Academic & Enrichment Opportunities

Practice what you’re learning

As a CPAA student, you will have many opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to real world situations:

UIS student - Conor McKenzie (blonde male facing camera). Students in the Illinois House and Senate chambers as part of Model Illinois Govt. simulation for those interested in political science, Saturday, March 3, 2018.Model Illinois Government

Model Illinois Government (MIG) gives students a chance to enact political roles. Students from about 30 colleges and universities around the state gather at the Illinois State Capitol to serve as legislators, staffers, lobbyists, journalists, and officials of the executive branch.



Moot Court Simulations

In the Model Illinois Government Moot Court Competition, a two-person team of students makes appellate arguments against another two-person team, before a panel of judges, based on an extensive fact pattern and numerous legal precedents.



Mock Trial Team in a courtroomMock Trial Competitions

Mock trial is an academic competition that provides students with the opportunity to hone valuable skills, including critical thinking, active listening, public speaking, and teamwork.



Students and Illinois Innocence Project staff members placing flags on the quad representing those who have been wrongfully convicted and incarcerated nationwide, in observance of Wrongful Conviction Day, Monday, October 2, 2017. The blue flags denote those who IIP have helped exonerate in Illinois.Illinois Innocence Project

Undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students at UIS can participate in the Illinois Innocence Project, which is dedicated to freeing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit.



Model United Nations Team at the 2019 National Conference in New YorkModel United Nations

The Model United Nations Club (MUN) is for students who attend the annual National Model UN Conference in New York each spring. At the conference students participate in a simulation of the United Nations Organization, where resolutions are discussed, debated, and voted upon by all countries represented in the council and committees.


Students sort trash as part of an environmental effort.

Green Fee Committee & UIS Campus Sustainability Coordinators

The Green Projects Initiative allows UIS students, faculty, and staff to play a direct role in making our campus more environmentally sustainable.




Concepts of Ecology class field trip to Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Research opportunities at the Therkildsen Field Station at the Emiquon Preserve

The Therkildsen Field Station connects researchers and students of all ages to the Emiquon Preserve by supporting education and exploration of its complex wildlife and habitats.