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Important Dates and Deadlines

April 1: Priority registration for Summer and Fall 2024 begins
April 12: Deadline to DROP a 2nd-8-week course

Time to Schedule a Registration Appointment

Registration will start April 1. Students are assigned a time on or after that day according to the schedule found hereTime tickets (which tell you when you can register for Summer and/or Fall 2024 classes) should be visible to you now. Log in to Student Self-Service to view your time ticket. When you are ready to schedule your appointment call 217-333-4346 during the hours 8:30-noon or 1:00-4:30 to request an appointment. As always, you may request a particular advisor or ask for the first person available. 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. 
  • 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 and a “cheat sheet” that tells you which variable topics courses satisfy which requirements in the coming semester. 

Upcoming Lecture

Other Upcoming Literary Events

Check out details here!

4/4:    Jamaica Baldwin | 4:00 | Illini Union Bookstore, Author’s corner
4/4:    Ben Lerner | 5:30  | Levis Faculty Center 210
4/11:  VOICE  MFA Student Reading | 7:00 | the Literary Book Bar
4/18:  CW Awards Reading | 4:30 | Illini Union 314A 
4/25:  Corey Van Landingham book release w/ John Dudek | 5:30 | Analog Wine bar 
5/4:   (Saturday)  MFA Final Public Reading | 1:00 | Illini Union 210 

Odyssey Project Internship DEADLINE APPROACHING!

The Odyssey Project internship is available to undergraduate majors in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and education who wish to work with the Odyssey Project, a program through the Humanities Research Institute that offers free college courses to qualifying members of the Champaign-Urbana community. Odyssey Project Interns are responsible for delivering onsite content and skill support for Odyssey students during class time. Read more and apply at https://hri.illinois.edu/fellowships-research-support/odyssey-project-internship. Deadline is April 8.

Upcoming LAS Career Services Events!

Spring Series on Service Opportunities. Discover exciting opportunities that can be transformative. Add these to your early April (10-12) list. Kim has arranged for four organizations to meet with you in the LAS Hub. Come meet up with 1) Teach for America, 2) COOP, 3) Peace Corp., and 4) City Year.

SENIORS: Job Search Jumpstart Lab, April 16, 11-1 pm in 107 Greg Hall – Come with your questions, your laptop, your resume or cover letter drafts, and any concerns that have been holding you back from seeking that first post-college job. Meet other Seniors who are wrestling with the same challenges (you are not alone). Our staff will be on hand during this 2-hour open session (come as long as you need) to answer questions, make suggestions, review drafts, or just help you get started. Lunch will be provided, with veggie options available. PLEASE register in Handshake to order the correct amount of food! (Signing up means you get an email reminder.)

The Career Services Events (open to all students)
Creating Your Powerful Cover Letter – April 3, 5-6 pm or April 4, 5-6 pm both these sessions are in 107 Arcade Building
Global Professional Spotlight Series (Online), April 12, 12 pm to 1 pm. (Link in Handshake)


Students must successfully complete this course to become a paid undergraduate consultant with the Writers Workshop.

Coming soon to the FA24 line-up!

ENGL 253: Topics in Lit & New Media
New Media Franchises: The New is You
Professor Carson Koepke

This course fulfils a cluster course requirement for the Media Cultures topic

Author writes book. Publisher publishes book. Mass audience reads book. Repeat. So goes the traditional model for the distribution of print media. The same could be said of film. With the rise of new media, however, storytelling is no longer a one-way street. New media are digital. They are interactive. They are arguably democratic. In this course, we will consider how digital technologies have allowed consumers of literature to exert control over the works and franchises they love, while creators and franchise owners have sought to maintain relevance (and make oodles of money) through multimedia and transmedia ventures such as PokémonHarry PotterStar Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and other IPs. Questions that we will ask include: How have video games and virtual worlds influenced storytelling techniques? To what extent do fans of franchises influence artistic choices and narrative outcomes? Does the new media phenomenon contribute positively to inclusion and diversity of representation? Have fan fiction and fan-driven forums troubled the idea of canonicity? Where can the Author be found among the many script writers, programmers, players, producers, media moguls, and other stakeholders?

Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities

Interested in research, teaching, or graduate study abroad? The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards 2,000 scholarships annually for students to conduct research, teach English, or pursue graduate study in 140 countries. For over ten years, the University of Illinois has been a top producers of Fulbright U.S. student awards. Apply to be a 2025 awardee! 

Current juniors, seniors, and recent alumni in all academic disciplines, who are U.S. citizens, are eligible to apply. 

The Fulbright Scholarship funds 1 year of research, teaching, or graduate study. The selection committee rates candidates based on their academic or professional qualifications, language skills, evidence of maturity, motivation, adaptability to a different cultural environment, knowledge of the host country, and the impression a candidate will make abroad as a citizen representing the U.S. 

The priority deadline for undergraduates and recent alumni is June 24, 2024.
The required campus deadline is August 26, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Application Preparation
If you are interested in applying, please attend our information sessions:   

Fulbright General Information Sessions:

Online – Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Register HERE
Online – Wednesday, April 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Register HERE
In Person – Thursday, April 11, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Rm IUB 514

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshops:

Online -Monday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Register HERE
In Person – Tuesday, April 16, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.- Rm IUB 514

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Workshops:

Online – Tuesday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Register HERE
In Person – Wednesday, April 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Rm IUB 514

Fulbright Research & Graduate Study Workshops:

Online – Friday, May 3, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Register HERE

Upcoming Performance by WYW

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Illinois Student Undergraduate Research Journal (ILSURJ)

Illinois Student Undergraduate Research Journal (ILSURJ) are looking for Copy Editors, Content Editors, Layout Specialists/Graphic Designers, and Public Relations Staff.

ILSURJ has been established for the purpose of advancing undergraduate research in all disciplines at the University of Illinois. Through the biannual publication of student research in both print and electronic format, ILSURJ showcases the dynamic nature of undergraduate inquiry on campus. Our goal is to build bridges between undergraduate and graduate students, faculty among varying disciplines, and the public. 

Through our peer-edited, faculty-reviewed electronic and print publications, we strive to develop and display the work produced by our high-achieving undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines in the spirit of development towards professional research. We aim to inspire interest in research and individual curiosity throughout the student body, faculty, and surrounding community. To review the roles available check out the application below!


New Student & Family Experiences is hiring Orientation Leaders

New Student and Family Experiences is looking for undergraduate students to serve as Orientation Leaders to help us welcome our Fall 2024 new students!  The position description and link to apply are below.

The OL position is designed to offer students the opportunity to implement orientation programming for new first year students and family members. OLs should be knowledgeable about the University of Illinois and have a desire to help new students have a successful transition. OLs attend a paid spring training session to help prepare them to be student leaders for New Student & Family Experience events. All OLs will assist at various events such as International Student Orientation, Fall Orientation/Welcome Days and various other orientation programs. Opportunities for continued fall/spring OL work will also be available. More information will be provided at training. The hourly rate for the OL position is $15.

APPLY NOW: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/438108272

Spring 2024 WRC Book Clubs

LAS Career Services Spring Programming

Call for Submissions

You are invited to submit your work to the Madison Journal of Literary Criticism for the Spring 2024 Dream Edition! This edition will encompass what it means to “dream of more,” which includes both contemplating future aspirations and reimagining in a multitude of constructed contexts. Whether it entails the past, present, future, systems, institutions, relationships, methodologies, holidays, politics, fashion, education, emotions…we live in a world of constructs. To break away from these constructs, we dream of something new, something kinder, something better. This edition focuses on how those dreams take shape and will showcase the collective desire—and manifestation—of change that transcends the limits of our current reality. This edition we hope to publish criticism: academic, poetic, in the medium of art or prose or short stories. We hope to have a loose theme as writers and creators are more than willing to interpret, define, and redefine the term however suits them best, so the submitted work does not have to explicitly tie to abolition or social justice. We welcome nuanced perspectives and multiple interpretations, so please submit! 

For samples of work previously published : View MJLC’s Past Editions

If you have any questions, please direct them to mjlc@rso.wisc.edu

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