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secondary education application open

The application for the Secondary Education minor is now open, for students who are expecting to begin the licensure sequence in Spring 2023 and graduate at the end of Spring 2024.  In other words, this application is NOT for first-year students, but rather for second-year students (or third-year students who are on a 5-year plan).  The application is available here, and the deadline is February 1, 2022

If you have questions about your timeline or eligibility to apply to the minor, email englishadvising@illinois.edu.  If you have questions about the application process itself, or the licensure program, contact Kelli Halfman at halfman@illinois.edu. 

Lawson Poetry Prize

The Dr. William and Mrs. Rosemary Lawson Poetry Prize for College Undergraduate and Graduate Students is now open. The award is $1,000. Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2022. The winner will be announced in June, 2022. Submissions should be typed and no longer than two pages. The poet’s name, return address, and email address should appear in the upper right-hand corner of the page with the heading “Lawson Prize.”

Please send all poetry submissions to: Illinois Humanities Attn: Lawson Prize 125 S Clark St ., Ste 650 Chicago, IL 60603.

The prize, underwritten by Dr. William and Mrs. Rosemary Lawson, is sponsored through the Office of Angela Jackson, Poet Laureate of Illinois. Illinois Poet Laureate Angela Jackson is in residence at the Illinois Humanities.

Minor in Game Studies on its way!
The new Minor in Game Studies & Design has been approved, and students will be able to officially declare it once the SP2022 semester starts.  Check the website for updates in January 2022:  https://informatics.ischool.illinois.edu/game-studies-design/
FLAS Fellowships

Applications are now open for Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022-23 Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships! This is a prestigious fellowship that supports the study of modern foreign languages in combination with area/global studies. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants need to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  

Which languages and language levels are eligible? 
Undergraduate students may apply for FLAS to study any language except French, German, and Spanish, and they must be able to enroll in a language course at the second-year or higher level at the start of the fellowship. For instance, if you are currently studying first-year Arabic, you are eligible to apply for FLAS to study second-year Arabic next summer or academic year.  
How much are the tuition support and stipend amounts? 
Summer FLAS fellows receive $5,000 towards tuition and fees and a $2,500 stipend. Academic year FLAS fellows receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees and a $5,000 stipend. 
What do I need to apply? 
The application requires a brief statement of purpose, two recommendation letters, and a transcript, in addition to the application form (https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/897674543). 
When is the application due? 
Applications are due Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Letters of recommendation are due Friday, Feb. 4, 2022.  
What is required from FLAS fellows? 
Academic year FLAS fellows are required to be enrolled full-time and to take a language course and an area studies course each semester. Summer FLAS fellows are required to enroll in a language program that provides the equivalent of one year of language study.  
Can I use FLAS to study abroad?
Where can I find more information on FLAS? 
Please visit the university FLAS website here: https://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/

Build professional skills with a spring BTW course

BTW 263, Section Z1
Writing a Web PresenceIn this class, students will build a professional online web presence and familiarize themselves with social media management. We will explore how principles of effective composition and writing as a process interact with different, increasingly popular digital media. In addition to hands-on activities and practice with digital design and web development techniques, students will create social media campaigns, write reports that visualize data, and analyze the diverse audiences that make up the internet.

Office of Advancement Student Worker Position

The Office of Advancement within the College of Education is offering an exciting student employee opportunity for the Spring 2022 semester.  If you love your experience at the University of Illinois, thrive on opportunities to be creative, and have a can-do attitude, this job is perfect for you! The goal of this position is to assist the Office of Advancement, primarily the Director of Constituent Engagement, with an array of projects associated with special event planning, material creation, editing and design, scholarship promotion, alumni and donor relations, and communication.

For more details about this position, and how to apply, email Heather Zorn at hpzorn@illinois.edu

become a Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional

The SJEP Program is designed to promote diversity and student leadership by providing intensive training regarding knowledge and awareness of issues related to diversity and social justice, and building skills necessary to facilitate discussion and educate others about these topics. Social Justice Education Paraprofessionals serve as peer educators through facilitating workshops, allyship, and program development.

Social Justice Education Paraprofessionals will receive 11 advanced credit hours through the Department of Psychology.

Deadline to Apply: Dec. 19th

Interested? You must:

  • Be available to make a three semester commitment to the program (Spring 2022, Fall 2022, & Spring 2023)
  • Be an undergraduate student at UIUC during the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Hold Junior or Senior status during this time period [Seniors must be able to make the 3 semester committment]
  • Complete application in the Fall 2021 semester
  • Be able to commit to 10hrs/wk to class, homework, and other program requirements.
  • Have a Social Science/Humanities Major (e.g. Psychology, English, Sociology, Social Work, etc.)

Questions? Contact tbrewste@illinois.edu.

To apply, go to https://go.illinois.edu/SJEPapplication

Don’t forget these!

Kevin T Early Memorial Scholarship

Submissions for the 2021-2022 academic year’s Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship are open. This scholarship is made possible from an endowment by William and Donna Early in memory of their son, a poet, Kevin T. Early. It awards $2000 to a student with freshman standing at UIUC for the 2021-2022 school year. The deadline for application is January 31, 2022. 

For consideration, students must submit 5 poems via email to John Dudek at: Jdudek4@illinois.edu. The complete submission should not exceed 5 pages (so 1 poem to a page). Submissions should be attached to the email as .docx (Word) files.

The subject line of the email should read: “EARLY PRIZE SUBMISSION: Last name.”

The body of the email should include the student’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, UIN, and the titles of the poems. The name should not appear on the entry file itself. Complete guidelines are included in the attached document.

If you have any questions, please email John Dudek at Jdudek4@illinois.edu. 


You could receive up to $5,000 in scholarship money to support an internship, undergraduate research experience, extended volunteer experience, or possibly even a part-time job that you want to use for professional development. Read the FAQ’s before applying to avoid common application mistakes. You can also drop into 2002 Lincoln Hall from 1-4:40 p.m. and meet with a peer counselor who can help you complete your application.
Apply now!  Priority application deadline: Monday, Dec. 20

submit your work to Montage!

Montage Arts Journal, the university’s undergraduate literary magazine, is now open for submissions! We welcome all publishable forms of art—photography, paintings, sketches, digital art, collages, sculptures, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, drama, and more. This semester’s reading period closes December 15th, but submissions can be emailed to montagejournal@gmail.com any time before then. Please see https://montagejournal.wordpress.com for more information. We look forward to reviewing your work!

Check out these CW offerings!

We have two great CW courses hiding under the generic 199 “undergraduate open study” rubric that may have escaped your notice.  Open to all, regardless of major, these are small creative writing courses in which you will read, write, and converse about a variety of topics.  No previous experience necessary!

CW 199, D
Athletic Aesthetics: Sports in American Literature
This literature-based course examines how American artists have represented athletics across the long 20th century, up to and inclusive of the present—that is, the course reads contemporary literature through the lens of sports. To what extent is sport—the triangle offense, the triple Salchow—an aesthetic phenomenon? How might the representation of athletic activity, in turn, affect aesthetic form? Can a poem move like a run-pass option? Looking together at poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, long-form journalism, movies, photographs, and documentary film, we assess how the representation of athletics opens onto culture-wide questions involving race, class, gender, and national identity. How might the World Cup underwrite western imperialism? What is the relationship between Illinois high-school basketball and the state’s profound racial segregation? Though this class is not a workshop, students will produce multiple forms of creative writing in genres of their choosing, with some critical reading-responses to select texts.

CW 199, P
Latinx Underworlds: Border-Crossings and Migration Narratives in Latinx Literature
Drawing from the idea of katabasis (descent to the underworld) this course will examine how several texts of Latinx literature have employed the descent to and ascent from the underworld as a complex metaphor to describe border-crossings and migration narratives. Moving beyond our common understanding of the underworld as a place where the dead reside, this course and the selected readings will further complicate how migrant protagonists who cross all manner of borders must also contend with the underworld as a space of illegality, imagination, criminality, insanity, and outsider status. Drawing between the intersections of identity and the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigrant status, this course will take an interdisciplinary and cross-genre approach to our understanding of Latinx underworlds.

other spring courses of interest

JOUR 475: In-Depth Writing Styles

3 credit hours
TR 5:00-6:20
This course used to be called “magazine writing.” Now, the course focuses on allowing students to dive deeper into their subject matter by writing more feature-length types of stories – suitable for magazines or elsewhere. The usual pre-req of JOUR 210 is NOT being enforced, and the course is open to all juniors and seniors in any major.

CI 210: Intro to Digital Learning Environments

3 credit hours
M 1:00-1:50 plus choice of discussion section
Students in the course will evaluate the learning and instructional potential of popular digital environments ranging from simulations and social networks to virtual worlds and video games. The course combines instructor lectures and class discussion with hands-on activities in the discussion sections. Students will interact with digital platforms in class, and they will work in small groups to create a design project in a digital platform of their choice.

MUS 499 POD: Intro to Podcasting     

1 credit hour
T 2:00-3:50pm
Podcasting is the most prolific media platform available to any user at any level of expertise. The cost threshold is low but the potential for almost immediate monetization is high. There is a pedagogy around the art and science of podcasting that can show students a path from technical setup, to content creation, production and distribution to audience identification and monetization. Students will learn how to:

• set up and record multiple vocal channels at high quality
• pre-produce a timed episode with intros, segments and transitions
• book and interview guests
• upload and distribute their episode
• identify and market to an audience
• monetize their content through ad sales, third party platforms and direct to consumer sales with their listening audience

FAA 199 Black Arts Today

3 credit hours
MW 11:30am – 12:45pm
This is a global course in theorizing Black cultural expression. It surveys artistic and cultural responses to types of racism (racial formations), modes of Black resistance and resiliency, and expressions of Black liberation and self-determination. Topics range from Spirituals, Gospel, and “ring-shouts” to Western classical music, ballet and modern dance; from Blues, Jazz, and Hip-Hop to African-inspired architecture and Blues tropes embedded in urban and regional segregationist planning; and from the lineage of Black Art + Design to the power of place of the Black Metropolis. As such, the course attends to the geographies of place and ontologies of time, i.e., moments formed from the intersection of Black social movements against white supremacy and Black reimagining of what it means to be human. Through a series of engagements with faculty-artists and researchers in the College of Fine & Applied Arts (FAA), Black Arts Today explores the practice and speculative spaces (imaginaries) in which FAA artists-instructors-researchers engage Black Arts or transmit Blackness to the arts.

GWS 495: Advanced Topics in GWS-Black Girl Studies

This course is designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of Black Girls’ Studies/Black Girlhood Studies. Importantly, Black feminist theory, poetics and practice have always remembered and valued the experiences of Black girls and informs the design of this course and related lectures. Together, we will address various topics within the field, including foundations, lived experiences, sexuality, popular culture, arts, representation, policy, and digital humanities (broadly defined).

become a FYCARE Facilitator!

Interested in becoming a leader on campus? Register for the Spring 2022 CARE Class (CHLH 126), TU/THR 3:30 PM – 4:50 PM.  Participants in the course will gain a deeper understanding of sexual violence prevention, meet passionate, intelligent, and enthusiastic peers, gain skills to create positive change in your communities, and develop public speaking & facilitation skills. Open to all undergraduate students! Students who successfully complete CHLH 126 are eligible to serve as FYCARE Facilitators.  For more information, contact fycare@illinois.edu.

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Applications open to present at the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium
Application deadline: Tuesday, March 15
This Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting submissions to present at the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium set for Thursday, April 28 at the Illini Union. For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, follow this link.

University of Michigan Student Publication Looking for Staff Writers

They’re looking for students at the University of Illinois who are interested in creative and argumentative writing to join our team of undergrads as staff writers, particularly focusing on creative nonfiction, book reviews, literary analysis, and American culture. MC is an independent, inter-university student organization. Positions are not paid, as staff are most akin to “club members” at a more typical university club.

This is a great opportunity for UIUC students to practice and hone in their writing, research, and argumentative skillsets outside the classroom in a uniquely undergraduate space.

Application link —> https://forms.gle/oHBEQFC8nqE6N3hK8
Website —> midwesterncitizen.com

The Summer Institute for Languages of Muslim World

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We invite students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL). This summer SILMW will take place from June 13 to August 6, 2022, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof. The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters. This is an immersive experience, complete with instruction, cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables, cooking classes, movie nights, and more!   We invite you to check out our website for more details about the program in general and for the application requirements in particular. The following selected web pages might be of interest to you, should you want to learn more about the program:

Prospective Students

Academic + Career Advising!

You can now schedule in-person advising appointments with Anna on Thursday mornings at HPRC!  You’ll have a private appointment in the HPRC conference room (105 Greg Hall) and then you can stick around to talk to Julie or Kirstin about career planning.  It’s one-stop shopping!

Sign up for HUM 275 to explore career paths
LGBTQIA+ peer support

HRI Survey

Humanities Research Institute wants to hear from undergraduates who are interested in the humanities! By completing this survey, you are helping us learn what kinds of events and research activities you’d like to see us offer. You do not need to be a declared humanities major or minor to participate in this survey. As long as you’re interested in the humanities —books, TV and film, history, culture, philosophy, politics, religion, arts, theatre, and similar topics—we want to hear from you!  The survey will remain open through December 31, 2021.

LAS Student Voices Needed

The College of LAS is interested in how students are feeling about their academic, wellbeing and career development.

All LAS undergrads received an email invitation with a unique link to the LAS Pulse survey. They can also find their link at: feedback.illinois.edu.

The current survey will take about 5-10 minutes of students’ time. Respondents who complete this survey will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win 1 of 15 $10 gift cards. In addition, respondents who complete all three LAS Pulse surveys will be entered into a special drawing with a chance to earn 1 of 5 $100 gift cards. Names will be randomly selected after data collection is complete and the winner will be notified by email.

curious about research? Ask an ambassador!

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

Need to talk to someone?

The Counseling Center has resumed face-to-face services for all counseling modalities except group (which will remain on Zoom). They are also offering online scheduling for initial appointments and you are also welcome to reach out to the embedded LAS counselor, Andy Novinska, at anovinsk@illinois.edu.

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