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Music Director, Associate Professor, UIUC Dept. of Dance

Undergrads APPLY for the HRI Prizes for Research in the Humanities!

The HRI Prizes for Research in the Humanities celebrate excellence in humanities scholarship with awards given at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels.

Submissions are invited from scholars in all sectors of the university with focus on the humanities and humanities-inflected research. The awards will be presented at a reception on May 4, 2023.

View past prize recipients.

Application Deadline Date

Fri, 03/03/2023 – 5:00pm


The awards are open to all full-time University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and faculty (tenure-line and specialized). For details regarding the eligible date range for a published essay or a student’s essay for a course, please see the appropriate guideline category below.

The winners in the faculty and graduate student categories will receive awards of $500. For faculty, this sum is awarded as research funds deposited to the appropriate departmental account.

Application Guidelines

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed nomination form (if you open this PDF in Adobe Acrobat, it is a fillable form). The submissions must contain NO references to the applicant’s name or other identifying details. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified from consideration.

Please email the submission and the nomination form as two separate attached PDF documents to Please note that scans of journals or book pages are not acceptable. Submissions should be in manuscript form, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, with all identifying details removed (including self- citations or references), and conform to the length limitations specified for the appropriate entry category (faculty, graduate student, or undergraduate student).

Illinois Leadership Center programs

Blended Ignite– *Registration extended to Feb 1* The Ignite program focuses on skills necessary for effective group and organization development. Students who participate can expect to develop approaches to leading change initiatives, learn about systems thinking, and coalition building. At Ignite, students will work with other students to develop a plan for their own change initiative. There is an online component students must complete by February 3rd. Students will then attend a 3 hour session at the Illini Union ABC rooms on Saturday, February 11th from 9 am to 12 pm.

In-Person Imprint– The Illinois Leadership Center will be hosting our Imprint i-Program on Saturday, February 25th from 10 am to 4 pm. The Imprint program focuses on competencies necessary for displaying leadership during times of personal and professional transition. Students develop skills in managing themselves during times of change; and learn how to develop, and maintain, the personal and professional networks necessary to sustain success in any environment. The program is open for all students. Registration is open now and will close on February 13th. Students will have an opportunity to connect with alumni in their field to learn all about their transitions into the professional world.

Blended Inclusion– The Inclusion program focuses on concepts such as equity, equality, diversity, inclusion, and privilege. Students who participate will recognize the values of others and identify differing social identities in relation to leadership. Inclusion will have an online component, with modules due by February 24th and an in-person component on March 4th from 9 am to 12 pm in the Illini Union ABC rooms. Registration for Inclusion closes on February 20th.

Registration for all our i-Programs can be found here.

Please let me know if you have any questions! 😃


Evan Lorenz, Ed.M.

(he, him, his)
Assistant Director

Illinois Leadership Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
290 Illini Union MC-384
217-333-0604 |
Click here to see upcoming programs and workshops!

Summer Job: DGS Peer Advisors

Looking for a summer job? The Division of General Studies is currently hiring Peer Advisors for Summer 2023!

Peer Advisors are an integral part of New Student Registration and will work closely with DGS advisors, staff, and campus partners to facilitate group meetings, presentations, and course registration for approximately 1,100 new students.

Qualifications include being a current Illinois student in good academic standing, being willing to work as a part of a team, excellent presentation skills, and knowledge of the course explorer website.

For application information, scan the QR code below or visit:

Application materials are due by March 19, 2023 at 5:00pm. Materials or questions about the application should be sent to Sierra Hollenbeck, Coordinator for Recruitment and Admissions, at

DGS Peer Advisor flier



This scholarship is made possible by an endowment from 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 2022-2023 school year. Applications are now open to first-year undergraduates in all majors. Applications are due January 31, 2023.

Click here for more information.

University Library Programs for Students

With the start of the new semester, the University Library has been busy planning and scheduling workshops, consultation services, programs, and other helpful things for students. I won’t be able to cover all of them in an email, so I’m including a link to our events calendar, as well as our Savvy Researcher workshops, which cover a lot of “how-to” library resource sessions.
I’m highlighting several workshops and services below, as well as including some flyers if anyone wishes to promote in their office. If anyone would like to include this information in your office newsletter, class syllabus, class Moodle or Canvas site, please do!
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.
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.
We have lots of great upcoming workshops for students to attend! Our Academic Success Series is in collaboration with the Counseling Center, and covers topics like “Healthy Relationships,” “Imposter Syndrome,” and more. Our 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.”
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. 
If any of your students 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.
Please let me know if I can answer any questions, or if you would like to collaborate on anything.
María Emerson (She/ her/ hers)
Assistant Professor | Student Success Libra​rian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(217) 333-0551 |

LAS Academic Success Workshops

The LAS Academic Success Workshop Schedule is available here.

Open to all students, LAS workshops are designed to help students gain a better understanding of how tests work in Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Physics and Psychology, and how those approaches may require different study techniques from those they used successfully in high school.