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  • Physics professor James Eckstein, psychology professor Kara Federmeier, atmospheric sciences professor Atul Jain, chemistry professor Liviu Mirica, computer science professor Grigore Rosu, mechanical science and engineering professor M. Taher Saif, and materials science and engineering professor Charles Schroeder will be awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year.

    Seven Illinois faculty members elected to AAAS

    Seven professors at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have been elected 2022 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows are chosen by their peers for outstanding contribution to the field.

  • Professor Erin Riggs. Photo by Fred Zwicky

    Illinois anthropology professor awarded NEH Fellowship

    Riggs is a contemporary and historical archaeologist with interests in welfare state initiatives, materiality, national belonging and displacement in the recent past. 

  • Offensive linebacker Gabe Jacas awaits the snap

    Illini Football's Jacas named FWAA Freshman All-American

    Outside linebacker Gabe Jacas was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. He's the second Illini in the award's history (2001), and the first ever Illini true freshman to earn the honor. 

  • referee raises Zac Braunagel's hand in victory

    Zac Braunagel named NCAA/B1G Wrestler of the Week

    Redshirt junior Zac Braunagel (197) was named to NCAA Wrestler of the Week and Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the week honors for this weekend's performances against No. 2 Iowa and No. 13 Wisconsin.

  • Smiling U of i cornerback Devon Witherspoon on the sideline during a game

    Witherspoon first Illini defensive back named Consensus All-American

    Witherspoon will be honored with a permanent plaque in Grange Grove, a banner in Memorial Stadium, and his jersey hung in the Smith Center staircase. He's the first Illini to earn consensus honors since Whitney Mercilus in 2011.

  • Illinois inducted into Olympics' inaugural Collegiate Impact Award Class

    The induction by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee honors the top-performing schools represented on Team USA at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

  • Fighting Illini Football Defensive Coordinator Ryan Walters

    Ryan Walters named 247Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year

    Illinois Football ranked in the top 10 in the nation in 17 major defensive categories during the regular season, including leading the nation in interceptions (22), ranking second in scoring defense (12.3), and third in total defense (263.8).

  • Shannon Jr. claps his hands during a game as an Illini crowd looks on

    Terrence Shannon Jr. earns Big Ten Player of the Week honor

    Shannon earns the award after averaging 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting 59.5% from the field, including 56.5% from 3-point range. He led the No. 16 Fighting Illini to a 2-1 record on the week, including a top-10 victory.

  • Highly Cited researchers this year at Illinois are: clockwise, from top left, Elizabeth Ainsworth, Brent Roberts, Donald Ort, Atul Jain, Ed Diener, Arend van der Zande, Kaiyu Guan, Jennifer A. Lewis and Axel Hoffmann.

    Nine Illinois scientists rank among world's most influential

    The 2022 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers. 

  • Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton, recently retired from the Harlem Globetrotters, presents the Emmy Award to U of I producers Tim Hartin and Kaitlin Southworth.

    'Cold War: Illinois Stories' wins Mid-America Regional Emmy Award

    “Cold War: Illinois Stories” won the Mid-America Regional Emmy Award for best magazine program. It was the seventh Emmy for producer Tim Hartin, and the cap to his thirty year career at Illinois.

  • Fellowship awardees Owen MacDonald (History), Adrian Wong (Institute for Communications Research), and Marisa Natale (History).

    Three grad students receive Fulbright-Hays Fellowships for doctoral research abroad

    These are highly competitive fellowships that support dissertation-level research abroad in 'modern foreign languages and area studies.' Fellowships provide a stipend, cover research and travel expenses, and offer up to 12 months of support.

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign chemistry professor Martin D. Burke has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.  Photo by Fred Zwicky

    Burke elected to National Academy of Medicine

    'Dr. Burke’s election is well-deserved recognition of his pioneering research methods ...a testament to his unwavering focus on finding solutions that can directly impact people’s lives and the health of our  communities,” Chancellor Jones said.

  • graphic shows profile image of Chase Brown with text, 'Chase Brown: Chasing History

    Chase Brown: Chasing History

    The nation's leading rusher is Illini Chase Brown. He's the first Illini to rush for 100+ yards in the first seven games of a season, leads the nation in all-purpose yards, yards gained after contact, and rushes of 10+ yards. This website is all about him.

  • Voyager Scholarship winners Ella Dennis and Linh Nguyen

    Illinois students selected for inaugural Voyager Scholarships

    The inaugural Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service, also known as Voyager Scholarships, provide up to $50,000 to use toward education-related expenses, and a $10,000 stipend toward an immersive work-travel experience.

  • Alma Mater statue in golden light of sunset. Photo by Fred Zwicky

    University invests $50 million in faculty-hiring initiative

    'Our plans to (grow the faculty) were put on hold while we managed the effects of the pandemic. It is now time to reinvigorate our commitment to increasing the number of excellent tenure-stream faculty on campus,' said Chancellor Jones.

  • Graduates, Dean's List and Bronze Tablet honorees named

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has announced 9,193 Dean’s List students, 261 Bronze Tablet honorees and approaching 10,000 graduates for the 2022 spring semester. 

  • Professor Govindjee in his office, surrounded by memorabilia from decades of studying photosynthesis

    Govindjee receives Lifetime Achievement Award for photosynthesis research

    Pant biology professor emeritus Govindjee was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Photosynthesis Research for 'contributions to chlorophyll fluorescence induction and photosystem II function.'

  • Eight employees honored with Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award

    Eight civil service employees were recognized for exceptional performance by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Illinois designated a First-gen Forward institution

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has been designated a First-gen Forward institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) and The Suder Foundation.

  • Illinois Global Institute centers receive almost $13.2 million in Title VI funding

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is one of this year’s top Title VI funding recipients in the country. 

  • Illinois alumna receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Gies College of Business alumna and Brigadier General Wilma Vaught served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1985, becoming one of the most highly decorated military women in U.S. history at the time of her retirement. 

  • U of I's Formula SAE race car cruises down the track

    Illini Motorsports: National Champions!

    For the first time in its Formula SAE 40-year history, U of I's team won both competitions that comprised the 2022 Formula SAE National Collegiate series, finishing as the national champions with a nearly clean sweep of first-place trophies.

  • separate images of Kofi Cockburn and Olivia Howell

    Cockburn, Howell Named Dike Eddleman Athletes of the Year

    Ffirst-team basketball All-American Kofi Cockburn and track All-American Olivia Howell are winners of the 2021-22 Dike Eddleman Award, presented annually to the top Fighting Illini male and female athlete. 

  • 16 Illinois students, recent graduates offered Fulbright grants

    Sixteen Illinois students and recent graduates were offered Fulbright grants to pursue international education, research and teaching experiences around the globe. Another six students were named Fulbright alternates.

  • Awards recognize excellence in public engagement

    Outstanding individual and group outreach efforts were recognized for their knowledge and expertise to issues for the public good.

  • Ralph Nuzzo named Kavli Prize Laureate

    Ralph Nuzzo, professor emeritus of chemistry, is one of four recipients of the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. Kavli Prize honors scientists for breakthroughs that transform our understanding of the world.

  • Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, an affiliate faculty member at the Beckman Institute and a professor of mechanical science and engineering

    Beckman professor elected to European Academy of Sciences & Arts

    Martin Ostoja-Starzewski was nominated by colleagues in Europe on the basis of his scholarship, editorial activities, and collaboration with European institutions and European centers of scholarship.

  • Campus Award for Excellence in Faculty Leadership winners from 2022 (top) and 2021.

    Campus honors four more with awards for excellence in faculty leadership

    The Office of the Provost sponsors the campus-level awards in recognition of faculty members who distinguish themselves in their vision of the future and their efforts to enable and promote others in shaping that future.

  • U of I is a top producer of Fulbright U.S. scholars

    Twelve scholars from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign were awarded Fulbright awards for 2021-2022 — making the university the top doctoral degree-granting institution in terms of numbers of scholars offered grants.

  • Professor William Trent

    William Trent wins Spencer Foundation Mentorship Award

    'We wanted to tell the story of his mentorship from his students’ perspective... We each had our own personal story of how Dr. Trent had affected us as humans and scholars, and when we shared our stories his cumulative impact was clear.'

  • Professor Nancy Sottos. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Professor Nancy Sottos elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Election to the NAS is one of the highest professional honors a scientist can receive. Sottos is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • Professor of Physics and Astronomy Charles Gammie poses in his office with physics graduate students Ben Prather and George Wong. Photo by Brian Stauffer

    UI researchers share Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

    Illinois professor Charles Gammie's theoretical working group helped create the first-ever image of a black hole.

  • University invests $24 million into Investment for Growth Proposals

    The university is generating new sources of revenue while continuing to invest in education, research and public engagement.

  • Materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos, left, and history professor Maria Todorova are among 261 elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year.

    Two elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Materials science and engineering professor Nancy Sottos and history professor Maria Todorova have been elected to the AAAS  in recognition of their accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research.

  • Dean James Anderson poses with State Senator and UI alumna Cristina Pacione-Zayas in the Capitol Building

    Illinois State Legislature honors Dean James D. Anderson

    Legislators recognized a giant within the field of education last week ahead of his approaching retirement. College of Education Dean James D. Anderson was presented with a proclamation honoring his invaluable contributions to the state.

  • Hunter Heck celebrates a point in an Illini Men's Tennis match

    Heck earns second B1G Athlete of the Week honor

    Hunter Heck extended his singles win streak to eight and moved to 14-4 on the season including 5-0 in Big Ten Play on Saturday.

  • Sydney Sickles in her pitching motion

    Sickels named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

    After a dominant week that included two complete-game shutouts, senior right handed pitcher Sydney Sickels was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.  Another Illini, Tori McQueen, won the honor last week. 

  • Mariama Mwilambwe, a junior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was awarded a $30,000 Truman Scholarship. Mwilambwe was one of 58 Truman Scholars selected from a pool of 705 nominees from colleges and universities across the country.  Photo by Maya Emptage

    Truman Scholarship awarded to political science major

    Beyond the $30,000 scholarship toward graduate study, junior Mariama Mwilambwe will also participate in professional development programming to help prepare her for a career in public service leadership.

  • sophomore left-handed pitcher Tori McQueen delivers a pitch

    McQueen named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week

    After a stellar week in the circle, including two complete-game victories over Wisconsin last Saturday, sophomore left hander Tori McQueen was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference office.

  • Illinois chemistry professors So Hirata and Prashant Jain and dance professor Cynthia Oliver received 2022 Guggenheim Fellowships.     So Hirata photo Courtesy Illinois Department of Chemistry, Prashant Jain photo by L. Brian Stauffer, Cynthia Oliver photo by Lyosha Svinarski.

    Three Illinois professors awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

    Dance professor Cynthia Oliver, chemistry professors So Hirata and Prashant Jain are among 180 artists, writers, scholars and scientists chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 2,500 applicants, according to the Guggenheim Foundation.

  • portrait images of the 28 winners of campus instructional excellence awards. Portraits by Michelle Hassel, graphic by Fred Zwicky

    Announcing the Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction

    Faculty and staff members and graduate teaching assistants at Illinois are being honored for excellence in teaching, mentoring and advising, collectively known as the Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction.

  • Men's Basketball head coach Brad Underwood poses with Big Ten trophy and Governor J. B. Pritzker

    Illini Men's Basketball recognized at State Capital

    The Illini Men's Basketball program was honored in Springfield on Tuesday in recognition of winning the 2022 Big Ten Championship.

  • Stephanie Fortado. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

    Illinois labor scholar awarded ACLS fellowship

    Labor scholar Stephanie Fortado was awarded a 2022 fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to support her first book, 'Race, Recreation and Rebellion: Public Parks, Policing and Black Youth in Cleveland, Ohio, 1932-2020.'

  • exterior view of Carl Woese Institute of Genomic Biology at Illinois

    Institute for Genomic Biology: 15 years of scientific contribution

    The Illinois General Assembly officially recognized IGB for fifteen years of genomic research addressing major societal issues in the areas of agriculture, environmental conservation, health, wellness, technology, and society. 

  • Gymnast Mia Takekawa celebrates with teammates

    Mia Takekawa makes history on Senior Day

    Illini Gymnast Mia Takekawa set a new program record in the all-around with a 39.750, beating Giana O'Connor's (Bowling Green) previous record of 39.625. Takekawa also became the first Illini to score two 10's in program history.

  • Overlooking Solar Farm 2.0 south of Champaign near the Village of Savoy

    U of I ranks 25th nationally on EPA’s list of on-site green power users

    This is the first time the U of I has made the EPA's Top 30 list. Because of the output from two utility-scale solar farms and multiple rooftop arrays, Illinois is also third among U.S. universities in on-site clean power production.

  • computer science and electrical and computer engineering professor Bo Li received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship this year.  Photo courtesy computer science

    Computer science professor named 2022 Sloan Research Fellow

    'The Sloan Fellowship is one of most prestigious awards available to early-career scientists, and we are thrilled that Professor Li’s distinguished reputation is being recognized,' said U of I Provost Andreas Cangellaris.

  • Photos of Nahrstedt and Hammack by Brian Stauffer. Photo of Hashash by Thompson-McClellan

    Three elected to National Academy of Engineering

    Chemical and biomolecular engineering professor William Hammack, civil and environmental engineering professor Youssef Hashash and computer science professor Klara Nahrstedt are newly elected members of the NAE.

  • NCSA reflects on 35 years as a supercomputing powerhouse

    In 1983,  U of I astrophysicist Larry Smarr and seven colleagues submitted an unsolicited proposal to the National Science Foundation, asking for funding for a supercomputer center at Illinois. NSF funded five of them the following year.

  • stock image of hands working on a laptop

    U of I's online master's programs atop U.S.News rankings

    Seven U of I online master's programs are in the top ten rankings of U.S.News & World Report's latest survey.