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Printing tomorrow's change-makers in STEM: MakerGirl prepares for cross-county trip

Addy Timmins works on the computer at BIF on September 14, 2015 as part of the MakerGirl program.

By Robin Dean
March 15, 2016
Filed under Life & Culture

CHEight weeks. Twelve cities. One mobile unit. What started off as a project for a business course has evolved into an organization ready to impact the nation by empowering young girls to pursue a passion in STEM fields.This summer, MakerGirl has decided to take its 3-D printers on wheels and travel to vario...

Inspiring female amibition in STEM through MakerGirl

Winnie Yang, Julia Haried, Sophie Li, Elizabeth Engele, Sona Kaul and Caitlyn Deegan, members of the MakerGirl team, pose for a photograph in the Illinois MakerLab.

By Robin Dean
March 10, 2015
Filed under Life & Culture

Last November, during a pilot session, a group of Champaign-Urbana girls ages 7 to ten gathered in BIF and were asked what they wanted to do when they grew up. Instead of the typical response of being an actress, singer or something involved with fashion, they were excited to learn about careers in the...

Leader of iVenture Accelerator lands spot on Forbes 2020 30 Under 30

Manu Edakara, Associate Director of Entrepreneurial Communities for the Gies College of Business, speaks about his personal experiences as the leader of iVenture Accelerator at the BIF atrium on Monday. He earned the Forbes 30 Under 30 honor.

By Ethan Simmons, Senior Reporter
December 12, 2019
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Showcase, Top Stories

Manu Edakara is the associate director of Entrepreneurial Communities for the Gies College of Business and leader of its iVenture Accelerator, a resource beacon for student startups. iVenture takes no ownership stake in the startups it helps. Before that, the class of ‘14 Illinois graduate was a techno...

Model predicts gender parity in workplace

Kendall Furbee speaks at the Engineers for Social Justice Scholars Pecha Kucha event. Research done by Sarah Clifton, assistant professor in LAS, points to general increases in the number of women in STEM in recent years but the proportion of women compared to men was found to be lower.

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer
April 1, 2019
Filed under Around Campus, Champaign-Urbana, News, Top Stories

Certain patterns regarding women in STEM fields sparked interest in research assistant professor Sara Clifton from the Department of Mathematics. “The fraction of women in these fields has generally increased over time, but as you go higher levels of leadership within STEM fields, the fraction of w...

Student entrepreneurs combat sexual assault

Premika Pandian, left, and Kendall Furbee, right, stand in front of their presentation at the Cozad New Venture Competition at the University in April. Their start-up, Cut to the Case, received a prize of $5,000 for Social Innovation at the competition with their creation of an online platform that would crowd-source crime reports to increase campus safety.

By Vishesh Anand, Staff Writer
November 15, 2018
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

While traversing the country from California to Vermont in a trailer loaded with 3D printers and laptops, Kendall Furbee, junior in Engineering, and Premika Pandian, senior in Engineering, formed a bond that eventually transcended their friendship. For eight weeks in the summer of 2016, they were visiting tec...

Expanding nonprofit makes strides to inspire young girls

Expanding nonprofit makes strides to inspire young girls

By Megan Bradley, Staff Writer
September 6, 2018
Filed under Business & Tech, Life & Culture, Top Stories

MakerGirl, a University-based nonprofit, is taking steps to educate 10,000 girls in the next five years. MakerGirl was founded in 2014 by Elizabeth Engele and Julia Haried as a way to encourage interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industries for young women. It accomplishes ...

Armory Innovation Spaces reimagine the classroom experience

Room 172 in the Armory is one of the new innovation studio's created and debuted this fall.

By Vivienne Henning, Assistant news editor
September 7, 2017
Filed under Campus Life, News, Top Stories

Glass-paneled walls, connectable screens and movable furniture are premiering in renovated classrooms at the Armory this semester. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning worked with different disciplines across campus to help develop these innovative classrooms that focus on enabling fac...

TedxUIUC showcases growth of women in STEM related fields

Kalina Borkiewicz, an engineer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, having conversation with students during the TEDxUIUC Salon: Women in STEM on Monday night, Dec.1st.

By Jessica Bursztynsky, Staff Writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under Around Campus, Campus Life, News

TEDxUIUC, a local chapter of the national conference, hosted its first salon, a scaled-down event in the Illini Union. Organizers hosted the Dec. 1 salon on women in STEM in preparationfor a larger spring launch. Claudia Morawa, TEDxUIUC marketing team member and AHS sophomore, said the organization ...

University launches Entrepreneurship at Illinois iVenture Accelerator

Students busy at work for the Illinois Summer Entrepreneurship Fellowship at Research Park on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

By Christopher Reinhart
June 28, 2015
Filed under News

This year, the University launched the Entrepreneurship at Illinois iVenture Accelerator, an opportunity for 36 students in 13 groups to work on their own startup companies.The year-long program is an educational accelerator for the University’s top student startups. Students in the...