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selected Dates and deadlines
  • March 11: Deadline to drop a full-semester course without a W
  • March 12-20: Spring Break
  • March 21: POT B courses begin; registration time tickets visible
  • March 25: Deadline to add POT B course
  • April 4: Priority registration for Summer and Fall 2022 begins POT B = Part of Term B (aka “2nd-8-week”)
2021-2022 Junior Quinn Award Winner

The Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2021-2022 Junior Quinn Award is Akira Ritos. Please send your congratulations!

The Junior Quinn Award recognizes achievement and potential in Creative Writing majors and minors with junior class standing by awarding financial support to attend a writing workshop or conference.

The faculty judges were impressed by the tight prose and sense of purpose in Akira’s piece “Katawan.” The Creative Writing program has no doubt Akira will make great use of the Quinn winnings (Quinnings?!) to continue to develop an already distinct talent.


scholarship application deadline approaching

The deadline for English department scholarship applications is coming up on Friday, March 11.

As a reminder, the Department of English offers numerous merit scholarships totaling more than $100,000 in an annual competition in the spring. These scholarships recognize and reward outstanding achievements by English, Creative Writing, or Teaching of English students.  See the website for more details.

Overview and Instructions
Stage One Application

check in with the Hprc!

If you haven’t yet checked in with the folks at the Humanities Professional Resource Center (HPRC), please do so!  You can start a conversation with them at any time (the earlier the better), and you don’t need to wait until you have answers to the questions you think they might ask you (such as “what do you want to do after you graduate?”).  It’s fine to start with “I don’t know” and work from there!

To make things easy, schedule an in-person advising appointment with Anna on Thursday morning. You’ll have a private appointment in the HPRC conference room (105 Greg Hall) and then you can stick around to talk to Julie about career planning.  It’s one-stop shopping!

business minor info sessions and more

Chaya Sandler, advisor for the Business Minor for Non-Majors, will be hosting two information sessions about the Business minor program: March 24th at 10 am on Zoom and March 30th at 4pm in BIF 1041.  For more information, email Chaya at csandle2@illinois.edu.

Additionally, here are a few reminders about the minor including FIN 221 restrictions and an updated Study Abroad process. Chaya hosts virtual drop-in advising on Wednesdays 1:15-4pm and students can email busminor@business.illinois.edu to setup advising appointments.

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

ENGL 199, Section X
Writing to Get that Job!
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.

upcoming virtual lecture

Dr. Kim Mack, “Hear Me Talking to You”: Black Women Reclaiming Power Through Literary and Musical Narrative

Friday, March 25, 2022, 3:00pm
Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/89839309999?pwd=aG1LUHZQOHh2ek9vQ1NkcWdkTjkrQT09
Meeting ID: 898 3930 9999
Password: 679008

march events 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.

apply for a golden apple scholarship

If you’re on the Sec Ed path, check out the Golden Apple Scholarship program, and consider attending one of the upcoming info sessions.  Register at www.goldenapple.org/scholars-info.

Golden Apple scholars receiving funding and the opportunity to participate in summer training workshops in exchange for committing to teaching in a school of need after earning their teaching license.

Undergraduate Admissions- Summer I STAR Position

Admissions is looking to hire current undergraduate students to serve as I STARs (Illinois Student Admission Representatives) within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions-Campus Visits. They are looking for students who are articulate, reliable, energetic, and are enthusiastic about Illinois. The main function of an I STAR is to serve as a representative at Illinois and to give tours to prospective students and families visiting campus. I STARs also assist in the logistics of running our on-campus visit programs.

Details, along with the application, can be found online here: https://enroll.illinois.edu/register/summer2022ISTAR The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 20th.

alas introductory meeting

6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 614 E. Daniel St (OVCDEI Building), 3rd Floor, Room 3070 
A private space for Undocumented and DACAmented status students in the UIUC campus community. Led by UIUC’s Undoc/DACA Mentors, the purpose of ALAS is to create a community space where students feel comfortable to share their experiences, network, and socialize with other students in similar experiences. Interested? Register here

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.

DGS hiring summer peer advisors!

See the position description for DGS summer peer advisors in the most recent issue of the DGS newsletter.  DGS is looking to hire 10-12 students to assist us during New Student Registration this summer. If you will be in the CU area over the summer, please consider applying. It’s great if the student is a former DGS student, but not required.  Application deadline is March 18.


UIUC students – make your voice heard! The Smart and Healthy Communities Initiative is seeking current UIUC students for focused feedback sessions around potential time management app features.

Sessions will be one hour in length and conducted over Zoom. If you are interested in participating, simply fill out this brief (~3 minute) sign-up form, and the research team will reach out to you directly to schedule a session.

UIUC User experience Day
Are you interested in a career in User Experience Design (UX)? Please see the information below about the first annual UIUC UX Day: Siebel Center for Design and College of Fine and Applied Arts have come together to create UIUC UX Day, a half-day event scheduled for 12-7pm on Friday March 25 at the Siebel Center for Design. UX Day as been designed to help UIUC students gain an understanding of different directions they could pursue in the broad UX industry. Invited to speak will be professionals representing three types of design jobs – design done in-house, Big Tech design teams, and consulting firms that work with industry on design-related content. In parallel throughout the day, we will also be hosting 30 minute 1:1 sessions between professionals and students. Interested students should register at this link!
African American Literatures & Cultures Institute

If you are a current Black/African American student who will soon be rising seniors and are considering graduate study? Please apply to this summer program: African American Literatures and Cultures Institute.

The participating summer fellows will receive:

  • abundant intellectual nourishment
  • guidance on the development of research projects
  • consultation on Digital Humanities, data storytelling projects
  • a small stipend ($2,000.00)
  • travel and lodging for a research trip to New York City

More info here: AALCI at a Glance

Deadline: the site says March 11, but we are extending the deadline until March 25.

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.

undergraduate research symposium

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.

Don’t Forget about These!

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.

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
Workshops – Tuesday @ 7 Starts

The Career Center – Spring 2022 Workshop Calendar

selected Dates and deadlines
  • March 11: Deadline to drop a full-semester course without a W
  • March 12-20: Spring Break
  • March 21: POT B courses begin; registration time tickets visible
  • March 25: Deadline to add POT B course
  • April 4: Priority registration for Summer and Fall 2022 begins POT B = Part of Term B (aka “2nd-8-week”)

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