Two UIUC Informatics minors, Kagen Quiballo and Hailey Vasquez, are among 12 undergraduate students awarded the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence for 2019-2020. This national fellowship provides awardees with a paid yearlong internship, mentoring and professional development opportunities.
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Are you interested in putting your computer and technical skills to good use? Do you like working with a variety of people?
If so, then you should think about becoming one of the U of I Tech Volunteers at Clark-Lindsey Village (a retirement community located just south of campus at Windsor and Race). Rides are provided to volunteers.
The U of I Tech Help at CLV Project started as a service-learning opportunity 10 years ago. Students spend an hour on Friday afternoons (from 3-4 pm) in the CLV library helping residents with basic tech-related issues ranging from document formatting and setting up email on mobile devices to troubleshooting printers and using FaceTime, and everything else in between!
Open to everyone
Use your skills to make a positive impact in someone else’s life! Bring a friend!! Help spread the word! This project is open to anyone on campus — not just Informatics students.
If you are interested in this project, please send your name and contact information to Karin Readel, the Informatics Education Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Mikaela Frechette, a master’s student in Kinesiology and Community Health, along with Widya Ramadhani, a Ph.D. student in the School of Architecture, and Thierry Guigma, a Ph.D. student in Health and Medical Informatics, developed an innovative form of fall prevention technology — winning cash prizes in both the AARP Tech Nest competetition, and the Health Make-A-Thon competition.
Read the full story on the College of Applied Health Sciences website.
Each year the Illinois Informatics Institute sponsors an undergraduate research assistant competition.
INFO PhD students and Faculty Affiliates are invited to be research mentors and are asked to provide a brief description of the project(s) they have available. All INFO minors are encouraged to apply for these positions, which provide a stipend of $12.50/hour for 8-10 hours/week during the fall semester (with the option to continue through the spring semester provided that the student makes satisfactory progress).
This year Informatics has selected a total of 11 students to work with 10 mentors on a variety of projects from across campus:
- Adam Rogers (senior in IS/IT) will be working with Dr. Michael Twidale (iSchool) on a project looking at how people learn new technologies
- Ali Alagha (senior in HPA) will be working with Dr. Ian Brooks (iSchool) on the “INDICATOR: Monitoring the Health of a Community” project
- Jacob Bentley (senior in ECON/POLI) will be working at the Cline Center for Democracy on a project using text analytics to understand peace, conflict and social change
- Aishwarya Raj (sophomore in BIOC) will be working with Dr. Liudmila Mainzer (IGB/NCSA) constructing and comparing gene,metabolic and signaling networks for organisms across the tree of life
- Ehsan Khan (senior in GEOG/GIS) will be working with Dr. Marilyn O’Hara Ruiz (VetMed) on Mapping the Legacy of Arsenic
- Yixin Zou (senior in ADV) will be working with Aseel Addawood (INFO PhD student) on factors influencing attitude formation for controversial topics
- Nur Amalina Abdul Razak (junior in Actuarial Science) and Andrew Marturano (senior in PSYC) will be working with Hsiao Ying Huang (INFO PhD student) examining the usability of mobile applications in mental health interventions
- Toral Shastri (senior in MCB) will be working with Dr. Les Gasser (iSchool) on an NCSA project titled “Simulating Social Systems at Scale”
- Grant Schumock (junior in NPRE) will be working with Dr. Zahra Mohaghegh (NPRE) in the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis lab
- Christine Chan (senior in IB) will be working with Dr. Amy Marshall-Colon (PLBIO) using public datasets to identify signaling crosstalk networks in plants
Informatics and Art Education are collaborating on a new course this fall to be taught out of the CU Community Fab Lab on campus! The course is offered in the 8 week format, both in the 1st and 2nd half of the semester.Students who register for the course will:
- Develop understanding of principles and processes behind prototyping
- Hack together and implement tools, ideas and proposals for workshops
- Critique, test and report on real-world examples of makerspace curriculum
- Practice multiple styles of expressions for different real-world contexts
- Gain familiarity with open source and proprietary software
- Learn about digital literacy, community-based art education, informatics and the design of makerspaces from an interdisciplinary perspective