Weekly Round-Up

Baily Global Scholars:

Beginning October 5, the University Y will launch Bailey Global Scholars, a 7-month scholarship program designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online “Education through Global Engagement” program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021. Participants will also receive a $1000 academic scholarship for the Spring 2021 semester. Applications are due November 8, 2020. Learn more at universityymca.org/bailey/global.

Y Global Connections:

This fall the Y is offering a new and exciting program for students interested in global exchange, Y Global ConnectionsGlobal Connections is a forum for U of I YMCA students to discuss global topics with Sierra Leone YMCA counterparts while also providing students with opportunities to develop skills to be more conscious and educated global citizens, examine stereotypes and confront inherent bias.  Applications are currently open for this free program until September 25.  Learn more at universityymca.org/global/connections.

Learn More About Your Career Options:

Want to learn more about HPRC’s  career options? At its upcoming “Give it a Try” events, a working professional (and humanities alum) will guide you through some sample activities from their job in a 1.5-hour session, so you can get a sense of whether it’s something you could do. No prior experience or insight necessary! Click the links to register and get Zoom links for the sessions that sound most interesting to you.​

·      Sales Development (Sept. 30, 4pm) with Meghedi Tamazian of Packback

·      Nonprofit Management (Oct. 7, 4pm) with Andrea Rundell of the YWCA

The Life + Career Design interns:

The Life + Career Design interns are available to offer peer advising. It can offer you assistance with resume preparation, help you explore possible majors and career paths, and help you find an internship. The lab is open virtually each weekday from noon to 2 p.m. via this Zoom link or you may contact las-lifecareerdesign@illinois.edu for an appointment at another time.

Resume Building Experiences Available:

Are you looking for resume-building experiences this fall? The ATLAS Internship Program will host self-paced skills tracks. Skills tracks are in the following areas: office communication, website development, data visualization, and social media/marketing. Students can earn valuable experience with Lynda.com certificates to verify their hard work. Email here and find more information at https://atlas.illinois.edu/student-information/atlas-internship-program/skills-tracks.

Creating Your Powerful Resume Workshop Available:

The Career Center has made available 30-minute workshop on Media Space to help you prepare for upcoming career fairs. This workshop will address resume formatting and content as well as how to powerfully convey your skills and experience to a future employer. In addition, there is a recorded presentation “No Fear Virtual Career Fair” that is available on demand here.

AACC Book Club to Read “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning:

The Asian American Cultural Center is collaborating with Purdue University’s Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center and Indiana University’s Asian Culture Center. They have been reading “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” by Cathy Park Hong and hosting a virtual discussion every Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CT).  The last one will be Sept. 28. Register here.

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program Sets Informational Meeting:

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program offers undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to assist advanced graduate students with their research projects. Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. Get tips on creating a good statement of interest, why you should participate, and get your questions answered at their online informational meeting on Friday, Sept. 25 (2:00-3:00) pm via Zoom.  For more information about URAP, and to apply to the program, visit their website.

The Career Center Offers Coaching Appointments:

During the Fall 2020 semester, The Career Center offers career coaching appointments online or by phone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Limited in-person appointments may be available. Call 217-333-0820 to check availability and schedule in-person appointments. These appointments are 30-minute sessions.

Study Spaces Available at Libraries:

The Library is offering individual quiet study spaces in the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center and the Undergraduate Library. Spaces are limited. Students must make appointments in advance; no walk-up access is available. Please see the individual library websites above for more information.

Your Degree Audit and You!

Join Keshia and Anna for the first in their series of Zoom chats, with a focus on that very useful tool, the degree audit!  They will show you how to run a report and interpret it so you can track your progress with confidence.  New students should definitely attend (mastering the use of this tool early on can make a real difference to your understanding of requirements and your ability to choose classes wisely), but for continuing students too this is a chance to ask questions and demystify the audit once and for all!

They’ll spend about half an hour sharing their best tips and tricks, and then open things up for Q&A.

Wednesday, September 30, 4:00 – 4:30 pm (with open-ended Q&A afterwards)

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/95384014210?pwd=Wjk5Q3U0Y0tLK1JocWxMVEFvczhQUT09

Meeting ID: 953 8401 4210

Password: 297311

Join ESC (English Student Council)

Join ESC (English Student Council) for their first informational meeting over Zoom on Thursday, October 1st! Students will get to know each other and discuss what the future holds for ESC. Students of all majors and ages are welcome. Email ssadler3@illinois.edu if you have any questions.

Zoom invitation:


Meeting ID: 776 318 7140

Password: ESC2020

In Focus Workshops:

Want to learn techniques to improve your attention? Check out the Counseling Center’s “In Focus Series.” The following flyer has important information about the workshops.

RIO Workshops:

Feeling overwhelmed and looking to get unstuck? Attend the Counseling Center’s RIO online. See the following flyer for more information.

We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program:

Students are encouraged to submit their interest and participate in the Fall 2020 We CU Community Engaged Scholars program. We CU honors students for their community-based work and provides them with training, connection to like-minded peers, and support from We CU program leaders. Students completing 20 hours of service each semester will be honored at a spring awards ceremony, with distinct recognition given to those who complete 300 hours of service over the course of four years.

This opportunity will be particularly attractive to the following groups of students:

  1. Students enrolled in academic programs that have built-in service requirements. These service hours can count toward We CU scholar recognition.
  1. Students participating in service learning courses or groups. We CU matches projects from community organizations with service learning courses and groups. These service hours can count toward We CU scholar recognition.
  1. Students motivated to enrich their university experience, build their resume/CV, and make a positive impact in the community. We CU allows to students to view and sign up for open service opportunities. Students may also gain recognition for self-identified service projects.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit the one-page program summary. For additional questions contact we-cu@illinois.edu.

Students may submit their interest in joining the program at go.illinois.edu/WeCUfall2020.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

ICT/Curriculum changes for Spring 2021
Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 30

Deadline to drop, elect CR/NCR, or elect grade replacement in a full semester course
Friday, Oct. 16

Second half-session courses begin
Monday, Oct. 19

Deadline to add a second half-session course
Friday, Oct. 23

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Find Your Focus with HPRC

Having trouble finding your focus this semester? Attend HPRC‘s “One Word” Workshop on Sept. 22 at 6:30pm to set your intention for the academic year (register on Handshake to get Zoom link).​ Guided exercises (in company with others) will help you pick a single word to give you structure and inspire you as you make it through to May.

Know Your Strengths

Not sure what strengths or abilities you have to offer? The Illinois Leadership Center is offering a “Know Your Strengths” workshop on September 29 at 4pm for humanities majors.

Register by September 22 (go.illinois.edu/HPRCStrengthsto receive the CliftonStrengths assessment, which you should complete in advance of the workshop.

explore Career options with HPRC

Want to learn more about your career options? HPRC is hosting a series of “Give it a Try” events, where a working professional (and humanities alum) will guide you through some sample activities from their job in a 1.5-hour session, so you can get a sense of whether it’s something you could do. No prior experience or insight necessary! Click the links to register and get Zoom links for the sessions that sound most interesting to you.

·      Technical Writing (Sept. 23, 4pm) with Brittany Curtis of Visa

·      Sales Development (Sept. 30, 4pm) with Meghedi Tamazian of Packback

·      Nonprofit Management (Oct. 7, 4pm) with Andrea Rundell of the YWCA

Study Skills

A seminar on study skills will be held on 9/22 at 6:30 p.m. Students who are struggling to keep their classes organized are specially invited to attend the seminar. All majors are welcome! You can register at https://go.illinois.edu/savemysemester

Questions?  Email Jeanne Kramer at jjkramer@illinois.edu.

Conversation with Artifact

Please join SourceLab in welcoming Artifact, an exciting company that helps produce personal podcasts with individual people, to bring to life the family stories and lived experiences in a unique way. Come learn about this exciting meeting of digital humanities, public history, and personal connections to the past.

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23rd, from 4:30PM-5:45 PM

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/99952818084?pwd=Uyt4cVo0bm9UQld5a0VUeWxKVGlwUT09

Meeting ID: 999 5281 8084

Password: 647316

1-Credit Hour 8-Week Courses Available

EPSY 203 courses are open for enrollment. These are 1-credit hour 8-week courses. To enroll go to Banner and enroll as you usually would. These experiential classes are highly interactive, and help students develop various skills. These skills include critical thinking, listening, perspective taking, and critical self-reflection. Students are also challenged to develop awareness and understanding of critical intergroup relations issues affecting individuals, organizations and communities.

The following EPSY 203 Dialogue course topics are offered:

  • Exploring Disability; Wednesdays, 5:00-6:50 pm
  • Being White in a Multicultural Society; Mondays, 5:00-6:50pm
  • Race/Ethnicity dialogue; Wednesdays, 5:00-6:50pm
  • Liberal/Conservative dialogue; Mondays, 3:00-4:50pm
  • Exploring Social Class; Tuesdays, 1:00-2:50pm
  • Exploring Social Class; Tuesdays, 5:00-6:50pm
  • Race/Ethnicity dialogue; Tuesdays, 12:00-1:50pm
help up reward excellent teaching!

If you have found a particular English department instructor to be especially skilled and inspiring (even under difficult circumstances) we want to know about it!

You are invited to nominate any professor, lecturer, or instructor (that includes graduate student TAs) who has taught any English department course (BTW, CW, ENGL, RHET) on any topic.  You can nominate more than one person.  All you have to do is fill out the online form available at https://english.illinois.edu/resources/student-resources/resources-undergrads/nominate-outstanding-teacher. It only takes a few minutes!  The deadline for this award cycle is Friday, September 25, 2020.

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creative writing club open mic

For more details, see the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/399805097671782

Sign up in advance using the form in the Discussion section of the event page.

Illinois Club Scholarships

University of Illinois undergraduates, who have at least a 3.0 GPA, will have earned at least 60 hours of credit by Spring 2021, and who expect to graduate no earlier than December 2021 may be eligible for Illinois Club Scholarships.  There is one award specifically for students in humanities/social sciences fields, and another for prospective teachers. The application window is September 8 to October 17. For more information and application visit http://www.theillinoisclub.org/scholarship.php.

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting student applications to join the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)! The deadline for applications is Friday, October 9, 2020. More information can be found here: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/urap.html

Undergraduate Research Workshop

This workshop will acquaint students with various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide them to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact. Participation is by advanced registration only; there are limited spots available. Several dates are available; students should only register for one date. Details and registration link can be found at: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/workshops.html

Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Research Workshop

This workshop is aimed at acquainting students with basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and a list of resources for assistance in the writing process. Participation is by advanced registration only; there are limited spots available. Several dates are available; students should only register for one date. Details and registration link can be found at: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/workshops.html

Research Support Grant (RSG)

This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off-campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs. For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Conference Travel Grant (CTG)

This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Grants are meant for students who will present their work. For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_CTG

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020 at 11:59pm.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)

OUR has assembled two online resources to provide undergraduate researchers and their mentors: 1) a curated list of guidelines for safe research practices; and 2) information about OUR’s programming for the fall semester. These resources can be found at http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/covid19/.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is available for one-on-one virtual meetings to support you along your research journey. During these meetings, students have the opportunity to talk with office staff and student ambassadors about any and all questions pertaining to undergraduate research on the U of I campus. Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

The Undergraduate Research Certificate Program

The Undergraduate Research Certificate Program provides an added credential to present to employers and graduate schools. The certificate requires you to satisfy specific criteria across your research experience(s) here at Illinois. Students are encouraged to start the application early in their research journey; the application can be saved and re-opened, allowing students to continue the application where they left off. For more information, please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/UGRCertificate

Conversation Café

Can Dialogue and the Understanding Process contribute to better politics, more thoughtful policy discussions, or maybe just a little less vitriol?  Join Scott Bidner & Robyn Deterding in their conversation “From One Side to Another: Lessons Learned From Dialogue Across Divisions” to find answers to these questions.

Date & Time: September 11, 2020 12:00 pm CST

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

I-Connect Facilitator

If you are interested in topics related to diversity and social justice and want to lead discussions about diversity on campus, you can apply for I-connect facilitator positions. Facilitators are hired in the Fall for positions facilitating in the Spring semester. Use the link to apply: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1222682645

First Carr Reading

You are invited to join the Creative Writing Program for the first Carr Reading of the semester featuring Chris Glomski, author of three full length collections of poetry.

Date and time: Thursday, Sept 17, 4:30pm

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/91532838825?pwd=aWhSVGx4WUJpa0FzcFFVTzZ1SFdzZz09

Meeting ID: 915 3283 8825

Password: Carr2020

Montage Arts journal

Montage Arts Journal is accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 issue any time up to November 18, 2020.  Each submission should be limited to 3000 lines of prose, 300 lines of poetry, or 10 images.  For more information and to submit, email montagejournal@gmail.com.

COVID-Corps: Action for Solutions (LAS 199)

Seats are still available in COVID- Corps: Action for Solutions (LAS 199) Course which is a 1 credit course and will be taught asynchronously. For additional information, visit: https://las.illinois.edu/lifecareerdesign/classes/las199covid or email Kate Abney kabney@illinois.edu

Pre-Law Advising Services

Pre-Law Advising Services will be offering workshops for students applying to law school and those with a general interest in law. If you are planning for a law school, the following workshops might be of interest to you:

  • Pre-Law 101 Workshops (Designed for anyone interested in law school from freshman to alumni.  Students are asked to participate in one of Pre-Law 101 workshops prior to scheduling a general advising session.)

Fall sessions will be held on the following dates: September 15, October 1, October 27, and November 12. Register here: https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/2508 to attend.

  • Application Roadmap: Navigating Your Fall 2020 Applications (Designed for students or alumni applying during the 2020-2021 academic year or considering a gap year.  Topics will include a detailed overview of the entire process pre-application through post-application, suggested timeline, and resources and strategies to optimize success.)

Fall sessions will be held on the following dates: September 22. Register here

https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/2508 to attend.

  • Application Excellence: A Guide to Perfecting Your Law School Application (Designed for students or alumni applying during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Topics will include specific guidance on elements of the application, including: resumes, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and addendums.)

Fall sessions will be held on the following dates: September 29, October 29, and November 17, 2020.  Register here https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/2508 to attend.