Weekly Round-Up, Reading Day Edition

Follow the department on social media!

Important Dates and Deadlines
May 3-10: Finals
May 11: English Department Convocation
May 18: Final Grades Visible in Self-Service

Good luck with finals! If you think you’re at risk of failing courses (or expect an overall term GPA of below a 2.0) please get in touch with us. There may still be time to petition for late drops or elect the CR/NC option if you act quickly (you would need to contact a college advisor to discuss this).

If you have yet to register for fall and need help, please let us know. You can call the office at 217-333-4346 to schedule an appointment. Make sure you’re using the Course Planning Page (for resources to help you navigate major requirements, including the FA24 Cheat Sheet.)

Still Looking for a Great Summer Course? Take Shakespeare on Film!

“Some of the driving questions of the course include our interrogation of the ‘rules’ for adaptation – how far can a film-maker depart from the source material and still have his or her film ‘count’ as a Shakespeare adaptation? Why was there such a boom for Shakespeare marketed to teens and mass audiences in the late 90s/early aughts? What happens when film-makers recast Shakespeare’s love stories as stories of same-sex desire? How do casting practices shape our perception of a film, and who gets excluded from being able to embody, and tell, Shakespearean narratives in the first place? Above all, we will ask ourselves why Shakespeare continues to exert such an influence on our popular culture—for good or for ill.” –Prof. Stevens 

Build Research Skills in Your Major!

Did you know that ENGL 461, Section IU, on The Art of Research, is open to all English department students with junior or senior standing? English Topics concentrators take it as their capstone, but any student who wants to develop their research skills (perhaps as preparation for the honors thesis, or to lay the groundwork for a presentation at next year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium) should consider it. Pre-law? Research experience can set you apart from other applicants. Sign up today!

Here’s the course description:

Research can seem intimidating, but learning the processes of research can make it accessible and even exciting for students and scholars alike. In a seminar-style course featuring guest speakers, class discussions, and process writing, we’ll demystify research and use it to illuminate texts and intervene in the most pressing issues of our time. Students will build on the knowledges and interests they’ve developed as English majors to craft a semester-long research inquiry that culminates in a form of their choosing (e.g., paper, interactive website, presentation, podcast series, etc.). Assignments will include readings, short reflections, research exercises, bibliographies, peer reviews, project drafts, revisions, and genre experiments. Juniors and Seniors only. Students should have completed English 301 and 350.

Great Courses, New Topics

We want to draw your attention to some other fall courses you may not have noticed (some have generic titles along the lines of “Topics in X” and you have to click through to learn more about the specific topics) or that have been updated in Course Explorer since priority registration started. 

CW 208: Creative Nonfiction Workshop

ENGL 122: The Middle Ages in Pop Culture

ENGL 253: Topics in Lit & New Media—New Media Franchises

ENGL 270: American Film Genres—The Western

ENGL 280: Women Writers—Scary Women: Women Writers and Horror

ENGL 373: Special Topics in Film Studies—Cinema of the Coen Brothers

ENGL 380: Disability Rhetorics

ENGL 455: Majors Authors—F. Scott Fitzgerald and Richard Wright


MFA Public Reading

ATLAS Seeks Interns!

ATLAS is looking for more student applicants for both Summer and Fall 2024 terms, particularly students who would be interested in communications. Here are the links for students interested in applying:

Apply for ATLAS Summer Internship 2024
Apply for ATLAS Fall Internship 2024
Information about the ATLAS Internship Program

Please note that although the application asks about technical skills, no technical experience/skill is required for a successful application.

Not all ATLAS internships are paid, but unpaid ATLAS interns are eligible to apply for the LAS Get Experience Scholarship.

The deadline for summer scholarships is April 26, so students interested in summer internships would probably not be able to make that deadline (one must have the internship offer in hand in order to apply for the scholarship). However, the applications for fall scholarships open June 28 and the deadline is August 9, so successful applicants for unpaid fall opportunities have plenty of time to apply for funding.

Upcoming LAS Career Services Event

Resume Sprint, May 3, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, in 105 Greg Hall

Our annual quick resume review is back. Drop in anytime between 1:30 and 4:00 to get your resume ready or updated. Please bring a hard copy or your laptop so we can assist you. We will conduct 10–15-minute resume reviews (105 Greg Hall). If you need more help after this quick meeting, appointments are available during the last days of the spring semester or throughout the summer (virtual chats or in-person). ***We are not taking appointment times please know you might need to wait. We have snacks and tea or coffee for you. ****

Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities–WORKSHOP TOMORROW!

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! 

Eligibility
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. 

Deadline 
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).

Fulbright Research & Graduate Study Workshops:
Online – Friday, May 3, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Register HERE

Don’t forget these!

Become a Peer Educator!

Janelle Joseph Prize for Environmental Writing

FALL COURSE: WRIT 300

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

Need Academic Support?

I-Connect Experience

Summer Course Sneak Peek

Weekly Round-Up

Follow the department on social media!

Important Dates and Deadlines

May 1: Last Day of Instruction
May 2: Reading Day (no classes)
May 3-10: Finals
May 11: English Department Convocation
May 18: Final Grades Visible in Self-Service

If you have yet to register for fall and need help, please let us know. You can call the office at 217-333-4346 to schedule an appointment. Make sure you’re using the Course Planning Page (for resources to help you navigate major requirements, including the FA24 Cheat Sheet.)

Great Courses, New Topics

We want to draw your attention to some other fall courses you may not have noticed (some have generic titles along the lines of “Topics in X” and you have to click through to learn more about the specific topics) or that have been updated in Course Explorer since priority registration started. 

CW 208: Creative Nonfiction Workshop

ENGL 122: The Middle Ages in Pop Culture

ENGL 253: Topics in Lit & New Media—New Media Franchises

ENGL 270: American Film Genres—The Western

ENGL 280: Women Writers—Scary Women: Women Writers and Horror

ENGL 373: Special Topics in Film Studies—Cinema of the Coen Brothers

ENGL 455: Majors Authors—F. Scott Fitzgerald and Richard Wright

2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Amazing job to all the student participants from our department this year!  It was an amazing experience to hear from all of you this year! We hope more students participate next year!

To learn more about the Undergraduate Research Symposium check out the website here:  URS!

Corey Van Landingham Book Release is Today!

Check out details here!
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 

UIUC Student Film Festival is TONIGHT!

Social Justice Scholarship Deadline is Today!

The Campus Faculty Association is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Kathryn Oberdeck Memorial Social Justice Scholarship. They will award up to five $1000 scholarships for undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to social justice in the community. You can find information about the 2022-2023 scholarship winners here

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

The deadline to apply is April 26. Award decisions will be announced in early May.

Final Spring Book Club Meeting is Today!

Join the Women’s Resources Center for the last meeting of the series! Register using the links below. The meeting will take place at the Women’s Resources Center from 3:00-4:00pm. 

The book Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller is presented as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the discussion will take place on Friday, April 26 at 3 pm at the WRC. | Sign up and request a copy of the book: go.illinois.edu/knowmyname

ATLAS Seeks Interns!

ATLAS is looking for more student applicants for both Summer and Fall 2024 terms, particularly students who would be interested in communications. Here are the links for students interested in applying:

Apply for ATLAS Summer Internship 2024
Apply for ATLAS Fall Internship 2024
Information about the ATLAS Internship Program

Please note that although the application asks about technical skills, no technical experience/skill is required for a successful application.

Not all ATLAS internships are paid, but unpaid ATLAS interns are eligible to apply for the LAS Get Experience Scholarship.

The deadline for summer scholarships is April 26, so students interested in summer internships would probably not be able to make that deadline (one must have the internship offer in hand in order to apply for the scholarship). However, the applications for fall scholarships open June 28 and the deadline is August 9, so successful applicants for unpaid fall opportunities have plenty of time to apply for funding.

Upcoming LAS Career Services Event

Resume Sprint, May 3, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, in 105 Greg Hall

Our annual quick resume review is back. Drop in anytime between 1:30 and 4:00 to get your resume ready or updated. Please bring a hard copy or your laptop so we can assist you. We will conduct 10–15-minute resume reviews (105 Greg Hall). If you need more help after this quick meeting, appointments are available during the last days of the spring semester or throughout the summer (virtual chats or in-person). ***We are not taking appointment times please know you might need to wait. We have snacks and tea or coffee for you. ****

Design Thinking Courses, Open to All!

Become a Peer Educator!

Take Care of Yourself, and Let Others Help!

For Seniors! Considering Grad School Abroad?

Don’t forget these!

IBC Positions for Resume-Building

Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is seeking highly motivated and detail-oriented students from any college who are interested in marketing, photo and video production, alumni relations, or event planning. These are unpaid positions, but they don’t expect the work will take any more than 10 hours a week (and can be flexible depending on students’ academic schedules), and these are opportunities that will provide students with tangible experiences that they can reflect back on when building their resumes or interviewing for employment post-graduation. Additionally, participating students will be full members of IBC, an organization that provides its members with multiple opportunities for personal and professional growth!

Janelle Joseph Prize for Environmental Writing

FALL COURSE: WRIT 300

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

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! 

Eligibility
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. 

Deadline 
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).

Fulbright Research & Graduate Study Workshops:

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

Need Academic Support?

I-Connect Experience

Summer Course Sneak Peek

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!

APPLY NOW! Spring 2024 WRC Book Clubs

LAS Career Services Spring Programming

Weekly Round-Up

Follow the department on social media!

Important Dates and Deadlines

May 1: Last Day of Instruction
May 2: Reading Day (no classes)
May 3-10: Finals
May 11: English Department Convocation
May 18: Final Grades Visible in Self-Service

If you are expecting to participate in the English & Creative Writing Convocation on May 11 and you did not register (remember, this is different from putting yourself on the degree list!) please email englishadvising@illinois.edu right away and let us know. This is urgent, as we are bundling tickets and having the program printed NOW. You must order your cap and gown by April 25. All information is available here.

Course Planning Page (for resources to help you navigate major requirements, including the FA24 Cheat Sheet–which has been recently updated!)

Time to Schedule a Registration Appointment

You should all now be able to register for classes, unless you have a hold on your account (if you do, and are not sure how to clear it, please reach out to us). When you are ready to schedule a registration 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.

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 Literary Events

Check out details here!
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 

TODAY AND TOMORROW
Climate and Crisis, 1660-1820: April 19-20 @ Levis Faculty Center

Create a Photozine!

Culture Talk, Joy Harjo & Jenny L. Davis

Featuring Joy Harjo (23rd United States Poet Laureate; member of the Muscogee [Creek] Nation) and Jenny L.  Davis (American Indian Studies and Anthropology; member of the Chickasaw Nation). Join us in person or live stream the event.

Date & Time: Apr 23, 2024 @7:30 pm  

Location: In person at Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts OR Live Stream

About the Speakers

Joy Harjo 

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s nine books of poetry include Weaving Sundown in a Scarlett LightAn American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project. Her many writing awards include the 2024 Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Society of America, the 2022 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and is artist-in-residence for the Bob Dylan Center. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jenny L. Davis

Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is the director of the American Indian Studies Program and co-director of the Center for Indigenous Science. She is the co-editor of the Studies in Language and Gender series at Oxford University Press.

Her research interests sit at the intersections of Indigenous language futurism (including language reclamation & revitalization); Queer Indigenous Studies; Speculative fiction and poetry; NAGPRA & repatriation; and collaborative/community-based methods. Her research has been published in the Annual Review of AnthropologyAmerican AnthropologistJournal of Linguistic AnthropologyGender & LanguageLanguage & CommunicationCollections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, the American Journal of Biological Anthropology, and The Routledge Companion to Publicly Engaged Humanities Scholarship (forthcoming), among others. She is the recipient of two book prizes: the 2019 Beatrice Medicine Award from the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures for Talking Indian: Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance (University of Arizona Press, 2018) and the 2014 Ruth Benedict Book Prize from the Association for Queer Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association for her co-edited volume Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Online Ed.M. Program Info Session

Online Ed.M. Information Session for Undergraduate Students
Date & Time: 
 Wednesday, April 24, from 2 – 3 p.m. CT
Invited: Undergraduate Students at UIUC (any major is acceptable)
Registration is required. Register Now!

Online Master of Education programs at the College of Education at UIUC are ranked #7 in the nation on the 2024 U.S. News and World Report, making it a reputable and distinguished place for students to hone their skills, widen their breadth of knowledge, and propel their careers.

Our program has been designed to prepare busy professionals to deal with the most challenging educational issues and become leaders in their field. Students can earn their Master of Education degree in as little as 18 months! Join a network of peers from around the globe who are shaping the future of education! Read about the experiences of our online students, who are some of the most passionate, inventive, and committed graduates the College of Education has nurtured.

For more information about our online Master of Education programs, visit the online Master of Education (Ed.M.) program page.

All are welcome to attend this event. Please register if you plan to attend! Click here to register. Registrants will receive the Zoom link upon registration. Session attendees will be entered to win a $25.00 Illini Union Bookstore gift card door prize!  Please download the free Zoom software and set up an account to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Travis Giffin at tgiffin@illinois.edu.

2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Date & Time: Thursday, April 25, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Illini Union Rooms A, B, C, South Lounge & 2nd Floor

The URS will be held at the Illini Union and will feature over 900 students presenting their work through posters, oral presentations, performances, demonstrations, and exhibits. Stop by to support your peers, learn something new, and/or be inspired to apply yourself next year!

Social Justice Scholarship

The Campus Faculty Association is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Kathryn Oberdeck Memorial Social Justice Scholarship. They will award up to five $1000 scholarships for undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to social justice in the community. You can find information about the 2022-2023 scholarship winners here

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

The deadline to apply is April 26. Award decisions will be announced in early May.

Final Spring Book Club Meeting

Join the Women’s Resources Center for the last meeting of the series! Register using the links below. The meeting will take place at the Women’s Resources Center from 3:00-4:00pm. 

The book Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller is presented as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the discussion will take place on Friday, April 26 at 3 pm at the WRC. | Sign up and request a copy of the book: go.illinois.edu/knowmyname

Upcoming LAS Career Services Event

Resume Sprint, May 3, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, in 105 Greg Hall

Our annual quick resume review is back. Drop in anytime between 1:30 and 4:00 to get your resume ready or updated. Please bring a hard copy or your laptop so we can assist you. We will conduct 10–15-minute resume reviews (105 Greg Hall). If you need more help after this quick meeting, appointments are available during the last days of the spring semester or throughout the summer (virtual chats or in-person). ***We are not taking appointment times please know you might need to wait. We have snacks and tea or coffee for you. ****

Design Thinking Courses, Open to All!

Become a Peer Educator!

Take Care of Yourself, and Let Others Help!

Don’t forget these!

IBC Positions for Resume-Building

Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is seeking highly motivated and detail-oriented students from any college who are interested in marketing, photo and video production, alumni relations, or event planning. These are unpaid positions, but they don’t expect the work will take any more than 10 hours a week (and can be flexible depending on students’ academic schedules), and these are opportunities that will provide students with tangible experiences that they can reflect back on when building their resumes or interviewing for employment post-graduation. Additionally, participating students will be full members of IBC, an organization that provides its members with multiple opportunities for personal and professional growth!

Janelle Joseph Prize for Environmental Writing

FALL COURSE: WRIT 300

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

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! 

Eligibility
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. 

Deadline 
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).

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

Need Academic Support?

I-Connect Experience

Summer Course Sneak Peek

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!

APPLY NOW! Spring 2024 WRC Book Clubs

LAS Career Services Spring Programming

Weekly Round-Up

Follow the department on social media!

Important Dates and Deadlines

April 9: Deadline to order cap and gown for May graduation ceremony
April 12: Deadline to DROP a 2nd-8-week course

If you are expecting to participate in the English & Creative Writing Convocation on May 11 and you have not yet registered (remember, this is different from putting yourself on the degree list) please email englishadvising@illinois.edu right away and let us know. All information is available here.

Fall Semester Schedule Updates

Recent updates to the fall schedule include:

Rescheduling of ENGL 350, Section B (now meets TR 12:30 to 1:45) with a new topic (Black Women and Popular Culture)

Rescheduling of ENGL 280 (now meets MWF 9:00-9:50, no longer Black Women Writers, new topic TBD)

Addition of ENGL 253 (topic: New Media Franchises), description now visible in Course Explorer

A new version of the FA24 Cheat Sheet is available on the website!

Time to Schedule a Registration Appointment

Registration is now underway. Time tickets (which tell you when you can register for Summer and/or Fall 2024 classes) should be visible to you in Student Self-ServiceWhen you are ready to schedule a registration 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. 

Congratulations!

Please join us in congratulating all the winners of the Spring Creative Writing Contests! We will be sending out an email with more detailed information, and there will be a reading by the winners of the top four prizes on April 18 (see below). To everyone who submitted work, we salute you, and for those who won prizes and honorable mentions, we’re very happy for you!

Upcoming Literary Events

Check out details here!


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 

Voices Unveiled

On Thursday, April 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, the Illini Union Board, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, and the Courtyard Café will be hosting an event called “Voices Unveiled”. The event will feature a performance from guest Story|Teller FreeQuency!

“Voices Unveiled” is an event dedicated to celebrating the diverse narratives within the LGBTQ+ community, particularly those of POC members.  Students will be given the opportunity to perform their poetry throughout the course of the event.  This is the sign-up link, and a QR code is also provided on the poster below.  

Speaking Center Workshop: Effective Visual Design

Well-designed presentations are about balance. The problem? Balance is a hard thing to find. How much text is too much? How do I decide on a color palette? How do I craft a coherent visual narrative? In this workshop, learn practical skills for creating a standout slide deck and more. Attend this virtual workshop to find out more!

Wednesday, April 10, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

This workshop will NOT be recorded. Registration is required for this virtual only workshop and closes 3 hours before the workshop start time: 
https://uiuc.libcal.com/event/11779727 

A zoom link will be sent to those who register the day of the workshop. This workshop is meant for undergraduate and graduate students. 

Library Pop-Up Traveling Bookmobile

Looking for more fun things to read? The University Library is going on tour with some must-reads from genres like Fantasy and Sci-Fi, Romance and Contemporary, Horror and Suspense, and Poetry and Memoir. Join us from 11 AM to 3 PM at our different pop-up locations! Bring your iCard and check out your next read!

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.

Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is seeking highly motivated and detail-oriented students from any college who are interested in marketing, photo and video production, alumni relations, or event planning. These are unpaid positions, but they don’t expect the work will take any more than 10 hours a week (and can be flexible depending on students’ academic schedules), and these are opportunities that will provide students with tangible experiences that they can reflect back on when building their resumes or interviewing for employment post-graduation. Additionally, participating students will be full members of IBC, an organization that provides its members with multiple opportunities for personal and professional growth!

Janelle Joseph Prize for Environmental Writing

Upcoming LAS Career Services Events

FOR 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.)

Career Services Events (open to all students)
Global Professional Spotlight Series (Online), April 12, 12 pm to 1 pm. (Link in Handshake)

FALL COURSE: WRIT 300

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

Upcoming Performance by WYW

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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! 

Eligibility
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. 

Deadline 
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

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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!

APPLY NOW!

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