Women in Science: Upcoming Elections!

Women In Science (WIS) needs new officers for 2013! We have positions open for both graduate students and undergraduates.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in a growing organization, network with women in other departments and improve your CV!

Nominate yourself or a friend for one of the following positions:
• President: Oversees officer meetings, long-term and event planning for the organization (Grad Student)
• Vice President: Assists the president in planning for the organization (Grad Student)
• Treasurer: Presents the budget at officer meetings and reviews the organization’s finances on a regular basis (Grad Student)
• Secretary: Keeps minutes at officer and general meetings, distributes minutes, and keeps records (Grad Student)
• Outreach Coordinator: Initiates and coordinates outreach opportunities in campus and the community for WIS members to participate in (Grad or Undergrad Student)
• Fundraising Coordinator: Plans and oversees fundraising efforts by the organization (Grad or Undergrad Student)
• Webmaster: Updates the organization’s collegiatelink and facebook pages, advertises events (Grad or Undergrad Student)
• Departmental Representatives: Promote visibility of WIS and participation in WIS in the representatives’ home department (Grad and Undergrad Students—we will be accepting nominations for any department/major in science, technology, engineering or math)

Nominations are open October 11-November 5, and voting will begin at our general meeting at 4 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in the heritage room of the ACES library.

For more information or to nominate yourself or a friend, please email WIS President Courtney Leisner (leisner1@illinois.edu).

Women in Science: Panel Discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 30th from 4-6pm in ACES Library Heritage Room

Please join Women in Science as we hold our first panel discussion of the fall semester!

Topic: Alternative Career Paths in the STEM Fields

This panel is meant to help women of all levels, from undergraduates to professionals, make informed decisions at every stage of their career.


Joan Huber –Coordinator, Professional Science Master’s Program
Barbara Hug –Clinical Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Cristina Beldica –Senior Project Manager, Blue Waters Sustained Petascale Computing
Alex Wild –Free lance photographer

Date: Tuesday October 30th
Time: 4-6pm
Place: ACES Library Heritage Room

Thank you, and hope to see you there!

Women In Science Panel3_flyer

Welcome Back! – Fall 2012

Welcome Back! – Fall 2012

Thursday, September 6th, 5:00-7:00 PM

Illini Union Room C

  • Meet Faculty and IB Advisors
  • Free Food
  • Free T-shirt
Crowd at Picnic

Find out what SIB is all about and meet other IB majors!!

Are you interested in learning more about the Integrative Biology Major? Do you want to meet our faculty in an informal setting? Want to hang out with other IB majors? Do you just want to mooch a free meal? Come on out and join us!

Anyone with even a potential interest in the Integrative Biology Major is invited to join us September 6th for some picnic fun. We welcome IB majors, undeclared or those who just want to check us out.

Spring Convocation Saturday!

Saturday, May 12, 2012, 10:00 AM
Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

The School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony is for graduating seniors, Master’s and doctoral candidates in curricula under the auspices of the School of Integrative Biology. A reception will immediately follow the Ceremony in the KCPA lobby. This Ceremony is in addition to the campuswide Commencement Ceremony in the Assembly Hall.  Doctoral candidates may be hooded at either or both ceremonies.

Tickets ARE required for this event.  Tickets are free and limited to eight per student. Tickets may be picked up in 286 Morrill Hall, Monday through Thursday, May 7-10, between the hours of 1:00 and 4:30 PM.  Additional tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on Friday, May 11, from 8:30 AM to noon or 1:00 to 4:30 PM.

Eligibility: August and December 2011 graduates and May 2012 degree candidates are eligible to participate in this formal Ceremony. August 2012 B.S. or M.S. degree candidates are also eligible to participate. Please note that Ph.D. candidates must have their dissertation on file in the Graduate College Thesis Office by April 20.

To register to participate in the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony please come to 286 Morrill Hall as soon as possible.

All graduates and degree candidates participating in the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony are required to wear appropriate academic attire. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates wear custom regalia designed specifically for the campus. Academic attire consists of a blue mortarboard, blue gown and, in the case of a doctoral degree, a hood. (View custom regalia here (.doc).) Academic attire may be ordered at http://www.herffjones.com/illinois. If you are unsure of your plans at this time, but are considering participation in either the campuswide Commencement Ceremony or the SIB Convocation Cermony, you should place an order to rent academic attire. You will not be charged the rental fee if the academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period.

A professional photographer will be taking pictures. Proofs will be sent to the email address provided by the graduate with no obligation to purchase. Additional pictures may be ordered online.

Instructions for the day of the ceremony.

Questions concerning the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony should be directed to sib@life.illinois.edu, or you may stop by our office, 286 Morrill Hall.

Women in Science: Panel Discussion on Tuesday, March 6th from 4-6pm in 269 Everitt Lab

Please join Women in Science as we hold our first panel discussion!

Topic: What does it mean to be a Woman in Science?

We will be discussing what has been important in driving women forward in their scientific careers, and what advice would they give to others starting their careers in science. The panelists come from a broad range of backgrounds and stages of their careers:

Hannah Deberg (Physics, Graduate Student)
Courtney Sloan (Chemistry, Post-Doc)
Jennifer Fraterrigo (Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Assistant Professor)
Lisa Ainsworth (Plant Biology, Associate Professor)

Date: Tuesday March 6th
Time: 4-6pm
Place: 269 Everitt Lab

Light refreshments will be served.

Thank you, and hope to see you there!

Women In Science Panel Flyer

The World of Biology Photo Competition 2012

An exciting opportunity for the SIB community has come forth this spring: The World of Biology Photo Competition! Anyone affiliated with SIB is eligible to submit up to three photographs in any of three categories: Nature, Biologists at Work, and Biological Imaging. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st ($200), 2nd ($100), and 3rd ($50) place in each category.

Nature: Any photograph showing some aspect of the natural world.

Biologists at Work: Any photograph showing one or more biologists working in the laboratory or in the field.

Biological Imaging: Any photograph taken through or with the aid of a microscope or other imaging device.

To ensure that your photographs are in the competition, please mount each photograph on 11” x 14” quarter inch foam core backing, and drop them off along with electronic copies to the School of Integrative Biology office (286 Morrill Hall) by 5 PM Monday, April 16, 2012. There will also be an exhibit of the photographs at 612/614 Institute of Genomic Biology the following week from 3-5 PM on April 25, 2012.

Please feel free to download both the entry form and full instructions for the competition from this post by clicking on the following links:

SIB Photo Contest 2012 Instructions and Entry Form

SIB Photo Contest 2012 Flier

Tis the season for funding

Spring semester brings warmer weather, new classes and funding for our students.  Now that you’ve gotten into the groove of your Spring courses, it is time to look into what kinds of exciting opportunities you can pursue with just a little extra cash to pay your way.

While most of the grants are designed for graduate students, undergraduates should check out the Robert H. Davis Memorial Fund and the SIB Enhancement Fund.

If you are a graduate student, be sure to check out the long list of grants and awards available to IB students.  Many of the applications are due by February 20th, so be sure to get those applications in.

If you instead would prefer to support our students, you can contribute to these funds by going to our Donations Page and making a much appreciate gift to help the research, studies and travels of our students.

Welcome Biologists!

Dr. Evan DeLucia, Director of the School of Integrative Biology, shares his personal welcome to the new SIB Blog

Welcome to the School of Integrative Biology Blog!

This is a place where our students, staff, faculty and alumni can tell their stories and share their accomplishments.  It is also a place where those getting started can ask questions and the veterans can give advice about how to turn their experience at the University of Illinois into a fulfilling career and life.

Check back and see how the blog develops!

You can submit your content for review via this blog or email it to IBblog@illinois.edu.

Address questions to Joanne Manaster joannema@life.illinois.edu

Check out the School of Integrative Biology website for even more information about us!