Welcome Back to Campus!
Welcome Back to Campus!
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Welcome Back you have been missed
We are very excited to have you back on campus this week! We hope your transition back goes as smoothly as possible.
We are in the office (SSB 2190). Please stop to stop by if you need help, want to chat or if you want a quiet place to study. 
For more guidance on UIC's plan to transition back to UIC during these challenging times,  read here: UIC- Classroom Public Health Guidance for Students

Interested in meeting and learning from other students in STEM?

Students have requested a time and place to gather to chat about their experience and share potential opportunities in the UIC Latinx STEM Community.
We had so much fun hosting science chats last semester we will be hosting again this spring semester. 
This week, we will have a special guest, Marlee Stein from Study Abroad. This session will be geared towards students in the sciences who are interested in studying abroad. We will discuss the benefits of studying abroad and how they can positively impact your future career goals.. and most importantly how to finance study abroad. Students will participate in group advising and learn more about scholarships and program opportunities.
Learn more about Study Abroad here.
Please RSVP weekly here

Science Chat Dates Every other Wednesday starting January 13 and every other Thursday starting January 20
What does your office do? The Study Abroad Office supports UIC undergraduate and graduate students in adding a global dimension to their academic studies at UIC. We offer support to students pursing study abroad before, during, and after through one-on-one advising, application assistance, pre-departure orientations, health & safety support, and re-entry programming. Our advising focuses on finding a program that meets the students short-term and long-term professional, academic, and personal goals. In addition, we help students navigate how to fund their study abroad experience by discussing budgeting, program cost, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities. We host numerous outreach events throughout the year focused on sharing study abroad programs with high impact opportunities such as internships, research, service-learning, and socio-cultural excursions and work closely with academic departments to achieve curriculum integration between your department and study abroad. Access, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of all our decisions, and we aim to offer affordable and inclusive programs for all UIC students. #StudyAbroadisforUIC; It is meant for all students and we will work with you to help you find the program for you! The UIC Study Abroad Office has carefully curated a portfolio of programs that support and enhance UIC students’ global learning. We offer a variety of program models including faculty-directed, partner programs at study centers, direct enrollment at a local university, exchange programs, and virtual internships. This year we are offering 17 summer faculty-directed study abroad programs offering UIC coursework taught abroad! Check out what we are offering here: Go.uic.edu/AbroadwithUIC When should students come to see you? As early as possible! Planning early for study abroad gives you a greater degree of flexibility and more options of where to go. We recommend you saving some of your general education requirements and electives to pursue abroad. However, if you plan early, you can design your degree plan to allow you to complete major courses abroad. The entire team will tell you, that our favorite part of the jobs is talking with all of you about your global interests. Come visit us even if its still only an idea you are considering!
Ready to change the world? Apply for the CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a fully-funded fellowship to study abroad with a cohort of student leaders from around the country. Eligibility: Be a current undergraduate freshman, sophomore or junior Have a minimum GPA of 3.00 Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident Identify as an ethnicity typically underrepresented on study abroad programs (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander). Submit a complete application no later than February 14 The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was founded to empower students of color with a transformative experience abroad, much like Frederick Douglass was inspired by his travels. All program fees are covered, as well as airfare. This year’s cohort is co-sponsored by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Douglass’s four-month journey around Ireland. You’ll be based in Dublin and visit other cities where Douglass campaigned, while meeting with government leaders and social justice activists. This fellowship is offered by CIEE, a student exchange organization with whom we partner. As a next step, start your application at www.CIEE.ORG/FDGF. (If you enter your name and email, you’ll receive updates before the February 14 deadline.) View Prevail Bonga's winning application video to get started! Frederick Douglass Scholarship All eligible students who submit an application for the Frederick Douglass Fellowship, will qualify for a $1,500 scholarship towards ANY CIEE summer program, regardless if you are selected for the fully-funded fellowship. Hear perspectives from UIC Study Abroad Alumna, Kayla Minor, who received the Frederick Douglass Scholarship to study in Paris, France in Summer 2019. Watch Here! Deadline to Apply: February 14th, 2022 Questions? Email FDGF@ciee.org #StudyAbroadisforUIC
Ready to change the world?
Apply for the CIEE Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a fully-funded fellowship to study abroad with a cohort of student leaders from around the country.
  • Be a current undergraduate freshman, sophomore or junior
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident
  • Identify as an ethnicity typically underrepresented on study abroad programs (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander).
Submit a complete application no later than February 14
View Prevail Bonga's winning application video to get started!
Frederick Douglass Application Info Sessions Join the SAO team, CIEE, and former recipients to learn more about these Frederick Douglass Fellowship/Scholarship opportunities. CIEE will be hosting information sessions; click the link below to register for one: January 27, 2022 - 5pm EST February 2, 2022 - 1pm EST February 10, 2022 - 5pm EST February 14, 2022 - 1pm EST - Application Workshop Open-Advising Frederick Douglass Fellowship Workshop We invite you to join the Study Abroad Office and your fellow applicants to workshop your application materials. It will be an opportunity for you to work on your application and get real-time feedback and support as you submit your application for an incredible opportunity to fund your study abroad program this summer. February 3, 2022 11am - 1pm CST - Zoom, RSVP Here Password (abroad123) February 4, 2022 10am - 12pm CST- In Person, University Hall 502, Study Abroad Office Resource Room If you are in need of a one-on-one advising appointment to review your video or content ideas, please schedule an appointment in iAdvise with Marlee Stein, Associate Director or Kyle Rausch, Executive Director
Transition Coaching

Need help transitioning to UIC or know someone who does? 

Sign-up for L@s GANAS Transition Coaching 
Benefits for UIC students
  • Identifying academic, financial, and student life resources on campus
  • Connecting with other students who have similar interests
  • Staying updated on important deadlines
  • Keeping informed on the latest internship and scholarship opportunities
  • Building strong academic skills
  • Setting goals for your time at UIC and your future career goals
  • Creating a professional network on campus
  • Expanding your knowledge on research and post-bacc opportunities
Submit an interest form here

Sophia Silva

Transition Coach
Meets with first-year and transfer students and helps them with the transition to UIC. 
Fun Facts about Sophia:
  • Attended Mizzou for Undergrad
  • MSW from Loyola
  • Hello Kitty lover
  • Vegetarian for 12 years
  • Has a Cat named Xochi
Favorite Place on Campus: Port Center (UH) 2nd floor lounge
Favorite Restaurant near UIC: Lotus on Maxwell
Emergency Funding for UIC Students

U & I Emergency Fund 

This fund provides temporary, short-term financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. This emergency funding program is designed to offer financial assistance to students in the form of one-time awards (typically not exceeding $1000). Please be prepared to show documentation supporting claims. 
Examples of expenses typically covered: overdue rent, eviction, medical emergencies, safety needs. For more information click here
The application can be found here
Talk to your transition coach, advisor, or program coordinator for additional aid opportunities.
Office Hours with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs, Nikos Varelas, will be holding office hours once a month on the following dates and times:
  • January 26th from 2pm-4pm
  • February 22nd  from 2pm-4pm
  • April 19th from 2pm-4pm
Students are welcomed to meet with Vice Provost Varelas to share ideas, concerns, and successes.
Appointments are required and can be made through iAdvise.
For questions, please contact Assistant to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs, Karen Rosenthal, at kkalal1@uic.edu
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