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The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) promotes student research on universities and colleges as complex institutions. Based at the University of Illinois, EUI supports faculty from various disciplinary and methodological backgrounds to integrate original student research on universities and colleges into their courses through faculty development workshops, customized web environments, Institutional Review Board permissions, and bi-annual student conferences. In EUI-affiliated courses, students use a variety of ethnographic, archival, and related methods to examine the university in the broader context of our social and political times. At the end of each semester, students have the opportunity to contribute their work to the EUI collection in the U of I’s digital repository, Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS). We encourage you to tour our site, read about EUI’s history, peruse our affiliated courses, browse our students' research, and learn more about our special projects.

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Spotlight feature

NEW!!! Visit our online exhibit site to view student posters and video presentations from EUI's biannual student conferences.

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News & Events

Fall 2016 Student Conference Program Available

The program for EUI's Fall 2016 Student Conference is now available. Come see what EUI students have been researching this semester! Come for the poster session, a panel presentation, or the whole event! Open to the public.

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

EUI Spring 2016 Student Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to our Spring 2016 Student Conference award winners, and to all those participating students who made the conference such a great success! 

Best Oral Presentation – Graduate Student went to Logan Middleton for his “Negotiating Writing, Literacy, and Gestural Language in the Context of Deafness.”

Best Multimedia Presentation – Graduate Student went to Emily Daniel for her “Yarn Crafting for Comfort: A Report on the Serious Leisure of the GSLIS Stitch and Bitch.”

Best Oral Presentation - Undergraduate went to Klariryn Karmazinas, Remy Kaskel, and Hannah Li for their “An Ethnography of Parkland College: Gauging Student Levels of Comfort and Approachability.”

Best Poster Presentation went to Alexandre Lourenco and Oi Lam Fung for their “Factors that Motivate UIUC Engineering Students in Their In-Class Performance.”

The above UIUC award winners receive a $25 gift card to the Illini Union Bookstore; Parkland students receive cash awards in the amount of $25.

Beginning Spring 2015, students who present at the EUI spring student conference are also eligible for the Nancy A. Abelmann Outstanding Presentation award in the amount of $250, as part of Undergraduate Research Week. The award this year is being given to Ashni Gandhi, Jiayi, Li, Xingjian Sun, Junyi Tang, and Mindi Zhang, for their “The History of Chinese Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."

We thank the Undergraduate Library Media Commons for their continuing support of our multimedia program, EUI's Executive Committee -- Professors Ellen Moodie and Merinda Hensley (UIUC) and Isabel Scarborough (Parkland), and our Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (formerly CITES Academic Technologies and Digital Media) partners for their ongoing technology and training support.

A very special thanks goes to Noelle Easterday and Chris Holmes-Singh, EUI and Office of Undergraduate Research’s graduate research assistants, for their hard work and support for the conference and our unit and programs more largely.

Wed, 11 May 2016

In Memoriam; Nancy Abelmann, EUI Co-Founder

Nancy Abelmann, valued scholar, colleague and friend, and one of EUI's co-founders, passed away on January 6, 2016. EUI will hold a special tribute to Nancy, as part of EUI's Spring 2016 Student Conference, on April 20. You can read Nancy's own words about EUI's intellectual and pedagogical foundations under EUI's story; her obituary can be found here.

Sun, 10 Jan 2016

EUI Fall 2015 Student Conference Winners

Congratulations to our Fall 2015 Student Conference award winners, and to all those participating students who made the conference such a great success!

Mon, 14 Dec 2015

EUI Fall 2015 Student Conference

The Ethnography of the University Initiative will hold its Fall 2015 Student Conference on Monday, December 7, 2015, in 126 LISB, 501 E. Daniels Street, on the UIUC campus. This event is open to the campus and community. EUI-affiliated courses are able to propose, research, present and publish their work (human subject research and archival) over the course of a semester. Drop in for a few panels or stay for the the whole event. Our program is available here.

Mon, 07 Dec 2015

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