Summer College Seminars

Seminar Days 2017 is designed to provide you with the opportunity to receive information about a variety of topics designed to make the transition to college a little easier.  You can register for multiple seminars offered during the third and fourth week of Summer College, but MUST register and attend at least one. Each seminar is offered between morning and afternoon Summer College workshops.



ACE: Managing Your Time for Academic Success
July 20, 2017

Your UIC experience will give you significant personal freedom but will also challenge you to make good decisions about using your time effectively. Do you know how to manage your time in such a way as to maximize your academic performance? In this seminar, we’ll discuss how you can plan and schedule your UIC and personal activities so that you can successfully perform important academic tasks-attending classes, doing homework assignments, preparing for examinations, and completing writing and other projects-while reserving enough time for sleep, exercise, fun, and perhaps a job.

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall, 220

Seminar Contact:
Jon Mann


Asian American Mentoring Program: Asian American Parents React to I Love You: Bridging the Generation Gap
July 18, 2017

In this seminar, we will watch the youtube clip, "Asian Parents React to I Love You", then have a discussion on how Asian and Asian American family dynamics influence and impact the growth of college students. This impact can be felt in ways such as choosing a major, self confidence levels, or even relationships!

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall, 319

Seminar Contact:
Jeff Alton


Campus Housing: Healthy Relationships
July 13 OR July 19, 2017

Let’s face it­—UIC is a big place. With over 27,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff, we’re bigger than many people’s hometowns. While it’s unlikely that you’ll interact with everyone here, there are still a lot of relationships to develop. And research has shown that the best indicator of graduation (besides going to class and doing your homework) is having a strong network of relationships on campus. Campus Housing wants to help you build a large network and make that network strong. So whether you’re already going to be living on campus, interested in finding out more about how Housing can help you succeed, or just want to take advantage of an example of the help we provide our residents, come learn about building healthy relationships. This session will go over what healthy relationships look like during your first year of college. Roommate relationships, relationships with significant others, friendships and family relationships all contribute to how successful your first year in college will be. At the end of this session, we hope that students will leave with knowledge on how to identify and engage in meaningful relationships with others. Presented by UIC Campus Housing.

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall, 319

Seminar Contact:
Dr. Nick Ardinger


Office of Career Services: Jump-start Your Career!
July 20, 2017

Need help choosing a major?  Want to learn about jobs in your field?  Looking for work on campus?  We can answer these questions and more in this interactive and informative session!

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall 304

Seminar Contact:
Thy Nguyen


July 13 2017

Commuting is a reality for most students who attend our urban institution. This workshop will introduce those of you who do not live in campus housing to tips and “tricks” related to being a smart commuter directly from seasoned UIC commuters. The workshop will also explore ways that you can connect socially with other commuters and give an overview of technology resources to aid in the daily commute.

LOCATION: UIC Commuter Center

Seminar Contact:
Aja Reynolds


Council on Teacher Education: Resources to Help You Become a Teacher: Programs and Funding
July 18 OR July 19, 2017

If you are interested in an career as an educator, this seminar is designed to provide an overview of the process to become a teacher. In addition to learning the requirements to complete a teacher preparation program, participants will learn about financial resources and develop a plan for fulfilling the requirements for licensure.

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall, 320

Seminar Contact:
Dr. Aginah Muhammad


July 20, 2017

Whether you identify as gay, straight, or anything in the middle, you are welcome to participate in this interactive workshop, which will challenge gender stereotypes, discuss homophobia and heterosexism, explore the “coming out” process, and share how to be a straight ally on a university campus. We’ll talk about social identities and the intersection of race, class, geography, ability, and immigration status. Understanding yourself and others at a large, diverse public university is an important part of students’ academic success, safety, health and well-being. Presented by the Gender and Sexuality Center staff.

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall 320

Seminar Contact:
Megan Carney


July 12, 2017 OR July 20, 2017

Whether on a short-term six-week program or for a full semester or year, studying abroad enhances your academic plan and career track. It engages you with the diversity of the world outside your classroom. Learn what studying abroad means, where you can go, and how to fit it into your curriculum for credit toward graduation.

July 12 LOCATION: Stevenson Hall 320
July 20 LOCATION: Stevenson Hall 319

Seminar Contact:
Chris Deegan


Latino Cultural Center: Walls of Empowerment, Resistance & Hope
July 18, 2017

The UIC campus is a microcosm of Chicago’s rich cultural diversity. Your personal and academic growth at UIC will be shaped by encounters with familiar and “different” people, and one way to experience and understand this rich diversity on campus is through the power of art and storytelling. In this workshop, you will be exposed to a mural which we will use to share stories, learn from each other’s perspectives, and challenge ourselves to be agents for social change.

LOCATION: UIC Latino Cultural Center

Seminar Contact:
Mario Lucero


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Leadership 101 is a fun, engaging, and interactive seminar designed to introduce today's emerging high school scholars to the art and science of leadership. The academy will introduce the fundamentals of problem solving, teamwork building, professional competence, critical & creative thinking skills, and adaptability & flexibility. Students will engage in activities that will allow them to practically apply these skills to leadership problems.

Students will also engage in stimulating collaborative discussions with faculty, instructors, and college students about the proven strategies for successful leadership. We will explore how this basic understanding of the qualities of leadership can help facilitate a positive transition to college and how it can translate into occupational and personal success.

Location: Lecture Center F, F0004

Seminar Contact:
Terrell Washington



Cash at College: Spending, Saving & Student Loans
July 13 OR July 19, 2017

Do you know the best strategy for studying that uniquely matches how you learn? This workshops helps attendees identify which of the five styles of studying describes them. It then provides strategies on how to maximize learning and remembering information. Attendees will receive a free book that is workshop is based on, called "Study Smart Study Less."


Seminar Contact:
Andrea Pellegrini


Why Should I Take a Course in Philosophy?
July 18, 2017

It is sometimes thought that philosophy is an exercise in pointless speculation with little relevance for everyday life. In this fun and interactive seminar we will dispel this myth. A course in philosophy will help you develop critical skills that (1) will help you do better in all of your other courses, (2) will help you do better on standardized tests like the MCAT, LSAT, and the GRE, (3) are highly valued by employers, and (4) will help you understand, evaluate, and defend your worldview, which guides many of the most important choices you will make in your life. What is philosophy? Why should I take a course in philosophy? In this fun and interactive seminar we will address these questions.

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall, 304

Seminar Contact:
John Whipple


Wellness Center: Study Smart, Study Less
July 12, 2017

Do you know the best strategy for studying that uniquely matches how you learn? This workshops helps attendees identify which of the five styles of studying describes them. It then provides strategies on how to maximize learning and remembering information. Attendees will receive a free book that is workshop is based on, called "Study Smart Study Less.

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall, 304

Seminar Contact:
Carol Peterson