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Winter is HERE!
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Stay warm and safe the next few days! L@s GANAS will be hosting our events virtually this week. We look forward to seeing you back on campus next week!

For more information on what to expect at UIC with winter weather read here: UIC Today 

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 for this weeks session 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: 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 #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!

Study Abroad: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador--July/August 2022

Learn about the Study Abroad trip scheduled this summer to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.   Consult the Study Abroad website for cost and date details. Deadline to apply is March 11, 2022. 
Field Ecology: Galapagos Islands (Ecuador).
Students will participate in two (2) ongoing research projects through the Universidad San Francisco de Quito-Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences: Monitoring human-sea lion interactions & Photo categorization and identification of sea turtles.
We will assist ongoing research projects on two different endangered species, the green sea turtle and the endemic Galapagos sea lion.  We will be snorkeling and taking photos to study how sea turtles use their habitat.  Using photo identification and computer technology, we can estimate the population size.  We can identify individuals and track where they travel.  We will also collect data about where the turtles forage and hang out, and what depth they prefer (surface or near the bottom of shallow areas).  There are increasing interactions between boat traffic and sea turtles in Galapagos.  This research will help us understand how the turtles use their space, and it may help us regulate where boats can and cannot go.
We will also be studying the behavior of Galapagos sea lions.  Increasingly, they are having to share their habitat with humans.  We will census different populations and collect behavioral data to better understand how humans are affecting how sea lions behave, and whether this is having negative consequences for their survival.
The plan is for students to participate in both observational projects.  Students will NOT be handling animals during this course.  6 credit hours.
Airfare to/from Quito Ecuador is not included; airfare to/from the Galapagos Islands from Quito is included.  Once you proceed through the Study Abroad First Steps/introduction, you can apply for grants to help offset the cost.  Two options (of several) are below:

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First Gen Flames Abroad Scholarship
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.
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