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  • Programming Languages Workshop

    Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop 2016What is PLMW

    The Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) aims to encourage graduate students and senior undergraduate students to pursue careers in programming language research. The workshop brings together world leaders in programming languages research and teaching from academia and industry to provide (a) technical sessions on cutting­ edge PL research and (b) mentoring sessions on how to prepare for a research career. The workshop aims to engage students in a process of imagining how they might contribute to our research community. We especially encourage women and under-represented minority students to attend PLMW.

    PLMW 2016

    After the resounding success of the first four Programming Languages Mentoring Workshops at POPL 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, we announce the 5th SIGPLAN Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop, co­-located with POPL 2016. POPL is the ACM’s flagship conference for foundational aspects of programming languages, and its 43rd edition will take place in Florida, USA next year. PLMW will be held immediately before POPL 2016, on Tuesday, January 19. We hope that participants will stay through the entire conference.

    Scholarship applications

    PLMW sponsors have generously donated scholarship funds for qualified students to attend PLMW. These scholarships should cover reasonable expenses (airfare, hotel, and registration fees) for attendance at both the workshop and the POPL conference. Students attending this year will get one year free student membership of SIGPLAN, unless they prefer to opt out during their application. The workshop registration is open to all. Students with alternative sources of funding are welcome as well.

    Access the scholarship application form here.

    The deadline for full consideration of funding is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23.

    Selected participants will be notified by NOVEMBER 15 or earlier.

  • Indiana Review Online: Submit Fiction or Poetry by 10/31

    Indiana Review Online: an Undergraduate Project submission guidelines:

    The subject of the email must read: YOUR NAME, GENRE OF SUBMISSION, “NAME OF SUBMISSION” (ex.: Jacob Smith, Short Fiction Submission, “The Smallest Thing”). The submission email must come from a University address. The body of the email must include the following information, in exactly this format:


    No cover letter is necessary.

    The submission period will open on September 15, 2015 and close on October 31, 2015, Midnight EST. Submissions sent outside this period will be deleted unread.

    All submissions must be emailed as .doc attachments We will not accept submissions to IR Online: an Undergraduate Project through the Indiana Review submissions manager.

    3 Poems maximum per Poetry submission

    5,000 words maximum per Short Fiction submission

    Only one submission is allowed per person during this submission period. You may submit either fiction or poetry: not both.

    We are unable to accept nonfiction submissions at this time.

    Current Indiana University undergraduates are unable to submit.


    So, all interested, currently-enrolled undergraduate students: Ready your best for when submissions to the inaugural issue of Indiana Review: an Undergraduate Project open on September 15, 2015!

  • 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.


  • American Physiological Society Video Contest, Deadline 12/15

    Hey videographers, start thinking about your video submission for APS Presents…Phantastic Physiology Voyage: "Function Follows Form" video contest! Open to undergrad and grad students. 1st place winner(s) will also receive additional funding to support travel-related expenses to attend EB (NEW). Application deadline: Dec. 15th.

  • Individual Artists Program Grants, Apply by 10/6

    The goal of the Individual Artists Program (IAP) is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s practicing artists and creative professionals. Through this grant program, DCASE will award project-based grants to Chicago-based artists and creative professionals over 18 years of age, at all career levels (emerging, mid-career, mature), and working across numerous disciplines. Funds are awarded through two separate IAP programs Track 1: Creative Projects Track 2: Professional Development.Artists may only apply to one of the two funding tracks per year.

    For complete information about the IAP grants, please download the Individual Artists Program Guidelines Packet (PDF).


  • Chapbook-in-Translation Contest, Submissions Due Sat. 10/31

    Goodmorning Menagerie is pleased to announce its 2nd annual Chapbook-in-Translation Contest! The winning collection will be published as a limited-edition, handmade chapbook with a woodblock-printed cover to be released at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles. The author will receive ten free copies and additional copies at a highly discounted price. 

    The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2015.

    Click here to see the previous contest winner.

    Submission Guidelines:

    English-language translations of an under-represented writer working in a language other than English.10-20 pages of translated work. Please include a copy of the manuscript in its original language.There are no genre limitations, but we are looking specifically for work that is innovative and strives to take risks.

    For details, please visit

  • 25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry, Submit by Thurs., 10/1

    25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry

    Not Just Any Contest!

    Select winning entries in the past have been reprinted in the Best American series.

    $5,000 Fiction | $5,000 Poetry | $5,000 Essay  

    DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

    Submit online now or download the entry form (PDF) for print submissions.

    Interested in reading a past Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize winner? Check out the essays “Big Jim,” “Letters to David,” and “My Thai Girlfriends” on textBOX, The Missouri Review‘s free online anthology:

    Complete Guidelines

    (No other information is needed to enter)

    Page restrictions: Please include no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry.

    Entry fee: $20 for each entry (make checks payable to The Missouri Review). Each fee entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription toTMR in print or digital format (for a free sample of a digital issue, go here!), an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please enclose a complete address for subscriptions.

    Entry instructions (for mailed entries): Include the printable contest entry form. On the first page of each submission, include author’s name, address, e-mail and telephone number. Entries must be previously unpublished and will not be returned. We accept simultaneous submissions but ask for immediate notification if the piece is accepted for publication elsewhere. Mark the outside of the envelope “Fiction,” “Essay,” or “Poetry.” Each entry in a separate category must be mailed in a separate envelope. Enclose a #10 SASE or e-mail address for an announcement of winners. Entries will not be returned.

    Eligibility: Previous winners of the Editors’ Prize and previous employees of TMR are ineligible. Previous finalists, however, may enter again.

    Mailing address:Missouri Review Editors’ Prize357 McReynolds HallUniversity of MissouriColumbia, MO 65211

    What Are You Waiting For? Enter Online Now!

    Download the entry form for print submissions.

    The winners will be announced in January 2016.

    Full details at If you have any questions regarding the Editors’ Prize Contest, please feel free to e-mail us at:

  • EuroScholars: European Undergraduate Research Opportunities, 10/1 deadline for Spring semester

    EuroScholars is a unique research abroad programme designed for advanced and talented undergraduate students from US and Canadian institutions looking for an international research experience. The EuroScholars Program offers these students to conduct research at one of the 9 internationally renowned European Research Universities. In this programme, students have the opportunity to undertake one or two courses in the classroom and then work under the direct supervision of professors and other academic staff on a specific academic research project chosen by both the student and the faculty. There are an abundance of academic research projects in a variety of fields to choose from within the participating universities.

    Application deadline for Spring semester is October 1 and Fall semester is April 1.  For more information, go to and

  • Statue Stories Chicago Writing Competition, Workshop 9/12, Submissions Due 9/30

    If the Brachiosaurus outside the Field Museum could talk, what story would it tell? Maybe YOUR story!

    The Goodman has partnered with Statue Stories Chicago to create a writing competition where Chicago area residents can write and submit a monologue for one of three of the city’s pieces of public art. To help people prepare, we will host a series of FREE one-hour writing workshops around Chicago with some of the city’s most exciting playwrights. Ike Holter (Exit Strategy) and Mickle Maher (Song About Himself) will share insights and experiences while helping participants sharpen their writing skills.

    Workshops will be held on the following dates, from 11AM-Noon. Reservations are not required, but recommended.


    Saturday, September 12| 11am with Ike Holter at Goodman Theatre [170 N. Dearborn, 60601]
    Make a reservation >>

    Attending a workshop is not required to participate in the monologue writing competition. E-mail for more information.


    From now until the end of September, Chicagoland residents of all ages and experience levels can compete to give a voice to one of the three following statues:

    Brachiosaurus >> (outside of the Field Museum)Bronze Cow >> (outside of the Chicago Cultural Center)Lake Ontario >> (part of the Spirit of the Great Lakes, South Garden of the Art Institute of Chicago)

    Monologues must be 350 words or less and written in first-person, as though the statue were speaking directly to the viewer. The winning selections will be voiced and recorded by professional actors cast by the Goodman. Winning authors may attend the recording session, and shall receive their own personal copy of the recording. Recordings of the winning monologues will be included in Statue Stories Chicago and accessible by the public from March 2016-August 2016.

    Submissions must be received by 11:59PM on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.  For more details, visit

  • Fulbright Student Award and Schwarzman Scholarship (Teach, Research, or Study Abroad after graduation!), Info Session 9/3, Application Deadline 9/11

    As the fall term begins, it's time to think about applying for the Fulbright Student Award and the Schwarzman Scholarship! Both of these awards provide exciting opportunities for going abroad to further your education.  They both seek high achieving, highly motivated students. 

    There is a Fulbright and Schwarzman information session on Thursday, Sept. 3 at noon in 850 UH or you can follow up with one of our staff (below) if you have questions.

    The Fulbright Student Award
    The Fulbright sends students abroad to do a program of study or research in one of around 160 countries OR to teach English for a year in one of over 50 countries. You must have your bachelor's degree before you leave, but you can apply at any point in your life once you have that first degree. The UIC campus deadline is Sept. 11. There is still time to apply! You can find detailed information about the Fulbright at

    Fulbright Study/Research Grant
    You put together a proposal of study or research that would take 10-12 months to perform. Some countries require you to know the language well, 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 you study or learn more about your proposed topic.

    The English Teaching Assistantship
    Fulbright also offers students the chance to teach English.  Options exist at the high school, elementary and the college level. Many countries have no language requirement. The English Teaching Assistants (ETA) 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.

    The Schwarzman Scholarship
    The Schwarzman offers a select group of students the opportunity to earn a one year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in China. Candidates need not be Chinese speakers. Strong candidates will have excellent academic qualifications and an interest in learning about China as well as leadership experience. Enrolled students must be nominated by UIC. UIC’s campus deadline is Sept 14. There is still time to apply! You can find detailed information at

    How can I apply?

    If students are interested in any of the awards listed, they should reach out to OSSP staff immediately. Current seniors and alumni are all welcome.

    Fulbright Study/Research Grant –Molly Hildebrand,
    Fulbright ETA –Beth Powers
    Schwarzman Scholarship –Beth Powers,

  • Join The Nationally Ranked UIC Mock Trial Team

    The nationally-ranked UIC Mock Trial team is seeking new members for 2015-16.  All undergraduate majors and grade-levels are welcome. Information sessions will be held Sept. 1 (12-2 & 4-6) in BSB 131, Sept 2 (12-2 pm & 4-6) in BSB 1115, and Sept 3 (12-2 & 4-6) in BSB 131.  Contact for more information.


  • New 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.

  • Possible Service Honors Activity with Disability Resource Center

    The Disability Resource Center is looking for an interested and committed Honors Student to work with a student who is blind in his Fall 2015 ECON 121: Principles of Macroeconomics course. The Honors Student would serve as the DRC student’s note taker and scribe throughout the fall semester.  A scribe assists with the visual and writing aspects of homework, in-class activities, and exams.  The DRC student will be responsible for training the scribe and informing what tasks are needed such as describing graphs, or writing down specific answers. 

    The responsibilities for this activity are as follows:

    -  Attend all classes as the student’s note taker and scribe for any in-class work that needs completion.

         o Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 and Wednesdays from 1:00-1:50

    -  Meet with the student a couple of hours/week outside of class to help explain any notes and/or scribe homework assignments

    -  Scribe course exams with student throughout semester (2 midterms at 2.5 hours each and 1 final exam at 4 hours)


    The requirements for this activity are as follows:

    - Eligibility in the Honors College and approval of this activity by your Faculty Fellow

    - Familiarity with Macroeconomics – prefer someone who has taken ECON 121 before, especially with Professor William Rauscher

         o If you haven’t taken ECON 121 but will be in the future (including Fall 2015), you are not eligible for this activity.


    If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Sara Vogt at

  • Become a Board Member of the Daley Library Student Advisory Board

    The Richard J. Daley Library is looking for students interested in a leadership opportunity in joining our Student Advisory Board and providing feedback as we improve our spaces and services in ways that are responsive to student needs. You don’t need to be a library “superuser.” You just need to be willing to lend the library your leadership skills to improve the academic experience of all UIC students.

    Board members consist of undergraduate students who will serve 2-year terms to provide advice and support to the UIC Library and act as liaisons to the general UIC student body. The Advisory Board will meet three times a semester (lunch provided) at the Richard J. Daley Library in RM 1-470, one Thursday per month of each semester.

    For this upcoming Fall semester, meetings are scheduled for:

     Thursday, September 17th (11:00-12:30)

    Thursday, October 15th (11:00-12:30)

    Thursday, November 12th (11:00-12:30)

    We hope you are interested in serving with other student leaders on the Board as the library strongly values student input. Please contact Isabel Gonzalez-Smith [] or Annie Pho [] with your interest. We welcome any questions you may have!


  • Sustainability Internship Poster Presentation, Wed. 8/5

    Come see how UIC is becoming a leader in urban campus sustainability at our Office of Sustainability Internship Program Poster Presentation. Summer interns will be showcasing their sustainability initiatives that they've been working on all summer. The event will take place in the School of Public Health West in room 122 from 3-5pm.  Contact with questions.

  • Join the Flames Move-In Crew and Move In early! Sign up by 8/7

    The Flames move-in crew serves as a liaison between the University and new students and their families during fall move-in, with Flames Crew leaders (FCLs) providing a valuable service and a high standard of customer service.


    - Move in early by 5 pm on Monday, August 17th. (Flames Crew members will not be charged for Interim Housing, but must register to ensure room is ready for your arrival)

    - Free T-shirt!

    - Meet new students and share the UIC Spirit!


    Tuesday, August 18th

    - Return to campus early for Flames Move-In Training. If you are living in a residence hall, you are able to move-in starting at 9 am on Monday, August 17th.

    - Attend Flames Move-In Crew meeting at 3 pm (SCE 605). During the meeting you will receive your Flames Crew Leader shirt and schedule. 

    - Check-in begins at 2:15 pm

    Wednesday, August 19th

    - Assist new students during Move-In.

    - All Flames Move-In Crew Leaders are required to be at their assigned hall from 7 am until 3 pm.

    Thursday August 20th - Friday, August 21st

    - Shifts will be randomly assigned. Must be available for morning, daytime, and evening hours during this period. 

    If you are interested in joining our dynamic volunteer team, please apply online at:

    After you have applied, an e-mail with instructions on how to sign up for Interim Housing will follow. Please sign up no later than Friday, August 7th.

  • Farewell Pizza Party for Dean Bottoms, Wed., 7/29

    Stop by for pizza with Dean Bottoms before her last day as Honors College Dean on July 31!

    Wednesday, July 29 12:00 - 1:00 PM Honors College Student Lounge (BH 109)

    RSVP Here by Friday, July 24: 

    Questions? Contact or 312-413-2260.

  • Sundance New Frontier Story Lab, Apply by 8/17

    The New Frontier Story Lab is open for submissions.


    A bold spirit of innovation has emerged among artists as they seek to engage audiences with narrative worlds that leverage new technologies, visual aesthetics, social media cultures, immersive designs, game theory, transmedia activism and shifts in the boundaries of authorship. In just the last 10 years, the media landscape has been transformed and storytellers are both exploring as well as constructing this new terrain, pioneering new connections with audiences and re-structuring story design.

    The Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program was created to identify and foster independent artists innovating in the art and form of storytelling at the convergence of film, art, media, live performance, music and technology; to provide a place for audience to view and participate in their work; and to build a community of collaborators across diverse disciplines to push the boundaries of story.

    The New Frontier program began in 2007 with the formation of an exhibition and programming space at the Sundance Film Festival. The dynamic work presented at New Frontier inspired the Sundance Institute to deepen its support of storytellers pioneering new mediums and methodologies by establishing the New Frontier Story Lab in 2011.

    Is the New Frontier Story Lab open to anyone that wants to apply?

    Yes, the application is open to anyone who wants to apply. This is a change from previous years that were by invitation only. For more information about this program, please visit our website.  Applications will become available on July 1, 2015. You must submit your application online no later than 11:59 PST on August 17, 2015.

  • College of Pharmacy Medicinal Plant Walk and Lecture, Fri. 7/17

    Please join the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy as we host the 2015 Garden Walk and Annual Alan Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture to celebrate the first and only urban medicinal plant garden in the city of Chicago. Expert guided tours will be given all day by UIC's own ethnobotanists. The Garden walk is Friday, July 17, 2015.

    Join us at noon for the Alan Lesniewicz Memorial Lecture given this year by Dr. Cassandra Quave. In her keynote lecture, Dr. Quave will share with us how her lab group has discovered new leads for antibiotic adjuvants, from field research documenting the traditional use of these plants in topical therapeutics for skin infections to the laboratory analyses that have revealed their unique mechanisms of action against drug resistant bacteria, like MRSA.

    The Garden Walk will take place at the UIC College of Pharmacy Dorthy Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden (833 S. Wood St, Chicago, IL 60607).

    The garden will be open with guided tours from 10am-12pm, and from 1:30pm-3pm with guided tours by our graduate students and some faculty specialized in ethnobotany. The lecture will be from 12-1:30pm inside the College of Pharmacy (134-1). All events are free of charge and open to the public--so bring a friend or two!

  • The ATC Youth Ensemble Presents "Greensboro: A Requiem"

    The American Theater Company Youth Ensemble is currently staging Greensboro, a documentary play about the aftermath of the Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro, NC.

    The Greensboro sit-in was one of the crucial events which sparked the civil rights movement that swept the country during the 1960s. The play tells the story of a group of protesters who joined the demonstrations, motivated by the refusal of four Black youths to leave the Woolworth's "Whites Only" lunch counter in 1960. During the larger protests that followed, many protesters were met with police and public violence--and several were killed.

    The script is comprised entirely of verbatim quotes from survivors and associates of the people who participated in that protest.

    We encourage all of you--and others you know who may be interested in this historical event, supporting professional-level youth theater in Chicago, or simply good theater--to attend what will certainly be an excellent performance.

    Previous ATC Youth Ensemble productions include Gold Star Ohio--a play which documented the profound affect of the loss of several soldiers from small towns in Ohio over a matter of weeks during the first battle for Fallujah--and Columbinus--a documentary play about the Columbine, CO killings.

    Greensboro will run from July 16 to August 2, every Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Ticket are free, and reservations can be made by emailing ( or calling (773-409-4125 ext. 107).

    More information about the show and the troupe can be found at the ATC Youth Ensemble Facebook page. Further context for the events in Greensboro (along with historic photos) can be found here.

  • Dean Bottoms Office Hours, Tues. 7/14

    Dean Bottoms will hold office hours on Tuesday, July 14 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in her office in Burnham Hall.  Feel free to stop by!

  • 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:

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

  • Social Justice Initiative Presents "Chicago: A Social Justice Lens" (a July film series)

    UIC Social Justice Initiative Presents

    "Chicago: A Social Justice Lens"

    A film series every Wednesday in July 2015

    The Social Justice Initiative (SJI) at UIC presents--"Chicago: A Social Justice Lens"--a series highlighting LGBT senior care, politics, immigration, education, and sports & race.  The films showcase stories with social justice themes that impact the city of Chicago.  Local activists currently involved in progressive movements locally and nationally will moderate discussions and invite attendees to engage, reflect and share their own personal narratives.

    PUJA Gallery @ 1255 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

    6:30pm - 8:30pm (based on length of film)   

    July 1- Hoop Dreams

    An intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love. Discussion led by: Gordon Quinn


     July 8- Gen Silent 

    The critically acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddox that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses- their entire lives in order to survive in the care system.


    July 15- Eyes on the Prize: Back to the Movement

    Frustrated by decades of unfulfilled promises made by the city's Democratic political machine, reformers install Harold Washington as Chicago's first black mayor.


    July 22- The School Project

    A team of documentary filmmakers began following affected families and educators, policymakers, and advocates as the closures unfolded and their stories became a jumping-off point for exploring so many urgent questions facing public education today. 


    July 29- The New Americans

    Follow a diverse group of immigrants and refugees as they leave their home and families behind and learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.


    These events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there! #ChicagoSJLens

    Space is limited, so please RSVP:

  • A thank you to Dean Bottoms

    During six years as dean and one year as interim dean, Bette L. Bottoms, Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Psychology, has led phenomenal growth and change in the Honors College, positioning it as a national leader in honors education and a campus model for student success. It is therefore with reluctance that I write to announce that she has decided to leave the dean position effective August 1 to continue her role as a faculty member...  (Click on the post to read more.)

    Eric A. Gislason
    Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

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

    The Womenetics Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship (AAGS)<> 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 for more information. Follow the conversation on Twitter or Instagram with #advancingaspirations and tag @womenetics or like the Facebook page for updates at

    Womenetics and Discover Financial Services are offering five undergraduates a total of $15,000 through the Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship (AAGS)<>. With this award-winning<> 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<>.

    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 ( or Mary Catherine Thomson ( or call 404-816-7224 with any questions.

  • Literary Translator Mentorship Opportunities, Apply by 7/1

    The American Literary Translators Association

    Emerging Translator Mentorships

    The ALTA Mentorship Program is designed to facilitate and establish a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator on a project selected by the emerging translator. The mentorship duration is one year, and the emerging translator is expected to choose a project that can be completed in a year’s time and will only be advised on that particular project.

    Applications will be accepted from June 1 - July 1, 2015. The selected mentees will be announced in August.

    2015-2016 Mentorships are available working from the following languages:

    - Catalan (prose or poetry), with mentor Ronald Puppo

    - French (prose only), with mentor Alyson Waters

    - Polish (prose or poetry), with mentor Bill Johnston

    Applications must be submitted online through our submission platform, and must include:

    CV A project proposal of no more than 1000 words. Projects must be reasonably expected to be completed within the scope of the 1-year mentorship. Proposals should include information about the original author and importance of the source text, as well as how the emerging translator would benefit from mentorship. A sample translation of up to 10 pages double spaced (prose or poetry), along with the corresponding source text. 


    British Centre for Literary Translation 

    Emerging Translator Mentorship Programme

    The programme is intended for Anglophone literary translators with promise rather than experience, who are at a stage in their professional careers when they would benefit from the opportunity to work closely with an experienced mentor over a six month period.

    Visit their website for upcoming opportunities: 

  • POV Hackathon 9, Apply by Fri. 7/10

    Since 2012, POV Hackathon has provided matchmaking and mentorship for visionary filmmakers and inventive technologists to "re-imagine the documentary for web" in a single weekend.

    POV Hackathon 9 will take place in Chicago the weekend of August 15-16, 2015, in partnership with Kartemquin Films, a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society, and The Chicago Innovation Exchange, the University of Chicago's new center to help scholars and entrepreneurs translate their ideas and new technologies into start-up businesses and products.

    Expect to be busy from the Saturday morning through Sunday evening. Hacking concludes on Sunday afternoon, but there will be a screening on Sunday evening, followed by a reception. All events take place at The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E 53rd Street Chicago, IL 60615.


    We are now accepting applications for POV Hackathon 9. Apply by Friday, July 10, 2015, at midnight Central Time. There is one form for applicants proposing POV Hackathon project ideas (usually "media makers" - filmmakers, journalists, visual artists, etc.) and a second form for applicants not proposing ideas but who want to join a team (usually "technologists" - developers, designers, etc.). Add to your contacts list to prevent emails from going to your junk mail folder.Questions? Read the FAQ for the answers to common questions about POV Hackathon, or email


    Tickets for the public screening of POV Hackathon 9 projects are now available! The screening will take place at The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E 53rd Street Chicago, IL 60615 on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at 7 pm. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so you must RSVP to attend.

    For more information visit:

  • OSSP NEEDS YOUR HELP! Test their new Online Scholarship Management System

    The Office of Special Scholarship Programs is launching a new system that will allow you to apply for all UIC scholarships through the same portal! Before that happens we need your help in testing the system.

    We would appreciate your taking the time to log into the system at, and going through the application processes. All of the opportunities you’ll find in the system are currently for TEST PURPOSES ONLY; these are not actual live scholarship opportunities. We are asking you to go through the system so that, once the opportunities do become live, it will be as smooth a process for you as possible. Please take a moment between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, June 10 to browse through the system at and let us know about any problems or difficulties you come across. You can use the form located at to share any comments or concerns.

    Questions?  Contact the OSSP Staff at

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


    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

  • Nuke Busters Short Film Contest, Deadline 7/31

    Create a fresh and engaging short film about nuclear weapons. Help insipire Millennials to SAVE THE WORLD!


    $5,000 to one STUDENT filmmaker.

    $5,000 to one PROFESSIONAL filmmaker.



    $1,000 for the best ECONOMIC argument.

    $1,000 to for the best HEALTH argument.

    $1,000 for the best FAITH-BASED argument.

     DEADLINE: July 31, 2015


    For more info, see the attached flyer and 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


  • Change in UIC Commuter Shuttle Service, Effective May 11

    Effective Monday, May 11, the UIC Commuter Shuttle to Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center will permanently cease operation. Increasing costs, imminent cuts to the Facilities Management budget, and prioritizing fiscal resources for the core mission of the campus make this necessary. The university understands and regrets that this may add inconvenience to your commute.  Commuter students currently using the Commuter Shuttle to and from the train stations could consider using their U-Pass to take CTA busses instead.

  • Apply for membership on Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities- MAY 1, 2015

    The Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (CCSPD) is seeking new members for the upcoming academic year August 2015 to July 2016. Our Mission is to promote empowerment and inclusion of students, faculty and staff with disabilities at UIC. The Committee recognizes that people with disabilities are a diverse group, including individuals with visible and non-visible disabilities.

    The CCSPD provides a forum for discussion and assessment of disability-related issues that are relevant for the campus and the larger community. In addition, the CCSPD advises the Chancellor and other administrative units and makes recommendations on disability-related issues, policies, services, attitudes and practices on campus. This mission is motivated by the belief that people with disabilities are assets to the university.

    We are seeking candidates from all aspects of campus: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Faculty, and Staff. We seek candidates that have an eagerness to promote the mission of our committee coupled with a strong desire to learn from others.

    If you are interested in serving on the CCSPD please send an email message describing why you would like to be a part of the CCSPD, your skills, background, and how disability-related experiences have shaped your desire to get involved. Please email your cover letter to: Please include "CCSPD Membership" in the subject line. Deadline: As soon as possible For full consideration, please send your email message by May 1.

  • Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition, Early Bird Deadline May 4

    Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.  Learn more and submit at

  • University Library extended hours begin April 26

    The Richard J. Daley Library (801 S. Morgan) and the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago (1750 W. Polk) will be open extended hours for the end of spring semester and finals week beginning Sunday, April 26.

    The Daley Library will be open continuously from 10 a.m., Sunday, April 26, through 7 p.m., Friday, May 8.  Only patrons with valid i-cards will be able to enter the building from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

    LHS-Chicago's extended hours will be between Sunday, April 26 - Thursday, May 7: Sundays, 9 a.m. ­ 2 a.m. Mondays - Thursdays, 7 a.m. 2 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. - midnight Only UIC students, faculty, and staff will be admitted after 7 p.m.

  • 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.

  • Survey for Latina/o students for the Latino Cultural Center, Complete by 4/19 to enter to win a gift card

    Survey of Latina/o students' experiences, perceptions, and needs administered by the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center  - due by April 19.

    UIC is in the process of officially becoming a recognized "Hispanic Serving Institution." An important designation that will open doors to new resources and opportunities to help better serve our students.

    If you are a UIC Latina/o student, please help us by completing the survey below. It should take you no more than 15 minutes to finish. We are looking to learn and collect data in regards to your experiences, perceptions and needs.  

    We encourage any Latino students to take some time to complete this survey by April 19, 2015. 

    As an incentive, students who finish and submit the survey will be eligible for a raffle to win a gift card from the UIC bookstore. One $200 card, one $100 card and five $50 cards will be raffled.

    Survey link: 

  • Headroom: BFA Thesis Art Show, Fri. 4/17

    This is the end of year art show for the senior thesis BFA students! There will be lots of cool art to see including sculptures, paintings, photography, film, and more! Snacks and drinks will be there also! Please join us in supporting the UIC studio artists!

    Friday, 4/17, 5 - 8 pm
    400 South Peoria Street, Chicago IL

  • LAS Pre-Health Advisory Board, Apply by Wed. 4/15

    Do you want to be the voice of your fellow students on issues that matter to you? Are you interested in taking an active role in LAS, pre-health advising and helping to create health-related resources?

    The LAS Pre-Health Advising office is interested in hearing your input, opinions, and recommendations, and you are encouraged to apply to become part of the LAS Pre-Health Advisory Board.

    The LAS Pre-Health Advisory Board provides a student voice to the Student Affairs office and pre-health advisors on all issues affecting your experience within LAS, specifically pertaining to your health-related educational and/or career goals. The board is open to all undergraduate students in LAS who plan to attend UIC for the 2015-2016 school year. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply. Applications from transfer students, commuter students, and students who live on campus are welcome.

    The group typically meets two or three times per semester to discuss specific topics of interest. Members of the group also have the opportunity to serve as paid ambassadors of the College at a variety of events (new student welcome reception and recruiting events, etc.)

    If you are interested, fill out the application by noon on Wednesday, April 15th. You will be asked to log in with your UIC Net ID and password. Selected students will be contacted by April 22nd, 2015. One meeting will be planned before the end of the semester. Two meetings times will be held the week of April 27th.  Students need only attend one meeting.

    Pre-Health Student Advisory Board Application

    Questions? Email

  • Participate in a Paid Research Study on Spanish-English Bilingualism

    If you are a Spanish-English bilingual, you might qualify to participate in research on bilingual reading being conducted at the Language Research Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago. You will be paid $10 per hour for a study that lasts 0.5 to 3 hours. Contact Gary Raney, Ph.D. if you wish to volunteer or want more information (, 872-588-0258).

  • Undergraduate Student Government Seeking General Assembly Members

    USG is the official governing body of undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. USG represents undergraduates in many ways, including, but not limited to: improving policies that affect the welfare of the students; providing services to meet student needs; strengthening the sense of community among students, and serving as a communication medium between students and administration.

    USG consists of a President, Vice President, Speaker of the Assembly, Secretary, and 30 General Assembly Members. We also have five standing committees that focus on various projects and tasks throughout the academic year, they are as follows:

    University Relations Committee (URC): URC is concerned with adequately representing the interests of students to campus administrators, the Board of Trustees and the Illinois State Legislature. Efforts include increasing student involvement in university business and in maintaining necessary student services, while advocating to provide a better possibility to achieve higher education.

    Sustainability and Infrastructure Committee (SIC): SIC is concerned with all matters pertaining to campus facilities including sustainability, campus safety, technology, buildings and maintenance.

    Interpersonal Relations Committee (IRC): IRC is concerned with matters pertaining to local community organizations, upholding the UIC Urban Mission, working with the campus cultural centers, and working directly with Campus Programs to serve as a liaison between USG and the student organizations.

    Treasury Committee (TC): This committee oversees and advises the Legislative Assembly on matters pertaining to the allocation of funds requested by student organizations and allocation of funds appropriated to USG.

    Communications and Recruitment Committee (CRC): CRC oversees communications between the assembly and the student body. CRC is also in charge of all general USG publicity and promotions, as well as membership recruitment.

    Individuals who join our assembly benefit by being able to enhance their leadership and professionalism skills. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to work with school administrators on a variety of campus issues.

    Our general assembly meeting is on every Monday at 3:00pm in the Commuter Student Resource Center at Student Center East. If there are any students who are interested in joining USG, please tell them to send us an email, For more information, please visit our website:

  • Funding Opportunity for Study Program in the National Parks or Winter Short-Term Study Abroad in Peru, Apply by Wed. 4/8

    The Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council has funding opportunities available for Honors students who wish to participate in either of the following opportunities:

    - Partners in the Parks: Partners in the Parks is an outdoor experiential learning program sponsored by Southern Utah University and Cedar Breaks National Monument in cooperation with the National Collegiate Honors Council.  Partners in the Parks projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value. See more information, including the list of 2015 Partners in the Parks Programs, here: 

    - Honors Semesters: "Health without Borders: A Winterim Peru": Dec. 30, 2015 - Jan. 20, 2016
    A joint offering of The Honors College at Florida International University and the National Collegiate Honors Council Semesters Committee, this winterim is a unique opportunity for students to engage in experiential learning that emphasizes independent research projects focused on the contrast between urban and rural areas of the Peruvian Amazon. An overview of the people and environment of the Amazon will provide students the necessary background to design and implement interdisciplinary projects during their stay in Iquitos, Peru (the major city of the western Amazon) and at the Madre Selva Biological Station (Orosa River).  Learn more at

    Apply for $1000 funding for either opportunity by April 8: 

  • Submit your story to NPR’s StoryCorps

    Ever listened to StoryCorps on NPR?  StoryCorps, based in New York, records 40-minute interviews between two regular people, usually friends or family members, with the help of facilitators at sites across the country to show that everyone has a story and that every life matters. An interview airs every Friday on NPR. Since the project was created in 2003, about 100,000 Americans have participated.

    Want to submit your own story?  StoryCorps is especially seeking stories from people who are traveling and/or visiting family or others this summer to consider contributing.  You can also use the new StoryCorps app to record StoryCorps interviews on your own.

    Learn more about StoryCorps and how to submit your story here! 

  • 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!

  • Hirschberg Prize for Best Paper in Psychology, Submissions due Mon. 4/6

    The Nancy Hirschberg Memorial Prize for Undergraduate Excellence in Psychology is an annual prize for the best paper or report written by an undergraduate in Psychology 397 (independent study), 399 (independent research), or in one of the laboratory courses. Nominations for the Hirschberg Prize are made by faculty members. Eligible papers should be the work of one undergraduate (that is, projects planned and/or carried out by groups of students are not eligible) and may be either reports of empirical research or integrative reviews of previously published research. Winners are announced at the Awards Banquet and given a cash prize. 

    To submit a paper, send it to Dr. Evelyn Behar at by Monday, April 6.

  • Kamal Kishore Kapur Memorial Prize Essay contest, Submissions Due Mon. 4/6

    Kamal Kishore Kapur Memorial Prize Essay contest!

    This year's prompt is *"What does post-9/11 activism mean to you?" *Write a 500-word essay on the impact of post-9/11 activism at UIC, in Chicago, within your own community, or internationally. Essays will be judged for engaging content, strength of writing, and originality of presentation.

    Diverse viewpoints and experiences are welcome. Specific UIC perspectives are highly encouraged.

    Any currently registered UIC undergraduate students are eligible to enter. You do not have to be of Asian or Arab American descent.

    Students are awarded prizes of $200 for 1st prize and $100 for 2nd prize. Winners will be recognized at the Asian American Studies Expo event on April 20th at 4pm.

    Please submit your essays by April 6th at 11:59pm. Direct any questions to Matthew Heichelbech ( For the full call, please click here <> or see attached document.

  • Volunteer at the Student Research Forum, Thurs. 4/2

    The Student Research Forum is seeking student volunteers to help keep the event in the UIC Forum on April 2nd running smoothly. 

    The shifts are: 8:30 AM (or earlier) - 10:30 AM; 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM; 11:00 AM; 2:00 PM; 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM; 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM; 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM. Please select one of these shifts (no shorter shifts are permitted) and email Ms. Jacquie Berger at right away to volunteer. 

    This is a great way to participate in the research community at UIC and to learn about other students' capstones and see how a presentation is done before your own Capstone year! Volunteering could count as a UIC Experience or Honors College Experience (or other engagement checklist) activity, so speak to your advisor or Dean Hall if you are seeking approval.

  • Chicago Digital Media Production Fund Film/Video Grants, Submissions due Tues. 3/31

    The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is offering grants ranging from $500-$20,000 for film/video projects that seek to advance progressive social change.

    The deadline for submitting proposals is March 31st, 2015 and the final videos/films must be made available for free online viewing by May 1, 2016. More information on the application and guidelines can be found at

    If you have any students who you think might be interested in applying for the grant, please let them know that they can join our email list at or they can email me directly at for more information.

  • Liautaud Graduate School of Business Information Session, Wed. 3/18

    Join us for a general information session about the new masters programs offered by the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business. The three new programs that will be highlighted are the One Year MBA program, the Master of Science in Business Analytics, and the Master of Science in Finance. This information session will start with a brief presentation from Admissions representatives and will follow up with an open Q&A with all Liautaud staff. Refreshments will be served. Please register for the event on the Liautaud Graduate School of Business webpage.

    Wednesday March 18, 11am
    605 Student Center East Tower

    Questions?  Contact Garry Cooke at

  • Study Abroad Applications for Summer or Fall 2015 Due Fri. 3/20

    March 20th is the deadline for completing an application to study abroad this coming summer or fall.  If you have met with a Study Abroad advisor already, make sure all your materials are complete, and don't forget to apply for as many scholarships as you can! 

    For those of you who are undecided about study abroad, what are you waiting for? Attend a 1st Step Information Session! They are held 6 times a week; see the schedule here: 

    Questions? Contact the UIC Study Abroad Office at (312) 413-7662 or at their office in 502 UH.

    What UIC students are saying about their experience:

    "Asking me to pick from one of my positive experiences [while studying abroad] would be like asking me to pick a favorite breath that I took in my lifetime."

    "I initially intended to have the [study abroad] experience just add a few more interesting lines on my resume, but it was so much more. I learned about myself and what place I have in this world and how much access i have to a previously seemingly-unattainable world."

    "For anyone on the fence about studying abroad: just do it. Have an open mind and optimistic point of view, and you will soon modify your entire life."