blog posts DPI Launches First Apprenticeship Program with Cognizant May 26, 2022 8:45 am The Discovery Partners Institute’s Pritzker Tech Talent Labs is launching its first apprenticeship program in partnership with global professional services leader Cognizant, aimed at advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry. 17 companies tap more than 100 UIC students to tackle tech challenges May 19, 2022 3:45 pm More than 100 women and nonbinary students pursuing undergraduate degrees in computer science, data science and other tech disciplines at the University of Illinois Chicago will team up with 17 Chicago and national companies to help solve technology-related business challenges. New center helps HS teachers enable students with significant disabilities gain employment May 19, 2022 3:45 pm The Illinois Center for Transition and Work provides resources and training for special educators and others who are preparing high school students with significant disabilities to work after graduation. Gies launches fully online, stackable graduate certificates May 5, 2022 2:45 pm Furthering its longstanding commitment to break down barriers to business education, Gies College of Business is launching a pair of fully online, credit-bearing graduate certificates, the first ever offered by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Call Me MISTER graduates hope to inspire, mentor May 5, 2022 2:45 pm The first three students of UIC's Call Me MISTER initiative will graduate from the UIC College of Education May 6, and be one step closer to becoming Chicago-area teachers and mentors to students who look like them. UIC awarded grant to continue developing CPS leaders Apr 27, 2022 8:45 am The UIC Center for Urban Education Leadership has received a $250,000 grant to continue its efforts to assist the Chicago Public Schools’ five-year vision to strengthen its leadership pipeline. UIC launches online master’s program in artificial intelligence, machine learning Apr 27, 2022 8:45 am A new Master of Engineering online degree program will increase access to graduate degrees for working engineers, scientists and managers with strong quantitative backgrounds as well as meet the growing demand for artificial intelligence and machine learning professionals. I-Ready online camp offered for high school students with autism Apr 25, 2022 8:45 am Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Illinois high school who are on the autism spectrum are encouraged to apply for I-Ready, a virtual summer camp at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. UIS partners with UIC School of Law on expedited degree Apr 7, 2022 9:45 am UIS undergraduate students now have the opportunity to earn both their bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years (compared to the typical seven years) thanks to a new agreement with the UIC School of Law. Google to help DPI & Wilbur Wright College build diverse computing pipeline Mar 23, 2022 9:30 am The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and Wilbur Wright College are expanding their partnership to develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois, focusing on the student journey into computer and data science fields, with support from Google. Report shows recent Illinois graduates succeeding despite pandemic Mar 9, 2022 8:00 am The seventh annual Illini Success report released today shows that University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduates in summer 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 found jobs, enrolled in graduate school or began volunteer programs on par with previous years. UIS partners with school district to support diverse workforce pipeline Mar 2, 2022 10:45 am The University of Illinois Springfield School of Education has partnered with Springfield School District 186 to support the district’s new Diverse Workforce Pipeline Program to increase the number of diverse teachers in classrooms. UIC named top school in the Midwest for diversity, No. 6 in U.S. Feb 24, 2022 12:45 pm The University of Illinois at Chicago ranks highest in the Midwest for the diversity of its students and faculty in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. DPI Partners with OneTen to Advance Black Talent in Illinois Feb 22, 2022 9:15 am The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) has been inducted into the OneTen employer partner network, a coalition of leading CEOs and their companies aiming to upskill, hire, and advance one million Black individuals without four-year degrees over the next decade. Preparing CPS educators to teach next generation of biomedical engineers Feb 9, 2022 8:45 am The UIC College of Engineering and College of Education have received a $538,237 federal grant to continue a summer biomedical engineering program that has trained 27 Chicago Public Schools science teachers over the last five years. DPI's IWERC awarded $1M for computer science education research Feb 3, 2022 10:30 am The Illinois Workforce and Education Research Collaborative (IWERC) at the Discovery Partners Institute has been awarded $1 million to research computer science education in Illinois with the aim of helping schools meet new statewide requirements and recruit more women and people of color into the major at Illinois universities. UIUC a top producer of young executives in Midwest Jan 28, 2022 9:45 am UIUC is listed as the No. 2 university producing young executives in the Midwest. Between 2011 and 2021, the university saw an increase from 2.4 percent to 5.9 percent of recent graduates working in an executive role. New UIC fellowship aims to diversify architectural community Jan 10, 2022 3:15 pm Martina Smith is the first recipient of the Hartshorne and Plunkard Fellowship, a new annual award given to a UIC architecture graduate student which aims to diversify the talent pipeline into the architectural profession. UIC, City Colleges of Chicago to offer dual admission for BSN seekers Dec 21, 2021 12:30 pm UIC College of Nursing, UIC Extended Campus, and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), will offer a dual-admissions pathway from the CCC Associate Degree in Nursing to UIC’s online RN to BSN degree-completion program. $1.2M NIH grant backs UIC, Malcolm X College biomedical research program Dec 13, 2021 12:30 pm UIC and Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, have teamed up for a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support undergraduate students training in biomedical research during the last two years of their studies. Gies Business partners with Google to prepare adult learners for career success Nov 3, 2021 8:30 am Gies College of Business at UIUC is partnering with Google to prepare learners in the Google Career Certificate programs with critical business skills like leadership, teamwork, and strategic thinking. UIC Nursing awards $500K in scholarships to diversify nursing workforce Oct 27, 2021 3:45 pm More than $500,000 in scholarships were awarded to 90 UIC Nursing students this academic year through two Health Resources and Services Administration grants intended to diversify the nursing workforce. UIS creates three new schools, adds degrees and minors Oct 12, 2021 8:00 am The University of Illinois Springfield has created three new schools to better serve students and meet the needs of our Capital Region community, including the addition of new degrees and minors that are now open for enrollment. Environmental Leadership Program prepares students to be sustainability leaders Oct 11, 2021 1:00 pm The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a cutting-edge program launched by the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The program is designed to prepare Illinois undergraduates for leadership roles in the sustainability field. UIC awarded grant to support initiatives for Asian American and Pacific Islander students Oct 5, 2021 11:30 am For the fourth time since 2010, the University of Illinois Chicago has received the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority-Serving Institutions program. UIS to offer four new affordable accelerated graduate programs Sep 23, 2021 1:30 pm The University of Illinois Springfield has a long history of excellence in online learning. UIS is proud to add four new, 100% online, accelerated graduate programs to the 52 graduate and undergraduate programs offered. $5M grant to support national initiative in Latino humanities studies Sep 22, 2021 1:45 pm The University of Illinois Chicago has been awarded a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a national initiative in Latino humanities studies called “Crossing Latinidades: Emerging Scholars and New Comparative Directions.” DuSable Scholars Program aims to increase number of students of color in STEM Aug 30, 2021 12:45 pm In an effort to bolster the number of Black and Latino students studying STEM-related fields, the University of Illinois Chicago has established a merit-based scholarship program within the College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Scholarship expands access to veterinary profession Aug 30, 2021 12:00 pm University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine today announced a new $500,000 scholarship to help advance diversity within the veterinary profession. The scholarship will be granted to students from underrepresented populations and those who have shown a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. $1.9M NSF-funded initiative to transform UIC undergraduate chemistry offerings Aug 25, 2021 1:45 pm Supported by a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Illinois Chicago department of chemistry will launch a project consisting of evidence-based research of teaching and learning practices, course and curriculum revisions and faculty development, all with the intention of enhancing STEM education for undergraduate students. UIC fellowship aimed at increasing diversity among architecture students Jul 30, 2021 10:15 am Raymond Hartshorne and James Plunkard have committed $500,000 to the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Architecture to create an endowed fellowship aimed at increasing diversity among students obtaining a UIC architecture education at the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. $40M donation to support UIC first-gen and low-income students Jun 16, 2021 8:30 am The University of Illinois Chicago is the recipient of a $40 million donation from philanthropist and novelist MacKenzie Scott. It is the largest gift from an individual in school history. The funds will provide life-changing support for first-generation and low-income students attending UIC. New virtual summer camp for high schoolers diagnosed with autism May 5, 2021 3:45 pm Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Illinois high schools who were diagnosed with autism and are considering attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign can explore and prepare for college life through a new virtual summer camp. Test-optional admissions extended for two more years Apr 2, 2021 10:00 am The Executive Committee of the University of Illinois System Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a request by the three universities to allow high school students to apply for admission in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years without taking standardized tests. DPI and UIC CHANCE Announce Expansion of Digital Scholars Program Apr 2, 2021 9:30 am The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) and University of Illinois Chicago (UIC’s) CHANCE program today announced the expansion of its Digital Scholars Program to support and develop promising and diverse tech talent in Illinois. UIS adds new online degree programs and certificates Mar 31, 2021 2:00 pm The University of Illinois Springfield is offering students more options to advance their education online on their own schedule. Starting in fall 2021, several new fully online degrees and certificates will be added. UIC Athletics announces third-largest endowed scholarship Mar 18, 2021 9:15 am The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Athletics Department announced today a $250,000 commitment from football letter winner and two-time alumnus Al Ronan ('69 & '70) to establish the Al Ronan Family UIC Athletics Scholarship Fund. Ida B. Wells Scholarship Fund announced at UIC Feb 23, 2021 8:45 am A new University of Illinois Chicago scholarship honoring the groundbreaking African American journalist and civil rights leader Ida B. Wells will serve Chicago Public Schools and Archdiocese of Chicago students. New initiative to increase Mexican enrollment, partnerships Feb 18, 2021 8:30 am U of I System President Tim Killeen recently launched an initiative to expand connections with Mexico, seeking to increase enrollment of Mexican students as well as academic and research partnerships with universities, government agencies and private industry in Mexico. New tech boot camps at UIC Jan 31, 2021 10:30 am To meet the demand for cyber-security and coding professionals, the University of Illinois At Chicago and Fullstack Academy are rolling out a new tech boot camp. U of I System excels in online program rankings Jan 27, 2021 8:45 am Online programs at all three universities in the University of Illinois System have been recognized in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings. iBSW Chicago Program Jan 5, 2021 10:15 am This two-year program allows community college graduates to complete University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign BSW degrees while residing in Chicago, through a combination of hybrid and online courses and metropolitan-area based internships. Studying education at Illinois Dec 16, 2020 1:00 pm Trey Harris, EDU '21, decided to go to Illinois based on four factors: location, size, opportunity, and cost. Learn more about his college experience in Urbana-Champaign. Why this first-generation student chose UIC Dec 10, 2020 12:45 pm Sarun "Mac" Chanprungf from Buffalo Grove is the first in his family to graduate from college, earning his kinesiology degree close to home at University of Illinois Chicago. UIC creates program for students with intellectual disabilities Nov 30, 2020 1:15 pm The University of Illinois Chicago announced a $2.5 million grant to develop an accredited postsecondary two-year certificate program aimed at preparing people with intellectual disabilities for employment opportunities. UIC earns ‘Seal of Excelencia’ for commitment to Latino students Oct 1, 2020 9:15 am UIC has earned Excelencia in Education’s “Seal of Excelencia,” a national certification that recognizes colleges and universities for their “unwavering commitment to intentionally serve Latino students, while serving all.” U of I System enrollment tops 90,000 for first time Sep 9, 2020 9:15 am Enrollment grew across the University of Illinois System this fall, topping 90,000 students for the first time and setting a record for the eighth straight year despite the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. UIC is No. 3 in ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ ranking Sep 1, 2020 9:00 am The University of Illinois Chicago stands out as one of the “Best Bang for the Buck” institutions in the Midwest, according to the 2020 edition of Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings, which were released this week. Universities adopt test-optional policy for fall 2021 Jul 20, 2020 4:00 pm The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinios at Springfield will not require standardized tests for students applying for fall 2021 freshman admission. Importance of our international students Jul 8, 2020 1:00 pm Students from dozens of countries are integral to the globally connected University of Illinois System, and they are valued members of our family. They enrich our universities and greatly enhance the educational experience for all.