Weekly Round-Up

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registration appointments still available!

Don’t forget: if you want to talk to an advisor about your plans for the fall, please call 217-333-4346 during the hours 8:30-noon or 1:00-4:30 to request an appointment. Remember that we are very busy during the registration period so please don’t wait until your time ticket opens up and then send an email demanding an immediate reply. Plan ahead!

Here are some things you can do ahead of time to make your registration appointment more productive: 

  • Run your degree audit and see what you can make of it. Even if you find it a little confusing, try to get a sense of what requirements you have left to fulfill, and then when we do your registration appointment we can confirm (or correct) your interpretation of the audit and help explain anything that’s confusing. 
  • Think about what you want to accomplish in the fall. What major/minor/Gen Ed requirements would you like to complete, and what other areas would you like to explore?   
  • If you are thinking of adding a major or a minor, do you know what you need to do to get started? If you’ve already begun, can you figure out the next step?  You can explore major and minor requirements listed here: http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/
  • Consult Course Explorer and be sure to read the course descriptions in full.  Remember that if a course is called “Topics in X” then you must click through to see the individual sections and find out what topics are available. It’s also worth clicking through on any 199 (usually called Undergraduate Open Seminar) because there you may find some interesting and unusual topics being piloted, and they’re usually unrestricted. 
  • Consult the resources available on the Planning Coursework section of the advising site.  You’ll find checklists of major requirements, plus the “cheat sheet” that tells you which variable topics courses satisfy which requirements this fall. 
AWP intro Journals Project

It’s a great pleasure to announce that three UIUC creative writing students have been recognized by the AWP intro journals Project.

  • Carrie Johnson (MFA) won an award for the poem “Countdown”
  • Chelsea Hill (MFA) was named an honorable mention for “Hurricane Season”
  • Akira Ritos (undergrad CW Major) was named an honorable mention for the CNF piece, ““What Blood Remembers”

This is now at least 5 years in a row that Illinois nominees have been recognized by this national award. Please congratulate the students and the faculty that coached and selected their work to put forward as soon as you get a chance.

Spring UIUC Creative Writing Contest Results

The following students are the winners of this year’s Spring Creative Writing Contests:

Undergraduate Fiction

John L. Rainey Prize
Grace Kellie 

Leah Trelease Prize
Sophie Sokhi

Leah Trelease Prize
Jack Henry London

Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award
Nicole Bim

Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award
Elide Ford

Undergraduate Poetry

Folger Adam Jr. Prize
Conal Abatangelo 

Dipali V. Apte Poetry Award
JP Legarte

English Poetry Prize 
Ashley Lucken

Academy of American Poets Prize
Gen Ansong

Junior Kerker Quinn memorial scholarship
Ava Delariman

Graduate Fiction

Hobart L. and Mary Kay Peer Fiction Prize
Maddy Furlong

Charles and Susan Shattuck Prize
Nina Sannes

Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award 
Erin Hoffman

Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award
Andrea Sielicki

Graduate Poetry

Hobart L. and Mary Kay Peer Poetry Prize
Chelsea Hill

Charles and Susan Shattuck Prize
Carrie Johnson

Charles and Susan Shattuck Prize
Justine Mercado

Hobart L. and Mary Kay Peer Memorial Award
Debayudh Chatterjee

Please congratulate all of the winners for this year on their work!

volunteer opportunity

The folks at La Casa are in need of more volunteers for Latinx Congratulatory (May 12th) and are asking interested students to sign up using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/0Jyw7cQj3n

Join us: “A Southwest Reconstruction: An Evening of Poetry” with Raquel Gutiérrez

Join us Wednesday, April 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art (608 E Lorado Taft Dr) for “A Southwest Reconstruction: An Evening of Poetry” with the visionary Raquel Gutiérrez. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art. 

If you have any questions, and if you are a person with a disability who requires accommodation(s), please contact irm3@illinois.edu by 4/3. Accommodation requests received after 4/3 will be given due diligence to be filled, but may not be guaranteed.

LAS Current Student Scholarships

The scholarship application can be found on the LAS Scholarships webpage under the “Current Students” tab. Filling out this application is quick and easy, and with this one step you are considered for a wide variety of scholarships. Applications accepted through Friday, May 12.

Learn More about a Nationally Competitive Scholarship

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 2,200 full scholarships annually to students for a year of study, research, or English teaching in any of 140 countries worldwide. Join an information session to learn about eligibility, grant types, the application process, and more in preparation for the priority application deadline in June.

Date and Time:
Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, via Zoom OR
3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 1002 Lincoln Hall
For more information, visit https://topscholars.illinois.edu/fulbright

Social Justice Scholarship

The Campus Faculty Association is proud to announce that we are awarding up to eight $1000 scholarships for undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to social justice in the community. This year we will award scholarships in both the fall and spring semesters.

These scholarships will be awarded in memorial of longtime CFA member and fighter for social justice Kathryn J. Oberdeck who served until her death as a professor of History at the University of Illinois.

To be considered, an undergraduate must be currently enrolled as a student in good standing at the UIUC with at least one more semester of study before graduation. Preference will be given to students who will be involved in social justice activity during the period of the award. Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a short (250 word) essay describing the student’s involvement in social justice work, and the name and contact information for one reference who can speak to the student’s record in this regard. We are currently accepting applications. Awards will be announced at the end of the Fall semester. The deadline for applications is April 21. For more information and to apply, visit https://cfaillinois.org/

Odyssey Project Internships for Humanities and Education Undergraduates

The Humanities Research Institute is currently seeking two interns for the Odyssey Project. See the flyer below for more information:

The Michael Curry Summer Internship Program

The Michael Curry Summer Internship Program offers college juniors, seniors, and graduate students in all disciplines an opportunity to work in one of the agencies under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Governor on a full-time basis for ten (10) weeks during the summer. Positions are available in both Springfield and Chicago.

Applications are due April 17th at 11:59PM.

Eligible applicants must be Illinois residents who have not previously participated in the Curry Internship Program

Curry interns will receive a stipend of $2,500 per month.

Applicants are asked to choose their top three (3) preferred placements from the following agencies:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Capitol Development Board
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Department of Central Management Services
Illinois Department of Employment Security
Illinois Department of Human Rights
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Illinois Department of National Resources
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Transportation
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission
Illinois State Police

The application process for the 2023 Michael Curry Summer Internship Program is done online. Complete information available here: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/gov/about/opportunities/Documents/2023%20Curry%20Internship%20Application.pdf

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) Now Hiring

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is looking for recent college graduates who are passionate about public service and giving back to the community to join the Illinois Student Assistance Corps (ISACorps). For more information, see the flyer below:

Introduction to Computer Vision for Humanists Workshop

You are invited to attend the workshop “Introduction to Computer Vision for Humanists” sponsored by the HRI Cluster for “The Social Lives of Digitized Culture.” This online workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 18th from 2-4pm. Full details are in the attached flyer, and you can register  at https://go.illinois.edu/computervision4dh

Dates & Deadlines

Last day to drop, CR/NC, or elect grade replacement for a second eight-week course
Friday, April 14
Last day of class
Wednesday, May 3
Reading Day (no classes, no final exams)
Thursday, May 4
Final Exams 
May 5-12

Don’t Forget These!

new courses!

We’re pleased to announce a never-before-taught course in the English department’s fall line-up.  Lori Newcomb will be teaching an advanced methods course called “The Art of Research” (see ENGL 461), and it’s open to all juniors and seniors who have completed ENGL 301 and 350.  This is perfect for any Topics concentrator graduating in December (this will count as your capstone), anybody thinking about graduate school in English or a related field, or anyone who just wants to beef up their research skills. Check it out!

some other recently added courses . . .

CW 463 (meets with GSD 409): Advanced Topics in Creative Writing (TOPIC: Design & Programming of Narrative Games & Simulations)

ENGL 461: (meets with CWL 481): Topics in Arabic Lit & Culture (TOPIC: Arabs and the Americas)

Paid Student Intern Positions

LAS International Programs is hiring for two paid undergraduate student intern positions in the Academic Year 2023-2024! Both positions have a flexible, but preferred, start date of August 1, 2023. Interested students should apply here by April 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

ISSS is hiring

ISSS is hiring for mid-August.  Application period is open March 27-April 7, 2023. New International Student Experience (NISE) student workers will work under the supervision of ISSS staff to welcome, greet, screen, direct, and guide students.
Duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Welcome and greet students
• Perform federally mandated immigration document check
• Sunapsis database data entry
• Document distribution and information collection
• Assist and direct students arriving to campus with the University of Illinois Shuttle Service
• Answer general questions
• Other duties as assigned Apply here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/4461472

UC Books to Prisoners Book Sale

UC Books to Prisoners is holding its annual spring benefit book sale on Saturday, April 8th from 9am-5pm.

The sale takes place on the first floor of the Independent Media Center (IMC) located at 202 S. Broadway in Urbana. The selection is large and wide: all manner of fiction, children’s and young adult books, text books, almost every non-fiction subject, large picture/coffee table books, T-shirts, stickers and tote bags!

While there are some specially priced titles, general prices are hardcovers $2.00; trade paperbacks $1.00; pocket paperbacks 50 cents. Cash, checks and credit cards are welcome. A carry-out service is available.

For more information, call (708) 782-4608 or send an email to contact@books2prisoners.org

Siebel Center for Design – Fall courses

If you are interested in learning more about design thinking, human-centered design, and the creative process, you might consider registering for the following courses offered by Siebel Center for Design in Fall 2023:

National Name Exchange

The Graduate College invites University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduate and master’s students to enroll in the National Name Exchange. The National Name Exchange was established to help match graduate schools with students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups interested in graduate education. The National Name Exchange seeks to:

  • Increase the number of qualified students from underrepresented groups accepted into graduate school.
  • Improve student access to information on graduate school opportunities.
  • Work towards personalizing the recruitment effort by designating a National Name Exchange institutional representative to facilitate information exchange between the institution and prospective students.
  • Assist graduate schools in identifying qualified candidates from underrepresented groups for consideration for graduate study.

The NNE enrollment portal is now open for the 2023 year. Students can now enroll in the National Name Exchange database. The password to access the student portal is NNE2023.  

Qualifying students must be enrolled at a participating Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) member institution (Illinois is a member institution), maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above, and be from a group historically underrepresented in higher education (qualifying groups can be found here). Students who decide to participate will be asked for their consent to share their information with other participating CGS institutions.

Sigma Tau Delta Informal Research Symposium Presentation Night

Have a project you’ve been working on? A paper in class or independent study that you want to share with your peers? Sign up for Sigma Tau Delta’s first-ever informal research symposium to present your work at the end of April! Final date will be determined after participants provide their availability.

Please fill out the questions in this form so we can gauge interest: https://forms.gle/jLoePtrsoErMcenc8. Presentations can be on research, creative, and/or personal projects. Questions? Email sigmataudeltaillinois@gmail.com.

Teacher licensure: Golden Apple Scholars Program Recruitment

Get up to $23,000 in total financial assistance and stipends and become a teacher in Illinois! For more information about the benefits, eligibility requirements, and application, visit https://www.goldenapple.org/scholars.

Illinois Neurodiversity Initiative (INI)

If you need accommodations to be successful in college, INI could be a good resource. See the flyer below:

Sourcebooks summer internships

Some summer internships are available at Sourcebooks. For more information, visit https://read.sourcebooks.com/careers.html

Open positions at ravinia festival

Ravinia is looking for talented individuals who are able to start working sooner than later. Here’s a list of what’s currently open, with more being added by the week:

Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Program Assistant, Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Coordinator, Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Production and Artistic
Production Assistant

Assistant Production Coordinator


Development Seasonal Assistant, Auxiliary Boards

Development Intern, Major Gifts

Development Intern, Corporate Relations


Intern, Web Content Editor

Guest Services

Box Office Representative

Confidential Advisors @ BNAACC, La Casa, & 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 they talk with students, staff, and faculty who have experienced harm, they 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. They 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.

Friday Forum + Conversation Café

Please join Diversity & Social Justice Education this spring as Diversity & Social Justice Education (Conversation Café) continues to partner with the University YMCA (Friday Forum) for Our Community in Action:  Advancing Social Justice in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond.  We will be hearing from community leaders tackling our most pressing public concerns through an unwavering pursuit of social justice.  

Fridays Noon – 1PM at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign 

Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship

The University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship program provides scholarship funding to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign undergraduate students who accept unpaid internships with public service agencies and not for profit organizations. The Application Opens on March 1, 2023! For more information and to apply, visit https://universityymca.org/bailey/intern/.

Office of Conferences and Special Events

The Office of Conferences & Special Events will be hiring several students to join the 2023 Summer Conference Team. There are a variety of full-time and part-time positions available ranging from Conference Clerk to Conference Coordinator. Summer housing, hourly pay, and discounted meals are included.

For more information, go to: go.illinois.edu/csejobs2023  

Writers Workshop Resources

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

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

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:

Library Workshops, events, and services

With the start of Spring 2023, 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.

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:

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.

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