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  • A Family Affair

    Celebrating five generations of Illinois students

  • Laboratory Learning: Research teaches students about flexibility—in electronics and in life

    “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.”

  • Ten…Nine…Eight...

    CubeSat students prepare for launch

  • Undergrads choose their own adventure in this wildlife research group

    Don’t be fooled by the name, the wildlife and chronic wasting disease research group has a broader mission than you might think. Yes, the research focuses on white-tailed deer, primarily, and on CWD, a baffliing affliction of deer and elk. But for the dozens of undergraduate students who have joined this collaborative effort over the years, the group also is a portal, of sorts, to wide-ranging adventures in research.

  • Illini Success

    Students, alumni share what shaped them most 

  • Summer Study: Program provides undergrads with research experience

    This summer, 10 undergraduate students performed research using advanced imaging and microscopy technologies through the Discoveries in Bioimaging Research Experience for Undergraduates.

  • Only Connect

    Student groups offer camaraderie, opportunities to lead

  • Illinois Cancer Scholars: Cancer Scholars Program links education to real-world issues

    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.

  • iVenture Accelerator

    Nurturing student entrepreneurs' startup ambitions

  • The Turtle Team: Veterinary students use dogs to study turtles

    They show up in rubber boots and load their backpacks with gear: GPS units, latex gloves and data collection notebooks. The other equipment–calipers, syringes, scales and folding tables–will be used later when the students bring turtles here to their temporary laboratory alongside a park road.

  • Shaving cane: Making music by the micrometer

    Amelia Lee wasn’t sure she wanted to attend the University of Illinois. As a serious oboist, her idea of college was an arts institution such as Oberlin Conservatory or the Manhattan School of Music. Her mother, however, wanted Lee to get a more well-rounded education, and with a top-10 ranked music school, the U. of I. suited them both.

  • Illinois MakerLab: 3-D printing lab fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, interdisciplinary teamwork

    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.

  • Okavango Odyssey: Study abroad students study wildlife in Botswana

    It was 6 a.m. and the campers were quietly preparing for the day. Suddenly, a voice called out from the camp manager’s tent.

    “Girls? We’re going to have to wait. I can see a lion from my window.”

  • Safety in Numbers: Student Patrol plays dual role as community service, career training

    U. of I. students Alex Tran and Angela Annarino prefer to work in the dark. While their peers are studying, sleeping or unwinding at the end of a long day of class, Tran, from Chicago, Illinois, and Annarino, from Lamont, strap on their work vests and radios. It’s during the night when they are needed the most.

  • Virtual Reality Project

    Have you ever been on the field at Memorial Stadium, standing next to the cheerleaders as they lead an “I-L-L” call-and-response during a football game? Or have you been onstage at Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts while world-class musicians play?

    With the help of a new interdisciplinary project from students in advertising and computer science, those and a few other quintessential Illinois experiences are just a mouse click – and a pair of virtual reality goggles – away.

  • Lit Skills, Job Skills: Students learn more than they often realize in studying English

    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.

  • LabEscape: Science feeds adventure through escape room

    Escape the room if you can, but the physics is inescapable.

  • Art Meets Science

    Murphy Lab Participant/Observer Program creates interdisciplinary learning environment

  • Four kings of Illini Chess Club make move on elite stage

    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.

  • Oasis Design Project

    University of Illinois students designed a seating area inspired by zen gardens for a major art and design show in Chicago last fall.

  • Practice made perfect: Men make the women's volleyball team better

    If you visit a women’s volleyball practice you might be surprised to see one or two men on the court. There they are, playing against the women, spiking the ball over the net or jumping high to block a shot. These men are practice players, helping the women hone their skills. The men serve as hitters, blockers, motivators or whatever else the team needs.

  • Josh Talks

    TED Talks have nothing on Illinois Athletic Director and Illinois alumnus Josh Whitman

  • Advertising is Us

    Student group leads in membership, awards and enthusiasm

  • LAS in C-U: Liberal arts fair connects students with internships

    Fall semester fair helps students find local employers.

  • Interactive Projects

    Interactive art studio at University of Illinois teaches students coding, building circuits

  • Voices in harmony: Student a cappella groups enjoy close-knit community

    Attend a charity fundraiser on the University of Illinois campus, and you might hear one of the many student a cappella groups singing a classic song such as “Blue Skies.” Or you might hear a group at a student event performing a recent Rihanna hit, or singing a blend of Indian and American pop music at the chancellor’s pre-game party on a football Saturday.

  • Chinese for a New Generation

    Chinese culture and language camp promotes international outlook

  • Education Students Down Under: Australia study trip gives future teachers a global education

    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.

  • Play for Change

    Sport-focused RSO is a Slam Dunk

  • Jason's List

    Student uses YouTube to help others finish bucket lists

  • Finding the Source

    History students unearth the unknown about artifacts on the Web

  • I Pay It Forward: Student by student, ACES ‘pays it forward’ through month-long scholarship campaign

    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.

  • Actif

    Startup develops wearable systems for road safety

  • Giving sustainability a hand: Student helps launch recycling program for disposable gloves

    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.

  • 2016 Campuswide Commencement

    Exercises set for May 14

  • Nature, culture, education and recreation happily coexist at UI Arboretum

    Gardeners, cross-country runners (and skiers), stressed-out students, soccer players, bug enthusiasts, Japanese tea aficionados, bird watchers, architects and scientists of nearly every stripe find something of value at the UI Arboretum, a vibrant, 57-acre swath of green near the south end of the Urbana-Champaign campus.

  • Extreme makeover for Alma Mater under way

    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.

  • Hear My Voice: News project makes space for inclusive conversation

    Journalism project creates a space for dialogue.

  • Art for the sake of self-discovery

    Journeys that foster self-discovery are not always easy or pleasant – but can be empowering and liberating, says Elka Kazmierczak, a slender woman with short gray hair and sparkling brown eyes. She seems to vibrate with energy and purpose. At the first meeting of the semester for the Illini Art Therapy Association, Kazmierczak invites participants to take such a journey with her.

  • I-Promise delivers support to first-generation college students

    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. 

  • Like Fish in Water

    Underrepresented students make the most of fellowships in animal biology

  • Good Deeds, Safety Reminders

    Recreation, sport and tourism class creates public service messages about railway safety

  • Inspiration. Perspiration. Dedication. Four professors share the Joy of teaching

    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.

  • Act of Congress

    Students play the role of U.S. House members for a semester and gain insights on process, politics and power.

  • Miss Possible: Students design dolls and activities to teach girls about science and engineering

    Marie Curie: Chemist, physicist, Nobel laureate…childhood playmate

  • Heads up! New state law yields crosswalk changes

    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.

  • Students 'SPIN' opportunity with NCSA into internship gold

    Help wanted: On-campus supercomputing behemoth – you know, the place that invented the Web browser – seeks highly motivated student interns to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

  • KEEPING IN STEP: Marching Illini Head to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    The first time Angela Kucharski saw the Marching Illini perform, she knew she wanted to be a part of it.

  • Career prep starts early: Even freshmen, whether certain or searching, have things they can do

    The Career Center at the U. of I. is in a handy spot, across the street from the Alma Mater sculpture on the edge of Campustown.

  • Dear Parents: Letter from the Chancellor

    As you get this issue of Postmarks in the mail, we’re moving into the final couple of months of our academic year here at Illinois.