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To obtain disability-related adjustments and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities should contact Aurora Cruz-Torres at tacruz@illinois.edu and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 333-4603, e-mail disability@illinois.edu or go to the DRES website.


Spring 2021 Workshops

January Workshops

Comparative Biosciences Graduate Program Information Session
Wednesday, January 27th
7:00 PM CST
RSVP at: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/221674943
Not sure what you want to do in Fall 2021? It’s not too late to apply for Graduate School for the Fall 2021 semester! Come hear about the Masters and PhD programs in Comparative Biosciences at UIUC! Learn about their flexible curriculum and interdisciplinary research in reproduction, developmental biology, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology. They’ll also talk about admissions, curriculum, financial support, undergraduate research opportunities and have time for Q & A.

 MCB Honors Concentration Information Session
Thursday, January 28th
4:30 PM CST
Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/88542828702?pwd=U285ZkZORjU4azQ4a3FmckpibE84dz09
Dr. Shawna Naidu will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. All students, especially freshmen, wishing to learn about the MCB Honors Concentration and/or interested in applying should attend this important meeting.

 February Workshops

MCB Undergraduate Research Information Session pdf of slides | pdf of Dr. Brieher's presentation
Thursday, February 4th
5:00 PM CST
Want to know more about undergraduate research in MCB? Come to this information session to learn how to find a research position, what research in MCB can look like, and how to register for the appropriate course credit. If you are planning to attend, make sure to RSVP at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/2035002508

MCB Alumni Connections series: Dr. Jean Wagner
February 10th
6:00 - 7:00 PM CST for our first MCB Alumni Connection Session of 2021. 

Meet Dr. Jean Wagner, a pediatrician at A to Z pediatrics and Clinical Professor at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM).  Dr. Wagner graduated as a microbiology major at UIUC in 1994.  She went on to earn her MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine (SLUSM) in 1998 and complete a pediatric residency at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital through SLUSM.  She worked as a primary pediatrician at Bard and Didriksen Pediatrics in Edwardsville, IL for 6 years before starting her own practice at A to Z Pediatrics in 2008.  Currently she practices as a pediatrician and teaches pediatric residents at WUSM. To register for this Alumni Connection Series and receive the Zoom information, please sign up at https://go.illinois.edu/pediatrics .

MCB Alumni Connections series: Dr. Al Hassanein, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Indiana.
Thursday, February 18th
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM CT

Dr. Hassanein graduated from UIUC as a Biochemistry major in 2001.  He completed his MD from UIC College of Medicine in 2005 and his MS in Scholars of Clinical Science at Harvard Medical School in 2011. He is a board certified plastic surgeon, currently working at Indiana University Health.  Please join us to hear about his path from UIUC to his current position. To register and receive the Zoom information, go to https://go.illinois.edu/plasticsurgery.

Volunteering Opportunities
Monday, February 22nd
7:00 PM CST

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Join the MCB Leaders for a volunteer panel. The panel will be hosted by Zoom and will consist of overviews of various volunteering opportunities in the Champaign-Urbana area as well as virtual opportunities. For more information, register at https://go.illinois.edu/mcbvolunteer.

MCB Alumni Connections series: Drew Atkinson, Forensic Specialist - DNA Analyst
Tuesday, February 23rd
6:00 - 7:00 PM CST

Drew Atkinson, with the Kansas City Police Department will talk about his path from UIUC to his current position. Drew is a 1997 graduate from Biology at UIUC. Students can RSVP for the Zoom link at https://go.illinois.edu/forensics

Master of Engineering in Bioengineering Informational Session
Wednesday, February 24th
5:00 PM CST
Come to this information session to learn more about the M. Eng. In Bioengineering program! It is a one-year, non-thesis professional master’s program designed for those looking for a “stepping stone” to a career in the healthcare industry. They are looking for students with a strong science or math foundation from across all disciplines, not only engineering! To learn more, make sure to RSVP for the information session at http:s//go.illinois.edu?Meng_Info_Session by Monday, February 22.

March Workshops

Alumni Connections: MD/PhD panel
Thursday, March 4
5:00 - 6:00 PM CST
Three of our School of MCB alums who have completed or are in the midst of their MD/PhD program will be talking about their career path.  They will answer any questions you might have about MD/PhD programs and things you should be doing now to prepare.

  • Adam Wolfe completed multiple degrees from UIUC.  He earned his BS in Cell & Structural Biology in 1997, his MS in Biology in 1999, his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology in 2006 and his MD in 2008.  Adam completed a fellowship in Wisconsin before joining Children's Hospital of San Antonio, which is affilated with Baylor College of Medicine, in 2014. 
  • Pha Thaprawat graduated from UIUC with her Bachelors in MCB in 2017.  She is currently in her 4th year of the Medical Science Training Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which will culminate in her earning both an MD and PhD.
  • Adam Szmelter graduated from UIUC with his Bachelors in MCB in 2013.  He is currenty in his 6th year of the Medical Science Training Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  He has completed the first 2 years of his medical school curriculum and is in his 4th year of the PhD program.  Next year he will start Phase 2 and 3 of the medical school curriculum to complete his MD.

Register at https://go.illinois.edu/MD-PhD to receive the Zoom link and password.

Fall 2020 Workshops

November Workshops

MCB Post-Election Pet Meet & Greet
Thursday, November 5th
4:00 – 5:00 PM US Central Time
Meeting ID: 815 0918 0908  Password: ask an MCB advisor or see the latest Roadmap newsletter
This year has been stressful for many reasons but we can always smile when we see a furry friend! Join us for a relaxing pet meet & greet! Bring your pets and introduce us to them! Even if you don’t have a pet, join us to unwind and meet some cute animals!

 Carle’s Cytotechnology Program Information Session
Thursday, November 5th
5:00 – 6:00 PM US Central Time
Zoom link: https://carle.zoom.us/j/99058694611
Interested in an exciting career diagnosing cancer, infection, and other diseases?  If so, join us for an information session about Cytotechnology and the Cytology Education Program at Carle Foundation Hospital (affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center).  We’ll discuss the basics of Cytology and how you can get started in the field. If you are unable to attend the meeting or have additional questions, feel free to email brian.dimmitt@carle.com.

What it's like to work at PPD
Wednesday, November 11th
3:00 PM US Central Time

PPD, a Global Contract Research Organization, that hires our graduates, will be hosting a virtual “Culture at PPD Employee Panel”. Three members from their Business Resource Groups will participate in a moderated discussion about the culture of PPD and what it feels like to work for them, followed by an open Q&A from participants. We invite students to join this event as well as forward to interested students! If you are unable to make it live, we will be recording. Here is the attendee link.

Comparative Biosciences Information Session
Thursday, November 12th
4:00 – 5:00 PM US Central Time
RSVP at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/221674943
Come hear about the Masters and PhD programs in Comparative Biosciences at UIUC! Learn about their flexible curriculum and interdisciplinary research in reproduction, developmental biology, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology.  They’ll also talk about admissions, curriculum, financial support and have time for Q and A. Make sure to RSVP to receive the zoom link. 

MCB Alumni Connections series: Laura Saunders, PhD
Thursday, November 12th
6:00 PM US Central Time

Our guest is biology alumna Laura Saunders, PhD. Dr. Saunders currently works as the VP of Research at Everest Detection, where her team conducts research on lung cancer. Before working at Everest, she was the Associate Director of Molecular Biology at Stemcentrix (acquired by Abbvie). Dr. Saunders has conducted research on cancer and stem cells throughout her entire career. This talk should be very interesting for anyone interested in a career in research!
To register for this session, please click here. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

Building Your Powerful LinkedIn Profile

Friday, November 13th
2:00 – 3:00 PM US Central Time
Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1336226201?referrer=https://shibboleth.illinois.edu/
How do you stand out from other applicants in a competitive job market?  How do you make connections with companies and influential alumni?  Your digital profiles, especially LinkedIn, are the first place to start.  “How to Build Your Powerful LinkedIn Profile" will go over how to leverage LinkedIn to connect with employers and alumni.  The Career Center will provide a profile check-list to follow as you create your LinkedIn profile and will talk about improving your personal brand to stand out from the crowd. 

MCB Alumni Connections series: Michael Pinzur, MD
Wednesday, November 18th
5:00 PM US Central Time
Our guest is biology alumnus Michael Pinzur, MD. Dr. Pinzur is an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with the Loyola University Medical Center. To register for this session, please click here [illinois.zoom.us]. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

October Workshops

MCB Alumni Connections series: James Dolan, PhD
Thursday, October 1
4:30 PM US Central Time

Our guest will be biology alumnus James Dolan, PhD. Dr. Dolan graduated from UIUC with a degree in Microbiology in 2002, got a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Northwestern (where he studied the HIV-1 virus), then began his career as a life sciences consultant. As a life sciences professional, he has experience developing strategies for commercialization of small molecules, biologics and biosimilars in multiple disease areas across Immunology, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Dermatology, Infectious Diseases and Gastroenterology.

To register for the session, please click here. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

Rush University College of Health Sciences Information Session
Monday, October 5
12:00 PM US Central Time
Zoom Meeting Link:  https://Rush.zoom.us/j/7707608678, Meeting ID: 770 760 8678

The College of Health Sciences at Rush University is responsible for education and research in the allied health professions, including health care management.  They seek to prepare superb allied health practitioners, leaders and managers.  In addition to providing 15 outstanding educational programs, the college makes meaningful and significant contributions to advancing health care through research scholarship, service and practice. Three graduate programs will be highlighted during this information session: Clinical Nutrition, Medical Laboratory Science & Respiratory Care. Employment is readily available after graduation. Join us!

MCB Alumni Connections series: Michael Bowdish, MD
\Wednesday, October 7
5:00 PM US Central Time

Our guest will be biology alumnus Michael Bowdish ,who works at the University of Southern California. Dr. Bowdish is an assistant professor of surgery and the director of mechanical circulatory support in the Department of Surgery at Keck Hospital of USC and the USC CardioVascular Thoracic Institute. You can read his bio here.
To register for the session, please click here. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

MCB Alumni Connections series: Claire Foreman, DDS, MS and Ashley Kauffman, DDS
Monday, October 12
5:00 PM US Central Time

Our guests will be two biology alumnae, Claire Foreman, DDS, MS, and Ashley Kauffman, DDS. They will each share some information on their education and the path they took to their current careers, and then there will be time for a Q&A. If you're interested in a career in dentistry, I strongly recommend you attend this session!
To register for the dentistry session, please click here. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

Midwestern University Presents: Just D.O. It
Wednesday, October 14
3:45 PM US Central Time
Zoom Meeting Link:  https://zoom.us/j/4153949582?pwd=UUxnRmt3RUR3UUNYTXlGMFRHUEVWQT09
Meeting ID: 415 394 9582   Password: see the latest Roadmap newsletter or ask an MCB advisor

Applying to medical school? Questions about D.O. vs M.D.? Look no further! Join Bret, a UIUC MCB Alum and current MS-2, in discussing D.O. schools, D.O. philosophy, and the reality of D.O. vs M.D.!

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation Q&A
Tuesday, October 20
4:00 – 5:00 PM US Central Time
Zoom Meeting Link:  https://illinois.zoom.us/j/81646503454?pwd=anZkQUc2SHduNXNmWm5HOXV5RWpRdz09
Meeting ID: 816 4650 3454   
 Password: see the latest Roadmap newsletter or ask an MCB advisor
Letters of recommendation and/or references are required for multiple internships, jobs, graduate school and professional programs. Sometimes, it can be intimidating to approach your professors or supervisors to ask for a letter. But even if they agree to write you a letter, how can you make sure it is a good one? Join MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz-Torres, for a Q&A to answer all the questions you might have about asking for letters of recommendation. We encourage you to watch the following video before attending the Q&A: https://mediaspace.illinois.edu/media/t/1_4xstb4ku/95097441

Interested in pursuing a graduate degree in bioengineering?
Monday, October 26
5:00 PM US Central Time

The Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society (GradBMES) invites you to a virtual panel to hear from current students. The panelists will talk about the application process, their research, future career interests and more. See you there! Join Zoom Meeting: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/89297248742?pwd=UC9oVW1jMmFWNHNEVU53dFBVNlFzdz09 Meeting ID: 892 9724 8742 Password: see an MCB advisor or email Liezl Bowmanl, liezlb@illinois.edu

MCB Alumni Connections: Emergency Medicine Conversation
Thursday, October 29
12:00 PM US Central Time

Our guests will be two biology alumni, Joel Geiderman, MD, and Kurt Bloomstrand, MD. Dr. Geiderman is the recipient of the 2020 LAS Humanitarian Award, and Dr. Bloomstrand is the recipient of the 2020 LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award. If you're interested in a career in emergency medicine, I strongly recommend you attend this session! To register for the emergency medicine session, please click here. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

September Workshops

Adapting to Online Learning Workshop Video | pdf of slides | Handout
Tuesday September 8, 2020
4:30 PM US Central Time
Register at: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/745969592

It’s been nearly 6 months since we all had to make the near immediate switch to remote learning and working. Now that the Fall 2020 semester has started, many of you have class schedules that are being delivered completely online. Maybe in the Spring 2020 semester you struggled with the transition, or maybe you thrived with the switch. No matter what your experience last semester, this semester is bound to be different. In this workshop we will focus on 7 Tips to help you adapt to online learning (which is different from remote learning). We will discuss topics like adjusting expectations, organization, making the best use of available resources, and self-advocacy. If you’re concerned about navigating this semester, we encourage you to attend.

MCB Alumni Connections series: Jonathan Godbout, PhD
September 8th
6:00 PM US central Time

Our guest will be Jonathan Godbout, PhD, who is currently a neuroscience professor at Ohio State University. Dr. Godbout is the faculty director of Ohio State's Chronic Brain Injury Program, and is also affiliated with the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair and the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research. During his presentation, he will talk about his path from being a biology student at the University of Illinois to becoming a faculty member and researcher at a Big Ten university. There will be time for questions from Dr. Godbout at the end of the session. To register for the session, please click here. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

Science Virtual Career Fair Prep Session Video | Handouts | Slides
Tuesday, September 15
5:30 PM US Central Time
Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/343410312
Did you know that all of the UIUC Career Fairs will be virtual this year? This session will go over what this means for engaging with companies and recruiters, what the online platform (CareerEco) will look like, how to prepare, and how to get the most out of the experience. This workshop is meant to prepare any science student for the new virtual environment, regardless of previous experience with career fairs.

MCB Alumni Connections series: Steve Caldwell
Wednesday, September 16th
6 PM US Central Time
Our guest will be biology alumnus Steve Caldwell, who works in Madison, WI as Senior Manager for Quality Assurance at Illumina. Steve has over 25 years of experience working in the industry, with a focus on pharma/medical devices. He's also been an active mentor in our alumni mentoring program, as well as with Integrative Biology and their career prep course.
To register for the session, please click here. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Video
Tuesday, September 22nd
6 PM US Central Time

Join MCB Leaders for a volunteer panel on Zoom that will consist of overviews of various volunteer opportunities, many of which are in the Champaign-Urbana area. There will also be a discussion on remote/COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities. For more information, register at https://go.illinois.edu/mcbvolunteer.

MCB Alumni Connections series: Luisa DiPietro, DDS PhD
September 23rd
5:00 PM US central Time

Our guest will be biology alumna Luisa DiPietro, who works at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. DiPietro is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UIC, Director of Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, and also conducts research in immunology and histology. You can read her bio here. To register for the session, please click here. You will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom meeting ID and password. Please use your Illinois email address when registering for the session. If you RSVP, we look forward to seeing you at the session. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend.

Best Practices For Virtual Interviewing
Wednesday, September 30
6:00 PM US Central Time
Zoom Meeting Link:  https://illinois.zoom.us/j/92483445398?pwd=SWk3UGJUbi8xWktRNUkxeWZBSzBVUT09
Meeting ID: 924 8344 5398 Password: BPO
What does the shift to virtual communication mean for your upcoming interviews? James Castree from The Career Center will address some of the changes to the interview process and share insights into how to put your best (virtual) foot forward.  This event is co-hosted by Beta Psi Omega, The School of Integrative Biology and The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. If you need any accommodations or have any questions contact Christina Swanson at sillima2@illinois.edu.

 

August Workshops

MCB UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INFORMATION SESSION media space Illinois video | pdf of slides
Thursday, August 27th
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Online

Want to know more about undergraduate research in MCB? Come to this information session to learn how to find a research position, what research in MCB can look like, and how to register for the appropriate course credit. If you are planning to attend, make sure to RSVP at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/2035002508.

 

Spring 2020Workshops

Effective March 13, 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns, all MCB Advising workshops are cancelled until further notice. Some workshops may be offered in an online format, so watch your email and Road MAP for further information.

 

April Workshops

Volunteer Info Session for MCB Majors
The zoom link is https://illinois.zoom.us/j/220150615.
Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Join the MCB Leaders for a volunteer panel on Wednesday, April 22 from 5-6 pm, CST.  The panel will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will consist of overviews of various volunteer opportunities, many of which are in the Champaign-Urbana area. There will also be a discussion on remote/COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities.

March Workshops

MCAT Preparation MCB Student Panel video recording
Tuesday, March 3rd
5:00 – 6:00 PM
101 Burrill Hall
Are you planning to take the MCAT soon? Not sure what to expect or how to study for it? Come join us for a Q&A with an all MCB student panel! Receive advice and study tips from MCB students who already took the MCAT! 

MCB and SIB Workshop: Is Graduate School Right For You?
Wednesday, March 4th
2:00 – 3:00PM
119 Material Science Building
Are you planning to apply to graduate school, trying to decide or have no idea what it entails? MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz, and SIB Coordinator for the Alumni Mentor Program, Christina Swanson, will be discussing if graduate school is right for you, the application process, requirements and answering any questions you might have! 

Northwestern Master of Science in Law Information Session
Thursday, March 12th
5:30 – 6:30 PM
217 Noyes Lab
The Master of Science in Law is a unique program that provides individual with STEM backgrounds with specialized training in the areas of intellectual property and patent design, business law and entrepreneurship, regulatory analysis and strategy, and skills development. Come to this information session to learn more and ask any questions you might have!  

Carle’s Cytotechnology Program Information Session
Tuesday, March 24th
5:00 – 6:00 PM
165 Noyes
Looking for a career in the medical field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, infections and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

February Workshops

Succeeding in MCB Core Courses
Thursday, Feb. 5th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
1064 Lincoln Hall

Getting the most out of the MCB Core Courses is the key to success in the major, and that requires you to do more than get by. If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major. You’ll also learn how to take notes, think critically, and approach exams in a scientific context.

Test Anxiety Worshop by The Counseling Center
Wednesday, Feb. 12th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
165 Noyes

Counseling Center paraprofessionals will be facilitating a workshop to help students identify test anxiety, provide applied time-management skills to prepare for upcoming exams, give self-care tips to cope with different stresses, and let you know about additional campus resources!

MCB Undergraduate Research Information Session pdf of presentation
Monday, Feb. 10th
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
101 Burrill Hall, Room 7

Want to know more about undergraduate research in MCB? Come to this information session to learn how to find a research position, what research in MCB can look like, and how to register for the appropriate course credit. You will hear perspectives from an MCB faculty member, as well as from undergraduate students who are currently involved in research.

Succeeding in MCB Core Courses
Thursday, Feb. 20th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
1064 Lincoln Hall

Getting the most out of the MCB Core Courses is the key to success in the major, and that requires you to do more than get by. If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major. You’ll also learn how to take notes, think critically, and approach exams in a scientific context.

MCB Study Abroad Information Session
Thursday, Feb. 27th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
101 Burrill Hall, Room 7

In this information session you will learn more about the current and upcoming study abroad opportunities created specifically for MCB and Biochemistry majors. Recent study abroad participants will also be available to discuss their experiences and answer any questions!

January Workshops

MCB Honors Concentration Information Session pdf of the presentation
Thursday, January 23rd
140 Burrill Hall
5:00 – 6:00 PM

Dr. Shawna Naidu, MCB Academic Advisor and Honors Concentration Coordinator, will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. All students, especially freshmen, wishing to learn more about the MCB Honors Concentration and/or interested in applying should attend this important meeting.

Fall 2019 Workshops

November Workshops

Rush University MS Programs in Respiratory Care, Medical Laboratory Science, and Clinical Nutrition Information Session
Thursday, November 7th
5:00 – 6:00PM
109 Burrill Hall
Join us for this information session where Rush University College of Health Sciences admission specialist, Shelley Jackson, will be sharing information about their master of science programs, the application process, and the types of careers you can pursue with them!

Biomedical Visualization Program Information Session
Monday, November 11th
12:00 – 1:00PM
109 Burrill Hall
Do you like art, design, or computer science? Being creative? Do you also love biology? You can merge both passions! The UIC Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization is the largest and second-oldest of four accredited programs of its king in North America. Students become highly-skilled science visualization specialists in medical illustration, animation, interactive media, gaming, haptics, and virtual augmented reality, working on the frontiers of discovery.   

Cytotechnology Program Information Session
Tuesday, November 12th
5:00 – 6:00PM
109 Burrill Hall
Looking for a career in the medical field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, infections, and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytotology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

UIUC Masters Degree in Bioinformatics Information Session
Tuesday, November 19th
5:00 – 6:00PM
109 Burrill Hall
The Bioinformatics MS program at the University of Illinois is designed to satisfy the demands of a highly interdisciplinary and rapidly evolving field. An explosion of biological information is being generated from academic, industry, and government labs giving rise to a critical demand for professionals who can turn this information into useful knowledge. Join us to learn more about this exciting program!

October Workshops

MCB Workshop: GRE and Graduate School Information Session
Tuesday, Oct. 8th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 165 Noyes
Are you planning to apply to graduate school or trying to decide if you should? MCB
Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz will be talking about the graduate school application process and providing information about the GRE!

MCB Career Symposium: Dinner and Alumni Talks
Thursday, Oct. 17th
5:30 - 9:00 p.m., 314 Illini Union
The School of MCB will be hosting several biology alumni for our 10th Annual Career Symposium. They will be sharing information about their personal career path and time at Illinois. Come prepared to ask any questions that you might have related to their
specific profession. To reserve a spot, please register at
https://go.illinois.edu/mcbcareerpanel no later than 11:59PM on Wednesday, October 9.

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation Q&A video
Tuesday, October 20th
4:00 – 5:00 PM US Central Time
Zoom Meeting Link:  https://illinois.zoom.us/j/81646503454?pwd=anZkQUc2SHduNXNmWm5HOXV5RWpRdz09
Meeting ID: 816 4650 3454   Password: 802185

Letters of recommendation and/or references are required for multiple internships, jobs, graduate school and professional programs. Sometimes, it can be intimidating to approach your professors or supervisors to ask for a letter. But even if they agree to write you a letter, how can you make sure it is a good one? Join MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz-Torres, for a Q&A to answer all the questions you might have about asking for letters of recommendation.

Imperial College London Graduate Program Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 24th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., 109 Burrill Hall
Discover the benefits of studying in London and the programmes of Imperial College London, the only UK university to focus entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business. An Imperial representative will be providing advice and guidance about UK graduate degrees, funding and the application process - find out how you can acquire an international experience which will set you apart!

MCB Workshop: Asking for a Letter of Recommendation
Tuesday, Oct. 29th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 106B6 English Hall
Need a letter of recommendation? Don’t know how to ask? Then join us for this workshop where MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz, will be giving tips and best practices on how to ask for letters of recommendation!

MCB Workshop: Career Options with an MCB Major
Thursday, Oct. 31st
4:00 - 5:00p.m., 165 Noyes
What can you do with an MCB major? What are your future professional goals? What options do you have in the “real world”? MCB Academic Advisor, Brad Mehrtens, will present on various career options one has with a major in MCB.

 

September Workshops

Succeeding in MCB Core Courses
Wednesday, Sept. 11th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 1066 Lincoln Hall
If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major.

MCB Mentorship Program Information Session
Thursday, Sept. 12th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 161 Noyes
The MCB Mentorship Program connects undergraduate Biology, MCB and Biochemistry students with alumni already practicing in the fields of research, biotechnology, health and other related professions. Come to this information session to learn more about how to apply and get involved!


Preparing for the ACES + LAS Career Fair-Prep: Science Majors pdf of the presentation
Monday, Sept. 16th
4:00 - 5:00 p.m., 2020 NHB
Are you planning to attend the ACES and LAS Career Fair on September 26? Join us for a discussion on what to expect, how to prepare and how to successfully interact with companies who will be at the fair. You’ll also learn how to utilize Handshake and LinkedIn to network with Illinois alums and tailor your search for jobs and internships.


MCB Undergraduate Research Information Session pdf of the presentation
Thursday, Sept. 19th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 217 Noyes
Want to know more about undergraduate research in MCB? Come to this information session to learn how to find a research position, what research in MCB can look like, and how to register for the appropriate course credit. You will hear perspectives from an MCB faculty member, as well as from undergraduate students who are currently involved in research.


MCB Study Abroad Information Session
Tuesday, Sept. 24th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 165 Noyes
Come to this information session to learn more about the current and upcoming study abroad opportunities created specifically for MCB and BIOC majors. Recent study abroad participants will also be available to discuss their experiences and answer questions.


Succeeding in MCB Core Courses
Thursday, Sept. 26th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., 1066 Lincoln Hall
If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major.

Spring 2019 Workshops

April Workshops

How to Write a Science Resume
April 10th

5:00 – 6:00 PM, 165 Noyes
Need help with your resume? MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz, will be giving tips on how to make your science resume. If you bring your complete resume, Aurora will also review them with you.

US Army Medical Department Suture Clinic
April 16th

5:00 – 6:00 PM, 231 Burrill Hall
Sergeant First Class Alan P. Harris and physicians from the UIUC medical school will be hosting a suture clinic for MCB pre-health/pre-vet undergraduate students. Join us if you want to learn different suture techniques and meet other MCB students! To RSVP, please send an email to tacruz@illinois.edu. Seats are limited

March Workshops

Cytotechnology Program Information Session
March 6th
5:00 – 6:00 PM, 165 Noyes
Looking for a career in the medical field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign infections and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

Medical Scribe Information Session
March 7th
5:00 – 6:00 PM, 165 Noyes
Interested in becoming a medical scribe? Not sure where to start or what to expect? Join us for an information session with MCB’s very own graduate Terra Scranton where she will answer all your scribing questions!

February Workshops

MCAT PREPARATION STUDENT PANEL
Thursday, February 21st

5:00-6:00 PM, 163 Noyes

Are you planning to take the MCAT soon? Not sure what to expect? Come join us for a Q&A with an all MCB student panel! Get advice and study tips from MCB students who already took the MCAT!

MASTER OF ENGINEERING IN BIOENGINEERING INFORMATIONAL SESSION
Wednesday, February 20th
5:00-6:00 PM, Location to be announced upon RSVP (FREE PIZZA)

As you may be thinking about plans for after graduation, we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Bioengineering program (http://bioemeng.illinois.edu). 
Highlights of the program include:

  • One-year, non-thesis professional master’s program designed for those looking to carve a career in the healthcare industry
  • Three transcriptable concentrations to choose from: 
    • bioinstrumentation (with focus on medical imaging devices)
    • computational genomics (with focus on genomic computational modeling and data analytics)
    • general bioengineering
  • A curriculum that combines technical training with business fundamentals
  • Co-curricular workshops in conflict management, communication and team building offer value-added professional skills outside of the classroom

We are looking for students with a strong science or math foundation from across all disciplines, not only bioengineering. To learn more, come to the February 20 informational session.  Please RSVP via this link:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/463600 by Friday, February 15.  We look forward to seeing you there!

ASKING FOR A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, February 28th
5:00-6:00 PM, Location TBA
Need a letter of recommendation? Don’t know how to ask? Then join us for this workshop where MCB Advisor Aurora Cruz-Torres will be giving tips and best practices on how to ask for letters of recommendation!

MCB Undergraduate Research Information Session pdf of the presentation
Tuesday, February 12th
5:00 – 6:30 PM
101 Burrill Hall Room 6
Attend this session to learn how to find a research position and how to register for course credit. You will also find out what does research in MCB looks like and hear perspectives from MCB faculty and undergraduate students currently involved in research.

January Workshops

MCB Honors Concentration Information Session
Thursday, January 24th
5:00 – 6:00 PM
140 Burrill Hall
Attend this session to learn about the MCB Honors Concentration from the Honors Coordinator and current MCB Honors students

Fall 2018 Workshops

November Workshops

Biomedical Visualization Program Information Session
Thursday, November 1st
5:00 - 6:00PM
109 Burrill Hall
The UIC Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization is the largest and second-oldest of four accredited programs of its kind in North America. Students become highly-skilled science visualization specialists in medical illustration, animation, interactive media, gaming, haptics, and virtual and augmented reality, working on the frontiers of discovery. Join us to learn more!

Road to Graduate School: Q&A panel with MCB graduate students
Tuesday, November 13th
5:00-6:00PM
B102 CLSL
Are you planning to go to graduate school? Don't know where to start? Worried about the timeline? Not sure how to ask for letters of recommendation? Want to know how involved you need to be in undergraduate research before you apply? Come to this panel held by MCB graduate students with different backgrounds and different stories on how they ended up in graduate school! Bring your questions and they will try their best to answer all of them!

October Workshops

Informal Q&A Pre-Med Session
Tuesday, October 2nd
11:00-12:00 PM
217 Noyes
Have questions about the medical field? Dr. Daniel Bruzzini, Director of Neonatology and an Honors Biology alumni with 25+ years of experience practicing medicine across the globe will answer your questions, big or small!

The US Healthcare System: Going Backward to Go Forward
Tuesday, October 2nd
5:30-6:30 PM
124 Burrill Hall
Join Dr. Daniel Bruzzini as he applies his 25+ years of experience practicing medicine across the globe to compare and contrast the development of the health care systems of Europe and the United States!

Information Super Session - AbbVie, Cargill, Eli Lilly & PPD
Wednesday, October 3rd
6:00 PM
100 Noyes
Are you interested in AbbVie, Cargill, Eli Lilly, or PPD? Then this ONE EVENT is for you! The School of Molecular & Cellular Biology, in collaboration with the School of Chemical Sciences, will be hosting this Information Super Session! It is an opportunity for students to hear from employers who recruit biological and chemical sciences students all in one place, rather than having to choose among employers! Each company will have 10-15 minutes to share briefly about their respective companies and then there will be a time where students can interact with recruiters for networking and Q&A after all of the presentations. Business casual attire is appropriate.

MCB Careers: Genetic Counseling Information Session
Monday, October 8th
5:00-6:00 PM
109 Burrill Hall
The career opportunities in genetic counseling are growing by leaps and bounds! Come learn about this exciting field! Genetic counselor, Brook Cooke, will be talking about everything you need to know to pursue genetic counseling as a career!


MCB Careers: Cytotechnology Information Session
Wednesday, October 10th
5:00-6:00 PM
165 Noyes
Looking for a career in the health field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytotechnology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle's School of Cytotechnology!

Master of Science in Law (MSL) Program Information Session
Wednesday, October 17th
5:00-6:00 PM
109 Burrill Hall
The Master of Science in Law (MSL) program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is designed to arm STEM students and professionals with the tools they need to succeed in the innovation economy. The unique MSL curriculum centers at the intersection of law, business, and technology, with specific focus areas of intellectual property and patent design, business law and entrepreneurship, regulatory analysis and strategy, and skills development. Students can complete the full-time program in nine months, or the part-time program (via either the residential or online format) in two to four years. Come to this information session to learn more!

MCB Study Abroad Programs Information Session
Tuesday, October 23rd
5:00-6:00 PM
124 Burrill Hall
Come to this workshop to learn more about the current and upcoming study abroad opportunities created specifically for MCB and BIOC majors. Recent study abroad participants will also be available to discuss their experiences and answer questions.

MCB Career Symposium
Tuesday, October 25th
5:30-8:30 PM
124 Burrill Hall
Interested in learning about careers in Biology? We will have 4 Illinois alumni presenting on their path from Biology at Illinois to their current careers as a DO, Orthodontist, PA and Associate Scientist in Biotechnology. Presentations will take place from 5:30 to 7:00pm, followed by a light dinner where you will have the opportunity to participate in break-out sessions with other alumni from different specialties, including anesthesiology, rheumatology, pediatrics, endodontics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine and physical therapy. Please watch Road MAP for additional information as it becomes available.  Registration will be required.

September Workshops

MCB Workshop: Mentorship Program
Tuesday, Sept. 11th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
124 Burrill Hall
The MCB Mentorship Program connects undergraduate Biology, MCB and
Biochemistry students with alumni already practicing in the fields of research, biotechnology, health and other related professions. Come to this workshop to learn more about how to apply and get involved!

Succeeding in MCB Core Courses
Wednesday, Sept. 12th

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
1028 Lincoln Hall
If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a
particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the MCB
major.

ACES + LAS Career Fair-Prep for Science Majors
Thursday, Sept. 20th
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
2020 Natural History Building
This workshop will help science majors better understand how to prepare to get the most out of the ACES + LAS Career Fair, and most importantly how to identify employers seeking science majors and how to market yourself to them at the fair.

MCB Workshop: Undergraduate Research
Tuesday, Sept. 25th
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
124 Burrill Hall
Want to know more about undergraduate research in MCB? Come to this workshop to learn how to find a research position, what research in MCB can look like, and how to register for the appropriate course credit. You will hear perspectives from an MCB faculty member, as well as from undergraduate students who are currently involved in research.

Succeeding in MCB Core Courses
Thursday, Sept. 27th

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
1028 Lincoln Hall
If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major.

Spring 2018 Workshops

April workshops

CAREERS AT CARGILL - Life Lessons Over Lunch
Tuesday, April 10th
12:00 – 1:00PM
314A RAL
Interested in working for one of the world’s largest, privately-held agricultural companies? Come for a free lunch and learn about the many different opportunities that Cargill can provide for a career in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, and Food Science.

March workshops

ASKING FOR A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
Thursday, March 15
5:00-6:00 PM
106B6 Engineering Hall

Need a letter of recommendation? Don’t know who or how to ask? Then join us for this workshop where MCB Advisor Aurora Cruz-Torres will be giving tips and best practices on how to ask for letters of recommendation.

GRE AND APPLYING TO GRADUATE SCHOOL
Tuesday, March 27
5:00-6:00 PM
165 Noyes

Are you planning to apply to graduate school or trying to decide? MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz-Torres will be talking about the graduate school application process and providing information about the GRE!

February workshops

Carle Cytotechnology Program Information Session
Thursday, February 8th
5:00 – 6:00 PM
165 Noyes
Looking for a career in the medical field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, infections and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

Master of Engineering in Bioengineering Information Session (FREE PIZZA while supplies last!)
Thursday, February 15th
5:00 – 6:00 PM
1214 Siebel Center (201 N. Goodwin, Urbana)
As you may be thinking about plans for after graduation, you might want to consider the Master of Engineering in Bioengineering program (http://bioemeng.illinois.edu). They are looking for students with a strong science or math foundation from across all disciplines, not only bioengineering! To learn more make sure to RSVP via this link: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/3578353 by Tuesday, February 13!

MCB Alumni Medical School Panel
Tuesday, February 20th
6:00 – 7:00 PM
165 Noyes 
Come to this Q&A panel with MCB alumni currently in their 4th year of medical school! They will provide insight into the medical school experience, how to prepare for medical school and any other questions you might have! Pre-med students, make sure to take advantage of this great opportunity! 

MCB Workshop: Undergraduate Research
Wednesday, February 21th
5:00 – 6:00 PM
1064 Lincoln Hall 
Want to know more about undergraduate research in MCB? Come to this workshop to learn how to find a research position, what research in MCB can look like, and how to register for the appropriate course credit. You will hear perspectives from an MCB faculty principal investigator, as well as from students currently involved in cutting edge research.

Genetic Counseling Information Session
Wednesday, February 28th
5:00 – 6:00 PM
161 Noyes
The career opportunities in genetic counseling are growing by leaps and bounds! Come learn about the exciting field of Genetic Counseling. Genetic counselor and clinical geneticist, Dr. Julie Fleischer, will be talking about everything you need to know about genetic counseling and how to pursue it as a career.

January workshops

MCB HONORS CONCENTRATION INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, January 18th 
5:00 – 6:00 PM
140 Burrill Hall
Dr. Shawna Naidu, MCB Academic Advisor and Honors Concentration Coordinator, will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. All students, specially freshmen, wishing to learn more about the MCB Honors Concentration and/or interested in applying should attend this important meeting.

MCB WORKSHOP: STUDY ABROAD IN MCB
Wednesday, January 24th
5:00 - 6:00 PM
161 Noyes
Come to this workshop to learn more about MCB discipline-specific study abroad opportunities. Information will be given about all LAS-MCB programs created specifically for MCB and BIOC majors. The Newcastle program will be highlighted.

Fall 2017 Workshops

November Workshops

GRE and Applying to Graduate School Information Session - pdf of the presentation
Tuesday, November 28th
5:00 – 6:00PM
163 Noyes

Are you planning to apply to graduate school or trying to decide? MCB Academic Advisor Aurora Cruz-Torres will be talking about the graduate school application process and providing information about the GRE! 

MCB WORKSHOP: HOW TO SELL YOUR MCB SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES - pdf of the presentation
Thursday, November 30th
5:00–6:00 PM
163 Noyes Lab

Ready to enter the workforce? Not sure how to talk about the skills and experiences you have learned in MCB? Join us for this workshop, where MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz-Torres, will discuss ways you can make your MCB major stand out in job applications!

Careers: Cytotechnology Program Information Session
Monday, Nov. 6th
5:00 - 6:00 PM
165 Noyes MCB
Looking for a career in the medical field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, infections, and other diseases? Then consider the field of Cytotechnology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

MCB CAREERS: GENETIC COUNSELING INFORMATION SESSION - pdf of the presentation
Monday, November 13th
165 Noyes
5:00–6:00 PM
The career opportunities in genetic counseling are growing by leaps and bounds! Come learn about the exciting field of Genetic Counseling. Genetic counselor, Brook Croke, will be talking about everything you need to know about genetic counseling and how to pursue it as a career.

GRE and Applying to Graduate School Information Session
Tuesday, November 14th
5:00 – 6:00PM
163 Noyes
Are you planning to apply to graduate school or trying to decide? MCB Academic Advisor Aurora Cruz-Torres will be talking about the graduate school application process and providing information about the GRE!

MCB WORKSHOP: HOW TO SELL YOUR MCB SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES
Thursday, November 16th
5:00–6:00 PM
163 Noyes Lab

Ready to enter the workforce? Not sure how to talk about the skills and experiences you have learned in MCB? Join us for this workshop, where MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz-Torres, will discuss ways you can make your MCB major stand out in job applications!

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Showcase
Saturday, Nov. 18th
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Carle Illinois College of Medicine
The world’s first engineering-based college of medicine is igniting a revolution in healthcare delivery. Their radical new approach to medical education - infusing engineering and innovation into physician training - will train a new kind of doctor to solve our world’s most pressing healthcare challenges. Join their leading clinical experts and faculty scholars as they showcase the Carle Illinois experience. Registration is FREE and available at: https://illinois.edu/fb/ sec/5333630

October Workshops

Careers at Cargill Information Session
Wednesday, Oct. 4th

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
176 Burrill Hall
Interested in working for one of the world’s largest, privately-held agricultural companies? Come learn about the many different opportunities that Cargill can provide for a career in the Science field. If you are interested in any future opportunities with Cargill, then join us!

ACES & Sciences Fair
Thursday, Oct. 5th

1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
ARC Gym 1
The ACES & Sciences Career Fair is an opportunity for employers and students to network! Nearly 2,000 students attend the event each year, making the event a prime opportunity for employers to recruit top students!

GRE and Applying to Graduate School Information Session
Monday, Oct. 9th

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
165 Noyes
Are you planning to apply to graduate school or trying to decide? MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz-Torres will be talking about the graduate school application process, providing information about the GRE and answering any questions you might have!

MCAT Preparation Student Panel
Thursday, Oct. 12th

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
165 Noyes
Taking the the MCAT soon? Not sure what to expect? Come join us for a Q&A with an all MCB student panel! Get advice and study tips from MCB students who already took the MCAT!

Illini Emergency Medical Services Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 19th

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
165 Noyes
Looking to join IEMS? Interested in gaining patient contact hours, volunteering, learning CPR, or becoming an EMT? Representatives from IEMS will be talking about the various ways you can become involved and answer your questions.

“Germ Theory” Book Presentation by Dr. Robert Gaynes
Thursday, Oct. 26th

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
1090 Lincoln Hall
Biology Alumnus, Dr. Robert Gaynes, will be presenting a seminar on his book Germ Theory to interested pre-med students. If you are interested in microbiolgy, infectious disease or how medical discoveries shape our modern understanding, join us!

Pathways to MCB Careers: Alumni Panel and Dinner Reception
Thursday, Oct. 26th

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
B102 CLSL
What type of career do you want to pursue with your degree? Come to this anything goes panel discussion to learn more from UIUC Biology alumns about their career paths. Find out what it will take to reach your goals and get all your questions answered. Make sure to watch Road Map this month to RSVP!

ASKING FOR LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION PPT presentation in PDF format
Thursday, September 7
5:00-6:00 PM
1028 Lincoln Hall
Need a letter of recommendation? Don’t know how to ask? Then join us for this workshop where MCB Advisor Aurora Cruz-Torres will be giving tips and best practices on how to ask for letters of recommendation!

STUDY ABROAD IN MCB
Monday, September 11 5:00-6:00 PM 124 Burrill Hall
Come to this workshop to learn more about the current and upcoming study abroad opportunities created specifically for MCB and BIOC majors. Recent study abroad participants will also be available to discuss their experiences and answer questions.

SUCCEEDING IN MCB COURSES YouTube video of presentation
Thursday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 27 5:00-6:00 PM 1024 Lincoln Hall
Getting the most out of the MCB Core Courses is the key to success in the major, and that requires you to do more than just get by. If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major. You’ll also learn to take notes, think critically, and approach exams in a scientific context. (NOTE: These workshops are identical, students only need to attend one.)

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PPT presentation in PDF format, YouTube video of presentation
Thursday, September 28 5:00-6:30 PM 124 Burrill Hall
Want to know more about undergraduate research in MCB? Come to this workshop to learn how to find a research position, what research in MCB can look like, and how to register for the appropriate course credit. You will hear perspectives from an MCB faculty principal investigator, as well as from students currently involved in cutting edge research.


Spring 2017 Workshops

UIC MS in Forensic Science Program Information Session
Monday, April 3rd 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 1051 Lincoln Hall

Interested in forensic science? The Director of Graduate Studies for the Forensic Program at UIC, Dr. A. Karl Larsen, will be talking about their master program, the forensic science field, career options, and answer any questions you might have. If you want to pursue forensic science as a career or if you want to learn more about it, join us!

Careers at Cargill Information Session
Wednesday, April 5th 6:00 - 7:50 p.m.217 Noyes

Do you want to work for one of the world’s largest, privately-held agricultural companies? Come for a free dinner and learn about the many different opportunities that Cargill can provide for a career in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, and Food Science!

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Information Session
Thursday, April 6th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 1057 Lincoln Hall

The Admissions Recruiter for Lake Eerie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Debbie Bisbee, will be giving an overview of the college, including admisssion requirements, their program, and answer any questions you might have! Join us!

GRE and Applying to Graduate School Information Session - pdf of presentation slides
Monday, April 17th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 217 Noyes

Are you planning to apply to graduate school or trying to decide? MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz-Torres will be talking about the graduate school application process and providing information about the GRE!

MCAT Preparation Student Panel - Youtube video
Tuesday, April 18th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 161 Noyes

Taking the the MCAT soon? Not sure what to expect? Come join us for a Q&A with an all MCB student panel! Get advice and study tips from MCB students who already took the MCAT!

MCB Careers: Genetic Counseling Information Session - pdf of presentation slides
Wednesday, April 19th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 1057 Lincoln Hall

Come learn about the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. Brook Croke graduated from the program and will be talking about everything you need to know about genetic counseling and how to pursue it as a career!

Parkland C.N.A. Program Information Session
Thursday April 20th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 217 Noyes

The Department Chair of the Health Professions Program at Parkland College will be giving information about their C.N.A. program and other pre-health related certificates you can obtain! Join us!

Health Professions Wednesday: “Glocal” Healthcare Experience
Wednesday, March 8th 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. The Career Center Room 213

You don’t have to go abroad to work with undeserved populations. Learn about experiences closer to home that will allow you to build cultural competence. Sponsored by The Career Center.

MCB Undergraduate Research Workshop - pdf of ppt slides
Tuesday, March 14th 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 161 Noyes

Planning to go to professional school or graduate school? How are you going to stand out from the competition? Learn how to get involved with research in MCB, work with renowned professors and gain the distinction and credit you deserve!

Ross University School of Medicine
Wednesday, March 15th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 161 Noyes

Information Session RUSM provides aspiring medical students an opportunity to become the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. Join us for an information session with the Associate Director of Admissions and get answers to all your questions!

Illini Emergency Medical Services Information Session
Thursday, March 16th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 165 Noyes

Looking to join IEMS? Interested in gaining patient-contact hours, volunteering, learning CPR, or becoming an EMT? Representatives from IEMS will be talking about all the ways you can become involved!

Selling your LAS Degree at Career Fairs
Thursday, March 30th 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 1002 Lincoln Hall

Stand out at career fairs by learning and applying quick tips to separate your LAS degree from other disciplines! Sponsored by The Career Center.

MCB Workshop: How to sell your MCB skills and experiences - pdf of slides
Thursday, March 30th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 165 Noyes

Ready to enter the workforce? Not sure how to talk about the skills and experiences you have learned in MCB? Join us for this workshop, where MCB Academic Advisor, Aurora Cruz-Torres, will discuss ways you can make your MCB major stand out in job

MCB Workshop: Succeeding in MCB Courses
January 31st, February, 1st, and 6th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 1060 Lincoln Hall
Getting the most out of the MCB Core Courses is the key to success in the major, and that requires you to do more than just get by. If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major. You’ll also learn to take notes, think critically, and approach exams in a scientific context.

MCB Careers: Cytotechnology Program Information Session
Wednesday, Feb. 8th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 161 Noyes
Looking for a career in the medical field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, infections and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

Master of Engineering in Bioengineering Program Information Session
Wednesday, Feb. 15th 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 1051 Lincoln Hall
Are you interested in Bioengineering? The Master of Engineering in Bioengineering offers three concentrations to choose from: bioinstrumentation, computational genomics, and general bio- engineering! Join us for this information session where the Program Coordinator will discuss the program, pre-requirements, application process, and will answer questions!

MCB  Workshop:  Careers  in MCB
Thursday, Feb. 16th 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. 217 Noyes
What can you do with an MCB major? What are your future professional goals? What options do you have in the “real world”? MCB Advisor Brad Mehrtens will present on various career options one has with a major in MCB!

MCB Workshop: Asking for a Letter of Recommendation - pdf of slides
Thursday, Feb. 23rd 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 165 Noyes
Need a letter of recommendation? Don’t know how to ask? Then join us for this workshop where MCB Advisor Aurora Cruz-Torres will be giving tips and best practices on how to ask for letters of recommendation!


Fall 2016 Workshops

Presence Health Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Monday, November 14, 5:00-6:00PM , 1060 Lincoln Hall
Interested in the volunteering and internship opportunities at Presence Health? Make sure to attend this information session where the Regional Director of Volunteer Services will be talking about the application process, pre-requisites, and any other questions you might have!

MCB Careers: Genetic Counseling Information Session
Monday, November 7, 5:00-6:00PM , 1057 Lincoln Hall
The career opportunities in genetic counseling are growing by leaps and bounds! Come learn about the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. Brook Croke graduated from the program and will be talking about everything you need to know about genetic counseling and how to pursue it as a career!

MCB Careers: Science Writing Information Session
Friday, November 4, 2:30-3:30PM, 217 Noyes
MCB Alumni, Dr. Nancy Sasavage, has edited and produced a wide range of scientific communications, including newspaper and magazines, for commercial and non-profit organizations. She hires writers and will give advice on how to construct your resume and tips on what type of coursework and experience will help get you a job in the scientific communications field!

MCB Careers: Cytotechnology Program Information Session
Wednesday, November 2, 5:00-6:00PM , 165 Noyes
Looking for a career in the medical field?Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, infections and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School Information Session
Wednesday, November 2, 1:00-2:00PM, 101A Burrill Hall
The Associate Dean of the new graduate school at St. Jude Children’s Hospital will give an information session about the doctoral program, summer research opportunities, and answer any questions you might have!

MCB Career Pathways Event
Thursday, October 27, 5:30-9:00PM, B102 CLSL
Interested in a health career or life science sales? We will have 5 Illinois alumni from varying backgrounds presenting on their path from Biology at Illinois to their current careers in Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Life Science Sales & Management, Orthopedics Surgery and Pharmacy. Presentations will take place from 5:30-7:00PM, followed by a light dinner where you will have the opportunity to participate in break-out sessions with the alumni!

Ross University School of Medicine Information Session
Wednesday, October 19, 5:00-6:00PM, 165 Noyes
Ashley Anton, the Director of Admissions at Ross University School of Medicine, will give an overview of the school, admission process, resources available, and how Ross University connects with Illinois!

MCB Undergraduate Research Workshop, PDF of PPT slides
Tuesday, October 18, 5:00-6:00PM, 124 Burrill Hall
Planning to go to professional school or graduate school? How are you going to stand out from the competition? Learn how to get involved with research in MCB, work with renowned professors and gain the distinction and credit you deserve!
Youtube Videos: overall information,faculty perspective, student perspective and distinction

MCAT Preparation Student Panel
Thursday, October 13, 5:00-6:00PM, 124 Burrill Hall
Are you planning to take the MCAT soon? Not sure what to expect? Come join us for a Q&A with an all MCB student panel! Get advice and study tips from MCB students who already took the MCAT!

US Army Medical Department Suture Clinic
Wednesday, October 12, 5:00-7:00PM, 218 Noyes
Sergeant First Class Alan P. Harris and physicians from the UIUC medical school will be hosting a suture clinic for MCB pre-health/pre-vet undergraduate students. Join us if you want to learn different suture techniques and meet other MCB students! To RSVP, please send an email to tacruz@illinois.edu. Seats are limited.

MCB Graduate Student Panel: Graduate School Discussion
Tuesday, October 11, 5:00-6:00PM, 165 Noyes
Interested in pursuing a career in research? Thinking about applying to graduate school? We will be hosting a Q&A panel with MCB graduate students! Join us for an open discussion about graduate life, careers, and the application process!

MCB Honors Concentration Information Session
Thursday, September 1, 5:00-6:00 PM, 163 Noyes
Dr. Shawna Naidu, MCB Academic Advisor and Honors Concentration Coordinator, will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. All students, especially freshmen, wishing to learn more about the MCB Honors Concentration and/or interested in applying should attend this important meeting.

Succeeding in the MCB Core Courses Workshop
Tuesday, September 6, Wednesday, September 7, and Monday, September 12, 5:00-6:00 PM, 1065 Lincoln Hall
Getting the most out of the MCB Core Courses is the key to success in the major, and that requires you to do more than get by. If you have had previous difficulties in MCB courses or are worried about a particular one this semester, join us for a discussion/workshop that will help you manage time better and identify the skills necessary for success in the major. You’ll also learn how to take notes, think critically, and approach exams in a scientific context.

Carle Hospital Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Thursday, September 8, 5:00-6:00 PM, 165 Noyes
Looking for volunteering and internship opportunities at Carle Hospital? Carle’s Volunteer
Coordinator will be talking about all the different volunteer programs, the application process, pre-requisites, and any other questions you might have!

Illini Emergency Medical Services Information Session
Tuesday, September 13, 5:00-6:00 PM, 124 Burrill Hall
Interested in joining IEMS? Looking to gain patient contact hours, volunteer, learn CPR, or
become an EMT? Representatives from IEMS will be talking about all the ways you can become involved and answer your questions.

US Army Medical Department Scholarship Information Session
Tuesday, September 20, 5:00-6:00 PM, 165 Noyes
Sergeant First Class Alan P. Harris will be giving a presentation about the US Army Medical Department scholarships for Medical School. Junior and senior pre-med students are highly encouraged to attend.

Presence Health Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
Tuesday, September 27, 5:00-6:00 PM, 165 Noyes
Interested in the volunteering and internship opportunities at Presence Health? Make sure to attend this information session where the Regional Director of Volunteer Services will be talking about the application process, pre-requisites, and any other questions you might have!

Majors and Minors Fair
Wednesday, September 28, 2:00-4:00 PM, Illini Union Rooms A, B, and C.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the majors and minors related to your interests. Meet with departmental advisors and faculty members from academic and special programs across campus and talk to them about your future in each program.


Spring 2016 Workshops

Tuesday, May 3rd, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Information Session, 5:00-6:00PM 1064 Lincoln Hall 
The Associate Director of Admissions at Pritzker School of Medicine will be giving a presentation about the school, the application process, pre-requisites, and any other questions you might have! Join us!

Monday, May 2nd, Presence Health Information Session, 5:00-6:00PM 165 Noyes 
Interested in the volunteering and internship opportunities at Presence Health? Make sure to attend this information session where the Regional Director of Volunteer Services will be talking about the application process, pre-requisites, and any other questions you might have!

Monday, April 25th, Carle’s School of Cytotechnology Information Session, 5:00-6:30PM, 163 Noyes
Looking for a career in the medical field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, infections and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

Thursday, April 21st, Cargill Spring Recruiting Workshop, 12:00-1:00PM, 125 Burrill Hall
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial, and industrial products and services to the world. They will be hosting a session for MCB students to talk about career opportunities at Cargill and answer your questions. Visit I-Link to RSVP.

Tuesday, April 19th, Illini Emergency Medical Services Information Session, 5:00-6:00PM, 124 Burrill Hall
Looking to join IEMS? Interested in becoming a volunteer or learn how to do CPR? Representatives from IEMS will be talking about all the ways you can become involved and answer your questions.

Tuesday, April 12th, Life Sciences Management Consulting Career Info. Session, 3:00-4:00PM, G46 FLB 
Interested in business and science? Learn how you can get involved in managements consulting with an MCB degree! Senior consultants from Navigant Consulting Inc. will be here to give you all the information you need, answer all your questions, and talk about internship opportunities.

Wednesday, March 9th, MCAT Preparation Student Panel, 5:00-6:30PM, 161 Noyes
Premed students, join us for a Q & A session with MCB students who already took the MCAT. This is your opportunity to ask them any questions regarding the exam, how to prepare for it, what classes were more useful, and what resources they used.

Monday, March 7th, Carle’s School of Cytotechnology Information Session, 5:00-6:30PM, 217 Noyes
Looking for a career in the medical field? Interested in helping save lives by diagnosing cancer, benign tumors, infections and other lesions? Then consider the field of Cytology and join us for an information session with the Program Coordinator of Carle’s School of Cytotechnology!

Thursday, March 3rd, MCB Undergraduate Research Workshop, 5:00-6:00PM, 140 Burrill Hall
Looking for undergraduate research information? Not sure how to start? Come join us for an information session.

Thursday, February 11th, Ross University School of Medicine Information Session, 5:00-6:00PM, 165 Noyes
Ashley Anthon, the Director of Admissions at Ross University School of Medicine, will give an overview of the school, admission process, resources available, and how Ross University connects to Illinois.