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ESA welcome event REDUX

Come to the online Welcome Event for English and Creative Writing Majors on Sunday, February 13th!  This event will be hosted by English Student Association (ESA) and we will be watching the 2019 movie Little Women on Zoom. The festivities will start at 6:00 pm, so join us to hang out with ESA and get to know your fellow English department students!  All are welcome.

Meeting ID: 776 318 7140
Password: ESA

New Book Launch Reading

David Wright Faladé, author of the new novel, Black Cloud Rising 

Corey Van Landingham, author of the new poetry collection,  Love Letter to Who  Owns the Heavens

Thursday, Feb 10 | 4:30-6:00 pm

Room 407 of the Illini Union


Empower yourself in professional negotiations!

Our own Dr. Venetria Patton (Harry E. Preble Dean of the College of LAS and Professor in the Department of English) is partnering with the HPRC to present an exclusive workshop: Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop for College Students. Dean Patton is a certified trainer for the American Association of University Women and will be sharing important facts and strategies.  AAUW advocates for equity and fair pay for women. This is a 2-hour long event on Feb 22 (5 pm to 7 pm) with limited seating.  Students will need to pre-register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1440533902 so act now to secure your spot!  The event will take place in Lincoln Hall (room to be announced) for those students that are needing to know if they can arrive on time from a prior commitment.


The English Department is pleased to announce its annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry. Depending on available funding, there will be 2-3 prizes in Fiction and 2-3 in Poetry this year. Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1500.  The deadline for submission is 12:00 Noon on Monday, February 28. 

Contest rules are as follows:
Short Fiction: Submit no more than one unpublished story (7500 words, maximum length)
Poetry: Submit up to 5 unpublished poems in a single document.

Only University of Illinois undergraduate students are eligible. To be considered for a prize, submissions must adhere to the following rules:

All submissions must be sent via email as an attachment to: jdudek4@illinois.edu.  The subject line of your email message must read as follows: “UNDERGRAD POETRY: Last name” or “UNDERGRAD FICTION: Last name”.  If you enter in both categories (poetry and fiction), you will need to send separate emails.

In the body of your email, please include:

    • Your name
    • address
    • phone number
    • e-mail address
    • status (undergraduate student)
    • UIN

Your entry is to be contained in one attached .docx file. The name of this file must be the contest category followed by your last name, such as “FICTION JONES.docx” or “POETRY JONES.docx” Your name should not appear within the document itself.

Please direct any questions to John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing at Jdudek4@illinois.edu

check out this POTB (aka 2nd-8-week) course!

ENGL 199, Section X
Writing to Get That Job!
Part of Term B  /  1 credit hour
MW 12:00-12:50 (online)
Through conceptual development and context-sensitive lessons/assignments, students will develop/improve writing skills particularly germane to successfully applying for an internship, a post-baccalaureate job, or an advanced-degree program.  They will then apply those skills to create a polished set of recruiter-ready texts relevant to their career plans and a career-relevant, currently-advertised job/internship/program. Use Moodle website for access to meeting location (learn.illinois.edu)

Creative writing club

Do you know about Creative Writing Club?  Open to students in all majors, this group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-7:45pm in room 259 of the English Building.  If you would like to be kept apprised of upcoming meetings and other activities, send a message to creativewritingclubatuiuc@gmail.com  and ask to be added to the mailing list.  You can also follow CWC on Facebook/Instagram, both @creativewritingclubuiuc. 

get help at the writers workshop


Check out the upcoming Writers Workshop events.   The Writers Workshop provides feedback on all kinds of writing including course papers, job application materials, and personal statements. We have appointments and drop-in hours, and we’re available in-person at the Undergraduate Library and online.

text anxiety workshops

Could you benefit from a workshop that provides strategies for managing anxiety around taking tests? The Counseling Center hosts drop-in workshops throughout the semester with tips on:

  • Remaining calm during tests and exams
  • Getting the most from your study time
  • Preparing effectively for tests and exams

To find out more about individual workshops and to register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety.

There are simple, effective ways that can help you perform well on tests and not let anxiety get the best of you! These workshops are free for students. If you have any questions about this group, please contact Dr. Kathy Wierzchowski at wierzch1@illinois.edu.


KAM (Krannert Art Museum) curatorial internships are offered during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summer. They are compensated with academic credit hours and are not hourly positions. Applicants do not need a background in art history to apply. Internships require a commitment of at least 6 hours a week, and reference from the student’s advisor or other faculty member. Applicants should have excellent communication and writing skills, computer proficiency, and research skills. Interns are assigned to work with an individual curator, based on the student’s educational background, experience, and interests. The goal of KAM internships is to help individuals interested in museum careers or related fields gain significant experience in one or more areas of museum practice, including work with the collection, exhibitions, publications, and programs, and to encourage critical engagement with the history and changing roles of museums in our communities today.

How to Apply: For the application, you will need to prepare the following materials and submit them to elizas2@illinois.edu.

Deadline to apply:  February 4, 2022 -Cover Letter: Along with your mailing address, email, and telephone information, include a personal statement of no more than 500 words, which explains how an internship at KAM would fit with your background and career goals. If possible, mention specific subjects, resources, or parts of the collections that are of particular interest. Describe what you hope to learn from the internship. Please indicate if you would like to work on Project 1 or Project 2 in your cover letter. – Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Please limit resumes to three pages or less – Faculty Member Reference: Please provide name and email/contact information. A curator will contact you to indicate if your internship is approved.

work at the career center!

The Career Center is currently seeking undergraduate students to join the Career Services Paraprofessional (CSP) team for the 2022-2023 academic year! The CSPs are hourly-paid student leaders, equipped to represent The Career Center by supporting the student population in achieving their career readiness goals. CSPs facilitate one-on-one services including resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile reviews, and present a variety of career-related workshops.

Sign up for the Feb 9 info session: https://go.illinois.edu/applycsp2022

leadership center positions

The Illinois Leadership® Center (ILC) is hiring undergraduate student employees for the 2022-2023 academic year. The application deadline is Monday, February 7th.  Positions include:

Communication & Marketing Specialist
Leadership Certificate Program Specialist
Data Analytics Specialist
Graf Intern
Graphic Designer*
Podcast Intern*

Check out our website for position descriptions, student testimonies, and more: https://leadership.illinois.edu/employment

community-academic scholars initiative

The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative matches undergraduates with a faculty mentor and a community partner to address issues affecting our community. This year’s program includes fourteen powerful projects from faculty across the University of Illinois that address a range of topics, including the rural healthcare, poverty and social inequality, nutrition, educational equity, disability awareness, social-emotional learning, technology and aging, racial disparities, Veterans’ issues, postpartum pain, and socio-cultural connectedness among Black youth.

Visit http://go.illinois.edu/communityscholars to learn more about eligibility and program requirements, a recorded info session, and the application.  Deadline: February 10

Call for submissions

REVIVAL at Cornell University is a student-run intersectional feminist zine that focuses on promoting our three pillars: 

1.      VOICE: journalism, free speech, open discussion

2.      EQUITY: community service, feminism, social justice

3.      EMPOWERMENT: student support, writing education, minority elevation

We are calling for creative submissions to publish in our Spring 2022 “Secret Edition.” Submissions may include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and any visual artwork that can be converted into a pdf (photography, drawings, etc.). Submissions should also align with our theme “Secret.”

You can find our submission form here.

Please review our submission guidelines here.

All submissions are due Sunday February 13th at 11:59 EST

LAS Success Academic Workshops

Check out the Spring LAS Success Academic Workshop Schedule here:

  • All workshops are open to all students
  • All are offered in-person in Lincoln Hall
  • Our website lists events by month so you can’t access anything past February yet, but those events will become visible as the earlier events pass
Summer Faculty-led Study Abroad Opportunities

With the summer study abroad deadlines approaching, we wanted to share a list of faculty-led programs that are open to students in all majors across campus.

Each program page is linked below and can be found in the My Study Abroad system. Students are also eligible to apply for campus, college-wide, and national + international scholarships.

Application Deadline: February 15

Cornell Prelaw in Paris

Have you considered summer study abroad and are interested in studying law?  Join Cornell Law School faculty and the Office of Global Learning to learn more about the Cornell Prelaw Program in Paris,  a three-week academic program in international and comparative law open to students from all universities.  Study law in a uniquely international and culturally rich environment, combining the excellence of Cornell Law School faculty and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.  Prepare for the law school admissions process and acquire the study skills for success in law school.  Attend the upcoming information session to learn more!

Info session: February 16th, 5:30-6:30PM

Minor in Game Studies is here!
The new Minor in Game Studies & Design has been approved, and students can officially declare it once the SP2022 semester starts.  Check the website for more information:  https://informatics.ischool.illinois.edu/game-studies-design/

Undergraduate Research Opportunities!

legal humanities symposium

You can now apply to participate in the HRI-Mellon Legal Humanities Undergraduate Symposium to be held from 12:00PM to 4:00PM on April 29, 2022 as a part of Undergraduate Research Week. Students of all majors are encouraged to present their research on legal humanities through oral presentations.

Interested students are invited to submit a 300 word abstract and explanation of the project’s connection to legal humanities. The field of legal humanities can be defined as the exploration of law through applications of historical, philosophical, literary, and visual thinking. Students must submit the application form by midnight on February 22, 2022. Students will be notified of the outcome of the review process by March 1, 2022.

Apply Here: https://forms.gle/3NjoiGRaPG5pEn4b7

office of undergraduate research workshops

The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Spring 2022 workshop calendar.  Information for each workshop including how students can register can be found here .

For all workshops, OUR will be offering both virtual and in-person dates. Participation is by advance registration only; there are a limited number of spots available for each workshop, so please sign up as soon as possible. Workshops will be added throughout the term based on demand.

Value of Undergraduate Research Workshop (VURW)
During this workshop, we will discuss the importance (i.e. the personal and professional benefits) of conducting research as an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois. Students will leave the workshop with (1) knowledge of the skills that can be developed through research, (2) a better understanding of how undergraduate research can benefit them both personally and in their future careers, and (3) how they can showcase this experience to future employers and professional schools.

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research Workshop (GSIRW)
During this workshop, we will discuss the various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide students 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.

Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Research Workshop (PWRW)
During this workshop, we will discuss the fundamentals of proposal writing, guiding students to formulate successful research projects and explain their research in a concise and compelling manner that is understandable to a general audience. Students will leave the workshop with (1) basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, (2) tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and (3) a list of resources for assistance in the writing process.

Research to Resume Workshop (RTRW)
During this workshop, we will discuss strategies to successfully communicate research skills and experiences through job, graduate school, and internship application documents. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of how to pull marketable skills from their regular research activities and (2) practical experience marketing these skills and experiences through cover letters, resumes, and CV’s.

Presentation Workshops
In collaboration with the University Library & Writer’s Workshop, OUR will be hosting two workshops for students interested in building their presentation skills. Dates for the Giving Undergraduate Research Presentations and Poster Presentation and Design Workshop will be posted soon. Subscribe to OUR’s monthly newsletter to be notified when dates are released: go.illinois.edu/subscribeOUR

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 linkApplication deadline: Tuesday, March 15

grants supporting research and travel

Research Support Grant (RSG)
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. We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG.
The deadline to apply is March 11, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Conference Travel Grant (CTG)
Conference Travel Grant (CTG) This grant provides undergraduate students with awards of up to $350 to subsidize costs associated with presenting their research posters, papers, or creative works at in-person and virtual professional conferences. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference attendance only; 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 to apply is February 24, 2022 at 11:59pm.\

Don’t Forget about These!

The Career Center – Spring 2022 Workshop Calendar

Math & Stat Student Support Center now open

The Math and Statistics Student Support Center (SSC) provides walk-in academic support and tutoring for students enrolled in a set of core introductory mathematics and statistics courses. The center is staffed by qualified teaching assistants and course assistants. The SSC is located in room  **304 English Building.** (Change from Fall 2022.)

Access to the Student Support Center is restricted to students enrolled in designated Math and Statistics courses. There is no charge for access to services in the Student Support Center. Courses covered in the SSC include the following: Math 112, Math 115, Math 220, Math 231, Math 234, Stat 212, Stat 400.

For more information including hours, please visit the SSC website at


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