Summer College Seminars

Seminar Days 2018 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 fifth week of Summer College, but MUST register and attend at least one. Each seminar is offered between morning and afternoon Summer College workshops. You are guaranteed to find a topic of interest to you!



ACE: Managing Your Time for Academic Success
July 9, 2018

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: Lecture Center C, Room C003

Seminar Contact:
Jon Mann


Arab American Cultural Center
July 09, 2018

Arab American Cultural Center topic discussion/workshop.

LOCATION: Stevenson Hall, Room 111

Seminar Contact:
Nadiene Naber


Campus Housing: Healthy Relationships
July 12 OR July 24, 2018

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: Lincoln Hall, Room 305

Seminar Contact:
Dr. Nick Ardinger


Career Services: Jump-start Your Career!
July 10 OR July 25, 2018

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: Burnham Hall, Room 305

Seminar Contact:
Tanye Harrison


Commuter and Off-Campus Programs: Resources for a Smooth Commute
July 10 OR July 26, 2018

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:
Kristina Garcia


Disability Resource Center: Accommodations for Students with Disabilities at UIC
July 09, 2018

This presentation will provide an overview of the registration process for students with disabilities who are seeking reasonable accommodations at UIC. Further, the presentation will highlight the interactive process through which students, faculty, staff, and the DRC work together to implement accommodations.

LOCATION: Lincoln Hall, Room 305

Seminar Contact:
Danielle Earls


Gender and Sexuality Center: Understanding the Gender and Sexuality Spectrums
July 9 OR July 23, 2018

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: Lecture Center A, Room 007

Seminar Contact:
Moises Villada


L@s Ganas:Thriving in Science as a Latinx student
July 12 OR July 25, 2018

UIC attracts a lot of first generation college students, especially from the Latinx community. This can make you feel that you are blazing a new path and that can weigh heavy. Your new path is actually well-worn. Come meet students, staff, and faculty from the L@s GANAS (Latin@s Gaining Access to Networks for Advancement in Science) program who are on that path and here to assist in your success. We will talk success strategies over lunch.

LOCATION: Lecture Center A, Room 007

Seminar Contact:
Veronica Arreola


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. Weather permitting, we can also visit the gardens outside and see some of the artwork around the LCC space as well.

LOCATION: UIC Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

Seminar Contact:
Lena G. Reynolds


Leadership 101: The Art and Science
July 23, 2018

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: RRB: ROTC Building Classroom

Seminar Contact:
Joey Minor



Office of Diversity: Undocumented Student Access at UIC
July 11, 2018

UIC's Office of Diversity will share resources with current/prospective students and UIC staff to provide support for undocumented immigrants in addition to understanding the current political climate and best practices that have been implemented post-election to support those directly impacted.

LOCATION: Lecture Center A, Room 004

Seminar Contact:
Tanya Cabrera


Study Abroad: Experience the World Beyond Your Classroom
July 11, 2017 OR July 24, 2018

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.

LOCATION: Lecture Center F, Room 004

Seminar Contact:
Chris Deegan


UIC Library: Are You Ready for Research? Understanding the Essentials to the Library and College Research

July 26, 2018

First-year students often encounter challenges when completing research required assignments. This interactive presentation will introduce students to the various UIC Library resources available to them, while providing them with the essential steps needed to be successful in the research process.

LOCATION: IDEA Commons Classroom, UIC Library

Seminar Contact:
Jennifer Jackson


Why Should I Take a Course in Philosophy?
July 10, 2018

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: Lincoln Hall 305

Seminar Contact:
Dr. John Whipple


Wellness Center: Study Smart, Study Less
July 11, 2018

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: Lecture Center C, Room 003

Seminar Contact:
Carol Peterson