Monthly archives: December, 2017

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Spring 2018 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards (CURA)!

The Office of Undergraduate Research in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs is pleased to announce that a number of Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards (CURA) are available for Spring 2018.

The CURA program supports research collaborations involving undergraduate work-study students. The faculty member applies on behalf of themselves and the student by filling out a simple online application linked to the Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) website

Students may register for research or independent study credit concurrent with the CURA with the approval of their undergraduate advisors and/or directors of undergraduate studies. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awards will be granted to qualifying applicants through the month of February.

To find a prospective research mentor, students should go to and search by department, faculty name or keyword to find available positions. Note: students can only apply for a spring award if they have already accepted federal work study as part of their AY 17-18 financial aid package. FWS status can be seen on the financial aid page of the student portal. 

Thank you, advisors, for your support of undergraduate research, which is a high-impact experience correlated with student success! If you have questions, feel free to email the Office of Undergraduate Research at

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC’s new Art Education Program – are you interested?

Looking For a Way to Give Back to the Community? Learn to Teach Art in Chicago Public Schools!

• You can become a licensed high school art teacher.
• The starting full time salary of Chicago Public School teachers is $50,000.
• The job comes with health care, benefits, sick days, and ongoing professional development.
• You’ll have a chance to impact the community you come from.

UIC’s Art Education program is accepting applications for the Pre-Art Education cohort NOW. The deadline is January 12, 2018.

Dowload the flyer to share with your students!

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SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Spring 2018 GLAS 105 1-credit seminar prepares students for internships!

Are your students looking for a 1-credit spring course that will also lead to an on-campus internship?

Look no further! GLAS 105, a 1-credit course in Global Asian Studies, prepares students to intern with departments at UIC that provide student programming and resources. The course focuses on Asian American and Pacific Islander college student experiences and campus resources in U.S. higher education. The seminar’s topic and focus on career development skills like building resumes, interviewing, and public speaking will be beneficial whether students go onto an internship or not. Internships for academic credit will be offered to interested students and begin the semester after the seminar.

Times and CRNs :
Tuesdays 3:30pm-4:20pm (CRN 39126)
Wednesdays 1pm-5pm (CRN 39127)
Thursdays 12:30pm-1:20pm (CRN 39125)
For questions, please contact Karen Su at

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: College of Pharmacy offering its first undergraduate course for Spring 2018 – PHAR 201!

The College of Pharmacy is offering a new 2-credit elective course PHAR 201 – “Drugs in Society.”

The course is targeted for pre-health and science majors, and covers health-related topics including:

  • Drugs of abuse (prescription and illicit drugs)
  • Global and domestic controversies in health and medicine
  • Personalized medicine
  • Non-traditional health care

You can share the downloadable syllabus with your students!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Class Scheduler Overview and Demo Slides are available.


Class Scheduler is a tool that students use to build the optimal schedule based on course preferences and setting aside time for breaks during the week.   Students use Class Scheduler to generate the class schedule that fits their schedule.  OAD and OSSS recently partnered together to host an overview and demo of the Class Scheduler.

You can now download the slides and directions for using the Class Scheduler.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: UIC College of Pharmacy Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program application is now open!

The College of Pharmacy at UIC invites undergraduate students to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The objective of this program is to introduce undergraduate students to biomedical research in order to heighten interest in science as a career and increase the number of young scientists entering the biomedical research disciplines.

The SURF program is located on UIC’s West Campus, in the center of the Illinois Medical District–one of the largest concentrations of advanced health care facilities in the nations– and just minutes from downtown Chicago. Our location gives us convenient access to a diverse range of cutting-edge research, collaborators and patient populations.

The SURF Program is funded by an institutional award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).

Program Dates:

The SURF program runs for 10 weeks, starting on Friday, June 1, 2018 and ending on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

SURF Program Description:

ASPET-sponsored SURF program is for undergraduate students interested in biomedical research.  Students will work on independent research projects in the laboratories of their faculty mentors.  Before beginning work, students will attend relevant laboratory safety training.  In addition to individual mentoring, the program offers number of enrichment activities:  research seminars, advanced research instrumentation workshops, career day at a local pharmaceutical company, instructions on how to prepare a scientific presentation, practice talks and  a mini-symposium where all the participants present their research projects in front of the College audience.  SURF participants will receive compensation of $3,000 for the 10 week period.

The 2018 Application Cycle is now open. Please read the application instructions carefully and apply by February 1, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements:

 Sophomores or juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or related field.

  • GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students should have a strong desire to pursue an advanced degree (PhD or PharmD/PhD) and must be available for the full 10 weeks of the program.
  • The program is open to all US Citizens and Permanent Residents. Undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in health-related sciences, i.e. individuals from ethnic or racial groups (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives); individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and individuals with physical or mental disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Components and Process:

  • Application form. Download the form and instructions.
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  • 2 letters of recommendations

Submit completed application form, personal statement, and transcripts as a SINGLE PDF file by e-mail to by February 1, 2018.

Request that your letters of references are e-mailed to by February 1, 2018.


All effort will be made to notify applicants no later than April 16, 2018 regarding their status. Applicants chosen to participate in the 2017 SURF program will be sent an offer letter via e-mail.

Contact Information:

Please contact us by e-mail to

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: CORRECTED – Spring 2018 Public Policy Courses – there’s still room!


Learning how public policy has and will continue to affect your family, community, city and country has become more urgent than ever. We teach about the concrete “nuts and bolts” as well as relevant theory so you can be armed and prepared with the knowledge and skills you need to become an active citizen in whatever profession you choose to pursue.

Public Policy courses offered Spring 2018 include:

PPOL 100: Individual Action and Democratic Citizenship, CRN 41096 3 hours, Individual & Society course.

A solid understanding of American democracy and how everyday citizens have and will continue to shape and change policy is essential to our public policy approach. Students will learn concrete skills in advocacy, organizing and policy analysis from cases and examples drawn from current issues both locally and nationally. This course is offered 3:30-4:45 PM TR, CRN 39818. Instructor: Shawn Healy.


PPOL 210 – Introduction to Policy Process, CRN 41097 and 41378 3 hours, US Society course.

How does a policy get made? Which institutional structures and who in those structures influence policymaking? How does this intersect with politics? From analysis to implementation to evaluation, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the policy process. You will learn how to track policies from their initial construction, implementation and evaluation. This course is offered 12:30 -1:45 PM TR, CRN 39634. Instructor: Victor Hugg. *Second Section Added: 9:30 – 10:45 AM TR, CRN 41378. Instructor: Gloria Simo


PPOL 211 – Policy Analysis CRN 41098 3 hours, US Society Course.

What is a policy? Where do you find them? How do you read and understand official reports, memos and legislation that shape and affect policy areas you care about in health, immigration, education and housing, for example? You will learn how to analyze different sources of data in order to write an effective policy memo. This course is offered 11:00 AM-12:15 PM TR, CRN 36362. Instructor: Allyson Holbrook


PPOL 230 – Nonprofit Organizations in U.S Society CRN 41099 3 hours, US Society Course.

This course will introduce you to the complex world of nonprofits, with a specific emphasis on those that shape policy and advocacy in Chicago and Illinois. A theoretical framework is balanced by a set of guest speakers from leading nonprofits in the fields of health, immigration advocacy, political reform, criminal justice and education. You will learn about preparing for a career in nonprofits and the role they play in revitalizing American democracy. This course is offered 2:00-3:15 PM TR, CRN 36904. Instructor: Kathleen Yang-Clayton.


PPOL 305 – Managing Government Partnerships CRN 41100  3 hours.

Intergovernmental finance, inter-jurisdictional competition, intergovernmental cooperation, intergovernmental cooperative agreements, and contractual and informal relations with non-profit organizations and governmental actors. Course Information: Prerequisite(s): Admission to the BA in Public Policy or consent of the instructor. This course is offered 12:30-1:45 PM TR, CRN 37758. Instructor: Stephen Kleinschmit.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: ART 382 “Prison Aesthetics and Policy” is open for Spring 2018

Prison Aesthetics and Policy

ART 520/ SOC 540/ AH 546/ ART 382

Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:40pm
Instructor: Laurie Jo Reynolds

This class will take aesthetic and political approaches to study the Illinois carceral landscape, particularly the state prison system. Through theoretical readings and engaged research, we will consider the daily life of prisoners, including sensory experiences, movements, schedules, and sense of time passing. We will learn about the prison administration: the paramilitary structure, the bureaucracy, and the prison labor dynamic. We will examine the social and political relations between prison staff, legislators, advocates, family members, and prisoners, and the systems of classification and identification used by each. The course is designed to consider how all these factors construct public understandings of the carceral state, and how that bears on public policy. Field trips, to at least one prison and one re-entry center, will provide important class research.
Students will complete creative and research assignments, and have the opportunity to apply their work to current advocacy efforts. Topics could include: teaching in the jail, prisoner re-entry support, parole for long-term prisoners, banning the box from college applications, responses to sexual offending, and the phenomenon of public conviction registries. The class combines interactive learning, independent research, and guest lectures. No prerequisites required. Designed for students of public policy, sociology, social work, political science, criminology, architecture and art.

ART 520: CRN 40699/40698
SOC 540: CRN 30130
AH 546: CRN 40717
ART 382: CRN 40695/40694

ART 382 students please contact Amanda Grant at for permission.

Please contact the instructor at with any questions.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Join us for the OAD Holiday Networking Event on Monday, December 18th!

Need a break and want to have some holiday fun? We’re looking forward to celebrating the end of the semester with one last gathering before the holiday break!

Monday, December 18th 2018

Bracket Room (South Campus)

5:00 p.m.

Please RSVP:

As you know, we like to have RSVP’s so we know about how many of us to expect, but even if you don’t RSVP, you’re welcome to join us! Don’t miss out on the fun….

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Spring 2018 DLG 220 “Intergroup Dialogue” – there’s still space!

Space still available!  DLG 220 – Intergroup Dialogue:

  • 3-credit, letter-graded, full-semester course; Tuesdays 12:30-3:15; generally focuses on race & gender
  • Categorized under the General Education categories of (1) Understanding US Society, and (2) Understanding the Individual & Society
  • Enrollment means registering for both a lecture section and a discussion section.

All questions should be directed to Steve Whitley (; 312-355-0232).