Category: Share with Students

SHARE WITH INCOMING STUDENTS: Late start and one-day Summer College programs still open for registration!

Summer College started last week for the six-week programs and Summer Enrichment Math’s first session, but don’t forget that there are programs that start in July as well. There are a wide variety of one-day programs being offered in July that are still open for registration. Here’s a preview:

Summer Enrichment Mathematics Workshop – 3 Week Program – Don’t forget that there’s a second three week session starting on July 16th and students can still register for the second session.

TRIO Fire Start – 1 Week Program – Two different sessions are being offered for this exciting one-week program for qualifying students that includes trips to local organizations like 1871, etc.

Council on Teacher Education – CTE Ignites – New this year, this one-day program is ideal for future teachers who want a jump start to achieve their goals.

Critical Thinking for College Success – Don’t forget this veteran of one-day programs – there are two more dates still available for this excellent program.

Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program (LARES) – LARES will offer a one-day program on the importance of Latino electoral participation and civic engagement in Illinois and Chicago that is open to all incoming students.

Making the Connection: Research, Inquiry and Discovery at UIC – The Office of Undergraduate Research returns with another of our veteran one-day Summer College programs this July.

Urban Health Program: Preparing for Academic Student Success (UHP-PASS) Pre-Health Day of Exploration – UHP’s one day exploration for pre-health students with presentations and tours is being offered on two different dates this July.

Summer College Website
For information on programs, visit the Summer College website, which will provide you with descriptions of all of the offered programs. There are some fantastic opportunities for incoming students in a range of areas.

The Summer College registration system is now open so please encourage your new first-year students who are eligible to register for one or more Summer College programs! Registration for Summer College happens through the my.UIC portal so incoming students can log in and register there. Invitations to eligible students have begun as well.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award application for AY 2018 – 2019 is now open!

Students: The Office of Undergraduate Research in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs is pleased to announce that that the application for the AY 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award (CURA) is now open. The CURA supports the research activities of students who have accepted Federal Work Study as part of this coming year’s financial aid package. Read more about the program at

To participate in the CURA program, you will need to identify a faculty member with whom you are interested in working and who agrees to supervise and mentor you on a project related to their work. You can search by department, name or keyword in the Undergraduate Research experience database at The faculty member then completes the online application on your behalf at

Awards are available for one semester or the entire academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order in which they are received. CURA is not intended to be combined with other major campus-based funding programs such as LASURI, Honors College research grants, etc., other than those that will meet additional expenses unmet by CURA.

Applications will be accepted until the fall CURA fund is depleted or the end of the fourth week of the fall semester, whichever comes first. A spring semester application cycle will open in November. Thanks to the backing of university leadership, last year CURA funded over 130 student-faculty collaborations at no cost to faculty or their departments.

If you are interested in research but do not have Federal Work Study this coming year, you should speak with an academic advisor or Director of Undergraduate Studies to find out about options for course credit or other funded or sponsored programs in the degree-granting college. You can also refer to this webpage: or they can email Various sponsored and structured programs are listed here:

If you have questions, feel free to email us in the Office of Undergraduate Research at The high-impact practice of undergraduate research enhances the student experience and contributes in a multitude of ways to positive educational outcomes for you and many other UIC students.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Extra tutoring support through AAMP and GLAS Gen Eds – please refer students!

Advisors, especially New Student Orientation Advisors, please recommend two great opportunities below to incoming students:

The ASIAN AMERICAN MENTOR PROGRAM (AAMP) is a unique program designed specifically to support Asian American or Pacific Islander-identified incoming students at UIC by connecting them to a peer mentor.

Students may participate in Summer AAMP through Summer College and get connected early. We are especially trying to connect to students taking Summer Enrichment Writing or Math:

and/or Fall AAMP:

Fall AAMP provides extra tutoring and academic support for students who were eligible for Summer College and placed into preparatory classes for English, Math, or Chemistry. We would like to connect with them in the fall especially if they did not participate in Summer College.

AAMP students enroll in a one-credit Global Asian Studies seminar, GLAS 105. To join Fall AAMP, students should first fill out an application at: Then they will receive an override to enroll in the class that fits their schedule.

Please help encourage students to join AAMP to build their academic success and get connected to a vibrant community at UIC. For questions or information, please contact Jeff Alton at

GLOBAL ASIAN STUDIES GEN ED courses GLAS 100 (Intro to Global Asian Studies) and GLAS 120 (Intro to Asian American Studies) also provide embedded writing tutoring for students. They are uniquely designed to serve students who are looking for extra writing support. For questions or information, please contact Prof. Anna Guevarra at

These two programs are part of the UIC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Initiative.

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Open seats in ART 150 Introduction to New Media Arts for Fall 2018

Any student is welcome to register, regardless of major. No departmental approval is required to register.

ART 150 Intro to New Media Arts, meets M/W, 9-11:40 AM.

This studio course introduces fundamental skills used to create interactive art, sound, light, and responsive environments, including circuit making and bending. Hands on exercises enable all students to explore and master the use of basic electronic components, sensors, and programming for interactive installation projects. Class lectures introduce students to the most innovative and provocative new media artists. No prior experience required. Students will need to have a laptop computer.

SHARE WITH INCOMING STUDENTS: Summer College 2018 starts THIS MONDAY, June 25th – Registration is open – visit the Summer College website for more info!

Summer is here and so is Summer College!

Summer College begins this coming Monday, June 25th, but keep in mind that there are a number of programs that are one day programs starting throughout July and that MATH has a three week program starting on July 16th.

Summer College Website
For information on programs, visit the Summer College website, which will provide you with descriptions of all of the offered programs. There are some fantastic opportunities for incoming students in a range of areas.

The Summer Enrichment Math Workshop is now offered as a 3-week session! There will be two options so students can select Session 1 (June 25 – July 13) or Session 2 (July 16 – August 3).

The Summer College registration system is now open so please encourage your new first-year students who are eligible to register for one or more Summer College programs! Registration for Summer College happens through the my.UIC portal so incoming students can log in and register there. Invitations to eligible students have begun as well.



SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Fall 2018 – 100-level Art courses available to non-Art majors (Creative Arts Gen Eds)

There are two 100-level Art courses open to non-Art majors at this point (no departmental approval required, count as a Creative Arts gen eds):

ART 190 Introduction to Socially Engaged Art
M/W 8-10:40 AM
Introduces the concept of socially engaged art, a practice that blurs the line between art and life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and action. Includes field visits and dialogue with artists. Students design and realize a public art project. Field trips required at a nominal fee. No previous art and studio experience is necessary for this class. Field Trips Required: Mess Hall, Dorchester Projects and Rebuild Foundation, Threewalls, Hyde Park Art Center, Experimental Station, and South Side Community Art Center, are all site-specific resources for this course. Students will visit at least two of these sites as part of their analysis and exploration of socially engaged art practices. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160.

ART 151 Introduction to Creative Coding in New Media Arts
M/W 8-10:40 AM
Under the professional instruction of an expert in coding languages, students will investigate the ways in which social media, data, and code have been instrumental in re-configuring the nature of social relationships in our society. Course Information: Extensive computer use required. Field trips required at a nominal fee. Students will use coding languages such as Processing, HTML, and JavaScript. Moving through beginning and intermediate levels of coding, students will explore creative new avenues of applying these tools. Students will gain skills to expand upon traditional uses of coding by aligning it with the contemporary art practices of New Media, a field in which technology and contemporary art combine.

Remaining seats in 100-level Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, New Media Arts, Photo, and Film classes are reserved for incoming Art majors. In August after orientation is finished, non-Art majors are again welcome to register for these 100-level courses.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/SHARE WITH STUDENTS: SAVE THE DATES – The War that Made Today: An Interdisciplinary Commemoration of the End of World War I (11/1/18 – 11/11/18)


The War that Made Today:
An Interdisciplinary Commemoration of the End of World War I

Eleven days of programming on November 1 – 11, 2018, spearheaded by the Honors College, will explore the global and local impact of World War I and its role in shaping the contemporary world.

Programming will start November 1 in the Institute for the Humanities with three Interdisciplinary Conversations (11am – 3:45pm):  “WWI, Nationalism and the New Global World Order,” “Art at War: The International Avant-Garde and World War I,” and “Healing the Walking Wounded: Shell-Shocked WWI Soldiers through a Contemporary Cultural Lens.”

On November 2 at 3pm, poet Tom Sleigh will give a poetry reading and discuss writing about the trauma of war, while looking back at the WWI poets.

A program on west campus on November 7 at 2pm will explore “the Nurses of World War I: A Chicago Story.”

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will host a roundtable discussion about The International Women’s Peace Movement, then and now, on November 8.

A finale performance of music, theatre and prose will be held at the UIC Theatre on November 9 at 6pm.

In addition, New Media artists will exhibit works responding to the war, and the Student Veterans Association will curate their own exhibition.

Complete details will be announced later.  Watch your calendars!

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: Center for Student Involvement 2018-2019

We are proud to share the Fall 2018 events… so far! We have dates for Student Org Conference, Involvement Fairs, Meet the Greeks, Spark, and much much more.

Go to:

You will also find information at UIC Impact, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Organizations, and Campus Programs. A great resource for new staff and faculty.

Connect with CSI on social media: @UICCSI
Phone 312-413-5070

SHARE WITH STUDENTS: FREE WEBINAR – “Cash at College – Spending, Saving and Student Loans” on 6/13, 7/13, or 8/13!

USFSCO is offering a summer financial literacy webinar:

Free Webinar: Cash at College – Spending, Saving & Student Loans

Cash at College is for students, parents & staff interested in tips for money management in school. University of Illinois USFSCO’s Student Money Management Center and University of Illinois Extension have teamed up to offer this educational webinar that covers topics like banking, budgeting, credit and financing a college degree. Register to attend the June 13, July 13 or August 13 session today.

Register at

A digital poster and Facebook image is available for your use.

FOR ADVISORS’ INFORMATION: Pending Graduation Holds and taking classes beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Please see the notes below from the Registrar and information provided for summer registration options by Summer Session. From the Registrar:


I wanted to send a refresher about Pending Graduation Holds.  The Office of the Registrar places Pending Graduation Holds each spring prior to summer and fall registration on undergraduate students’ accounts who have a pending (PN “Outcome Status” in SHADGMQ).  Undergraduate students can and do run into a variety of problems when they future register past their graduating term.  Some students walk away and end up with F’s and in collections for courses they never attended.  Additionally, financial aid should not cover study beyond the first bachelor’s degree.  Also, graduated undergraduate students take precious seats from others.  Students should be directed to complete an application for graduate non-degree study or apply to a graduate program if they haven’t done so already.

Importantly, anyone with the ability to lift a College Advising Hold, can lift the Pending Graduation Hold.  Assistant Registrar Sonia Rincon is listed as the UserID; however, college staff have the best insight into whether a student did not or will not graduate or is admitted or needs to apply for a graduate or professional program of study.

The hold is described at the Registrar’s webpage: Pending Graduation Registration Hold

“Undergraduates who have submitted an Intent to Graduate will have a Pending Graduation Registration Hold placed to prevent registration for future terms.  This hold can be lifted by a college advisor.  College policies vary in regard to allowing students to register beyond the initial bachelor’s degree.  Contact with an advisor is needed when an undergraduate degree is to be earned and registration is sought for future terms.  Please note that students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences may only have their hold lifted if they cancel their intent to graduate.”

I hope this is useful and your summer is going well!


Robert R. Dixon, J.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago
1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607

From Summer Session:

In addition to applying for graduate non-degree study, there is one more option.

If a graduating undergrad wants to enroll only in undergrad courses in the summer to prepare for a graduate program, they can be directed to complete the Summer Session Only (SSO) application. This will admit them a non-degree undergraduate for the summer only.

The advantages of this option are that students will pay an undergraduate tuition rate rather than a graduate tuition rate for those undergraduate courses (since they are assessed based on their student status rather than the course level). The SSO application also has a later deadline (1 week before each summer session rather than April 15 for grad non-degree). The disadvantages are that the student is only admitted for the summer term.

You can find more information about the Summer Session Only application on the Summer Session website: