The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, also known as U of I, University of Illinois, UIUC (deprecated), or simply Illinois, is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. Founded in 1867 as a Land-grant institution in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (together known as Champaign-Urbana), it is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system and a founding member of the Big Ten Conference.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “I definitely am a different person and I know this from reflecting back from my boss who has known me since freshmen year. I actually took the class to prepare to become an RA with my current boss. I was definitely more shy and more reserved. But I started to get into the RA thing, which told me I can do other things and change things in bigger spaces outside of my residence hall communities. So,...

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  • "As a freshman, I had no idea I would be starting a start-up company. I’m in the School of Social Work. I’m not really a business person, but I was in a social entrepreneurship class. Our teacher told us to come up with an idea that would change the world. So, I knew my passion was working with individuals with disabilities, so I thought why not combine this passion with social entrepreneurship? S...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “I think I’m quite fortunate to study here, because Illinois has quite a lot of Indonesian students. We have the Indonesian community, and I kind of really learned how to interact with people from different backgrounds. Because Illinois has international students from more than 100 countries, it’s really diverse. For instance, I’ve never been to Kazakhstan, and I met a friend from Kazakhstan. I ha...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “Diversity and inclusion to me is going beyond the numbers. So, instead of filling quotas and instead making sure people feel included. This is not just in physical spaces but having their ideas heard. For example, in a corporate setting it might be not only just people who are visibly diverse at the company, but also having those people in leadership positions. In my past three years here, I’ve b...

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  • “For me, research has just been about talking to people. You can do research without a pipette or crunching numbers. You can do research just by talking to people and finding out what it is that they need. I love interdisciplinary work. I’m a historian by trade. My friend is in linguistics. I have another friend in computer science. It’s about talking to folks with different interests than you and...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “Coming here, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t have a lot of friends who came to college here. So, I didn’t really have an expectations. It’s a huge campus, and there are a lot of people everywhere. I was actually kind of scared coming in. Chemistry has over 300 people in a classroom in a lecture hall, and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it. It’s a lot of people. But as time we...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “My research is on the effects of understaffed and under-resourced state legislatures. I grew up on government benefits after my father passed away, and when I was 16 years old we found out that the check that we had gotten in the mail that was supposed to fund our college savings accounts was going to be discontinued. So, I had a frank conversation with my mom and we didn’t think college was goin...

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  • A brain-imaging study offers new support for the idea that infants can accurately track other people’s beliefs. When 7-month-old infants in the study viewed videos of an actor who saw – or failed to see – an object being moved to a new location, activity in a brain region known to play a role in processing others’ beliefs changed in the infants just as it did in adults watching the same videos.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “Being here, I’ve learned what I deserve as a woman. In Tokyo, I would experience horrible things outside of school like people touching me without my consent on the trains, and that’s a big social issue. But you could not call it out as well, because it’s such a normalized thing. And there were other things too like watching movies or reading books, you realize things are sexist but when that’s n...

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  • “When I started I had some anxiety, and I really didn’t think I would have to deal with that. It was a struggle for me in the beginning to go to class and to stick with it. So, I actually went to the Counseling Center. One thing my counselor said in the process was, ‘What’s the difference between someone who is fearless and someone who is courageous? The person who is fearless doesn’t have any fea...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “One thing that I would say that has changed in me is that I’m much more aware of my privilege. I came here and my first semester teaching, I was teaching students that were the first in their family to go to college. I had students who told me that I was the first teacher they ever had that expected them to be successful. It really made me aware of the kind of benefits I’ve reaped from having tha...

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  • “One of the things that engineers, and myself, struggle with today is technical communications and public speaking. I’d say after my experiences, I’m very well-versed in public speaking and that’s not something many engineers can say. So, that has really brought out the leader in me. I have a couple leadership experiences of being a director for one of my organizations as well as being an on campu...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “I think the university has shaped me to be more comfortable with who I am as a person. I remember coming into school and my first year here no one even knew I had curly hair, because I would straighten it all the time. I was always embarrassed to have curly hair, and now I always wear it curly. I’m so proud of being black and having curly hair and everything that has to do with my identity. My fr...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “I never really wanted to go anywhere else. I didn’t really apply anywhere else. I didn’t really tour anywhere else. This is where I always wanted to be. I actually found horticulture on Quad Day. I never really knew that’s what I wanted to do. I knew I liked plants, but I found the horticulture club booth on Quad Day. I had never heard the word before, never heard of horticulture club – nothing. ...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • “I’ve learned that I am very passionate about things that I didn’t know I would be passionate about. I came from a very marginalized population in Chicago. So I didn’t know about all these other issues facing people, I only knew about what was facing me. Coming into Illinois, I began to understand different issues facing women or Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders or transgender people. Now, tho...

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  • Researchers at the University of Illinois and Washington University have developed an underwater GPS method using polarization information collected with a bio-inspired camera mimicking the eyes of the mantis shrimp. This technology could open new possibilities for undersea navigation and understanding of the migratory behavior of marine animals. Video by Kaitlin Southworth and images provided by ...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • In celebration of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s sesquicentennial, the BigTen Network and the University of Illinois tell the stories of three men who left enduring marks on the campus. Max Abramovitz created spaces for the campus to come together. Robert Zuppke changed football and expressed himself through art and Lorado Taft gave Illinois its most beloved symbol, the Alma Mate...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • University of Illinois alumnus Max Abramovitz created spaces for the campus to come together. His firm, Harrison and Abramovitz, created the United Nations complex as well as the Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, both in New York City. His experience with Lincoln Center inspired his work on Krannert Center for Performing Arts at Illinois. The university also tapped Abram...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • Lorado Taft presented the Alma Mater sculpture to his beloved University of Illinois in 1929. His intention was to create a piece with which students would interact. Today, graduates continue to line up to have their picture taken next to her welcoming arms. The son of a professor, Taft grew up in Champaign and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois. He was one of the first sculptor...

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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