Tutoring (Supplemental Instruction)
This “for students, by students” tutoring program provides peer support for required engineering courses. Structured weekly sessions are led by students who succeeded in each course. A typical session includes instruction, study techniques, and supplementary test preparation.
Creating a diverse UIC Engineering community—which will help to increase diversity in tomorrow’s engineering and computer science workplaces—hinges in part on ensuring that deserving students have the financial support they need to access excellence in higher education.
To that end, UIC Engineering offers more than 60 scholarships designed to include students of all backgrounds in our academic programs. Applicants to UIC are automatically considered for these programs; no separate scholarship application is needed. Examples include:
President's Award Program
The President’s Award Program is a four-year scholarship that promotes student success and academic excellence. Participants in this program from the College of Engineering enjoy programming alongside peers from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Business, making this a true cross-UIC community.
President’s Award Program Scholars take part in the PAP Academy, which begins with a Summer College and segues into the First-Year Experience. Recipients of this scholarship also enjoy special opportunities such as undergraduate research, study abroad, and preparation for careers or graduate school.
Learn more about the President’s Award Program here.
The President’s Award Program STEM Initiative provides additional community support for President’s Award Program scholarship recipients who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This special initiative welcomes students into the UIC community of scientists and engineers through research and networking opportunities.
Students in the STEM Initiative enhance their UIC experience through faculty-led seminars, events with peers, and the option to live in a residential living-learning community on campus. These experiences are particularly advantageous to students who expect to go on to graduate or professional school after they finish their undergraduate education.
In addition to all of the College of Engineering majors, UIC majors included in this program are biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. Find out more about the initiative at stem.uic.edu.
This program is designed to provide sustained support for students over the course of their time at UIC Engineering. It provides 15 newly entering students with scholarships of up to $5,000 each that may be renewed for up to four years. The goal of the program is to increase access to a UIC Engineering education among students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Each summer, the Preparation for Majoring in Engineering (PREP-ME) program creates a positive, motivating, welcoming classroom environment for incoming freshmen while priming them for the challenges of engineering.
Participants in this five-week session receive a refresher in pre-calculus, learn fundamental concepts in engineering, and interact with corporate partners. They become familiar with the faculty and staff who will support them during their time at UIC Engineering, as well as with the technical and academic resources they will need to excel in their classes.
Preparation for Majoring in Engineering is offered at no cost to all incoming College of Engineering freshmen. Find additional information and registration procedures on the website of UIC Summer College, of which this program is a part.
Student Affinity Groups
The Arab-American Association of Engineers and Architects supports its professional and student members with career and educational programs, technical exchange, fellowship, and community service. Visit the Illinois chapter, to which UIC students may belong.
Created and launched by UIC students, the Latinx Organization for Growth in Computing and Academics seeks to advance Latinx individuals in computer science and related fields. Meet the members and view upcoming programs on LOGICA’s website.
The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers was founded in November 2007 to help scientific and engineering professionals of Asian heritage to achieve their full potential. Learn more about the group, its events, and its past conference participation on its website.
UIC has a vibrant chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers that traces its roots on campus back to 1980. The group holds frequent events to benefit the Chicago community and to educate young people about the potential of a career in engineering. Learn more here.
Veterans in Engineering
UIC Engineering is proud to enroll many veterans of the armed services. Some of our students are hired into engineering roles with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or U.S. Navy after graduation. Veterans in Engineering celebrates the strong work ethic and varied expertise of this population.