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  • On the Big Screen

    Screenwriter and Illinois alumnus David Magee wrote the script for "Mary Poppins Returns."

  • Tara Zumwalt (left) and Eve Zumwalts family has been attending Illinois for more than 140 years.

    A Family Affair

    Celebrating five generations of Illinois students

  • Jonas Kurniawan and Simone Heo received hands-on experience and equipment training as undergraduate researchers in professor John Rogers lab.

    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.”

  • 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.

  • Oboe major Amelia Lee uses a knife to refine an oboe reed. On the table, her reed case is filled with reeds in various stages of completion.

    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.

  • At right, Catherine Best, a research professor of bioengineering, supervises students, including REU participant Javier de Jesus Astacio, center, who is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and Yujin Lee, an Illinois junior in bioengineering.

    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.

  • Students Dawn Haken, Jos Tuason and Osamu Miyawaki work on assembling and testing solar panels that will provide power for a CubeSat mission slated to launch in the fall.

    Ten…Nine…Eight...

    CubeSat students prepare for launch

  • Toheeb Okenla, IT senior with the College of Business and computer science minor, South Holland, Ill.  Jesus Fernandez-Ortiz, junior computer science student with the College of Engineering, South Holland, Ill.

    Illini Success

    Students, alumni share what shaped them most 

  • Chess Club members Bo Schmidt, right, a senior in physics, plays against Benson Wang, a freshman in electrical and computer engineering, in the food court of the Illini Union.

    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.

  • Chronic Wasting Disease afflicts white-tailed deer (pictured), mule deer, moose, reindeer and elk.

    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.

  • Working with the theme "In My World I See " students reveal their inner landscapes using string painting, a technique in which the artist dips a piece of string 10 to 12 inches long in India ink then presses, drags or swirls the string across the paper. Color is then added using pastels, crayons or watercolors.

    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.

  • Only Connect

    Student groups offer camaraderie, opportunities to lead

  • Sophomores Miranda Dawson, left, and Pierce Hadley, right, work in bioengineering professor Rohit Bhargavas lab as part of the Illinois Cancer Scholars Program.

    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.

  • Physics professor Paul Kwiat (left) and his team of undergraduate students: Shaurya Anuj Singhal, Ben Fields, Jack Bernard and Julia Spina.

    LabEscape: Science feeds adventure through escape room

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

  • Comparative biosciences professor Matthew Allender, left, makes use of John Ruckers Boykin spaniels, which can sniff out box turtles.

    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.

  • Mayank Kale Student Entrepreneur

    iVenture Accelerator

    Nurturing student entrepreneurs' startup ambitions

  • Photo of U. of I. computer science lecturer Anna Yershova and a student peering through a virtual reality headset.

    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.

  • Alex Tran and Angela Annarino are members of the U. of I. Student Patrol, a team of trained students who provide campus safety services.

    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.

  • U. of I. animal sciences students spent nine weeks studying wildlife in Botswana's Okavango Delta and Chobe Enclave Region.

    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.”

  • Nora Benson, a junior from Chicago majoring in engineering, displays a prosthetic hand created at the Illinois MakerLab.

    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.

  • Birthday cake with the numbers 150

    Celebrating our sesquicentennial

    Milestones and relevant connections to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's 150th anniversary. 

  • Mylissa Zelechowski, who says English is where Im meant to be, has interned writing for a video gaming company, and sees numerous career options ahead.

    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.

  • Chemistry professor Catherine Murphy, seated at the microscope, explains the work of her research team to Peggy Flavin, an environmental design student.

    Art Meets Science

    Murphy Lab Participant/Observer Program creates interdisciplinary learning environment

  • Volunteers who helped with the build were encouraged to write uplifting messages on a wall at the park to underscore the importance of physical activity in community members lives.

    Play for Change

    Sport-focused RSO is a Slam Dunk

  • 2016 Campuswide Commencement

    Exercises set for May 14

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Students have already started "sitting in" for Alma and posting pictures to the Web. Junior Katie Chan, as Alma, is flanked by senior Arpan Roy, as Labor, on the left, and sophomore Clare Curtin, Learning, on the right. Lisa Ogawa, left, and Azusa Terauchi pose next to the living sculpture.

    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.

  • Members of Girls Next Door, the first all-female a cappella group on campus, rehearse the songs in their repertoire.

    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.

  • Interactive Projects

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

  • History professor Mark Micale has picked the brains of 20 of the universitys best teachers as part of a project he conducted in connection with a recent teaching award. Parents who were in the biz is often part of the story, he said, but even more often, the best teachers have been motivated by teachers in their past who served as role models, who were not just good, but inspirational.

    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.

  • Illinois student and I Pay It Forward scholarship recipient Dexter Smith came to campus with $100 and a laptop. Its a beautiful thing when you help someone who is struggling to turn their life around, he said.

    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.

  • Camp attendees expanded their cultural knowledge at the Education building.

    Chinese for a New Generation

    Chinese culture and language camp promotes international outlook

  • Sociology major Denise Branch gained valuable perspective from her internships at local law firms.

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

    Fall semester fair helps students find local employers.

  • 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

  • Bird's-eye view of the Miles C Hartley Selections Garden. Lincon Avenue is the top of the photo, the western edge of the Arboretum.

    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.

  • Jason Yue, a senior in engineering, and Eric Pursley, a Presby Hall chef, became friends when Yue first started out as a resident adviser for Presby. Yue, whos been helping those he meets fulfill their bucket lists, took Pursley flying for the first time. The video, posted in September 2015, has received more than 518,000 views.

    Jason's List

    Student uses YouTube to help others finish bucket lists

  • Juniors in education Rachel Granzin (left) and Lindsay Duffy go kayaking near Sydney during a study-abroad trip to Australia.

    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.

  • Journalism professor Janice Collins, advising students in a Hear My Voice meeting, said she started the website and organization to provide "a platform where we can all come together to learn."

    Hear My Voice: News project makes space for inclusive conversation

    Journalism project creates a space for dialogue.

  • History professor John Randolph instructs students in a SourceLab course on how to investigate and verify online images, video, texts and other artifacts  often of sketchy origin  to get them ready for history.

    Finding the Source

    History students unearth the unknown about artifacts on the Web

  • The design of this classroom, being used by rhetoric professor Cheryl Price, gives students plenty of laptop space and brings them closer together duirng more interactive exercises.

    Neglected classrooms getting much needed renovations

    UI students have access to some of the best professors in the country using the most current data and teaching techniques – but funding challenges have made campus classroom space the final educational frontier.

  • Actif

    Startup develops wearable systems for road safety

  • Loreal Latimer, a May graduate, was matched with mentor Pat Justice when Latimer was a freshman.

    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. 

  • Administrative Posts

    Administrative Posts

  • New signage was added at 29 campus crosswalk locations over the summer to reflect the state's year-old crosswalk law. Under the new law, motorists must come to a complete stop if a pedestrian has already entered a crosswalk. Pedestrians also are required to give motorists ample time to slow down and stop  or wait for a better opportunity to cross.

    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.

  • Professor Laura Payne gave her communication in recreation, sport and tourism class a unique assignment: Perform a random act of kindness and post about it on social media using the hashtag #RAKLexiTurner, an online campaign in memoriam of an Illinois teen killed by a train. Payne, left, is shown with one of her students, Meghan Hannigan, who used the assignment to remind recruits to her sorority to be cautious around railways.

    Good Deeds, Safety Reminders

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

  • Pamela Hochwert, a senior in special education, standing left, and Michelle Bonati, a doctoral student in special education, at a Bens Bells event at Champaign Public Library.

    Service learning project unites special ed students, others

    If curiosity gets the better of the passersby, and they pause to read the card attached to the brightly colored ceramic hearts or hands, they’ll find that the chimes, called Ben’s Bells, are part of a nationwide grassroots movement for spreading kindness. The bells are gifts for whomever happens upon them, but they come with strings attached: Those who pluck the bells from their perches and take them home are volunteering to spread kindness wherever they go.

  • Top Dogs

    U of I team designs “bark park”

  • Kristin Schoemaker, a junior in nuclear engineering, plans to be among the first women allowed to serve on a nuclear submarine when she graduates from the UI in 2013.

    Deep passion: Student charting future on Navy submarine

    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.