowering Women to Lead: This June 6-10 in Chicago, network with the state's most prominent female leaders. Meet women from every level of government who are making a difference in Illinois.  And learn how you can join them.

    A non-partisan, week-long residental program for college women designed to increase women's representation in all elements of public life, including elected office.

    Learn more and apply at igpa.uillinois.edu/pe/new-leadership. Apply by March 7, 2016.  

    Participant expenses paid. Students of all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Must have junior, senior, or recent grad standing in June 2016.

    Sponsored by the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly.

     

  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad Summer Internship, Paris, Info Session on Tues. 2/24

    This summer (June 15 – July 15, 2015), Professor Kathryn Engel will lead a group of students to participate in UIC credit-bearing internships in Paris, France.  Internships are available to students in all majors, and participants will earn 6 credits of PSCH 385.  Participants must have knowledge of basic French language.

     Come to an information session this Tuesday (tomorrow!), 2/24/15, from 11:00-12:00 in 502 UH to learn more and ask questions.

    See this flyer for more details and program contact information to get started!

    Please contact Kathryn Engel with any questions at engel@uic.edu

  • 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, [bpowers@uic.edu, oversees Fulbright Full Grant applications]

    Sheena Miller, [sheena@uic.edu, oversees Fulbright ETA applications]

  • Riddle Prize for Outstanding Seniors, Apply by Fri. 3/27

    The Donald and Leah Riddle Prize is awarded each year at Commencement to an outstanding graduating senior regardless of major field. 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. The 2015 application is open until 27 March 2015. Click HERE to apply!

  • 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 sahall@uic.edu. Use the subject line HEALTH 2.0.

    http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/

    http://www.health2con.com/events/conferences/

    http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/code-a-thons/

    Click on the post to read more.

  • 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
    davise@iit.edu 

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

  • 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 soleary@uic.edu

  • Orientation Meetings for Study Abroad Social Services Internships in Paris, France

    Orientation Meetings for Study Abroad Social Services Internships in Paris, France with Kathryn L. Engel

    Program Description 

    This program will give students an opportunity to gain real world experience by interning in one of the social service organizations and learn professional development and ethical skills.

    Courses

    Students will enroll in Social Services Internships seminar (6 credit hrs)

    Please see the attached flier for more details

    Orientations:  

    Friday 3/11: 1 - 2pm, 114 Burnham Hall

    Financial Aid may apply and Scholarships are available 

    Deadline For Applying: March 18, 2016 

     

  • Applications for 2016 Fulbright UK Summer Institutes Apply by 2/23 or 2/26

    The Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes offer students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in research, collaboration, presentation, and cultural events at an esteemed British university. They will enhance their leadership skills, develop knowledge and understanding of new subjects, and become ambassadors for the United Kingdom and the United States.  Students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply. Each Summer Institute will cover a different theme such as acting at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the history of the slave trade in England, or the political, social and economic relationships of Northern Ireland. These institutes include:

    AIFS Summer Institute with Globe Education

    Durham University Summer Institute

    King's College London Summer Institute

    Queen's University Belfast Summer Institute

    Scotland Summer Institute 

    University of Bristol Summer Institute 

    University of Exeter Summer Institute 

    Wales Summer Institute

    To meet the minimum eligibility, applicants must:

    be a US citizen and possess a US passport;be at least 18 years old;have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);have at least two years of university study upon their return ( i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university)be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded

    The Awards will cover the majority of all costs incurred, including flights to and from the UK, university fees, and room and board at the host UK University.Please Note: There have been two changes made to this year’s application process.

    Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.7All references must be submitted online (applicants should direct their references to the webpage of their selected institute where they can the online reference letter form)

    Deadlines for 2016 are:  23 February or 26 February, 2016 – depending on the Institute. Each Programme also varies in duration, from three to six weeks.  Please make sure to check the specific Institute page for the particular deadline.  

    Please let us know if there is a more up-to-date or appropriate contact for your university. Valerie SchreinerProgramme Manager

    Further UK Summer Institute information: 

     Questions? Please contact the Fulbright Awards staff via email at programmes@fulbright.org.uk.

  • Be a PAP First Semester Mentor

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

    The requirements for First Semester Mentors are: 

    *   Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average

    *   Third or fourth year PAP student 

    *   Enjoy helping others 

    *   Positive attitude

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

    *   Availability to meet assigned student once a month.

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

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

    Please respond to Keila Valle: kvalle4@uic.edu

  • 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: http://www.clscholarship.org

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

    Full eligibility and application information: http://www.clscholarship.org/information-for/applicants

    ::: Interested? Contact Sheena Miller at sheena@uic.edu ::::

    CLS Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship

    Questions? Contact CLS at: cls@americancouncils.org

  • Columbia University's Bioethics Essay Contest

    Calling all undergraduates! Have something to say about BIOETHICS?

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

    $350

    Amazon gift card for the winning submission on CLINICAL ETHICS

    $350

    Amazon gift card for the winning submission on REPRODUCTIVE ETHICS

    $350

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

    Submit your essay here: 

    voicesinbioethics.org/submissions

    Submit by: June 30th, 2016

    Winners announced: August 15th, 2016

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

  • The Norton Writer's Prize, Submissions Due Mon. 6/15

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.

    The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500. Two runners-up will each receive a cash award of $1,000.The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2015.

    Learn more and submit at http://books.wwnorton.com/books/norton-writers-prize/?mid=145

  • 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 http://apply.thinkchicago.net/  Applications are due by 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, September 14, 2014.
    Dates: October 16-18, 2014

  • Student Activities Board Recruitment - Applications Due 1/17/16

    Want to be involved with planning the activities that happen on campus? Love having a leadership position that benefits you and your school? Want to meet new people? The Student Activities Board (SAB) at UIC is looking to add more dedicated members to its team. Get involved with the campus and give your input! Be one of the first people on campus to know about events. Deadline to apply - January 17, 2016. 

    Apply at https://orgsync.com/login/university-of-illinois-at-chicago?redirect_to=%2F92197%2Fforms%2F174615

  • 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: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/mcsweeneys-first-ever-student-short-story-contest

  • IGNITE Mentors Needed! Apply by 5/20

    IGNITE Mentors Needed!

    Want to develop your leadership skills?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Submit to Brainchild literary and arts magazine, Due 1/15

    Brainchild, the literary and arts magazine of the Mid-East Honors Association, is currently accepting for submissions from undergraduate Honors students. This is a unique opportunity only available to a select number of universities, allowing your work to be published and distributed to more than 200 colleges and universities as well as through our website at brainchildmagazine.org. We are looking for submissions in several categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, fine art and photography. This is your chance to be published as an undergraduate and for your work to be exposed to a broad readership. 

    Submissions are currently open through January 15. We encourage you to visit our website and submit to us through our Submittable page.

    If you have any questions or queries regarding content, please feel free to email us ateditor@brainchildmagazine.org

  • 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 haldermarlinamy@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Susan Poser
    Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

  • Scholarship for Summer Study in the UK

    Thomas Gale Scholarship for Kenyan and US students

    2 awards available for current undergraduate students ordinarily resident in the US - students will be able to apply for one of our 3 week summer school courses listed here.

    The scholarship is up to the value of £3000, covering;

    TuitionAccommodationFlightsVisa costs

    + a stipend for living costs.

    This is a need based award aimed at students who would not ordinarily be able to afford to come to SOAS Academic Summer School.

    The deadline for applications is March 31st.

    SOAS is part of the University of London and was formerly known as the School of Oriental and African Studies. Their Academic Summer School offers three and five-week courses taught by SOAS' world-renowned academics. Summer School courses are chosen from across the university, and are divided into five themes:

    Culture, Society and Area Studies  Development Studies and EnvironmentFinance, Economics and BusinessLawPolitics

  • 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.

    DAYS AND TIMES TBD 

    Contact Info: If interested please contact Sara Vogt at svogt1@uic.edu 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 svogt1@uic.edu or 312-413-9467

  • Dress for Success Clothing Drive

    The UIC Graduate Women in Chemistry group is partnering with Dress for Success to organize a clothing drive for the spring season of 2016! Dress for Success is a Chicago-based organization that provides "work attire" clothing to economically disadvantaged Chicago female residents currently seeking employment and for future job interviews. The link for Dress for Success can be found below along with their mission statement. This is an excellent opportunity to donate unused professional apparel to a cause that redistributes the clothes to women currently looking for jobs and cannot afford to purchase new clothes for job interviews.

    There is a box labeled "Dress for Success Clothing Drive" in the UIC Department of Chemistry office (845 West Taylor Street, Room 4500) and will be there until March 28th, 2016 that will be used to collect any unwanted professional attire. Below are the requirements for the donated clothes:

    Acceptable donations:

    ' New/gently-used professional attire; sizes 0-2 & 14 and up.

    ' Handbags/pursues.

    ' Office appropriate shoes, sizes 8 & up; wide width if available.

    ' Seasonal and transitional coats and jackets.

    If you would like to make your own donation directly to Dress for Success, they accept donations Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 am- 12 pm and 1 pm- 4 pm and every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 am- 12 pm at the following address:

    70 East Lake Street, Ste. 900

    Chicago, IL 60601

    Valet parking is available at this location. Please note: they do not provide donation drop-off at this location.

    If you are interested in obtaining individual tax receipts for your clothing donations, please contact Brittany Johnson or Victoria Helan (contact information below) for further information.

    Any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Brittany Johnson (bjohns70@uic.edu) or Victoria Helan (vhelan2@uic.edu). Thanks in advance to anyone and everyone in supporting this noble cause!!

    Dress for Success: https://worldwidecentral.dressforsuccess.org/

    Mission Statement: "We are on a mission to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Join us."

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

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

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

    The SISE Program

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

    2016 Theme: Nexus

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

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

    Now Accepting Applications

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

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

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

    Website: http://sise.uic.edu

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

  • PhysAssist Scribes, Inc. Seeking Recent Grads to Scribe With Them!

    Taking a gap year / light course load and looking for hands-on experience in the medical field?

    PhysAssist Scribes, Inc. is currently seeking recent graduates taking a gap year to scribe with us full-time in Milwaukee, WI and full-time/part-time in Northwest Indiana.

    In addition, we are hiring candidates for our full-time Certified Trainer Scribe (CTS) positions, which is a great opportunity to gain excellent leadership experience while traveling to different regions of the country and training local scribes!

    Being a scribe is a great opportunity to:

    Work side by side with physicians or PA's in the emergency room Transcribe and understand the patient history, physical exam, medical decision making, and diagnosis for each patient the physician sees Become proficient in documenting lab results and x-rays

    Being a CTS provides even more opportunities and benefits:

    Earn higher compensation and gain leadership experience Travel to a variety of new locations across the country Have your housing and transportation expenses covered Gain experience in new EDs with new physicians Expand your networking opportunities Become exposed to new documentation systems Save money for graduate/professional school through expense-paid travel

    View what it is like Being a Scribe!

    For more information regarding full-time positions and to apply, please see this link: http://www.iamscribe.com/contact-us/employment/full-time/

    If you are interested in becoming a CTS and/or have any questions at all, please contact Milie Fang, the Chicago Scribe Ambassador, at milie.fang@iamscribe.com. She is happy to share her own experiences working as a scribe and helping you during the application and interview process.

  • 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 http://pritzker.uchicago.edu/about/diversity/pipeline/camp.shtml. Applications are due Monday 2/24.  Contact Nikki Oliver at 773-702-8946 or noliver2@bsd.uchicago.edu with questions.

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

  • 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.2014@gmail.com), SISE Program Coordinator.

    http://sise.phy.uic.edu/

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

  • 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 @ http://bit.ly/UICSpringFPT14 .  PLEASE be sure to select Society for Future Physicians (SFP) as your source.  Contact Rahul Patel at rpate243@uic.edu with questions. 

  • Womenetics Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship Essay Competition, Due 8/23

    The Womenetics Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship (AAGS)<https://www.womenetics.com/Events/Scholarships> is a $15,000 essay competition that engages young people in pressing women's issues and connects students with thought leaders in impactful roles. The competition, sponsored by Discover, is open to all undergraduates and requires entrants to write a 2,500 word essay on one of five prompts related to business issues affecting women. Five finalists will be chosen, and of these finalists, one grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and four runners-up will receive $2,500. The five finalists will be invited to attend, expenses paid, the 2015 Womenetics Global Women's Initiative in Chicago, where the winner will be announced. Deadline for entries is August 23, 2015. Visit www.womenetics.com/Events/Scholarships for more information. Follow the conversation on Twitter or Instagram with #advancingaspirations and tag @womenetics or like the Facebook page for updates at www.facebook.com/WomeneticsAAGS.

    Womenetics and Discover Financial Services are offering five undergraduates a total of $15,000 through the Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship (AAGS)<https://www.womenetics.com/Events/Scholarships>. With this award-winning<http://www.prdaily.com/awards/specialedition/278.aspx> essay competition, Womenetics and Discover encourage students to research and become aware of global issues that affect women in business.

    In addition to the prize money, the five finalists will be invited on an expense-paid trip to share their insights at the 2015 Global Women's Initiative - where the grand prize winner will be announced - in Chicago on Nov. 13. At the conference, finalists will attend the VIP reception, participate in a panel discussion about their research and personal ambition, and connect with thought leaders in impactful roles. Finalists will also be featured on www.Womenetics.com<http://www.Womenetics.com>.

    The 2015 Global Women's Initiative will convene international thought leaders to explore Confidence is Key: Solutions for Building the Bench. This year's conference will explore how to better retain women in corporate talent pipelines, focusing on ways that companies can encourage and sustain female leadership in the workforce. Discussions will examine how attention by employers to the intersection between professional and personal realities is essential for companies to fully leverage diverse talent and for women in business to successfully grow and lead.

    Corresponding with that theme, students can choose from 5 essay prompts about:

    *         Career growth and flexible workplace initiatives

    *         How to make gender diversity an enterprise-wide effort

    *         Employee well-being and company success

    *         Developing key competencies in the next generation of leaders

    *         P&L responsibility gap among female leaders

     

    The competition is open to all undergraduates currently enrolled at accredited colleges and universities, and we hope you will encourage potentially interested students at University of Illinois at Chicago to apply. Below is a short, 100-word description that you can copy verbatim and share with the university community via email or on social media. ***********************************************************************************

     

    Please contact Christian Hill (chill@womenetics.com) or Mary Catherine Thomson (mcthomson@womenetics.com) or call 404-816-7224 with any questions.

  • 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.

  • 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: http://www.1871.com/ccsc/ 

  • 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 remoloki@uic.edu.  He is willing to serve as the faculty advisor for the team.

  • Tutoring Opportunity in Biology (Potential Honors Activity)

    The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking students who have excelled in Biology courses to volunteer as tutors for a few specific courses.  Courses for which they are seeking tutors include:

    Spring:

    • Bios 100 (section taught by Sandra Gibbons)
    • Bios 230 Ecology and Evolution (section taught by Karin Nelson)
    • Bios 236 Animal Behavior (section taught by Karin Nelson) 
    • Bios 335 History of Life (section taught by Karin Nelson)

    Fall:

    • Bios 220 Genetics (section taught by Suzanne Mc Cutcheon/ Jeremy Lynch )
    • Bios 230 Ecology and Evolution (section taught by Karin Nelson)
    • Bios 240 Homeostasis (section taught by )
    • Bios 350 Microbiology Lab 

    If you have taken any of these courses with these instructors and received a strong grade, and are interested in tutoring for the course, please contact the instructor AND Professor Richmond (jer@uic.edu) to inquire about tutoring opportunities.

    This may be able to be used as an Honors Activity, provided it meets Activity requirements outlined in the Handbook and your Faculty Fellow provides approval.  Talk with an Honors Advisor for more information.

    Questions? Contact Professor Richmond at jer@uic.edu

  • 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 https://www.chicagoideas.com/years/2014/schedule

    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: https://www.chicagoideas.com/volunteer 

  • 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

    Objective:

    • 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.

    Venue:

    • 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.