blog postsMiss Possible: Students design dolls and activities to teach girls about science and engineeringAug 25, 2014 5:00 pm127 views Marie Curie: Chemist, physicist, Nobel laureate…childhood playmateMinrva project makes library navigation and research easy with appAug 25, 2014 12:00 pm50 views Finding the right book in the library these days doesn’t involve a card catalog. In fact, it doesn’t necessarily involve a computer terminal or even a librarian, thanks to a mobile phone application called Minrva, developed by student interns in the undergraduate library’s Technology Prototyping Service (TPS).Making music for the fun of itJan 23, 2012 5:15 pm53 views During the winter holiday break, when music education major Christopher Whiteford went home to Bradley, Ill., he played a few Christmas carols for his parents, jammed on some rock ’n’ roll with a guitarist friend and serenaded his girlfriend with one of her favorites, Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I.”Lit Skills, Job Skills: Students learn more than they often realize in studying EnglishOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm541 views The student who chooses English as a major should be prepared. Prepared for the questions, concerns and even mocking about the value of their degree.Lincoln Hall re-created as state-of-the-art instructional facilityAug 20, 2012 5:15 pm7 views The refurbished Lincoln's bust has been returned, ready for students to start rubbing his nose for luck once again.Like Fish in WaterOct 21, 2016 9:15 am160 views Underrepresented students make the most of fellowships in animal biologyLAS in C-U: Liberal arts fair connects students with internshipsOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm307 views Fall semester fair helps students find local employers.Laptop research benefits landfills, chickens … and studentsAug 20, 2012 3:45 pm30 views A student-centered research course at the UI in the spring semester proved it is possible for the concepts of academic exploration and commercial practicality to peacefully co-exist – and that Earth’s environment can benefit from the union.La Colectiva advocates for immigrants, social justice, changeJan 27, 2014 1:00 pm96 views When Stephanie Mazariegos was a small child, her parents struggled to pay their bills. During the day, her parents worked alternating shifts – her father in a restaurant and as a janitor at a synagogue, her mother cleaning a woman’s home – so that one parent could be at home to care for the children.Laboratory Learning: Research teaches students about flexibility—in electronics and in lifeOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm1532 views “Fabricating flexible electronics is my thing. I love it!” said Seung Yun “Simone” Heo, her enthusiasm evident even while speaking about the technical processes of metal vapor deposition and electron beam lithography. “We’re making everything from scratch. I can do it myself from step one. It’s not that hard to do, it’s more about time and effort.”LabEscape: Science feeds adventure through escape roomOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm461 views Escape the room if you can, but the physics is inescapable.KEEPING IN STEP: Marching Illini Head to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm120 views The first time Angela Kucharski saw the Marching Illini perform, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.Josh TalksOct 21, 2016 9:15 am315 views TED Talks have nothing on Illinois Athletic Director and Illinois alumnus Josh WhitmanJason's ListMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm262 views Student uses YouTube to help others finish bucket listsiVenture AcceleratorMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm777 views Nurturing student entrepreneurs' startup ambitionsIUB: A community that builds community across campusAug 26, 2013 2:00 pm26 views One of U. of I. senior Stuti Mehta’s most memorable experiences at Illinois may have been dinner with Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.It takes time and patience: Journalism students apply literary craft to shape storiesAug 26, 2013 5:00 pm28 views Journalism is often a deadline-driven job. Get the story; get it done.I-Promise delivers support to first-generation college studentsAug 26, 2013 3:30 pm162 views The day Loreal Latimer arrived at the U. of I., her parents dropped her off at Taft-Van Doren residence hall and drove away. Because she graduated fifth in her class at Chicago’s Corliss High School – while leading extracurricular activities and working 17 hours a week at a food service job – the Latimer family figured she could easily navigate a bucolic college campus. I Pay It Forward: Student by student, ACES ‘pays it forward’ through month-long scholarship campaignOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm231 views Illinois student Dexter Smith knew he wanted to study at the U. of I. since the eighth grade. But he needed financial help to stay at Illinois, and found it through some fellow classmates.IN THE TRENCHES: Student journalists report from TurkeyAug 20, 2012 4:45 pm25 views They left for Turkey last May as a group of student reporters. They returned two weeks later as novice foreign correspondents.Interactive tool puts physics lab in the palm of your handAug 22, 2011 9:00 am19 views Physics often is the stuff of nightmares. For students, the terror lies in the expectation of mastering concepts as foreign as a never-heard language. Professors struggle to effectively teach complex concepts in a limited amount of time. And the expense of laboratory equipment is enough to make a department administrator reach for the antacids.Interactive ProjectsOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm307 views Interactive art studio at University of Illinois teaches students coding, building circuitsInspiration. Perspiration. Dedication. Four professors share the Joy of teachingJan 27, 2014 5:00 pm145 views Teaching was part of the environment Mark Micale grew up in. His father taught high school history and economics. “There was a lot of talk in the household about schools and classes and students,” Micale said – though it didn’t prompt him, as he started college, to pursue a career in education. Two great college teachers did that.Impacting the Community: Students invest time, talent in Avicenna Community Health CenterAug 25, 2014 3:00 pm22 views At the height of the recession, east central Illinois residents saw medical needs growing in their community. And, due to the job market, many residents were without health insurance. Illinois study abroad program prepares student for real life disasterJan 19, 2015 1:00 pm112 views When Jessica Weston was choosing a study abroad location, she had two qualifications: beautiful weather and English-speaking. So, she chose the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where she was able to fulfill her academic requirements, as well as develop her interest in volunteer work through a course called “Rebuilding Christchurch.” The New Zealand city was recovering from a series of violent earthquakes.Illinois MakerLab: 3-D printing lab fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary teamworkOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm662 views The next industrial revolution has arrived at the Universityof Illinois, but it’s not happening on the side of Green Street that anyone familiar with the Urbana campus would expect. Located on the third floor of the Business Instructional Facility, the Illinois MakerLab is touted as the world’s first 3-D printing lab in a business school.Illinois Cancer Scholars: Cancer Scholars Program links education to real-world issuesOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm871 views When Pierce Hadley came to the University of Illinois, he wanted access to professors, a chance to do research in a lab, and a perspective on how his classes and research in bioengineering could relate to medicine. He found all of that when he became one of 12 students who are the first cohortof the Illinois Cancer Scholars Program, a new undergraduate training program launched in fall 2014 in the department of bioengineering.Illini SuccessMay 9, 2017 9:00 am1029 views Students, alumni share what shaped them most History GamesMar 23, 2017 8:00 am105 views Students learn about the past by replaying it, in a different kind of history class.High-altitude balloon flight inspires 'space geeks' for moreAug 20, 2012 5:30 pm88 views UI junior Spencer Gore, the founder and director of Space for All, holds onto the payload rigging at the launch site as he addresses the launch crew. Inside the payload housing are devices and cameras filming the action figure "passengers" astride a model of the Starship Enterprise.Heavy competitionAug 26, 2013 1:30 pm5 views What began 40 years ago as a civil engineering class project at the U. of I. has grown into an organized annual tradition for engineering students worldwide. Hear My Voice: News project makes space for inclusive conversationOct 18, 2017 4:00 pm169 views Journalism project creates a space for dialogue.Heads up! New state law yields crosswalk changesAug 22, 2011 4:15 pm126 views Chalk one up for the pedestrians after Illinois lawmakers last year changed the state’s crosswalk law, forcing motorists to stop – not just yield – if a walker has already entered a crosswalk.Growing support for scholars: A Lincoln Hall scholarship program has multiplied in size since the building renovationJan 19, 2015 12:00 pm19 views With the reopening of Lincoln Hall more than two years behind us, an initiative tied to the renovation grows more significant every day. The Lincoln Scholars program has so far provided financial assistance to 50 Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students to help complete their studies.Graphic designers branch out to help develop identity for gardenAug 26, 2013 2:30 pm21 views Students majoring in graphic design took their skills out of the classroom and into the real world during the spring 2013 semester, when they offered their services to Prosperity Gardens – a community garden in Champaign.Good Deeds, Safety RemindersMar 23, 2017 9:00 am148 views Recreation, sport and tourism class creates public service messages about railway safetyGlobal health issues drive students around the worldJan 23, 2012 4:15 pm96 views On a campus of 40,000 undergraduates, a student organization can provide a grounding point. For the members of Frontiers International Health Society, it’s also a launch pad, sending students far beyond the lecture halls to apply their skills around the globe.Giving sustainability a hand: Student helps launch recycling program for disposable glovesJan 19, 2015 11:00 am202 views Madeline Kull didn’t know much about sustainability initiatives before starting an internship at the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center, but found that the field fit her like a recycled glove.Getting personal: Beckwith assistants may receive more than they giveJan 27, 2014 4:00 pm19 views All students have their favorite places to escape the stress of finals week. But during a study break last December, senior Shelby Wills found herself in a place she had never imagined: in a swimming pool with a classmate who has a severe physical disability.GAME ON: Students score as park district coachesAug 22, 2011 6:00 pm45 views It was the final game of the Urbana Park District basketball season, and Jordan Morris’ motley crew of third- and fourth-grade boys (at right) was winning. He watched them dribble, pass and deploy the pump fake and the jab step – moves he and his friends had taught them at practice – to almost double their opponent’s score.From Field to Market to Table: Students study post-harvest losses in IndiaAug 25, 2014 1:00 pm101 views Flowers. Groundnuts (peanuts). Wheat. And paddy (rice): These were the focus of a 10-day student excursion to India over the 2014 winter break. Business administration professor Udatta Palekar organized the trip with 15 undergraduate business students majoring in supply chain management.Four kings of Illini Chess Club make move on elite stageAug 26, 2013 4:00 pm398 views Last spring, a Cinderella team from the U. of I. clinched a berth in the Final Four of a major college tournament. But this unheralded group of undergraduates used pawns, bishops and queens – not basketballs – to work their tournament magic.Forward march! Marching Illini strike up a lasting relationship with practice fieldJan 20, 2014 8:00 am64 views The University of Illinois Marching Illini provide the soundtrack for a long list of cherished football traditions. Gridiron games wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the band leading the players out of the tunnel, playing “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” on third downs and of course “Oskee Wow Wow” after every touchdown. But the band is abandoning one lesser-known custom that dates back several generations – and everyone is happy to see this tradition go.Finding the SourceMar 8, 2016 1:45 pm246 views History students unearth the unknown about artifacts on the WebFerreting out fake newsMar 23, 2017 9:00 am105 views Illinois computer science students Mark Craft and Qinglin Chen created an extension for the Chrome web browser to verify articles and pictures posted to Facebook. Even more impressive? They did it in less than 36 hours, as part of a student hackathon event hosted by Princeton University in November 2016. Extreme makeover for Alma Mater under wayAug 20, 2012 5:45 pm170 views Although the inscription on the base of the Alma Mater statue hasn’t changed, the statue’s location did Aug. 7 as workers lifted the 5-ton sculpture onto a truck and took it to Chicago for extensive conservation work.Excellent student experience a priority for new chancellorJan 23, 2012 5:45 pm6 views To new Urbana Chancellor and UI Vice President Phyllis M. Wise, education and family are inextricable elements.Education Students Down Under: Australia study trip gives future teachers a global educationOct 22, 2015 4:00 pm276 views Visiting Australia was on Lindsay Duffy’s bucket list since the seventh grade, the U.of I. junior said. So Duffy “did a little happy dance” when she learned she’d be studying abroad Down Under.Deep passion: Student charting future on Navy submarineAug 22, 2011 5:15 pm34 views What should a little girl aspire to become when she grows up? If you’re asking Kristin Schoemaker, anything she wants. Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, is preparing to cast off the limitations of an age-old Navy rule prohibiting women from serving on nuclear submarines.Dear Parents: Letter from the ChancellorJan 19, 2015 9:00 am62 views As this issue of Postmarks reaches your home, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign we are moving into the final months of the academic year.