Undergraduate Blog

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October 6, 2017

NCSA’s Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program will host the SPIN Open House on October 25 from 3-5pm in the NCSA atrium to promote the summer 2018 internship projects. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with our SPIN mentors who are NCSA research staff and faculty affiliates and learn more about the projects. See the attached flyer.

2018 SPIN summer session:
An 8-week summer session (June 4- July 27, 2018)
All NCSA SPIN interns are paid $12.50/hour
No restriction on year of study or major; international students are eligible


October 6, 2017

Please see the following list of resources available to Engineering Students.

Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) links: Walk-in Tutoring & Peer Advising Supported Study Halls Student Best Practices Guide to understanding Midterm Grades  New Workshops highlighted from the counseling center: CARE will be hosting another RIO series, see dates & details here! Dr. Ricketts & Dr. Hu from the counseling center & Dr. Thomas-Stagg from DRES offer private appointments to Engineering students in 206EH twice a week


October 6, 2017

The 2017 Graduate & Professional School Fair will be taking place on October 18th from noon-4pm in the Illini Union rooms A, B, & C. The Fair offers Illinois students the opportunity to interact with representatives from 135+ different schools & programs from across the country and around the world! 

Search for programs by Program Category or Keyword at  go.illinois.edu/GPFair  (or on our app- see below)

All undergraduates, graduate students, staff, and alumni are invited to attend to collect information and engage with representatives about advanced education offerings.

Programs from various disciplines will be in attendance at the fair, including Business, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Engineering. Medicine, and hundreds more!

*RSVP to receive updates about schools/programs attending the fair.
*Attire is casual.
*Open-house style (visit and depart as convenient)
*Search "Illinois Career Fair Plus" in the App Store or Google Play to find the app


October 6, 2017

Patent Bar Exam Session November 15, 2017   5:00 – 6:00 pm  335 Grainger Engineering Library

The patent bar exam is the required first step to becoming either a patent agent for the United States Patent & Trademark Office or a patent prosecutor/litigator as a practicing attorney. Students with a background in engineering and the sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, computer science) are eligible to sit for this exam. (To see all exam requirements, visit the link below).  Join us for this Patent Bar session to learn about the exam from an expert. Mark Dighton, Director of the Practicing Law Institute Patent Office Exam Course, will be here to answer all of your questions about the patent bar, including:

What exactly does the patent bar cover?
When and how often can you take it?
How do people prepare for the exam?
What is the format of the exam, and how are results received?
What is a passing score for the exam?

He’ll also answer any other questions you have about the patent bar exam. This session is specifically designed for those undergrad and graduate students in engineering, science, or technology disciplines who are eligible to sit for the patent bar.

For a list of eligible majors or backgrounds visit  https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/OED_GRB.pdf

This is a free event. Please register at the link here so that we can ensure enough seating and materials for everyone.


October 5, 2017

Students -- Do you wish campus information technology did something it doesn't currently? Help shape the future of campus technology services by completing a short survey! James Quisenberry and Dan Steward are preparing a panel for the Fall IT Pro Forum on 1 November. The panel will give our technology professionals feedback from undergraduates, and we want your help shaping the agenda (and perhaps to be on the panel). Please take a few minutes to complete a survey at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3880662/2017f-itpro . Thanks in advance! (And please share the link with your friends.) --James and Dan