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English Undergraduate Scholarships

You are invited to an informational meeting on applying for the English department’s undergraduate scholarships next week. The meeting will explain the application materials and process, along with due dates. 

WHATApplying for English Undergraduate Scholarships  
WHENWednesday, February 15th, at 5:30pm 
WHERE: Zoom. For link and password, see below. 

Every year, the English department give out numerous scholarships that recognize and reward English majors, including English, Creative Writing, and Teaching of English. (Several of our scholarships are specifically for future teachers of English). Scholarship amounts vary, but most of them range from $300 to $3000, with a few scholarships giving nearly full tuition for a semester or year.  

Hope to see many of you there! In the meantime, if you wish, you can find some information on our website, in the form “Overview and Instructions,” under the tab “Applying for Merit Scholarships”: https://english.illinois.edu/academics/scholarships-prizes-awards/awards-scholarships  If you have any questions, just send an email to Catharine Gray, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English, UIUC. 

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/83471685977?pwd=RmNxdEJtdnlsQ0VlSkJUNHJ0Z0tsQT09

Meeting ID: 834 7168 5977
Password: 961622

cWL Talk

The Program in Comparative & World Literature invites you to the following talk: 

David M. de León, “Step Right Up: Spectacle, Mask, and Minstrelsy in Tyehimba Jess’s Olio
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 7, 5:30-6:30PM                   
Venue: Room 106 Main Library 

Zoom also available: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuf-Crpz8pGtWD_N86bf1R_Xpi2fnOth18

LAS International Programs
  • The application deadline for most Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024 study abroad programs is February 15 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, contact International Programs, Student Academic Affairs Office, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. You are required to meet with an LAS International Programs Advisor before you may submit an application. Students can schedule an appointment International Programs, Student Academic Affairs Office  here [my.atlas.illinois.edu/advising], or visit 2002 Lincoln Hall from Monday-Friday between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m without an appointment.
  • The program will have an early decision application deadline of June 15, 2023 for Spring 2024 study abroad programs. You are encouraged to apply by the early decision deadline!
  • LAS International Programs Student Interns will be hosting a new series of general information sessions about study abroad two times per month. You can find the dates, times, and locations of these events on the event calendar.
Library Workshops, events, and services

With the start of the new semester, the University Library has been busy planning and scheduling workshops, consultation services, programs, and other helpful things for students. For information about the events and workshops visit events calendar as well as  Savvy Researcher workshops.

You can find some highlighted workshops and services below:

Research Consultations
Research consultations start again this Sunday! Students can receive help with their research papers, ranging from brainstorming a topic to synthesizing their sources.  Consultations are from 4-9pm, Sunday-Thursday, and are geared towards first- and second-year students.

Speaking Center
The Speaking Center opens again this week! Students can sign up for a consultation to work one-on-one with a trained Speaking Consultant to improve presentations and speeches, attend workshops focused on building lasting speaking skills, or participate in language sessions to build foreign language skills. Upcoming workshops include “Coping with Speech Anxiety” and “Nonverbal Communication for Presentations.

Academic Success Series and Student Success Workshops
The Academic Success Series is in collaboration with the Counseling Center, and covers topics like “Healthy Relationships,” “Imposter Syndrome,” and more. Student Success Workshops will include some repeats from the fall, like “Study Skills for Neurodiverse Students,” and “Budgeting 101,” and also introduce new workshops, like “Using and Creating a LinkedIn Profile.”

Inclusive Speaker Series: Salvatore De Sando
Funded by the Library Innovation and Seed Grant, this series highlights members of the UIUC community who have done important work highlighting underrepresented voices. Salvatore will be the first in this speaker series, and will present on Feb. 14th at noon, via zoom.

Family Study Room
For students who are parents or caregivers, there is a space for them in the Main Library! Students can bring their kids with them to the Library, and can also check out Family Kits, a playpen, or children tablets for their children to play with while they study.

Introduction to Library Resources for Literary Studies

Are you new to UIUC? Do you need some help figuring out how to do research? Do you find it difficult to access library resources that can help you to succeed in courses? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, please consider attending “Introduction to Library Resources for Literary Studies.” This one-hour session will teach you to use a variety of library services and features (e.g. Inter-library loan, requesting books, accessing articles, and scheduling a research consultation). To participate, visit https://uiuc.libcal.com/calendar/savvy?cid=15337&t=m&d=2023-02&cal=15337&inc=0 and select a session that works for you. Can’t find one? Let Matt Roberts in the Literatures and Languages Library know, and he will reach out to you with more information to receive the instruction that you need.

Matt will continue to offer office hours for students. You can also schedule a consultation with him, but he will be free each Monday from 12-2 to talk with you.

Summer Student Employment Opportunity – DGS Peer Advisor

Summer 2023! Peer Advisors are an integral part of New Student Registration and will work closely with DGS advisors, staff, and campus partners to facilitate group meetings, presentations, and course registration for approximately 1,100 new students.

Qualifications include being a current Illinois student in good academic standing, being willing to work as a part of a team, excellent presentation skills, and knowledge of the course explorer website. 

For application information, scan the QR code or visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BdUzntW2e-DjO4mEy1CncH8AwfY18IiP/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=106698173489989988776&rtpof=true&sd=true Application materials are due by March 19, 2023 at 5:00pm. Materials or questions about the application should be sent to Sierra Hollenbeck, Coordinator for Recruitment and Admissions, at sholl14@illinois.edu.

We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program

Make a difference in the Champaign-Urbana community with We CU! The We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program offers dozens of semester-long projects along with training, support, university recognition for your service, and opportunities to connect with like-minded peers. Continue the work you are already doing, develop your own project, or choose from We CU’s virtual and in-person service opportunities. Sign up for a project starting Feb. 6! Learn more: wecu.illinois.edu/join-we-cu

NSP is hiring Orientation Leaders!

New Student Programs is looking for undergraduate students to serve as Orientation Leaders to help them welcome the Fall 2023 new students!  For position description and link to apply, see below:

USM Graduate English Programs

The Department of English at the University of Southern Mississippi invite you to apply to their graduate programs in English. They offer both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, with emphasis in literature or creative writing. They offer competitive assistantships of up to $17,000 for Ph.D. students (normally renewable for four years in creative writing and five years or more in literature) and $13,000 for M.A. students (normally renewable for two years in both literature and creative writing). The department is also home to Mississippi Review and Southern Quarterly, two leading journals on which students regularly collaborate, the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, one of North America’s leading research centers in the field of children’s literature, and the nationally renowned Center for Writers. Underrepresented, minority, and nontraditional applicants are encouraged to apply

The priority deadline for Fall 2023 admission is February 10, 2023, though applications after that will still be considered. If you’d like to know more about the programs, feel free to be in touch with Professor Joshua Bernstein directly (joshua.bernstein@usm.edu), and, in the case of creative writing, Prof. Adam Clay (adam.clay@usm.edu). Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the department’s website for additional information  (https://www.usm.edu/graduate-programs/english.php) and a comprehensive FAQ page (https://www.usm.edu/humanities/apply-graduate-english.php).

Don’t Forget These!

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.

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.
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 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 
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)


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 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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