Who we are
UPPSA provides academic, social, professional, and philanthropic events for MUPP students at UIC. We are a student-led, student-focused organization dedicated to helping students make the most of a graduate planning education--building connections, volunteering, and having fun along the way.
If you are a prospective student and would like to learn more, please contact us.
Step 1: Pay for your membership online through Venmo. It's $20 for an annual membership.
Step 2: Tell us about you! Click "Register" to let us know you're interested in joining.
If you are a MUPP alum, contact us to find out about the latest mentorship opportunities.
If you represent an organization that is interested in partnering with UPPSA,
we would love to hear from you.
What we do
UPPSA organizes monthly, annual, and events for students and the public.
Social Events: We organize monthly Transit-Oriented Dining (TOD) dinners at transit-friendly restaurants, as well as other social events throughout the year such as movie nights and a bowling tournament.
Service Days: Volunteer projects occur at least once per semester. In the past, we have helped at the City of Flint, the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, and the City of Gary, among others.
Professional Development: We help students attend APA national and state conferences, created a mentorship program, and organize resume workshops to help students network and prepare for life after UIC.
Urban Innovation Symposium: UPPSA's annual showcase of planning knowledge from around the region. It takes place early in the spring semester and features presentations from planning professionals, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs engaged in improving cities here and around the country.
UPPSA takes planning school beyond the classroom.
We provide opportunities for professional, academic, social, and philanthropic events, and serve as a vehicle for student input into the MUPP program administration. In a planning program that's one of the largest in the nation, UPPSA helps students connect, interact, and engage. We're always looking for new opportunities, events, and volunteers -- contact us anytime!
Why join UPPSA?
Your paid membership ($20) supports our many activities throughout the year and gives all students social, service, and professional development opportunities outside of the classroom.
The primary benefit to being an UPPSA member is that you are eligible for APA state and national conference reimbursement.
Additional benefits include access to our mentorship program, resume workshop, and more throughout the academic year!