EUI Announcements

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EUI Announcements

  • Ethnography: New Approaches to the American High School
    2/14/2014Karen Rodriguez'G writer Karen Rodriguez'G by Karen Rodriguez'G published by Karen Rodriguez'G

    EUI is excited to announce a new partnership with Oak Park-River Forest High School (OPRFHS, "Ethnography: New Approaches to the American High School." This partnership, an outgrowth of Co-Directors Nancy Abelmann's and Gina Hunter's participation in the (2013) Chicago Humanities Festival’s 17th annual Summer Institute for Teachers(SIT). Over two days, SIT participants worked in small groups, developing their own research questions and producing an "ethnographic toolkit" of cross-disciplinary research methods easily applied to the high school setting. 

    In January 2014, Co-Director Gina Hunter and Program Coordinator Karen Rodriguez'G conducted an ethnographic workshop with 13 teachers at OPRFHS; we hope to bring OPRFHS students to campus as part of EUI's spring conference (beginning Spring 2015).

  • Fall 2013 Student Conference Award Winners

    Congratulations to our Fall 2013 Student Conference award winners, and to all those participating students who made the Fall 2013 conference such a great success! The hard work put into students' research projects and presentations was impressive! Awards were given as follows:

    1. Panel presentation, undergraduate: Mark Moy, for his  “Vet Med Open House: Humans and Animals.”
    2. Panel presentation, graduate: Nick Melrose and Siew Szetho, for their “Parkland Pathways: A Comparative Evaluation of Transfer Students from Illinois Community Colleges to the University of Illinois.”
    3. This semester’s poster winner is a joint selection between the University Library and EUI:  Dean Choi and Theresa Rocha Beardall for “First in my Family: Student Loan Debt and Personal Happiness among First Generation Students at Illinois.  Their poster can be viewed here.

    All award winners received a $25 gift card to the Illini Union Bookstore; the joint poster award was supported by both EUI and the University Library. 

    We would like to especially thank Merinda Hensley for her continued support of and work with EUI and the support of the University Library for making the poster sessions possible, the Library/IT Student Fee Committee for their support of our multimedia program, and our CITES Academic Technologies and Digital Media partners for their ongoing technology and training support.

    Conference videos will be available soon on our website (as well as archived in IDEALS) for those students who granted intellectual property permission.

  • Fall 2013 Student Conference Program

    Our Fall 2013 Student Conference program now available here.

  • New Undergraduate Research Journal - Call for Submissions

    Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the Ethnography of the University Initiative seeks submissions for its inaugural issue, slated for May 1, 2014. The journal is an open-access digital journal, issued once a year, and will publish research-based articles and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates (graduation no earlier than Spring 2012) who have participated in EUI-affiliated courses (this may include independent study/thesis coursework), or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the university in a meaningful way. We also invite short commentaries and reflections on the EUI research or teaching experience from former EUI-affiliated students and faculty.

    Full call for submissions here. Any questions may be addressed to the journal editors at


  • EUI Launches Undergraduate Research Journal

    The Ethnography of the University Initiative is proud to announce the launch of its undergraduate research journal PEER REVIEW: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the Ethnography of the University Initiative. Our inaugural issue is slated for issuance on May 1, 2014. Peer Review will be an open-access online journal hosted through UIUC’s University Library. For information about submissions, please see our website; general questions may be addressed to journal staff at