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  • Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider and Karle Flanagan standing in front of a Discovery Partners Institute logo

    UIUC faculty bringing data science to Chicago public schools

    Every summer since 2021, two University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professors have partnered with Discovery Partners Institute to run a 6-week summer experience as part of DPI’s Digital Scholars program. In each offering, 30 to 40 high-school students, guided by experienced UIUC teaching assistants, are taught a condensed version of the Data Science Discovery course content.

  • Maddie Saenz talking with another student with her research poster on the wall

    Real Impact: Experiences take focus off community college transfer myths

    Since 2022, students transferring from community colleges in Illinois have had guaranteed admission to University of Illinois System universities in Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield if they meet requirements.  

  • Teacher Nikki Patterson at her wedding posing for a portrait with her new husband

    Real Impact: Southern Illinois educators unite for more milestones

    The U of I System is partnering with community colleges statewide to connect educators and administrators with public university transfer pathways for their students, especially to system universities in Springfield, Chicago and Urbana. 

  • A student in class smiling with a notebook on the desk and pen in hand.

    UIS waives application fees for some community college transfer students

    Starting with the Fall 2024 application period, UIS will waive the $50 application fee for transfer students applying from Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Richland Community College in Decatur and Illinois Central College in East Peoria.

  • A 3-D printer inside the new UIS high-tech lab

    New UIS high-tech lab allows HS students to develop innovative products

    The University of Illinois Springfield, in collaboration with Innovate Springfield, its dynamic business incubator in downtown Springfield, is creating a new high-tech lab and class to teach high school students how to turn their innovative product ideas into reality. 

  • University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) associate professor Devin Hunter

    IIN awards new seed grant to social innovation project

    The funded project, “Journeys to Justice: Commemorating and Memorializing the History and Legacy of Anti-Black Terror in Illinois,” will launch a statewide coalition to promote and support the research and remembrance of anti-Black riots, massacres and lynchings in Illinois.

  • Program Manager Donna Hampton has worked at the Center for Literacy for 17 years. (Photo: Tim Lemberger/UIC)

    UIC’s Center for Literacy supports social mobility for Chicagoans

    UIC’s Center for Literacy, part of the College of Education, goes well beyond literacy programs and impacts the social mobility of Chicago families, especially those located on the South and West sides of the city. For more than 30 years, the center has supported families whose children are enrolled in Chicago’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

  • Morning Edition host Kimberly Schofield in the studio for new radio station Illinois Soul

    New radio station focusing on Black voices launching February in C-U

    A new radio station - "Illinois Soul" - aiming to highlight Black experiences and perspectives will begin broadcasting from Illinois Public Media at WILL-FM 101.1 next month.

  • A group of students standing around a table

    Real Impact: Mexican educator, researcher an inspiration near and far

    Illinois Mexican & Mexican-American Students (I-MMÁS) founder, director, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor Elvira de Mejía recruited civil engineering associate professor Rafael Tinoco. ... “When I-MMÁS started, we invited faculty, staff, and students to join the group. Rafael became an active friend of I-MMÁS,” de Mejía said. “He is an excellent role model for many students and professionals.” 

  • A woman holding books, with the phrase "Prairie Promise" overlaid

    UIS Prairie Promise covers cost of tuition and fees for first-time, first-year undergrads

    The Prairie Promise will use a combination of MAP grant awards, UIS scholarships and awards and AIM HIGH grant funds to cover the cost of tuition and fees. To qualify, students must be eligible to receive MAP grant funding, which requires a demonstration of financial need. 

  • Discovery Partners Institute logo

    DPI program supports City College student pathways into computer science, tech fields

    The CS Starter Academy will serve more than 200 City College students through programs that address barriers and support student journeys into computer science and technology.

  • UIC student Harumi Barron holding her hands up in front of her

    Real Impact: Hope Chicago delivers wide welcome to students, families

    For now, the program is available to about 4,000 students at five Chicago high schools – many from historically underrepresented groups – plus one parent or guardian each. Student support covers tuition and fees, room and board, books and a laptop, plus a yearly stipend.  

  • Educational psychology professor Nidia Ruedas-Gracia, co-author of the paper.

    Cultural capital key to sense of belonging for college students of color

    Psychologists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign explored the factors associated with students' sense of belonging at college and found that of the four factors they identified that contribute to it, cultural capital is a key element for those from marginalized groups.