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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

Funded by a grant from the Provost's Gender Equity Council and sponsored by EUI, students in Professor Synthia Sydnor's course "Sport and Modern Society" documented the lives of nine female physical education faculty at UIUC -- women central to the emergence of the discipline of kinesiology in the U.S. Click on the picture to find out more about their project, and take a tour of the virtual exhibit!

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News & Events

EUI Fall 2014 Student Conference Program

EUI Fall 2014 Student Conference Program is now available.

Wed, 03 Dec 2014

EUI Newsletter Spring 2014

This last academic year, EUI celebrated a decade of activity as a pedagogical research community. Check out what we've been up to!

Tue, 09 Sep 2014

Spring 2014 Student Conference Winners

Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Student Conference award winners, and to all those participating students who made the conference such a great success!

Wed, 30 Apr 2014

Request for Course Proposals 2014-16

The Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI) invites proposals from faculty interested in teaching EUI-affiliated courses for the 2014-2016 academic years. Deadline is May 1, 2014. For application and more information, please visit EUI's website at www.eui.illinois.edu.

Fri, 11 Apr 2014

Ethnography: New Approaches to the American High School

EUI is excited to announce a new partnership with Oak Park-River Forest High School (OPRFHS, "Ethnography: New Approaches to the American High School."

Karen Rodriguez'G

Fri, 14 Feb 2014

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