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Transfer Scholarship from the Illinois Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRAO):

IACRAO’s membership is made up of Admission and Records professionals from accredited post-secondary schools located within the state of Illinois. IACRAO’s primary functions are to educate its members, to promote professionalism and professional development for its members and to represent its members and their views through interaction with other professional groups. IACRAO is pleased to present two $500 nonrenewable scholarship opportunities to transfer students. Scholarships are awarded in spring and applications are due on August 31, 2018.  Students must have been accepted for admission as a transfer student for the 2018/2019 academic year from an IACRAO-member institution to another member institution (please see the IACRAO website for a list of member institutions).  You can access the direct link to the scholarship information and applications here.

All information is provided as a service and we do not have any other information other than what is provided. Please see the website for more information and contact info.

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LAS Liftoff Event

Friday, August 24 at 1:30 PM – 4 PM

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, Illinois 61801

A welcome celebration for first-year and transfer students in The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Illinois. We can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2022!

Join us for:
A welcome from the dean
LAS Expo, where you can learn about our programs and meet your advisor
A chance to meet your LAS 101, 102, and 122 interns
An opportunity to connect with other new students
Food, drinks, entertainment, and your LAS Liftoff T-shirt

Scholarship for Secondary Education STEM Student

Apply now! Michael & Susan Haney STEM Education Scholarship

This scholarship supports juniors or seniors who are enrolled in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) secondary education program. .  Although the deadline to apply for the scholarship is before some juniors will know their status in the minor (next application deadline is September 21st),  you are still eligible to apply.

For 2018-19, one scholarship of $3,000 will be offered.

Deadline: 11:59PM, Monday, July 16


Questions? Contact

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Your Road Map to Graduate School

Your Road Map to Graduate School

A series to guide you through the long, arduous process of applying to graduate school programs.

How to Save Money While Applying to Graduate School

One of the things that surprised me the most while I was applying to graduate school was how expensive it was and how extra costs always seemed to pop up when I thought I was finished paying for things! Despite the costs, it is important to remember that applying to graduate is an investment in your future so the price is definitely worth it. However, we are still college students and many of us don’t have unlimited funds. I am always on the hunt for a good bargain, sale, or coupon, and graduate school applications were no exception. Below, I am sharing some of my tips to help save you money on your applications.

  1. Put together a list of estimated costs so you have a rough idea of what to expect and plan accordingly. I have included an example of what items to keep in mind and their costs.
Item Cost
GRE $205
GRE Subject Test $150
Official Transcripts $8 (per transcript)
GRE Scores $27 (per additional score report)
Application Fee $50-150 (per school)


  1. When deciding which schools to apply to, be selective. Applying to dozens of schools is not the most cost-effective thing to do and that may not increase your chance of getting into one. Stick to a handful of schools where you could really see yourself living and working and focus on those.
  2. Send score reports strategically. If a school does not require an official score report (or the GRE subject test), don’t send it! If they don’t require it specifically, chances are they won’t even look at it even if you do send it, so save yourself the money and time. This also applies to transcripts. If they don’t require an official copy, just send an unofficial one that you can download off of Enterprise.
  3. Apply for fee waivers. Applying for a fee waiver is a guaranteed way to save a large chunk of money. When I was applying, out of 6 schools I applied to, I only paid 2 application fees! And even if you aren’t sure if you qualify, it doesn’t hurt to apply or reach out to the admission department to find out. The worst they can tell you is no. But be aware, each school has different criteria and require different documents. You may end up in the financial aid office, searching for last years’ tax return, or even tax information from your parents. Keeping this in mind, don’t leave applying for waivers until the deadline.
  4. Look for programs that might offer scholarships for application fees or GRE registration costs. In the spring of my junior year, I found a program called Going Beyond Undergrad that was focused on first generation female college students interested in pursuing a graduate degree. The program was focused on mentoring prospective graduate students and helping them navigate preparing for the application process, and at the end of the program, each of us received a waiver for the GRE. There was even a surplus of funds, which allowed them to provide additional waivers for some of us to take the subject test as well. The GRE is very expensive (especially if you take it more than once), so this program was definitely a huge help to me financially.

Unfortunately, applying to graduate school is costly and can pose a financial burden on you and your family if you aren’t prepared. But planning ahead for everything you will have to pay for during this process will help lessen some of the stress. While it is an investment in your future, it doesn’t hurt to save some money along the way. Taking a little extra time will be the difference between a few hundred dollars to a possible few thousand dollars. Using the tips above, I personally cut my estimated application costs by over half.

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WRC Open for Reading Day on May 3rd

Come relax (or study) with us on Reading Day!  We will have movies in our lounge (with snacks) for those who want to de-stress or nap. Need to study?  Enjoy some caffeine in our quiet conference room!

The Women’s Resources Center is located at 616 E. Green Street, Suite 202 (Next to McDonalds), and will be open from 8:45am – 5:00pm on Thursday, May 3rd. Staff will also be on hand for any support needs that may arise.

We know this can be a stressful time and want to remind all of our students that they have a home at the WRC!




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What Employers Want: Employer’s Hierarchy of Needs

Employer’s Hierarchy of Needs

The graduation gates are about to be thrown open and a large throng of interns and new employees unleashed on the world. It’s time to ask the question, “What is it employers want?”

If employers had a Hierarchy of Needs like Maslow’s Hierarchy, it might look like this:

Shows Up
At its base, employers want an employee who shows up. That’s a low bar, but what’s amazing is the number who don’t clear it. This means be on time and don’t cut out early.

Gets Along / No Drama
The next level would be an employee who gets along with others and does not cause drama. So much work today involves teams. That means no gossiping, back-biting or jealous backlash.

Shows Interest / Loyalty
Next up, an employee who is loyal and takes an interest in the organization. This person cares about the quality of the products or services. When the going gets tough, this employee will stick by the organization and his or her boss.

Problem Solver / Curious
One more level up, is an employee who is a problem solver and intellectually curious. When asked a question, this employee does not shrug, “I dunno,” or “That’s not in my job description.” But instead says, “I don’t know but I will find out and get back to you today.”

Strategic Thinker
At the top of the hierarchy, is an employee is who is a strategic thinker who sees all the moving parts of the organization and its stakeholders. This person always asks, “How can we do this better?” and looks to future opportunities, as well as market shifts. This person is management material.

Mystery solved. That’s what employers want. Unbar the gates, grab your coffee and holster that cell phone. Your new adventures are just beginning.

Now in Bulk Prices: My new book, The Exceptional Professional: What You Need to Know to Grow Your Career, is a great gift for your interns, sales team or all your employees. For bulk pricing deals, please contact:

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Your Road Map to Graduate School Pt. 3

Your Road Map to Graduate School

A series to guide you through the long, arduous process of applying to graduate school programs.

The Graduate Application Process

You know what you want to study, you’ve made a list of schools, and you’ve prepared to take the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE). Now what?

Although the preparation probably seems like it’s taken forever, the real challenge has yet to come. That challenge is the actual application. Applications usually open around September and close around the beginning of December (but these dates vary by school, so make sure to keep an eye out so you don’t accidentally miss a deadline). Seeing as these deadlines fall while we are still in the Fall semester, I highly recommend treating this process like taking an extra class. This way you have time set aside each week to work on the application.

To start this process, I suggest creating a spreadsheet with all of the schools you are planning on applying to and make note of all of the requirements of each school (GRE, GRE subject test, letters of recommendation, personal statement, application fee etc.). Be as thorough as you can during this step: most schools will ask for a different subset of materials and it can start to get confusing very quickly.

Next, identify which schools you will be sending GRE scores to. On test day, you can send 4 score reports for free. After that, you must log in to the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to arrange to send additional score reports. Ensure that you are sending your scores several weeks ahead of any application deadlines so schools get them on time. If you haven’t taken the GRE or subject test, schedule those soon so you aren’t rushing or trying to get those exams done during a midterm week.

Preparing your CV and personal statement can be started whenever you have some free time. Even if you don’t have specific prompts from universities yet, you can still draft a personal statement and then tailor it to each school’s requirements. During this step, it is very important to follow every formatting and word limit guideline set forth by the school. You do not want to give the admissions committee any reason to disregard your application before even reading about all of your accomplishments. Additionally, get your CV and personal statement reviewed by Patricia Simpson in the School of Chemical Sciences (SCS) Career Services department and at the Career Center. Both are great free resources that can help you communicate and sell yourself to an admissions committee. On a similar note, have anyone that is willing to look over those documents take a look because they can catch small mistakes that you haven’t: every set of eyes helps!

Establish the number of letters of recommendation you need for each school, and contact potential recommenders as soon as possible to give them enough time to write you a positive letter. When contacting potential recommenders, only contact those who know you well and can attest to your potential for success in graduate school. Once they have agreed to write you a letter, provide them with any materials they request. Give them a deadline list and follow up with them when those deadlines are approaching.

While you are completing your application, talk to other graduate students and ask them any questions you might have. They have recently been through this process and will be a great resource for you. I also recommend talking with other students who are also applying because they can be a support system for you. The application process is long and sometimes confusing. Talking to other people with those same challenges will help you get through it with the least amount of stress possible.

Apply for fee waivers as early as you can. If you wait until the last minute to apply, you may not be eligible for one. And even if you aren’t sure you qualify for a waiver, it is worth it to try because the worst they can tell you is no. If you are planning on applying for fee waivers, gather all your financial documents ahead of time. This includes tax returns, financial aid information etc. This way, you don’t have to go searching for those every time you apply for a waiver. This can be time consuming, and if you’re anything like me, you can never remember the passwords to get to those documents.

To summarize, start early and treat this process like an extra class. Put in a few hours every week and you’ll breeze through your applications. Remember, even if the application isn’t open yet, there are things you can be doing to prepare.

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Secondary Education Information Meetings

  • We will have three information sessions about the secondary education minor, they will be on the application process, the timeline, and any other questions. The dates/times/locations are below:
    • Tuesday April 17th @ 4 PM in Lincoln Hall 2043
    • Friday April 27th @ 2 PM in Lincoln Hall 2043
    • Thursday May 3rd @ 11 AM in Education 333
  • The time frame for this summer (2018) application has been changed. The application period will now open on August 1st and will close on September 21st. if admitted, you would start the professional education sequence in the following Spring semester.
  • Another new policy, you will now be able to take remaining content area pre-requisite courses in the fall semester to be eligible to apply to the minor program. The fall semester will be the last chance to complete the content area pre-requisites to start the minor sequence in the spring. The grades you earn in these courses will be checked following the fall semester to make sure you earned the state of Illinois required C- or higher.
  • If you are looking for an elective, or wanting to gain more experience with teaching, Prof. Adam Poetzel is offering CI 199-AP/Best Practices in Secondary Education in the Fall 2018 semester. It will be on Thursdays from 2PM to 3:50PM. This course is an elective and not required for the minor or your degree program.

As always, if you have any question or concern please contact me through email, by phone @ 217.300.0806, or schedule an appointment with the online scheduler, I’ll be under LAS Student Academic Affairs Advising –

Final Words as a Chemical Engineering Student

Final Words as a Chemical Engineering Student

It may not seem like it when you are writing your Cobalt Lab or working through a Thermodynamics problem set, but it will all be over faster than you think. Eventually, that fourth or fifth year will come and all of us will have to move on with our lives, in some way or another.

Over the past four years, I have learned a lot, both inside and outside of the classroom. In this post, I will include everything that I wished I had known as a Freshman, from the best way to get industry experience to the fasted way to sign in to your Illinois email. I hope that this information is helpful and that it makes your lives easier.


I will start with all of the advice that you have already heard. USE YOUR PROFESSORS AND TA’S! I am sure that your academic advisors, parents, and upperclassmen role models have all told you this, so it is a statement of how important this is that I would mention it again. Use office hours to ask clarifying questions to your professors and TA’s about class topics. Can’t think of a question? Here is a tip: just ask them to explain a concept they talked about in class. Or ask them for industry or real-world examples of these concepts being used. Asking questions will show that you are invested in the class and doing so will result in a stronger understanding of the subjects, valuable connections with leaders in academia, and in some cases a grade bump if you are just under a grade threshold.


It is very important for chemical engineering and chemistry students to get research or industry experience, but it can be difficult to get these initial opportunities. Here are my recommendations for overcoming this:

Look for research after your freshman year. At the beginning of the spring semester of your freshman year, begin looking for a research lab that you would like to join. Information on research labs for chemical engineering ( and chemistry ( can easily be found online. The goal here is to work during your sophomore year (and perhaps the summer before) gaining hard skills that you will be able to market to companies or perhaps different labs if you are interested in research.

Be sure to both email and drop in on professors. They are busy people and may not respond to your first email. If you are having difficulty getting into a larger lab, try pursuing a position in an associate professor’s lab. These are smaller and will not necessarily pay, but they are more likely to accept you.

During your sophomore year, make sure to begin looking for internship and co-op opportunities. Strongly consider pursuing co-op opportunities. They are less convenient than internships but provide you with more experience and are usually easier to get. Also, make sure to enlist the help of the SCS career services (, they will help you fine-tune your portfolio and give you insider information on opportunities and companies that you are interested in.


Need to get to your Illinois email fast? There is a shortcut to the login page if you type “” into the URL bar in your web browser.

Annoyed with having to jump through hoops to achieve the proper numbering for equations on your lab report? Here is a shortcut to immediately get the correct formatting.  Consider Beer’s law, as seen below:

To get your number to automatically appear in the correct spot, type “#(1)” immediately at the end of the equation. For example, the above equation was typed as “A = ε x l x C#(1)”. You’re welcome.


It is important to get involved in RSO’s on campus. Some good groups for chemistry and chemical engineering students are American Institute for Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, OXE, and Illinois Biodiesel Initiative. I would also recommend that you get involved in at least one RSO that is not associated with your major. It is beneficial to widen your perspective and meet people who are not in your major.

Finally, make sure to put yourself out there. A lot of college is about making mistakes and learning from them, both inside and outside the classroom. Take time to put yourself in uncomfortable situations so that you can grow and learn. Expose yourself to different viewpoints and challenge yourself to gain a global perspective. You will only be in college for a limited time, so make the best of it.

In closing, you will learn a lot while you are here, and I hope that you can build on to this list as you learn easier ways to do things on campus. Please pass these tips and any more you find on to other students to help everyone have a better time on campus.

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University of Illinois Undergraduate & Alumni Fulbright Scholarship Workshops: Spring 2018

University of Illinois Undergraduate & Alumni Fulbright Scholarship Workshops: Spring 2018 for Juniors and Seniors.

All events sponsored by the UIUC National and International Scholarships Program.

Full event descriptions are in the attached document titled: Fulbright Meeting Schedule.

The US Student Fulbright website is:

Facebook UIUC Fulbright Events page is here.

Tuesday, April 10

Kickoff Fulbright Information Session – 3:30-5:00 pm, 180 Bevier Hall.

Recent Fulbright award winners will be present to share their experiences, an introduction to the Fulbright application process will be shared, and then pizza’s will arrive!  Please come and bring someone with you.

Friday, April 20

Personal Statement Workshop – 3:30-5:00 pm, rm.514 Illini Union Bookstore

A key part of the Fulbright Application is the Personal Statement, a one-page essay. Come learn how to create this document and tell your unique story.

Webinars for those off campus:

If you are not currently on campus to take advantage of our Fulbright Information Session, join us remotely for these webinars!  The same detailed overview will be provided for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including: eligibility, grant types, and application advice.  There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Wednesday, April 25

Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 8:30-9:30 am CST

Thursday, April 26

Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 12:00-1:00 pm CST

Friday, April 27

English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Application Workshop – 2:00-3:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

The Fulbright ETA application includes a one-page essay on your case for Why the Fulbright program should fund You to Teach English to students in ____________ (insert your host country).  We will discuss how to approach this essay and more during this workshop.

Friday, April 27

Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal Workshop – 3:30-5:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore

If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright research grant, join us for this workshop to learn how to craft this important two-page grant request, how to secure a letter of affiliation, and how to select your reference letter writers.

The US Student Fulbright website is:

Facebook UIUC Fulbright Events page is here


If you have any questions, please contact:

David Schug, Director

National and International Scholarships Program  |  University of Illinois

Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor  |  807 S Wright St, Champaign, IL 61820

ph: (217) 333-4710  email: