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  • About this blog

    Thanks for taking the time to read this. I intend to use this blog as a forum to communicate all sorts of opportunities and advice to MEP students (yes, this includes ICE participants). Initially, we'll use the listserv to remind you of this content. As always, please feel free to contact me or the MEP staff if we can help enhance your experience on campus.

  • The idea of clustering classes

    When students "cluster" in courses, they simply sign up for the same sections for select courses. By doing so, they know that they will have the same academic experience with others that they are familiar with. I would like to encourage MEP students to do this so that we can provide academic support whenever possible. It is easier when students have a common experience. If you would like to cluster with other MEP students, please post a reply stating what class(es) and section(s) you're signing up for. If it is a special section (e.g., merit, honors, etc), please say so. Lets focus on math and science courses, but feel free to post any classes you want others to consider signing up for.

  • Experience and service: consider ENG 298: LINC

    If you're looking for an experience that you can confidently talk about during an interview, consider participating in one of the Learning in the Community (LINC) courses. These classes are project-based, so they may take some time to do (~ 10 hrs/week). This is especially true for those who have not yet had internships and/or research experiences.

  • What I learned from CH2MHill yesterday

    Its an interesting idea of starting a company with some random name composed of the first initial of the founders' last names. It may be hard for people to recognize a company like that, but nonetheless it would make an interesting trivia question someday. It is very clear that companies look for MATCHES when scanning resumes.

  • Interesting web ethnography site and videos

    As my interests in technology and education merge, I have found some interesting ethnography topics bouncing around the web. The insights relevant to you are that you are in the middle of this... how do you learn, innovate, and persist in technology taking these things into consideration? Importantly, how do you integrate with people who do not engage in these things (such as potential employers, deans, mentors)?? Now, don't visit these sites when you're supposed to be doing work... (chances are that if you're reading this, you're not in the book-learning mode anyway). Links below...

  • EPA job announcement: 11/13/09

    Here is an example of a job window for the EPA... 4-days! Description here, HR contact info below. Opens: 11-18-09, Closes: 11-22-09 Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Environmental) GS-819/1301-7/9, located in the Air & Radiation Division, Air Enforcement & Compliance Assurance Branch, Air Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Section (MI/WI) in Chicago, IL. This is a Federal Career Intern Position (FCIP).

  • Department of Homeland Security Scholarship: 1/5/2010

    Stipend ($1,000/month for 9 months during the academic year; $5,000 for the 10-week summer internship), full tuition and fees, and internship appointment. Jan. 5, 2010 deadline for application. Details below---

  • Procrastination seminar

    Putting off things for tomorrow what you can do today? Go to the "Procrastination Workshop" on Dec. 1st from 7-9pm in 406 Illini Union! We'll you there.

  • Job Openings at Noblis - DC Metro Area - IT, Air Traffic Control, Nuclear Safety

    FYI: Noblis is hiring for the following positions. Noblis is an independent nonprofit organization whose charter is to apply science and technology in serving the public good. Visit to learn more about Noblis. * Lead WebSphere / SOA Engineer * Senior Systems Test EngineerTest Bed Integration * Systems Engineer for Aviation Communication * Sr. Staff to Lead Part time Physics / Nuclear Engineer Details below. Please email me your interest so that I can get you in touch with our contact.

  • HSF Scholarship Applications due Dec. 15th

    Please view the attached flyers. One is a HSF general scholarship ad and the other describes their specific scholarship sponsored by Hormel ($2,500 for junior with GPA >3.0). The Deadline is December 15, 2009. Links below.

  • Spring Art+Design Open Courses

    The following Art+Design classes have open seats available to non-art majors. (see below)

  • Environmental Health internships

    CDC/ATSDRs National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) is offering a 10-week summer internship program for students in Environmental Studies, Ecology, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, and other related majors to take place June 9-August 13, 2010. Details below.

  • Courses in Entrepreneurship still open

    Below is information on two new business courses in entrepreneurship, open to all majors, that form the foundation for the upcoming minor in entrepreneurship. Both courses are offered in spring 2010 and there are still places for students in both.

  • Internship/Scholarship Opportunity: U.S. Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) due January 5th, 2010

    Announcing: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Scholarships and Summer Internships for Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Faculty Details below.

  • Internship Opportunity: SMART at the University of Colorado at Boulder due Feb. 15, 2010

    The SMART Program at Colorado-Boulder is a 10-week research internship that prepares undergraduates for graduate programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Details below.

  • Scholarship Opportunity: SMART Scholarship/Internship due Dec 15, 2009

    The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a DoD research facility. Details below and at

  • How to find undergraduate research opportunities

    There are several ways to do research on campus. One way is to discuss your interest to do research with your faculty advisor and/or your chief advisor in your department. They will normally be able to steer you towards specific opportunities and/or faculty conducting research in your area of interest. You may discuss your interest with faculty in your major as well. You might view their research websites to know what areas they do work in. There are a couple of formal opportunities that we have on campus. MEP students should apply through ISUR. These are described in the engineering wiki: Also, the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsors research at different campuses, details at:

  • The Vanguard Women in Information Technology Scholarship Program

    The Vanguard Women in Information Technology Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $8,000 to female students studying computer science, computer engineering, Web design, or another IT-related field. To be considered, you must: * Be a female college student entering your senior year of college in fall 2010. * Be enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college or university in the United States. * Be pursuing a major in computer science, computer engineering, Web design, or another IT-related discipline. * Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. * Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.

  • APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women: deadline February 1, 2010

    The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor. The Watson lab has a full range of research, as does the Almaden lab, and the Austin lab focuses on software and systems. Research areas of the internship are individually chosen so as to optimize the match between the skills and interests of the student, and the ongoing research programs of the laboratory. Applications for summer 2010 will be due February 1, 2010, and notification of results will begin in early April. Eligibility * Must be female with sophomore or junior standing at a U.S. college or university at the time of application * Must be majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering, computer science or engineering, chemical, electrical, mechanical engineering * Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA * No citizenship restriction.

  • For those interested in the Spanish minor

    Before you declare the minor, you should be in or have completed SPAN 200, 204 or 228. Then, you submit the declaration form found on the following site: Attached is a schematic of the process.

  • Microsoft College Scholarships-- Feb. 1, 2010 deadline

    If youre interested in applying for the 2010-2011 academic year scholarships, make sure you postmark your application by February 1, 2010 in order for your application to be considered. Microsoft selects final candidates based on the following criteria: * Eligibility * Quality of application * Displayed interest in the software industry * Commitment to leadership * Financial need Link below.

  • Google Scholarship Program (Hispanics), Feb 16, 2010 deadline

    The Google Scholarship Program offers funds to students studying computer science or computer engineering who are juniors or seniors in college or pursuing a Master's or PhD. Selected scholars will be invited to an all-expenses paid trip to the Google Headquarters in California in spring 2011. Application Deadline: February 16, 2010 Individual Awards: $10,000 Eligibility Requirements: * Must be of Hispanic background * Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico * Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year * Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time for the upcoming academic year * Must have a minimum GPA of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale * Must demonstrate financial need * Must be a junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in computer science or computer engineering for the 2010-2011 academic year Link below.

  • The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for women, Feb. 1, 2010 deadline

    The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the legacy of Anita Borg and her efforts to encourage women to pursue careers in computer science and technology. The scholarship is offered in the United States. Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible: * be a female student entering her senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program in the 2010-2011 academic year at a university in the United States; * be enrolled in Computer Science or Computer Engineering program, or a closely related technical field as a full-time student for the 2010-2011 academic year; * maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in your current program. Link below

  • The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), Jan. 20, 2010 deadline

    A 10-Week Summer Internship Program Opportunities for Women and Minority Students The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is an Internship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy to provide opportunities to women and under-represented minority students who are pursuing academic majors related to the Fossil Energy mission.

  • ACS (American Chemistry Society) Scholarship, March 1, 2010 deadline

    Chemistry Scholarships for African American, Hispanic, and American Indian Students. ACS awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry- related fields. Awards of up to $5,000* are given to qualified students based on academic standing, financial need, career objective, leadership skills, and involvement in school activities and community service. If you are an African American, Hispanic, or American Indian high school senior or college freshman, sophomore, or junior pursuing a college degree in the chemical sciences or chemical technology, you may be eligible.

  • Illinois Leadership Center programs for early January

    Best of luck on the end of finals! As you consider what youll do over winter break, consider spending some quality time with friends while improving important skills with us! The Illinois Leadership Center is hosting two i-programs over winter break our Insight and Ignite program. Details below.

  • Accenture 2010 Scholarship Program, January 31, 2010

    This scholarship program was created to encourage minorities to pursue degrees in engineering, computer science, and a variety of programs related to information systems and decision or management sciences. ELIGIBILITY: * Applicants to this program must be: African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or Asian American. * U.S. citizen, permanent resident, asylee or refugee. * Enrolled in at least the third year of course work by the fall semester 2010 in a full-time undergraduate program in engineering (electrical, industrial, mechanical, or systems are preferred), computer science, information systems (accounting, business, computer, management and related), decision or management sciences, or other programs whose curricula are equivalent to the above. * Above-average in academic performance. Generally, this means that the applicant is at least a B student; however, the difficulty of curriculum concentration and course selection will be considered. * Proficient in quantitative skills as evidenced through quantitative course work and/or exams. * Scholarship awards of $2,500 are awarded to outstanding students for undergraduate study.

  • Dept. of Energy internship program, March 31, 2010

    The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program offers talented undergraduate and graduate students summer internship positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. All internships include paid lodging, round trip airfare, and monetary compensation. As Program participants, students receive an intensive 10-week assignment to "jump-start" their careers and develop their potential for future opportunities within the federal government. Students work side-by-side with leading scientists, engineers, and other top professionals to develop professional skills and enhance leadership capabilities. They seek students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic majors, including, but not limited to: *Engineering* Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Material, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Nuclear, and Petroleum. (including some areas in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Business) Details below.

  • Microsoft College Scholarship, Deadline: February 1, 2010

    Microsoft is excited to announce its scholarship program for the 20102011 academic year! We would like to invite interested students to apply and hope you can help advertise this great opportunity within your student group. Below are more details regarding the Program. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2010 and we will target announcing recipients by March 19, 2010. Microsoft College scholarships are designed to encourage students to pursue studies in computer science and related technical disciplines. Students will be awarded scholarships in recognition of their passion for software, academic excellence, and ability to make a difference in the software industry. At Microsoft, we want to encourage students from groups currently under-represented in the field of computer science to pursue technical degrees. While all candidates who meet the criteria for eligibility described below may apply, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, under-represented minority students or students with disabilities. Minority applicants must be a member of one of the following groups under-represented in the software field: African American, Hispanic or Native American. Microsoft will review all applications and select final candidates on the basis of eligibility, quality of application, displayed interest in the software industry, commitment to leadership and financial need. We will target announcing scholarship recipients by March 19, 2010.

  • National Nuclear Security Administration Co-op & Internship, Deadline: February 6, 2010

    Make the most of your summer by earning real-life, hands-on experience while getting paid! The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) manages and secures the nations nuclear weapons, prevents nuclear terrorism, and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. The NNSA has partnered with SHPE, SACNAS and MAES to provide undergraduate students and masters students with challenging, educational internship opportunities in a federal laboratory or office. Summer interns work 40 hours for 10 weeks and earn a stipend. Travel to the internship location is also provided.

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program, Deadline: February 28, 2010

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers: -Scholarship support -Paid research training at the NIH during the summer -Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation

  • Counseling Center's Power Reading Course, Deadline: March 15, 2010

    The "Power Reading Course" is designed to help students improve their reading speed, concentration, comprehension and productivity. This is a non-graded, non-credit, twelve session course that meets for 50 minutes on a M-W or T-TH sequence. Sessions will be available twice a semester. Books and materials will be provided. A materials fee of $15.00 will be assessed each student.

  • Oregon State University Ocean Sciences REU Program, Deadline: February 15, 2010

    Come discover the Oregon Coast! From Estuaries to the Deep Sea...OSU's Research Experience for Undergraduates. Are you a Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Computer Science major? Take advantage of the opportunity to gain research experience while exploring the exciting interdisciplinary field of ocean science research! Oregon State University is offering summer marine science internships to 20 college students through its Research experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences in Corvallis. The 10-week program matches qualified students with faculty mentors representing a wide range of ocean science research interests, including: Cetacean/Fisheries Conservation Genetics; Marine Aquaculture; Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography; Marine Geology; Coastal Ecology; Marine Renewable Energy; Marine Biological Invasions; Satellite Remote Sensing and many others.

  • Accenture Scholarship Program for Minorities, Deadline: January 31, 2010

    Accenture is now accepting applications for the 2010 scholarship program for minority students. The Accenture Scholarship Program for Minorities, which is part of the companys commitment to growing and developing talent in the communities where our people live and work, supports minority students pursuing degrees in engineering, computer science, and programs related to information systems and decision sciences. We will award one-time scholarships of $2500 to students enrolled in full-time undergraduate programs during the 2010/2011 academic year.

  • Transition from blogspot to this blog

    Please note that we will start to use this blog to communicate MEP announcements.  The former blog: will no longer be supported.



    --Dean Favila

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Deadlines vary

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund:  HSF.NET

    See Attached flyers for more information.  Marathon Oil Scholarship deadline is October 1, 2012

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

    • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
    • Be a U.S. citizen OR legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551
    • Be pursuing or plan to pursue your first undergraduate or graduate degree
    • Must plan to apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning January 2012
    • Plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam in the upcoming academic year.
  • Boren $20,000 Study Abroad Scholarship

    Multiple Illinois students each year receive $20,000 towards their studies abroad under the Boren Program, and it would be great if more of our students were aware of this fantastic opportunity.

  • Undergrad Research Fellowships with NCSA

    NCSA is looking for Illinois undergraduate students who have big ideas and the creativity, skill, and drive needed to bring them to life.    Join NCSA from 4 to 6 pm Oct. 24 for NCSA SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation).

  • CODE 2040

    CODE2040 Fellows Program

    The CODE2040 Fellows Program matches high performing black and latino undergraduate and graduate software engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships, and also provides them with the insight, networks and support to ensure their successful participation in the high tech innovation economy.

  • REU in Renewable Energy at Colorado School of Mines (May 27, 2013 to August 2, 2013)

    The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC) REU program invites exceptional undergraduate math, science, and engineering students to participate in a ten-week summer research program addressing fundamental materials issues related to the science and technology of renewable energy. These highly interdisciplinary studies focus on multiple areas that are open to all materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, chemical engineering, and computer science majors.

    Benefits include a $4,500 stipend, on-campus housing, travel reimbursement, and financial support to present research results at an upcoming national conference. Application materials, as well as videos of the college campus, REMRSEC, and previous student research projects can be found at

  • LAS Blockbuster Courses!

    LAS blockbuster courses are exciting, co-taught, multidisciplinary courses for advanced undergraduates who want to learn how to apply content area knowledge in humanities, social science, and science to address real-world problems. Students will work with other highly-motivated students and outstanding professors from outside their majors to gain precisely the kinds of skills that employers are looking for.

    Each course is designed to:

  • Make-A-Difference Scholarships

    The Illinois Club is now accepting scholarship applications online for next year. The awards offered are:

    • Make-A-Difference Awards - $2,000 each, three to five awards
    • Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award - $3,600
    • Susan T. Haney Social Work Award - $3,000
    • Isabelle Purnell Education Awards - $2,000 each, three to five awards

    You will be considered for all awards for which you are eligible.

    The Application Deadline is November 1, 11:59PM


  • Student Open House - Meet with reps from Accenture, Allstate and Northrop Grumman


    Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada


    Accenture, Allstate and Northrop Grumman all have a strong commitment to inclusion and diversity. Take this opportunity to learn and ask questions about their recruiting process and initiatives. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Jennifer DeLuna at



  • Hungry for an Internship: The SEO Difference

    Info Session: Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:30-6:30 p.m., BIF Room 2007

    Since 1980, the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career Program has provided underrepresented students of color with summer internships leading to full-time jobs, with an offer rate of over 75% across all of their programs. The SEO Career Program trains and places talented students of color in 8-10 week PAID (up to $1300 per week) internships in 13 challenging industry areas. At the upcoming info session SEO Career Program Manager/Recruiter Elisa Ramos will provide guidance and insight on how to access the SEO Career Program opportunity and position yourself for success in the application and interview process. Please visit and come prepared with your resume and questions!


  • GATX Corporation is Hiring

    GATX is looking for talented students from a variety of backgrounds for their Corporate Analyst Program (CAP) and Operations Analyst Program (OP). The ideal CAP candidate has a Bachelors degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA, strong intellectual horsepower, an analytical mind, a demonstrated work ethic and an interest in the transportation industry. Potential OP candidates will also meet these qualifications along with holding a degree in Engineering or other related technical area relevant to industrial operations. GATX is a leader in their industry and provides fantastic growth opportunities for their employees to excel! To learn more and apply for these positions, log-in to I-Link and search for Job ID#65422 (CAP) and 65318 (OP).


  • Dad Association Scholarship

    The Dads Association will award 6 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 in January 2013. To be eligible, the student must have an application for financial assistance on file with the Office of Financial Aid and submit a scholarship application.

    Applications due: November 16, 2012 @ 5pm.


  • Last LER Informational Meeting Quickly Approaching

    The School of Labor and Employment Relations has one more scheduled informational meetings for students interested in pursuing HR/IR for graduate school. This meeting will take place on Thursday, November 8th from 5pm – 6:30pm in the LER Building, Room 47.

    For additional information please see the attached flyer or contact Beck Barker at




  • Information about T&M minor

    See attached file for information concerning the Technology and Management minor.

  • Meet with Accenture, Allstate, and Northrop Grumman

    Accenture, Allstate and Northrop Grumman have a strong

    commitment to inclusion and diversity. Take this opportunity

    to learn and ask questions about their recruiting process

    and initiatives. All are welcome!


    When: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

    Where: Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St.

    No registration needed.


  • Women's Career Institute: The Power of Negotiation

    Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5-6 p.m., Women’s Resources Center


    Statistics show that women are less likely to advocate for better salaries and advancements. In this workshop, students learn tactics for negotiating for earning what they’re truly worth. Learn how to not undersell yourself! Learn more here