blog posts Student Success Initiative aims to further improve undergrad success Aug 20, 2019 11:30 am As part of ongoing efforts to ensure the university is providing world-class student experiences, Illinois has launched a new effort called the Student Success Initiative. See campus through the eyes of #ILLINOIS2019 Apr 23, 2019 9:15 am Before Illinois graduates go on to change the world, we asked them to share the places on campus that changed their lives. The fun way to explore your academic future: U of I Open House Weekends Mar 18, 2022 2:45 pm Illinois Open House Weekends give you a chance to explore college opportunities and get up-close, hands-on experiences related to your interests. Engineering team seeks sponsors to fly miniature greenhouse to the moon Mar 22, 2017 3:15 pm Illinois freshmen Alex Darragh and Matt Steinlauf want to be the first engineering farmers to plant a seed and grow it on the moon. #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Elizabeth Murphy May 12, 2020 8:45 am 'I worked closely with her...learning lab techniques, scientific writing and presentation skills. My mentor’s patience and willingness to teach enabled me to gain the confidence to pursue a career in chemistry.' Illinois Open House Weekend, March 9 & 10 Feb 21, 2018 3:30 pm The University of Illinois welcomes thousands of students to campus for open house events in the College of Engineering, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and several other campus units. Grilling and BBQ Science class: Making meat more than a meal May 18, 2022 8:00 am A driven undergraduate student, Jenna Spangler, tackles pork loin and fruit in ANSC 210 - Grilling and BBQ Science - at Illinois. Meet student government president Alexis Perezchica Sep 30, 2020 10:45 am Alexis discusses her election experience, what makes ISG so important, and her journey through college as a first-generation student. Illinois music student part of Grammy-nominated ensemble Mar 5, 2021 9:30 am The opportunity for Sophia Byrd to sing in a professional oratorio as a college freshman changed the course of her music education at U of I. It also led to two Grammy nominations for Byrd before she has finished college. Illinois theatre students move year-end showcase online Apr 29, 2020 2:45 pm The seniors’ BFA Acting Showcase moved online after the live event was cancelled. 'The showcase gives them a foot in the door to the professional world. It’s a big loss not to be able to do that,' said Professor Aaron Muñoz. Illinois students, recent graduates receive foreign language scholarships May 28, 2021 9:00 am 'It is telling that U of I recipients of these language scholarships hail from three different colleges on campus, a real testament to the international opportunities available to students from myriad disciplines.' Interested in Illinois? Visit us virtually! Mar 27, 2020 3:30 pm Visit the U of I virtually through a YouTube series and a new VR experience that requires no gear. #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Prince Boadi May 6, 2020 4:30 pm Prince Boadi is the first in his family to attend college, and he isn’t finished yet. He has already been accepted to 10 medical schools. Meet the Illini Hyperloop team Sep 13, 2019 11:15 am Imagine traveling from Champaign to Chicago in 15 minutes at upwards of 700 mph in a pod running through a vacuum tube. Student Success Initiative identifies themes, continues to gather feedback Dec 13, 2019 3:30 pm The Student Success Initiative is an effort to better understand what constitutes, supports and carries forward undergraduate student success by bringing together working groups from across campus. Interested in Illinois? Visit us virtually! May 1, 2020 3:30 pm Visit the U of I virtually through a YouTube series and a new VR experience that requires no gear. Carle Illinois inaugural class profile: Phani Gaddipati Nov 14, 2018 1:45 pm 'Before coming to medical school, people always said it’s a lot of work. What’s kind of surprising is that I am doing a lot of work but it doesn’t feel like work, because I’m learning about things I’m interested in.' Public health training gives hospital chaplain a different perspective Jan 21, 2021 11:00 am Chaplains additionally serve as a kind of go-between for hospital staff, patients, and families. The idea is that if chaplains were more research literate, they would be better able to guide and evaluate and advocate for their profession. Catching bats for conservation May 18, 2021 11:00 am 'With all the intimidation and preparation leading up to this night, I had built the bats up to be something dramatic – even fearsome – in my mind, but sitting there in my hand, the bats are smaller and sweeter than I anticipated. They are fuzzy.' Undergrad's TikTok stardom: From classroom practice to influencer status Feb 17, 2021 10:00 am Sierra Reed says studying advertising at Illinois actually helps her understand how to use TikTok. She’s learned how to measure engagement and target videos to her audience - which isn't exactly the audience she imagined. #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Catherine Applegate May 4, 2020 11:15 am When Catherine Applegate began her graduate research into the effects of diet on cancer, she had no idea that soon she would be experiencing cancer from a completely different perspective – as a patient. Four Illinois students awarded Barry Goldwater scholarships Apr 12, 2018 12:00 pm The national awards recognize students for their potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering Stage-crossing experience offered to 2020, 2021 graduates Mar 9, 2021 10:15 am The stage crossing will be an individual procession specific to each graduate. Graduates can register for a time slot (May 10 - 17). Two guests will be allowed to accompany each graduate as they cross a stage. Details on move-in week at Illinois residence halls Aug 8, 2022 11:30 am Book your move-in slot, see information specific to your residence hall, and check out information on traffic and parking. Plan ahead for a smooth move! Josh Harris: From the Marines to Illini Baseball Mar 28, 2019 8:30 am This 25-year-old left handed pitcher's life and Marine Corp experiences have made him unflappable on the mound, says pitching coach Drew Dickinson. Christina Moawad: Combining problem-solving and compassion Oct 15, 2018 6:15 am 'I didn’t want to limit myself to just creating, or just having human impact. I wanted to be able to be on both sides,' says the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine inaugural student Graduate students adapt to internships Aug 25, 2020 2:30 pm Eleven students in the College of Applied Health Sciences spoke of perseverance, patience and making the most of their revamped opportunities. Carle Illinois inaugural class profiles: Aaron Brown Jan 17, 2019 9:15 am 'Math changed my life in showing me that problem solving is where I wanted to be. That’s what brought me to medicine' Proctor & Gamble 'Smart Lab' opens at U of I Research Park Sep 5, 2019 1:15 pm The Smart Lab will bring together interdisciplinary teams of students from a wide variety of backgrounds to rapidly prototype and innovate in the space of consumer insights. Urbana's Trelease Woods offers old-growth lessons Sep 9, 2019 2:45 pm Partly because of its close proximity to the University of Illinois, which owns it, and partly because it’s so old and rare, the 60-some acres of woodland is one of the most-researched tracts of forest in the world. ADAPTHAUS: A sustainable home for the holidays Dec 3, 2021 9:00 am Nancy and Sumanth Viswanathan fell in love with ADAPTHAUS, a solar-powered, adaptive home built by University of Illinois students that won fourth place in the recent Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. Gies Business's Disruption Lab drives innovation for students, corporate partners Jan 27, 2021 10:30 am 'Emerging technology, social activism, political instability and health outbreaks are all changing the way business is being done. The Disruption Lab will...teach (students and corporate partners) how to leverage these factors for future success.' #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Graduates: Emily Martin May 8, 2020 1:45 pm Emily Martin is a fourth-generation Illini. Although she followed the footsteps of her family members, she paved her own unique path at Illinois. Virtual reality provides new tool for fashion design class Dec 21, 2020 12:15 pm '(Virtual reality) is very suitable for the first stage of ideation of a fashion garment. Students can go around the mannequin and explore shape, colors, texture and different silhouettes,' says Art & Design Professor Chiara Vincenzi. Grammy Awards finds MBA student’s retro gramophone pitch perfect Mar 17, 2021 9:30 am Entrepreneur Anthony Vitale used lessons learned at Illinois to capture the interest of the producers of this year’s Grammy Awards. The Gramophone 2.0 was the star of each presenter’s dressing room, customized to play their music. Four U of I students awarded Boren funding for overseas language study Apr 26, 2023 3:30 pm Graduate student Maxine Katz and undergraduates Neel Khattri, Kellie Sucha and Tina Wayne have received prestigious Boren Awards for study abroad during the 2023-24 academic year. Illini Summer Academies reveal new wonders for teens Jun 20, 2017 1:45 pm It's like suddenly seeing the world in a new way. That's how teens attending the Illinois 4-H Illini Summer Academies describe their time studying with University of Illinois instructors this week. Yu-Chieh Chiu: Clear for take off Jul 6, 2022 9:45 am How the joy of paper planes led graduate student, Yu-Chieh Chiu, to compete on the world stage at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Championships in Austria, and find community at Grainger Engineering Students' first steps back to campus life Aug 12, 2020 10:00 am Everyone on our campus has to do their part to keep our community steps, from planning your move-in to testing immediately upon arrival and picking up your PPE kit. Report shows U of I grads' success in job placement, starting salaries Mar 28, 2023 10:45 am “No matter where they are from or where they land, a degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is one of the best decisions and best investments a student can make for their education, career and life,” Chancellor Robert J. Jones said. “We are thrilled to see our graduates succeeding at such high rates.” #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Students: Barry Chiang May 11, 2020 11:00 am Barry Chiang was mesmerized by nature and the night sky while growing up in Taiwan. He is devoted to deciphering the simplicity and beauty of the universe through both science and music. Illini students making masks for people with spinal cord injuries May 21, 2020 3:15 pm People with spinal cord injuries have above-average risk in the COVID-19 pandemic due to the prevalence of comorbidities, and obtaining effective masks for people with SCI has proven challenging. Theatre department films political satire with COVID-19 safety changes Nov 23, 2020 12:00 pm They were entering final rehearsals when COVID restrictions started. 'The set was still up, the lights were hung and the costumes were made,' says director Lisa Dixon. But now they needed to stage it safely, and present it to an audience. Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative to help students with autism, dyslexia, ADHD Mar 6, 2023 11:00 am Awareness is growing of the array of talents and skills that neurodivergent individuals can bring to the workplace. INI aims to see that students are successfully employed within six months of graduation, said program creator Jeanne Kramer. Program eases path to PhDs for those underrepresented in quantitative biology Jul 9, 2021 9:00 am A bridge program streamlining a path from a master’s degree at Fisk University, a historically Black university in Nashville, to a doctoral degree at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has received an NIH training grant. The Image of Research 2019 semi-finalists Mar 15, 2019 2:30 pm Attend the Image of Research Reception on April 3 to see the 25 semi-finalists on display and vote for the People's Choice Award! Winners will be announced at the event. View entries to the Illinois Abroad photo contest and vote Apr 7, 2018 9:45 am Great photos from around the globe taken by Illini students. Vote in the People's Choice category by Friday, April 13 at 5 pm Illinois program turns cowgirl dreams into livestock research reality Apr 15, 2022 12:15 pm The moment 4-year-old Sarah Graham sat in a saddle for the first time, she announced she wanted to be a cowgirl. For the suburban Chicago preschooler, it was an unlikely dream. But it stuck. Watch it now: 'Runs and Data: The Science of Illinois Baseball' May 4, 2020 11:00 am World-renowned baseball physicist Alan Nathan teams up with student Charlie Young to explore the evolving world of baseball physics, analytics in the new BTN documentary, 'Runs and Data: The Science of Illinois Baseball'. #ILLINOIS2020 Outstanding Students: Andrew Nadolski May 11, 2020 11:00 am Nadolski focused on the design of a special coating for ceramic lenses used in microwave telescopes. He had the chance to deploy his knowledge during several trips to Antarctica, including one for 11 months in 2017.