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Quick run-down of events coming up SOON (read on for more info):

Feb 10: Research Park Opportunities for Non-STEM Students
Feb 10: Deadline for Application to Study Abroad Scholarship
Feb 14: Career Counseling “Brunchtime” Drop-in Session
Feb 15: English Department Scholarships Info Session
Feb 15: Campus Community Town Hall
Feb 15: Applications Due for FA23 Study Abroad

career counseling “brunchtime” drop-in session

Tuesday, February 14
10am-noon in EB 200
Stop by for coffee, treats, and a relaxing one-on-one chat with Julie Higgs from LAS Career Services (formerly HPRC) about possible career paths, internships and other professional development opportunities, your job search, or whatever else you need help with. You do not need to prepare in any particular way, or know for sure what you want to do with your life. No need to register in advance, though if you want to fit in some academic advising as well you can schedule an in-person appointment during that time with Anna or Keshia by calling 217-333-4346. All are welcome!

voyager scholarship info session

Are you a sophomore? Are you passionate about doing good in the world and solving some of today’s biggest problems? You might want to consider applying to the Voyager Scholarship. This award provides rising juniors with up to $25,000 in financial aid for your remaining years at the university, as well as $10,000 for a summer experience after their junior year, and $2,000 annually for 10 years to travel after graduation. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients who are entering their junior year next fall with a 3.0+ GPA and demonstrated financial need are eligible. 

Join the National and International Scholarships Program for an informational session on this scholarship where we go over application components, share tips for prospective applicants, and hear from one of last year’s recipients of the award

Voyager Scholarship Information Session:

When: Feb 17, 2023   4:00 – 5:00 pm   
Where: 1022 Lincoln Hall  Direct any questions to topscholars@illinois.edu.


The English Department is pleased to announce its annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry. Prizes range from $100 to $1500 with multiple awards in each category.

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Short Fiction: Submit no more than one unpublished story (7500 words, maximum length) Poetry: Submit up to 5 unpublished poems in a single document.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, email address, status (undergraduate student), and 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.

Deadline: Noon, Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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

Junior Quinn Award 2022-2023

The Junior Quinn Award recognizes achievement and potential in Creative Writing MAJORS or minors with junior class standing by awarding one or more recipients with financial support to attend a writing workshop or conference. This year’s prize will be issued as a flat $1000.

We recognize that it is not always easy to determine eligibility. If you are not technically a Junior this academic year (e.g. if you have Senior standing because you came in with a lot of test-based credit) but plan to graduate no earlier than December 2023 and no later than December 2024, you may be eligible. If you have any questions about your eligibility, check with Anna Ivy or Keshia Atkins in Undergraduate Advising (englishadvising@illinois.edu). You may apply for the Junior Quinn only once. If you have eligibility questions, email John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing, at jdudek4@illinois.edu. If you are eligible, we want to see a sample of your unpublished prose OR poetry:

  • Prose submissions can be either fiction or creative nonfiction. Limit your submission to 1-2 pieces, no more than 15 pages total.
  • Poetry submissions should contain 3-5 poems, no more than 7 pages total.

The first page of your submission (not included in page count) should be a statement of purpose explaining how attending a writing conference or other professional development opportunity would impact your writing. This statement should be no more than 250 words. A few conferences you might consider are listed below. Though feel free to find other opportunities that interest you more!

Submit your statement of purpose and creative work in one file (.docx only) to John Dudek at jdudek4@illinois.edu by noon, March 1. To make sure your submission does not get lost, the subject line of the email should be ALL CAPS and either JUNIOR QUINN POETRY or JUNIOR QUINN PROSE. The body of this email should include: Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and UIN.

Winner of the Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship

The winner of this year’s Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship is Fatima Naveed.  The judge this year had this to say about the winning submission: 

“…This is a poet who has read contemporary poetry. In “A List of Forgotten Dreams,” the poet inventively uses a numerical list to meditate on old dreams and memories. The craft is solid: thoughtful line breaks that draw attention to significant words, strong use of enjambment, alliteration, a speaker than many young readers will relate to, and a hint of rhyme…”

So, if you see Fatima in the hallways be sure to offer your congratulations!

Writers Workshop Resources

You can make use of the Writers Workshop resources. See the flyers below:

Campus-community Town Hall

On Wednesday, February 15th, Bill Doherty and a panel of experts on political polarization will participate in Building a House United: A Local Conversation in the Land of Lincoln, a campus-community town hall on division in politics. Attached is a flyer for the town hall discussion. Visit the Building a House United website for more information. For more information, contact diversity@illinois.edu.

Get $1000 to Learn, Grow, and Serve the Community

Interested in applying your humanities training to address a vital area of need in the Champaign-Urbana community? Apply to be a Fall 2023 Humanities in Action scholar. HIA Scholars receive $1000, training, and support for their participation in this semester-long service program. Learn more at an information session on Feb. 21. Complete applications are due March 5View application details. Register here for the information session

Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World will be held from June 12-August 5, 2023.

Session includes
• ArabicPersianSwahiliTurkish, and Wolof courses
• Small class sizes and dedicated faculty and staff
• Immersive experience, complete with instruction
• Cultural activities, opportunities for language practice, conversation tables,
cooking classes, movie nights, and more!

Program registration deadline May 7, 2023

Apply and earn up to 10 credits! To apply, visit https://linguistics.illinois.edu/academics/less-commonly-taught-languages/arabic/application-and-registration. For more information contact silmw@illinois.edu

Registration Open – Illinois Global Institute Career Day

Registration is now open for the 2nd Illinois Global Institute (IGI) Career Day!

Current and recent University of Illinois graduate and undergraduate students are invited to attend the Illinois Global Institute Career Day. Please join us on Friday, March 3, 2023 for a day focusing on using foreign language, area studies, and thematic studies in careers in government, business, university, non-profit organizations, and more. Come learn how to identify and better communicate your skills, hear professionals discuss their current positions and paths from graduation to employment, connect with alumni through informational interviews, and engage with peers, colleagues, alumni, and staff at the networking reception! 

Please register by Monday, February 20, 2023 at 5:00pm CST to schedule an information interview with a panelist. For more information on the speakers and panelists, and to register for the event, please visit: https://igi.illinois.edu/career-day

OMSA Free Tutoring Class List

OMSA tutoring is free to all UIUC undergrads. For more information and the list of classes, see the flyer below:

Don’t Forget These!

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

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.

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).

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
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.

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 WRC. Hours 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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