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  • 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:


    Amazon gift card for the winning submission on CLINICAL ETHICS


    Amazon gift card for the winning submission on REPRODUCTIVE ETHICS


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

    Submit your essay here: 


    Submit by: June 30th, 2016

    Winners announced: August 15th, 2016

  • AICGS’ New Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Diversity, Apply by 5/15

    AICGS’ New Transatlantic Exchange Program: Giving Voice to Diversity

    AICGS is pleased to announce the continuation of its German-American youth exchange program on the theme “Immigration, Integration, and a New Transatlantic Generation,” which was inaugurated in 2015. For 2016/17, AICGS is recruiting twenty young leaders from academia, media, business, politics, and society with little or no experience with transatlantic relations for seminars and site visits in Washington and Berlin. This program is generously funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) (Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWI)).

    This innovative program will establish new connections between communities that have grown principally from an immigration background, and address common challenges of immigration and integration, such as discrimination, employment, political and societal leadership, education, and international engagement. Project participants will include a core group of young leaders for engagement in intensive discussions, and a broader community of experts and advocates for interaction focused on issues of immigration, integration, and cross-cultural understanding.


    AICGS has two primary objectives for the program: (1) to deepen public understanding of the issues and concerns of the largest populations in Germany and the United States that have an immigration background; and (2) to build and sustain a network of young leaders committed to transatlantic relations.

    Activities comprise a seminar and site visits in both cities over the course of 4-5 days. Participants at the seminar will engage in small groups and interact with leading experts from umbrella organizations dealing with immigration and integration, government, research institutions, and political foundations. Participants will also have the opportunity to visit other institutions, including cultural/historical sites, offices of elected representatives, and non-profit associations that focus on issues of the underrepresented.

    Selected participants are required to take part in both sets of events. The first takes place in Washington, DC from October 16-21, 2016 and the second in Berlin from May 7-12, 2017. Travel, accommodation, and most meals will be provided for the participants by AICGS.


    Selection is based on a competitive application process. Up to a maximum of ten applicants from the US and ten from Germany (ages 20-30 only) will be invited to participate in the program.

    Individuals’ qualifications and willingness to engage in all aspects of the program will be the primary criteria for evaluation by AICGS staff. The participants should ideally have little to no experience with transatlantic relations. AICGS in particular encourages applications from the two largest populations that have an immigration background in the United States and Germany: young Hispanic-Americans, and young Germans with roots in Turkey. Candidates need not themselves be immigrants.

    Applications are due by May 15, 2016. Prospective participants must provide the following application materials: • a one-page cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest in the program • a current CV • two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)

    Fluency in English is mandatory. Please send application materials and/or questions about the program to Ms. Susanne Dieper, Director of Administration and Grants Management at sdieper@aicgs.org.

    About AICGS

    AICGS is a Washington-based, independent, non-profit public policy organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University that works in Germany and the United States to address current and emerging policy challenges in the German-American and transatlantic relationships, and Germany’s role in global affairs.

  • Climate Survey- Take Survey on Interpersonal Violence

    Dear Honors Students,

    Recently you should have received an email regarding the online campus climate survey. Our department supports UICs goals of having a safe and productive educational experience for everyone. If you are comfortable doing so, we encourage you to take this voluntary and anonymous survey at: http://tinyurl.com/UICclimateSurvey

    Interpersonal violence affects many of our students and the campus climate survey will help UIC better respond to reports of violence and improve services for survivors by giving the university a clear picture about how violence is experienced by students. The survey will also allow the university to plan prevention efforts to stop violence before it begins. Whether or not you have experienced violence, the university hopes to hear from as many students as possible to find out how well you feel the university responds to violence.

    The survey should take about 30 minutes. You will be asked for some basic information about yourself (age, gender, race, relationship status, and the name of your college or university), and questions regarding your experiences with interpersonal violence. Students need to be 18 years of age or older to participate in this research (UIC IRB protocol #2016-0045).

    After you complete the survey you will be offered the chance to enter your email into a lottery to win 1 of ninety cash prizes ranging from$20 to $80.  Chances of winning are approximately 1 in 50.

    If you have questions about this survey, contact Dr. Paul Schewe, at schewepa@uic.edu.

  • 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.   


    Susan Poser
    Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

  • 2016 SISE Applications Now Open

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

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

    The SISE Program

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

    2016 Theme: Nexus

    Water and energy have long been thought of--and addressed as--two separate issues. With the advent of systems thinking, life cycle assessment, and similar strategies for interdisciplinary analysis, the connection between water and energy has only recently been fully acknowledged. This nexus will be challenged in the coming decades as a result of 1) a growing world population, 2) the need to cultivate more food, 3) a dwindling supply of available water resources, and 4) unforeseen disasters as result of climate change. It is important for energy and sustainability-minded professionals, and all future decision makers, to become fluent in the issues surrounding the nexus, and to work together to implement innovative solutions in the decades to come.SISE will 1) explore the relationship between energy and water with an eye towards environmental and agricultural impacts; 2) explore the the use of water, especially in energy extraction (fracking) and generation; and 3) highlight the role of the grid in energy issues, emphasizing three specific areas: smart grid, storage for the grid, and the distribution of energy. Participants will consider where the United States is to date, potential solutions, and obstacles and opportunities for each path moving forward.

    Now Accepting Applications

    Admission into the program is highly competitive, drawing from a national pool of applicants. Participants can expect lodging for the duration of the 2-week program. Many participants will receive partial support for travel costs.Senior-level undergraduates (as of the fall of 2016), graduate students, and professionals working in the fields of sustainability and energy who are living, working, or studying in the United States are eligible to apply. An online application, a resume, and two letters of reference are required. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2016. More information is provided on the SISE website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Aláan (uic.sise.admissions@gmail.com), SISE Program Coordinator. 

    Website: http://sise.uic.edu

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

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/UIC_SISE

    Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130233814@N05/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uicsise/

  • The Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies at the European University Viadrina

    The Center for Interdisciplinary Polish Studies at the European University Viadrina in the Polish/German border will hold its THIRD ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY POLISH AND GERMAN STUDIES from JUNE 6 - JULY 15, 2016. This year’s emphasis is “Cultures in Transition. Central Europe in Transition.” Click on the post or go to the website to learn more.


  • 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.

  • 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.


    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.


    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.

  • LeaderShape Deadline Extended - DUE 3/28

    Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services is extending the deadline to submit applications to attend the LeaderShape Institute.

    The Institute, provided by LeaderShape, is a six-day, five-night leadership retreat teaching visioning, relationship-building, and the importance of leading with integrity. At no cost to attendees, the Institute will take place May 7 to May 12, 2016 at an off campus retreat center. The only requirement for attendance is you must be returning to UIC in the Fall Semester

    DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due March 28, 2016.

    Apply by visiting go.uic.edu/LeaderShape.

    Any questions can be emailed to sldvs@uic.edu or feel free to call 312-996-4500.


    Q: What is the cost?

    A: There is no cost to students attending.


    Q: Will transportation be provided?

    A: There will be some form of transportation provided to and from the UIC East Campus.

  • Global Asian Studies Program (GLAS) Video Contest-$300 Prize!

    Global Asian Studies Video Contest

    Theme: “How do you experience Global Asia?”

    The new Global Asian Studies Program (GLAS) at UIC wants you to help us spread the word about our exciting new program! GLAS will combine Asian American Studies (ASAM) and Asian Studies (ASST) into an innovative new Program that explores transnational Asian cultures, histories, and communities. We are looking for brief (3 minute or less) videos that will help us imagine the idea of Global Asia, and shape what the Global Asian Studies Program will become. What ideas, experiences or events come to mind when you think of “Global Asia?” We want your most creative, original, and impactful ideas, and they can take any form—dance, skit, poetry, performance art, digital story, PSA (public service announcement), infomercial, or anything else.

    Eligibility and Guidelines:  Any UIC undergraduate can enter (must be currently registered). Videos must be less than 3 minutes long. Do not submit the original video file. Instead you should post your video online (such as on YouTube) and submit a link to the video. Your video should be appropriate for a general audience.

    Each video-making group can have as many members as it wants, but you need to appoint one person as the main contact. This is the person who will receive the prize money and it is their responsibility to disburse the money to group members.

    Submissions Due: Monday, March 28, 2016, online at: http://go.uic.edu/GLASvideo

    Prize: One (1) $300 Prize for First Place; One (1) $150 Prize for Second Place

    Two (2) $50 Prizes for Honorable Mention

    The winning entries will be announced and screened at the ASAM Expo, to be held on April 22, 3-5 pm in the Cardinal Rm (329 SCE). For any questions, please contact the Acting Director of the ASAM Program, Prof. Mark Chiang (mchiang@uic.edu).

  • SLASummit: Social Entrepreneurship Lab in Montreal, 3/17 - 3/20


    A social entrepreneurship lab for sustainable development projects

    Established in 2014 by McGill students, SLASummit quickly emerged as an innovative initiative focused on social development, entrepreneurship and Latin America.This year's edition will take place in Montreal from March 17-20, 2016.

    It's a conference/case competition with a Latin American theme. Top US and Canadian universities participate. They need 10 more students to sign up: undergraduate or graduate students from any discipline. The organizers provide accommodations and food. Under the "How did you hear about this" section of registration, you just need to put the name, Rodrigo Cubedo.

    Learn more at http://www.slasummit.org/.  Questions can be directed to Stephanie Cologna at cologna@uic.edu.  

  • 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

  • Give feedback on your summer courses and earn $25

    If you enrolled in summer courses at UIC or another school last year, we’d like to hear about your experience as a summer student. If selected, we’ll thank you with a $25 gift certificate.


    The UIC Summer Session Office is looking for 2-3 students to participate in a student panel at a conference on summer sessions downtown on Thursday, March 17 from 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. (see http://nccss.org/annual-conference/2016-conference/ for conference details).


    The topic of the panel will be “What Students Want from Summer Sessions.” The goal is to give an opportunity for summer session administrators to hear directly from the students’ perspective. We’ll cover a variety of topics including how students find summer courses, what types of marketing are effective, when they decide to enroll, what influences their decision, experiences with online courses, and how they use social media. The audience will consist of about 30 summer session administrators from a variety of colleges and universities.


    Here is what’s involved:


    The panel is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 from 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. I ask that student panelists arrive around 2:45 p.m.



    Downtown Chicago at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile hotel, 198 East Delaware Place (just off Michigan Avenue across from the Hancock).



    We will thank you for your time with a $25 gift certificate and reimburse you for any transportation if needed.



    Minimal. I’ll provide the selected participants with a brief list of questions to help prepare them for the kinds of things we will be asking and discussing during this session. I know you are busy so it won’t require too much time in terms of advance preparation.


    If you are interested:

    1) Send an email or call ASAP:

    Natalie Kokorudz

    UIC Summer Session Office

    Phone: 312-413-9075

    Email: nkokor1@uic.edu


    2) Make sure to provide Natalie your:

    - Full name

    - phone or email where she can contact you

    - your major and student level

    - what classes you took in summer 2015 and where


    Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.


    Natalie Kokorudz

    UIC Summer Session Office


  • 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.


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

    Please see the attached flier for more details


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

    Financial Aid may apply and Scholarships are available 

    Deadline For Applying: March 18, 2016 


  • 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."

  • Prop Thtr Film Festival/Competition

    In conjunction with its Prop-Up Prop campaign, Prop Thtr is proud to announce the first event of its new bi-annual original film competition series, March Missed Connections: A 48-Hour Film Festival (MMCFF).

    Open to all ages and levels of skill, registration for Prop’s MMCFF begins today and will remain open through 11:59 PM CT March 9th. For a meager entry fee of $20 and simple registration, at the newly redesigned Prop Thtr website (http://www.propthtr.org/film-festival.html), anyone, individual or group, may secure themselves a seat in the competition and screening!

    The catch? Contestants’ films will be required to both draw their inspiration from a Missed Connection posting taken from a local source as well as feature a previously selected prop. Both the inspiration and prop assignments will be sent to registered teams, by e-mail, the evening of Friday, March 11th. As if things weren’t interesting enough; from the moment teams receive their assignment, the clock will be ticking! All films will be due, uploaded to YouTube, two days later moments before the stroke of midnight: 11:59 PM CT on Sunday, March 13th

    Then what happens? ... A lot!

    Each film will be screened by a panel of judges and critiqued against a standard criterion. 2 weeks later, on Friday March 25th & Saturday March 26th at 7 PM CT, Prop Thtr will roll out the red carpet for filmmakers, friends and family alike at the MMCFF screening festival during which all films will be premiered. Hosted at Prop’s home, 3502 N. Elston Ave., the MMCFF will offer filmmakers the chance to see their name in lights, have their filmed screened in 60+ seat houses two nights in a row, and a unique opportunity to network with other theatre and film artists in attendance as we work to break down the barriers between realms.

    To mark the occasion the second, Saturday March 26th will with an awards ceremony honoring our filmmakers with awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor and many more as voted upon by our illustrious panel of judges. Those who are fortunate enough to walk away winners the evening of Saturday, March ,will not only retain the bragging rights tied to their awards but will also receive surprises from new 26th neighborhood favorites and longtime staples.

    After the festival ends, all films will remain posted to the Prop Thtr YouTube channel for unlimited viewing by Prop audience members around the world. Additionally, the top films and their creators will also be honored with a dedicated profile and film page on the Prop Thtr website. In an effort to foster growth and as a courtesy to all our filmmakers, each team will receive formal feedback following the festival from judges offering their unique insight and interpretations.

    Filmmakers; grab your cameras, your lights, get set and go! 

    Until then, be sure to check out propthtr.org and Prop Thtr on Facebook for updates!




  • Tell us about your internship and enter to win Honors College swag! Deadline 3/2

    If you completed an internship in Fall 2015, or are currently participating in an ongoing internship, we want to hear about it!  

    If you did any kind of internship during the Fall 2015 semester, whether on campus or off, paid or unpaid, short or long, please tell us about your experience in this short questionnaire: https://uofi.uic.edu/fb/sec/4362353 

    Why?  It’s fast and easy!  You get to talk about things you’ve done! You’ll help us to help other students who need good internships!  You get a chance to win Honors College swag!

    The swag drawing deadline has been extended to Friday 3/4, so complete the survey before then to be eligible to win!  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie O’Leary at soleary@uic.edu.

  • EuroScholars, Apply by 4/1 for Fall Semester Research experience in Europe

    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.

    Learn more at http://euroscholars.eu/

    Information on applications at http://euroscholars.eu/students/how-to-apply/

  • 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.


  • Student Day at the Capitol (Lobby Day)

    Are you concerned about MAP grants? We are now almost eight months into the state's fiscal year, and still we have no budget from Springfield. As a result, state schools are suffering. Monetary Assistance Program grants the state's largest aid program for low-income students aren't getting paid and many schools can no longer afford to cover for the MAP grant shortfall. Over 100,000 students face uncertainty about their future. Meanwhile, every state school faces difficulty with everything from retaining faculty to rendering student services without direct state funding - for the U of I, that's over $600 million this year alone.

    The good news is, you can help. You can become an advocate for the University of Illinois at Chicago and higher education at the annual University Illinois Student Day at the Capitol on March 2, 2016. Meet your legislator and lend your voice to the fight for higher education. If you are interested and haven't registered for Lobby day yet, do so as soon as possible! http://www.cvent.com/events/2016-university-of-illinois-student-day-at-the-capitol-springfield/event-summary-71679b993d8f4306bbd4093faf595132.aspx

    The buses will be leaving UIC at 7:30 am outside of Student Center East (across from the recreation center) on March 2nd.

    Questions? Contact Sun Choi of the Undergraduate Student Government at schoi89@uic.edu

  • AAMC Fee Assistance Program for Pre-Med Students

    The AAMC Fee Assistance Program assists those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) exam, apply to medical schools that use the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) application, and more. All information regarding the Fee Assistance Program, including the 2016 application guide, eligibility criteria, and full benefits package, is available on the AAMC Student Hub: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/applying-medical-school-process/fee-assistance-program/

  • Sustainability Fee: Request for Student Proposals, Due Mon. 2/15

    The Sustainability Fee Advisory Board (SFAB) is currently accepting student proposals for Spring 2016. The Sustainability Fee's goal is to support projects that help to establish a sustainable campus environment. Paid by all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, the Sustainability Fee is $3 per semester.

    The Sustainability Fee funds small, short-term projects, subsidizes larger, long-term projects on campus, and helps to fund student travel to sustainability-related conferences. Funding from this fee is administered by the SFAB, which is comprised of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as faculty and staff. More information can be found here: http://go.uic.edu/sustainabilityfee

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

    Application process: Students/student groups are required to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by Monday, February 15, 2016. The LOI allows the SFAB to pre-screen proposals for appropriateness and feasibility. Furthermore, the LOI should provide an approximate itemized project budget, expected completion date, and cost savings, if any. Projects that pass this stage will be invited to prepare a final proposal for consideration by the board. The Letter of Inquiry form can be found here: http://go.uic.edu/letterofinquiry. Following review of LOIs, the board will notify all applicants via email by the end of February if they have been selected to submit a full proposal. Full proposals must be submitted by April 11, 2016. Grantees will be notified by the end of the spring semester. For questions regarding previously funded projects, funding criteria, as well as rules and restrictions, please contact skonin2@uic.edu or visit the website: http://go.uic.edu/sustainabilityfee

  • Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities

    Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.

    Their motto, flowers before bread, expresses our philosophy that people need the special pleasures in life in addition to the basic necessities. We feel that love and dignity and beauty in life are as basic as physical needs.

    There are currently three positions available:

    -          Full-time program assistant

    -          Summer Program Event Intern

    -          Summer Visitor

    See the documents below for more information.

  • Undergraduate Student Government Recruitment Opportunity

    Do you have the desire to be a student leader and advocate for campus issues? The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is looking for dedicated students to serve as assembly members for the academic school year.

    The UIC Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is the official governing body of undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. USG represents undergraduates in many ways, including improving policies affecting student welfare; 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, secretary, and 30 voting members of the assembly, one of which is voted the Speaker of the assembly. There are also five standing committees that deals with different kinds of concerns around campus.

    • University Relations Committee: 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 is concerned with all matters pertaining to campus facilities including sustainability, campus safety, technology, buildings and maintenance.

    • Interpersonal Relations Committee: IRC is concerned with matters pertaining to surrounding 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: 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 oversees communications with student body via email, social media, etc. Also is in charge of all general USG publicity and promotions, as well as membership recruitment.

    Individuals who join our assembly are 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. If there are any students who are interested in joining USG, please send an email to usguic@uic.edu. For more information, please visit this website: usg.uic.edu.

  • 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.

  • Submit to Brainchild literary and arts magazine, Deadline extended to 2/5

    B R A I N C H I L D 

    The editors of the premiere undergraduate-only literary and arts magazine in the United States are seeking submissions for their 2016 issue.


    Brainchild's primary prerequisite for submissions is quality, and our standards are the calling card of our magazine. We represent the Mid-East Honors Association, which means that we only publish honors students in the mid-east region of the country—from Illinois to Pennsylvania and from Michigan down to Virginia. This area comprises over 200 honors colleges and programs whose students we can only accept submissions from. And though our submission base is small, our readership is diverse and growing, and this has helped build Brainchild into the premier undergraduate-only literary and arts magazine in the country. This means that any individual submitting to us will have a higher chance of publication in our magazine than in almost any other, and they have the chance to be read by a highly intelligent readership that is committed to the arts. If your work is of a superior quality—you will find a home in Brainchild.

    We encourage you to go to brainchildmagazine.org and submit to us through our Submittable page. There you will find a list of writers and artists whose work best fits our publication. Our submission period has been extended until 2/5.

    If you have any questions or queries regarding content, please feel free to email us at editor@brainchildmagazine.org, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You can also keep up with any news we release by following our accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KSUbrainchild) and Twitter (@ksu_brainchild). We look forward to your submissions and the opportunity to work with you.

    Zachary Nickels, Editor in Chief

  • 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

  • Winter Involvement Fair - Learn Ways To Become Engaged on Campus

    Winter Involvement Fair: Get Involved! Connect with student organizations and student service departments to find ways to be engaged on campus.

    Date: Tuesday, January 12 – Friday, January 15, 2016
    Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Location: Student Center East, East Terrace

    Tuesday 1/12/16 - Special Interest, Service, and Cultural Organizations

    Wednesday 1/13/16 - Fraternities & Sororities

    Thursday 1/14/16 - Pre-Professional and Academic Organizations

    Friday 1/15/16 - Student Service Departments

  • Toys for Tots Donation Box in BH until 12/16

    Since 1995, Toys for Tots has helped spread cheer during the holiday season through the generosity of donors. The UIC community is joining this effort by collecting toys for excited Cook County children. Please consider donating this year and brightening the life of a young child.

    New and unwrapped toys for children ages 0-13 can be dropped off at any of the collection sites on East Campus. Toys that are used or contain weapons or food cannot be accepted.

    Collection boxes located at:

    Graduate College Front Office – UH 603

    Honors College – Burnham 103

    Toys for Tots donation boxes will be available at UIC until 12/16.  Please contact Marie Khan (mkhanj@uic.edu; 312-355-3456) with any questions.

  • 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.

  • Kaplan's 'Fall Event Series' in December

    See the attached flyer to see specific dates for each event 

    Free Practice Tests

    Learn what to expect and how you’d score on the exam with our Free Practice Test. You’ll also get a detailed breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses on the exam.


    Bootcamp sessions include a breakdown of each exam, a discussion of Kaplan’s core strategies, practice on the most difficult question types, and tips on improving time management and endurance skills.

    Inside the Classroom

    These sessions offer live glimpses into live Kaplan classes. Watch one of Kaplan's highest­rated instructors teach our core strategic approaches to answering test questions on. You'll also have the opportunity to have your questions answered by an expert.

  • Science Fair Judges Needed - 12/14

    The UIC WISE program has been asked to recruit science fair judges for the Upper Grade (6-8) Science Fair at Mark T. Skinner Fine Art & Technology School. They are looking for judges to evaluate the projects. If you or someone you know is able to come and help out, it will be appreciated. 

    Judges just need to have a willingness to help a young person make their science project better. UIC students, staff and faculty are all welcome to volunteer. There is a good number of volunteers already, but still a few more people are needed to help out. The science teacher will have an easy scoring rubric to follow.

    The Science Fair judging will take place on Monday, December 14th from 9:45 to 12:45 in the gym.

    Skinner is located near Whitney Young High School at 1260 W Adams St in Chicago.

    If you can volunteer, please email Veronica Arreola at via@uic.edu.

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes, Deadline 2/23

    The US-UK Fulbright Commission has opened applications for the UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Undergraduates.  

    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 at Shakespeare’s Globe

    Durham University Summer Institute

    King’s College London Summer Institute

    University of Bristol Summer Institute

    University of Exeter Summer Institute

    Queen’s University Belfast

    Scotland 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 3.7 All 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.    

    The US-UK Fulbright Commission would greatly appreciate your efforts in circulating information about these programmes amongst your eligible students.   

    Application instructions have also been placed on the UK Summer Institute webpage for student reference. We recommend they read all the information on the website before beginning an application as it may answer many initial questions.   


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

  • Shout out for the Humanities ($5,000 in cash prizes)

    Why do you love the humanities?  Let us know by entering the Shout Out for the Humanities contests!

    Who: Current UIC undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate as individuals or teams.

    What: Design an original project that answers such questions as: Why is studying the humanities (literature, foreign languages and cultures, history, philosophy, art history) important to you? To society? How would you convince your parents, an employer, a politician, or others that there is value in learning the humanities?

    How: Express why you consider the humanities to be valuable using any medium.  Make a video, website, or other digital project; make a photo collage, comic strip, cartoon, infographic, or other visual art project; conduct an interview; write a song, short story, or essay.  All submissions must be made online and in an electronic format.

    Why: Because we need your help advocating for the humanities in higher education! And because there will be cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners.  A panel of distinguished UIC faculty members will judge your submission based on the clarity, quality, and impact of your message.

    Need help? Not sure what to make?  Get free tech advice and assistance:

    Wed. November 25, 2- 3pm and Wed. December 2, 2 - 3pm in 1750 UH

    Are you ready to shout out? For more information contact uichumanities@gmail.com or visit huminst.uic.edu/ifth/events/special-events/2015_2016/shout-out-for-the-humanities.  Submissions due Feb. 1.  

  • CUPPA Coffee - Info Session for Public Policy and Urban Studies Majors

    Drop in for a CUPPA Coffee!

    Public Policy and Urban Studies Majors Info Session by UIC's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Student Center East, White Oak Room (Take the escalator up just before the food court)

    Stop by to grab a CUPPA coffee and a bite to eat and learn more about our undergraduate degrees in Public Policy and Urban Studies. CUPPA also offers minors in Public Policy, Urban Studies, and Geographic Information Systems. Learn more about declaring a major or minor in CUPPA.

    CUPPA's undergraduate programs will help you develop critical skills to make a more just, resilient, and livable world.Inherit Yesterday. Imagine Tomorrow.

    Wednesday, 11/18/15

    11AM to 1PM

    Student Center East, White Oak Room (Take the escalator up just before the food court)

    Find more info about CUPPA at http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/

  • Free test prep events from Kaplan

    At the end of this post are three flyers featuring information for upcoming Kaplan events for pre-health students (MCAT, etc.), pre-business students (GRE, GMAT, etc.), and pre-law students (LSAT). The events include practice tests, "bootcamps" (strategy sessions), and "inside the classroom" (glimpses inside of a live Kaplan class). Students can register through the links found on the flyers.  

  • Cultural Vistas Fellowship, Apply by Jan. 26, 2016

    The Cultural Vistas Fellowship affords underrepresented U.S. university students the unique opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in another culture. Cultural Vistas will select up to 12 fellows to take part in this multinational professional development program that includes eight-week summer internships in Argentina, Germany, and India. This fellowship opportunity is funded by Cultural Vistas.


    Candidates for the Cultural Vistas Fellowship must meet the following requirements:

    U.S. citizens enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited U.S. college or university
    Sophomore or junior academic status at the time of application; 
    minimum GPA of 3.0
    Ages 18-30
    No formal prior work or study abroad experiences
    Prior knowledge of language of host country (applicable in Germany and Argentina only)

    Strong preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in international exchange.

    This includes, but is not limited to Pell Grant recipients; veterans; first-generation college students; STEM majors; members of minority communities within the United States; and non-traditional students. 

    For more info, visit: http://culturalvistas.org/cvfellowship 


  • Up to Us Net Impact Challenge Team Members Needed

    Up to Us is a national campus competition that educates students about the national debt and specifically student debt. It seeks to empower students to make more of their time on campus and to learn about what debt means for America's future. The Clinton Foundation, Net Impact and the Peter G Peterson Foundation sponsor the campaign. In the fall semester, we will be hosting a social media campaign around My 2 Cents Day to get students motivated and interested in learning about their part in the economic future of America. In the spring semester, we will be hosting a longer campaign with more events delving into what types of debt are faced by different Americans and how we are all affected by debt. If the campaign is successful, our team from UIC will be recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in San Francisco, CA!

    If you are interested in learning more about Up to Us and getting involved in the challenge team please go to http://www.itsuptous.org/ and contact Gayatri Sanku at sanku2@uic.edu by 10/7.

  • 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 toindianareviewonline@gmail.com. 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 jonrizik@yahoo.com

    Applicants can visit the website at http://hkdproductions.com/screenplaycompetition 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. http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Education/Undergraduate/Student-Awards-and-Events/Physiology-Video-Contest/Application-Information

  • 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 http://www.goodmorningmenagerie.com/submit.html.

  • 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: www.missourireview.com/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 http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/. If you have any questions regarding the Editors’ Prize Contest, please feel free to e-mail us at: contest_question@moreview.com.

  • 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 http://euroscholars.eu/what-is-euroscholars and http://euroscholars.eu/students/how-to-apply/

  • 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 StatueStories@GoodmanTheatre.org 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 http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Tickets/calendar/talks-events/1516/Statue-Stories-Chicago-Writing-Competition/

  • 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 http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-us-student-program

    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 http://schwarzmanscholars.org/

    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, mhild@uic.edu
    Fulbright ETA –Beth Powers bpowers@uic.edu
    Schwarzman Scholarship –Beth Powers, bpowers@uic.edu

  • 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 uicmocktrial@gmail.com 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.