Weekly Round-Up

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Join Us for ESC:

If you are interested in reading, writing, leadership positions, and more, join the ESC’s weekly meetings.

When: Every Tuesday 7:00-7:30 p.m CST
Zoom Meeting ID: 7763187140
Contact: ssadler3@illinois.edu

Professional Development Opportunities & Scholarship Opportunities:

The University of Illinois Latina/Latino Alumni Association (IllinoisLLAA)’s Scholarship Application is now open and available at https://lnkd.in/eqnmxrc for current UIUC upperclassmen and graduate students!

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

The recipient of this grant will receive a $2,500 scholarship award. Questions can be sent to Luis Narvaez, Scholarship Chair, scholarship@illinoisllaa.org.

Summer and Fall Internships at the ATLAS:

The ATLAS Internship Program is now accepting applications for any College of LAS students who are interested in learning how to integrate their course of study with technology-based internships. Positions currently open include VR content creator, social media specialist, website/newsletter content, and documentation and workflow specialist. Apply here.

Internship Opportunity with Unity in Action Magazine:

The Unity in Action magazine is currently offering internship positions for all majors this summer. It is an online magazine that works to help the community work together to address social-economic issues that affect marginalized families and communities. Email here to apply. For more information, visit https://www.unityinactionmagazine.com/.

Career Workshops at Career Camp:

You are invited to attend the following workshops at Career Camp the week of May 24.

Internships for Humanities Students:

See below for a list of available internships the their application deadlines:

Teaching English as a Second Language Courses Available this Summer:

This summer, the Department of Linguistics will offer a number of courses on Teaching English as a Second Language. See the flyer below for more information:

MFA Public Reading:

The third-year MFA students in Creative Writing will be giving their public reading on Zoom: Saturday May 15 at 1:00. This year, the graduating students are Emmilea O’Toole, Cole Piedimonte, Beth Pearl, Erich Slimak, and Kyle Russell. Each will give a brief reading from their Final Projects. Come out and help celebrate their graduation and Mastery of the Fine Art of Creative Writing!

Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/87664665571?pwd=Q2RTTk9aT0tLT0VzK0JWdU1rMzNEZz09

Meeting ID: 876 6466 5571

Password: CWMFA

Intern at the WRC:

The WRC is currently accepting applications for Advocacy, Programming, and Marketing & Communications interns for Fall 2021. Links to applications are below, and they will close on May 7. Note that applications are only open to current UIUC students.

Advocacy Intern Application: https://tinyurl.com/ae2ymh38

Programming and Marketing & Communications Intern Application: https://tinyurl.com/58p5zf7v

Virtual 42nd Latinx Congratulatory

The 42nd Latinx Congratulatory will be held on May 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm CST via Zoom.

Click here to RSVP for the virtual ceremony.

Nominate a graduating student: https://go.illinois.edu/latinxcongratsawards

Apply to be a speaker or MC: https://go.illinois.edu/congratspeakers

Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series:

Dr. David Stovall will give a talk titled “Addressing Systemic Racism Through Justice and Equity: The Role of Faculty at a Community-Engaged, Empowered University” on May 7, 2021 from 11:00AM — NOON CST

To register and participate via ZOOM: http://go.education.illinois.edu/ddss-stovall

Student Cultural Programming Fee (SCPF) Student Advisory Board Applications:

The Student Cultural Programming Fee (SCPF) Student Advisory Board is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The SCPF offers financial and educational support for culturally significant programming and initiatives coordinated by students, faculty, and staff on campus. The purpose of SCPF is to advance cultural awareness and social justice education, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout campus. This fee specifically serves to support sociohistorical phenomena experienced and expressed by minoritized and traditionally underserved communities, which encompass social identities at the intersect, including diverse abilities, documentation status, ethnicity, gender, Indigeneity, nationality/global, race, religious, and secular identity, and tribal citizenship and affiliation.

Serving on the SCPF Student Advisory Board is a great way to make a meaningful impact on campus, while also strengthening your resume.

Learn more about the SCPF Student Advisory Board, specifically the duties and responsibilities, here.

Apply for the SCPF Student Advisory Board here.

Academic Tips of the Week:

Pay attention to these and other important dates and contact a departmental or college advisor if you have questions. Saturday, May 22: Spring 21 grades will be accessible in Self-Service, and May 22-27: you can declare the PZ/NZ option for Spring 21 courses. Good luck on finals!

Career Readiness Tip of the Wek:

Spend some time this summer thinking about what kind of life and career you want. Try the Flower Exercise from the best selling job search book titled “What Color is Your Parachute?”.

Technology Tip of the Week:

Technology skills are one of the seven competencies identified as indicators for career readiness.  Consider taking the free ATLAS Skills Track Courses to help boost your technology skills this summer. No prior experience is needed.

LAS Scholarship Application:

Using this one application, you will be considered for more than 25 different scholarships that will be awarded for the 2021-2022 school year. The application asks you to answer a few questions, upload a resume, and submit a couple short essays. The application deadline is Friday, May 16. Last year, students received more than $125,000. For more information click here.

Study Spaces Available During Finals Week:

Classrooms are available for use by students who need a location to participate in an online class or to study. In keeping with campus COVID-19 Guidelines, social distancing and face covering requirements apply. Rooms are not intended for private use; adhere to posted room capacity. For more information, visit https://registrar.illinois.edu/event-scheduling/study-spaces/.

Student Sustainability Committee Member Application:

The Student Sustainability Committee is seeking undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying for a voting member position for the 2021-2022 academic year. The application deadline is Friday, May 14. For more information, visit https://icap.sustainability.illinois.edu/project/student-sustainability-committee-ssc.

Need to Meet with an Advisor?

To contact a college-level advisoruse the online chat, online advising appointment calendar and queue, and online forms for program change requests. Find a list of unit and college advisors along with hours and contact information on the college website.

Spring 2021 Academic Policy Changes: New Drop Deadline and COVID Grades

This massmail: https://massmail.illinois.edu/massmail/918565528.html was sent recently to describe changes to spring semester academic policies.

Here are the TWO big changes for Spring 2021:

1. Drop deadline is the LAST DAY OF THAT CLASS (not finals) for your classes. This is March 19 for first 8-week classes and May 5 for full-semester and 2nd 8-week classes. If you drop a class by this deadline, it is erased from your official transcript (no W).

NOTE: if dropping a class means you would go below full-time status, you need permission from LAS to do that. If you are an international student with a student visa, and you are not in your first or last (last=graduating) semester as a UIUC student, then you cannot be a part-time student unless you have a valid medical reason or you give up your visa/immigration status for now.

NOTE: If you have financial aid, you need to check with the Financial Aid office to see whether you lose (or must repay) some or all of your aid if you go below full-time status (12 credits).

NOTE: The deadline to sign up for grade replacement, if eligible and you are retaking a class, is also the new extended drop deadline.

NOTE: March 26 is the deadline to add a second 8-week class, no extensions.

2. Instead of Credit/No Credit, there is a sign-up for COVID grades after final grades come out:

          • Covid Pass = grades of D- and higher 
          • Covid No Pass = grades of F *that were not a result of a sanction for academic integrity violation*

NOTE: Students who receive an F in a class as a result of an academic integrity sanction will keep the F grade and it will be included in the GPA calculation. So–don’t cheat, plagiarize, or help another student to do so.

NOTE: Sign-up for COVID grades will happen May 22-27 only.

NOTE: Covid Pass grades will count for major, minor, and general education requirements.

Advisor Comments:

This COVID Pass thing looks like an amazing offer–you can pass any class with just a D- grade!! However, keep in mind:

      • you may need mastery of the class in order to succeed in later classes
      • future employers and graduate schools may interpret a COVID pass as being a C or D grade, so that students who keep A, B, and even C grades may be more competitive candidates than you if you choose a COVID grade
      • COVID pass has no effect on GPA, so grades you earn in earlier and later semesters will have a larger impact on your GPA–especially grades that are not good.
      • professional schools (medical/health/law) may not accept courses required/considered for admission which have a COVID pass grade (check with Pre-Law advising or with Career Center for pre-health advising)
      • Finally, Credit/No Credit is GONE this semester. The only choices are the regular course grade or a COVID pass/no pass.


This website will be updated soon with more details and an FAQ:


(Note: as of this writing, it shows Spring 2020 but not Spring 2021.)



Kanna Podcast: Enrichment Opportunities for ENGL Department Students

Click the image above to check out the latest Kanna Podcast episode where Anna Ivy and Keshia Atkins discuss enrichment opportunities in research available for English department students!

See links below to find out more about the opportunities discussed in the episode:

Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research | University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Honors & Research | English at Illinois

Re:Search—the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at the University of Illinois | English at Illinois

End-of-Break Round Up

kevin T. Early Memorial scholarship for first-year poets

The Creative Writing Program would like to announce the 2020-2021 academic year’s Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible from an endowment by 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 2020-2021 school year. The deadline for application is January 28, 2021.

For consideration, students must submit 5 poems via email to John Dudek, the Associate Director of Creative Writing at: jdudek4@illinois.edu. The complete manuscript should not exceed 5 pages (so 1 poem to a page). Submissions should be attached to the email as .docx (Word) files.

The subject line of the email should read: “EARLY PRIZE SUBMISSION: Last name.” The body of the email should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail, UIN, and the titles of your poems. Your name is not to appear on the entry file itself. 

Secondary education minor application due by Feb 1

The Spring application for Secondary Education Minor will close February 1st. If you are a Sophomore who has completed all the pre-reqs for applying and have above a 2.5 in all GPAs, you should apply at this time.

The application can be found  here: https://education.illinois.edu/programs/information-for/ui-students-applying-to-the-minor

For questions and concerns, please set up a meeting with Amanda Heinsman, Academic Advisor to Secondary Education Minors, using this link Appointments for Secondary Education Advising – Online scheduling (oncehub.com). Also, Amanda will be happy to help with application essays if you would like someone to look over them.

Apply for NCSA’s SPIN Internships by Feb 15!

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture. The SPIN program is now accepting applicants for the Summer 2021 session. To apply, please visit our website, spin.ncsa.illinois.edu, and click on the “Mentors” tab to learn about the summer projects, and then click on the “Apply” tab. The applications are due February 15, 2021.

SPIN Summer 2021 session information:

  • Program dates: June 7 – July 30, 2021
  • Work 20 hours/week for 8 weeks
  • SPIN interns earn $12.50 per hour and are paid as Undergraduate Hourly employees
  • Any UIUC undergraduate student in good academic standing
  • No restriction on year of study or major
  • International students are eligible

COVID-19 note: NCSA adheres to the remote-work protocol mandated by the University of Illinois until the restrictions are lifted. SPIN interns will be allowed to work remotely this summer if NCSA continues following the remote-work protocol due to the pandemic. Otherwise, the SPIN program will be considering case-by-case applicant circumstances, and interns may be allowed to work remotely.

Upcoming HPRC Events

Sign up for one or more of the following zoom events through Handshake; for more info and links to each event see https://humanitiesprc.web.illinois.edu/.

Jan 21 at 4 pm – Senior Series: Where and How to Start that Job Search. Get some tips for getting started, knowing where to look for job openings, making use of campus resources (including virtual career fair). We’ll have a brief presentation, followed by Q&A.

Jan 26 at 4 pm – 6 pm – Focus Group: Seniors. Meet up with us and fellow students to ask questions, compare notes, get advice (no presentation — just friendly chat!)

Jan 27 at 4 pm- 6 pm– How to Maximize LinkedIn and Handshake. Get tips for curating your profile, making connections, and using these platforms to get hired.

Illinois Business Council Virtual Info Night
Business Council is a professional organization on campus, welcoming to students in ALL majors, that focuses on developing well-rounded individuals to explore their passions in any given career.  They will be holding a virtual information night is on Monday, January 25, 2021, at 7:30 pm.  See https://illinoisbusinesscouncil.com/contact/ for more information and a zoom link. 
ILC Spring 2021 Training Opportunities-

Online Blended Inclusion i-Program
In a blended format (online self-paced learning and facilitated discussion via Zoom), participants will investigate concepts such as equity, equality, diversity, inclusion, and privilege. To learn more about this i-Program, go to http://leadership.illinois.edu/i-programs.
Participants must fully complete the self-paced module at least five (5) days prior to participating in the Zoom discussion session.
• Registration Opens- January 25th
• Registration Closes- February 19th
• Compass Modules Due- February 22nd at 11:59pm
• Zoom Session (mandatory)- February 27th from 10am-12pm

Online Blended Ignite i-Program
In a blended format (online self-paced learning and facilitated discussion via Zoom), participants will investigate concepts such as systems thinking, coalition building, and approaches to leading change initiatives. To learn more about this i-Program, go to http://leadership.illinois.edu/i-programs.
Participants must fully complete the self-paced module at least five (5) days prior to participating in the Zoom discussion session.
• Registration Opens- February 19th
• Registration Closes- March 11th
• Compass Modules Due- March 14th at 11:59pm
• Zoom Session (mandatory)- March 19th from 10am-12pm

Online Integrity i-Program
In a self-paced format, participants will investigate their personal values and the intersection of ethics and integrity through online activities. To learn more about this i-Program, go to http://leadership.illinois.edu/i-programs.
Students will complete guided activities, watch videos, and respond to case studies. This module takes about 5 hours to complete.
• Registration Opens- March 19th
• Registration Closes- April 21st
• Compass Modules Due- April 24th at 11:59pm

ILC Workshop Wednesday Series
The ILC offers a workshop series on Wednesdays throughout the semester open to all Illinois students. Students can participate in any of the workshops whenever the workshop is being offered. These workshops are being facilitated in real time and are being offered online only. The link to the Zoom meeting will be shared to those who registered prior to the workshop. See https://leadership.illinois.edu/workshops for details. 

We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program

The We CU Community Engaged Scholars program empowers students to make a positive impact in the community while building their resume/CV and enriching their university experience. We CU honors students for their community-based work and provides them with training, connection to like minded peers, access to service opportunities with partner organizations, and support from We CU program leaders. Scholars will complete all projects individually or as part of a course or group and track their service hours and activities online.

Learn more during an information session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 28Register for the info session even if you can’t attend so that you will receive a link to the recording and instructions for joining the program.

Looking for an interesting US Minority Culture Gen Ed? 

Check out CWL  204: US Border Literatures and Cultures with Eric Calderwood!  Exploration of the cultures, experiences, and conditions of people living on and around the borders of the United States. In particular, this semester the course will consider the ways literary and cultural production can help us understand the emergence—and the emergency—of climate change. Through the study of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and film, we will investigate the historical development, present crises, and possible futures of a warming world. Authors might include: Jesmyn Ward, Ben Lerner, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Craig Santos Perez, and Amitav Ghosh.