Weekly Round-Up

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upcoming deadlines
  • If you are expecting to graduate at the end of this semester, remember to add yourself to the degree list no later than January 30 (do this online in Self Service)
  • Students on academic probation should check in with an advisor by January 30 if they have not done so already (call 217-333-4346 to schedule)
  • January 30 is the last day to ADD a full semester course
  • February 1 is the deadline for applications to the Secondary Education minor
We Got Each OtheR:

Join Darrell Hunter (director of the College of LAS First Year Experience program) for We Got Each Other, a weekly hangout for men of color in LAS. Connect with your peers, get tips on navigating the University of Illinois and College of LAS, and share your experiences in a supportive, welcoming space. Plus, free snacks!

Date: Feb 1         
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.  
Venue: Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Sessions will continue every Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at BNAACC.

VOICE Reading

VOICE: Graduate Student Reading, an event sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, will be held in The Literary Bookbar (122 N Neil St. Champaign, IL 61820) on February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

fefu and her friends

Join us Tuesday, January 31st @ 5:30, on Zoom to learn about La Estación Gallery & Minor Aesthetics Lab’s upcoming staged reading of Fefu and Her Friends! You don’t need any prior experience in theatre: If you have any interest in theatre, design, play, & community, we would love to have you onboard! 

This production will be produced by Sandra Ruiz (Sue Divan Fund, Department of Theatre) and directed by Laura Coby. Feel free to reach out to Laura if you have any questions (coby2@illinois.edu)!

Zoom info for the meeting on the 31st
Meeting ID: 840 6009 8528
Password: fefu

research park opportunities

The Career Center is hosting a free panel event for students in partnership with Research Park, two weeks from today!  On Friday, February 10th from 12-1 pm in Illini Union room 210, we will have a discussion with a variety of Research Park employer representatives on how to land an internship and make the most of the opportunities there, with a particular focus on opportunities available for students in non-STEM majors and programs.  Our panel will include representatives from AGCO and Abbvie, with others likely added as well.

Research Park internships are not just for engineering students! Hear from a panel of current Illinois students who work within the Research Park in areas like HR, communications, engagement, and operations. Learn about the projects they are working on, the benefits of Research Park internships, and how you can find an on-campus opportunity to work for a tech company. Food will be served.

You can also find event details on Handshake.

bailey scholarships
ILC-Student Employment Opportunities

The Illinois Leadership Center is now hiring undergraduate students for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year!  This is a great opportunity for students looking to develop professional skills and build connections with other students and staff on campus.

Detailed position descriptions can be found here: https://leadership.illinois.edu/employment

Applications will be accepted until February 6, 2023. Feel free to contact hannahd@illinois.edu if you have questions.

2023 Community-Academic Scholars

The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative matches undergraduates with an academic mentor and a community partner to collaborate over the summer on a project designed to directly benefit community members served by the partner organization. We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2023 student application period is now open. The deadline to apply is Feb. 6 at 11:59 p.m.

This year’s program includes 15 powerful projects submitted by academic mentors across the University of Illinois and their community collaborators. Projects address a range of topics, including teen substance use, household stability, food security, technology and aging, youth psychosocial development, physical health among people with disabilities, assistive robots, educational equity, maternal health, and cultural humility. 

In addition to developing applied research experience, scholars meet weekly to connect with each other, seek guidance from program leaders, and hear from invited speakers. Scholars also receive a $4000 stipend to offset the cost of housing and/or living expenses during the program.

If you are interested in applying to be a Community-Academic Scholar, be sure to:

  1. Review eligibility and program requirements on the website. 
  2. Read the project descriptions and the scholar’s role within each project to find projects that most appeal to you and best match your strengths and background. 
  3. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to view the info session recording for application insights and tips.
  4. Finally, be sure to submit your application no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6.
Sigma Tau Delta Seeking New Members

Interested in exploring how you can use your English/Creative Writing degree? Dreaming of speaking at an international conference on literature? Want to make friends with other students in your major? Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, February 1 at 5 pm to learn more about Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society).

You don’t have to be majoring/minoring in English to join—all you need is a love for reading and writing! There is no GPA requirement for the local chapter.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us05web.zoom.us/j/85756390043?pwd=Mk9HUStaV1cxdGNvWHRSNStkZnczUT09 Meeting ID: 857 5639 0043
Passcode: jZkuh2

Don’t Forget These!

Find peer mentoring at the Lisnek LAS Hub

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, First Floor of Lincoln Hall, Behind the marble staircase
Peer mentors help LAS students access opportunities to gain hands-on experience. Drop-in for a casual conversation about exploring student organizations, undergraduate research, volunteer opportunities, study abroad, internships, and more. Learn how to access resources and apply to opportunities. 

Our old friends at the Humanities Professional Resource Center (now LAS Career Services) are still in Greg Hall 105 and available to meet with students to talk about professional development opportunities, career planning, and general life stuff of the “what am I doing here?” variety. See their website for contact info and event announcements.

gilman scholarships

Are you interested in studying abroad, and searching for funding? The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical language study) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need-based award, and to be eligible, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.  

The National and International Scholarships Program will assist in reviewing your scholarship application material. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to help make your application more competitive! To get you started, we are offering two days of informational events about the Gilman Scholarship. 

Gilman International Scholarship Information Session
When: Thursday, February 2, 2023 03:30 – 4:30 PM Central Time 
Where: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

ONLINE Gilman Scholarship Information Session
When: Friday, February 3, 2023 9:00 – 10:00 AM Central Time
     Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Gilman International Scholarship Writing Workshop
When: February 3, 2023 03:00 PM – 4:00 PM Central Time 
Where: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

undergraduate research position

The Writing Across Engineering and Science (WAES) research group is looking for an undergraduate research assistant (https://publish.illinois.edu/waes/). We support engineering and science faculty and graduate students as they learn, incorporate, and adapt practices from writing studies research in ways that enrich both their technical learning objectives and their students’ communication skills. We also research the effectiveness of this support.

We are looking for reliable, curious students interested in learning about writing in STEM settings and qualitative research, particularly interview methods. Students of any major related to science, engineering, writing, or communication are encouraged to apply to join our interdisciplinary team. Initial responsibilities will include activities such as transcribing and analyzing interview data, writing research memos, observing interviews, and participating in project team meetings.

Required qualifications:
• Interest in writing instruction in STEM settings
• Available during both spring (minimum of 8 hours per week) and summer 2023 (minimum 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks)

Preferred qualifications:
• Coursework related to writing and communication in STEM
• Prior qualitative research experience, particularly with transcription

Compensation: $13/hour

To apply, please send a 2-4 sentence statement of why you are interested and a current resume to Dr. Julie Zilles (jzilles@illinois.edu). Please include ‘WAES undergrad application’ in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on January 30.

undergraduate research ambassadors

Seeking Applicants for the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is seeking highly motivated and personable undergraduate students who are eager to guide and support their peers through the Illinois undergraduate research experience. If you have previous experience in research, whether through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, we invite you to apply to become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador. In this role, you will have the opportunity to help other students navigate their own research journeys.As an undergraduate research ambassador, you will: Represent and promote OUR’s mission to current and prospective undergraduate researchers at on-campus recruiting & outreach events, classroom presentations, and other informational events.Lead or assist in workshops on undergraduate research, and participate as a panelist to share your personal experience in undergraduate research.Support OUR’s social media campaigns.Mentor, support, and guide undergraduate students at various stages of their research journey.Assist in the organization and logistics of the Undergraduate Research Symposium (April 27, 2023).Have access to professional development opportunities, such as trainings in peer mentoring, communication, public speaking, event planning, outreach, and program development.The deadline to apply is February 6, 2023 at 11:59pm.To learn more about the program, including its eligibility requirements and application process, please visit: https://go.illinois.edu/IURA_Apply 

Submissions for the 2022-2023 academic year’s Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship are being accepted now. This scholarship is made possible by an endowment from 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 2022-2023 school year. The deadline for application is January 31, 2023. For more information, see the flyer below:

ilc imprint i-program

The Illinois Leadership Center will be hosting our Imprint i-Program on Saturday, February 25th from 10 am to 4 pm. The Imprint program focuses on competencies necessary for displaying leadership during times of personal and professional transition. Students develop skills in managing themselves during times of change; and learn how to develop, and maintain, the personal and professional networks necessary to sustain success in any environment. The program is open for all students. Registration is open now and will close on February 13thA link to register can be found here.

confidential advisors at the WRC!

Confidential Advisors at BNAACC, La Casa and WRC

The Women’s Resources Center (WRC) is the designated confidential campus resource related to sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment, stalking and abuse within a relationship (sometimes called dating or domestic violence). That means when we talk with students, staff, and faculty who have experienced harm, we make sure you get what you need and on your terms! There are several Confidential Advisors at the WRC who can provide you – or someone looking to support you – with support and advocacy services. We also have two Confidential Advisors embedded at BNAACC and La Casa two days/week.

Embedded Advocate Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 4pm @ BNAACC
Wednesday 1pm – 5pm and Thursday 10am – 4pm @ La Casa

Advising available by appointment | Monday – Friday @ the WRCHours may vary. Walk-in appointments offered as available. Learn more about Advocacy & Support Services, here


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. 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 an info session on Thursday, Feb 16, 4:00pm CST (Info Session Zoom Link)


Are you ready to gain real-world experience and advance your writing? College Magazine‘s professional writing program is a 4-month commitment that includes a 7-week intensive training where you’ll uncover your voice, interview dream sources and write meaningful articles that readers love. Writers who succeed in the first 4 months often continue into our editorial internship program. Working closely with our editors, writers receive one-on-one feedback. Writers also learn social media, WordPress HTML, and the SEO knowledge necessary for the real world of magazine journalism.

The writer position is 10 hours a week on a flexible schedule. It’s a volunteer, intensive and challenging writing experience. Our graduates have gone on to careers at Vox, NBC, USA Today, Redbook, National Geographic, Random House and more. We welcome applicants from all majors and all colleges. Previous writing experience for a college-level publication is recommended.

To Apply: Please send your resume and writing sample to editorial@collegemagazine.com

Subject: College Magazine Writer Application

Deadline: January 31, 2023 by 6 p.m. ET


Applause, the national literary arts and culture magazine housed at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, is currently accepting submissions from undergraduate students around the country for its 33rd issue. The deadline for submissions is February 14, but the earlier the better for submissions. 

Please contact Dr. Christian Anton Gerard at Christian.Gerard@uafs.edu if you have any questions about the magazine. This Submittable link will take students to Applause’s guidelines and submissions page where students can submit their work for consideration: https://applause.submittable.com/submit   Here’s a link to the website and latest issue: https://applausejournal.com


Collision, an annual undergraduate publication at the University of Pittsburgh, is currently open for submissions of undergraduate fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. By submitting to the magazine, you will be considered for its writing and cover art contests. Submissions for the annual magazine close Friday, February 24, but submissions are read on a rolling basis. You can find more information about the magazine and our submission guidelines at https://www.collision.pitt.edu. If you have any questions, please contact collisionlitmag@gmail.com.


The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the Udall Scholarship. Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors in any field of study who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment. There are also special awards also for Native American students interested in Tribal policy or health care (no need for these interests to be related to the environment). Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The campus deadline is January 30, 2023 to be considered. 

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website.


New York University’s College of Arts and Science invites visiting undergraduate students to participate in their short-term summer programs. The month-long creative writing retreats in Florence and Paris may be of particular interest to students. The Writers in Florence and Writers in Paris programs are only offered during the summer, and students are encouraged to immerse themselves in their host city through both reading and writing assignments. Participants focus on one of three genres—poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—and attend daily writing workshops and craft seminars. 2023 faculty will include Catherine Barnett, Raven Leilani, Jonathan Safran Foer, Katie Kitamura, Ken Chen, Mark Bibbins, and Matthew Rohrer, among many other acclaimed writers. All coursework receives a NYU transcript, transferable to other institutions. 

Applications will open December 1, 2022 with a priority deadline of February 1, 2023. For more information, contact cas.summerabroad@nyu.edu


The CLA Caroll Mills Young Study Abroad Scholarship is designed to support students at member institutions who want to participate in a study abroad program.  The scholarship is open to any student who meets eligibility requirements and is presently attending a CLA college or university.  A CLA college or university is one where a member of the College Language Association is presently employed or is a retiree. 

Each application must be verified and signed by a faculty sponsor who is a current financial member of the College Language Association.  Complete applications must be RECEIVED by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, February 10, 2023 for study abroad in summer or fall 2023.

For more information contact the English advising office and we will supply the full document (it’s not available online and it’s too long to reproduce here).

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