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Find Your Focus with HPRC

Having trouble finding your focus this semester? Attend HPRC‘s “One Word” Workshop on Sept. 22 at 6:30pm to set your intention for the academic year (register on Handshake to get Zoom link).​ Guided exercises (in company with others) will help you pick a single word to give you structure and inspire you as you make it through to May.

Know Your Strengths

Not sure what strengths or abilities you have to offer? The Illinois Leadership Center is offering a “Know Your Strengths” workshop on September 29 at 4pm for humanities majors.

Register by September 22 (go.illinois.edu/HPRCStrengthsto receive the CliftonStrengths assessment, which you should complete in advance of the workshop.

explore Career options with HPRC

Want to learn more about your career options? HPRC is hosting a series of “Give it a Try” events, where a working professional (and humanities alum) will guide you through some sample activities from their job in a 1.5-hour session, so you can get a sense of whether it’s something you could do. No prior experience or insight necessary! Click the links to register and get Zoom links for the sessions that sound most interesting to you.

·      Technical Writing (Sept. 23, 4pm): go.illinois.edu/TechnicalWriting

·      Sales Development (Sept. 30, 4pm): go.illinois.edu/SalesDevelopment

·      Nonprofit Management (Oct. 7, 4pm): go.illinois.edu/NonprofitManagement

Study Skills

A seminar on study skills will be held on 9/22 at 6:30 p.m. Students who are struggling to keep their classes organized are specially invited to attend the seminar. All majors are welcome! You can register at https://go.illinois.edu/savemysemester

Questions?  Email Jeanne Kramer at jjkramer@illinois.edu.

Conversation with Artifact

Please join SourceLab in welcoming Artifact, an exciting company that helps produce personal podcasts with individual people, to bring to life the family stories and lived experiences in a unique way. Come learn about this exciting meeting of digital humanities, public history, and personal connections to the past.

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 23rd, from 4:30PM-5:45 PM

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/99952818084?pwd=Uyt4cVo0bm9UQld5a0VUeWxKVGlwUT09

Meeting ID: 999 5281 8084

Password: 647316

1-Credit Hour 8-Week Courses Available

EPSY 203 courses are open for enrollment. These are 1-credit hour 8-week courses. To enroll go to Banner and enroll as you usually would. These experiential classes are highly interactive, and help students develop various skills. These skills include critical thinking, listening, perspective taking, and critical self-reflection. Students are also challenged to develop awareness and understanding of critical intergroup relations issues affecting individuals, organizations and communities.

The following EPSY 203 Dialogue course topics are offered:

  • Exploring Disability; Wednesdays, 5:00-6:50 pm
  • Being White in a Multicultural Society; Mondays, 5:00-6:50pm
  • Race/Ethnicity dialogue; Wednesdays, 5:00-6:50pm
  • Liberal/Conservative dialogue; Mondays, 3:00-4:50pm
  • Exploring Social Class; Tuesdays, 1:00-2:50pm
  • Exploring Social Class; Tuesdays, 5:00-6:50pm
  • Race/Ethnicity dialogue; Tuesdays, 12:00-1:50pm
help up reward excellent teaching!

If you have found a particular English department instructor to be especially skilled and inspiring (even under difficult circumstances) we want to know about it!

You are invited to nominate any professor, lecturer, or instructor (that includes graduate student TAs) who has taught any English department course (BTW, CW, ENGL, RHET) on any topic.  You can nominate more than one person.  All you have to do is fill out the online form available at https://english.illinois.edu/resources/student-resources/resources-undergrads/nominate-outstanding-teacher. It only takes a few minutes!  The deadline for this award cycle is Friday, September 25, 2020.

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creative writing club open mic

For more details, see the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/399805097671782

Sign up in advance using the form in the Discussion section of the event page.

Illinois Club Scholarships

University of Illinois undergraduates, who have at least a 3.0 GPA, will have earned at least 60 hours of credit by Spring 2021, and who expect to graduate no earlier than December 2021 may be eligible for Illinois Club Scholarships.  There is one award specifically for students in humanities/social sciences fields, and another for prospective teachers. The application window is September 8 to October 17. For more information and application visit http://www.theillinoisclub.org/scholarship.php.

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting student applications to join the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)! The deadline for applications is Friday, October 9, 2020. More information can be found here: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/urap.html

Undergraduate Research Workshop

This workshop will acquaint students with various forms of undergraduate research that take place on campus, guide them to develop a plan of action to locate research opportunities on campus, and discuss ways to contact faculty research mentors. Students will leave the workshop with (1) a better understanding of undergraduate research and how it takes place on our campus, (2) increased confidence to contact faculty research mentors, and (3) a list of faculty mentors to contact. Participation is by advanced registration only; there are limited spots available. Several dates are available; students should only register for one date. Details and registration link can be found at: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/workshops.html

Proposal Writing for Undergraduate Research Workshop

This workshop is aimed at acquainting students with basic knowledge about research proposals and their structure, tactics and tools to write successful research statements, and a list of resources for assistance in the writing process. Participation is by advanced registration only; there are limited spots available. Several dates are available; students should only register for one date. Details and registration link can be found at: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/workshops.html

Research Support Grant (RSG)

This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off-campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs. For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Conference Travel Grant (CTG)

This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Grants are meant for students who will present their work. For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_CTG

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2020 at 11:59pm.

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)

OUR has assembled two online resources to provide undergraduate researchers and their mentors: 1) a curated list of guidelines for safe research practices; and 2) information about OUR’s programming for the fall semester. These resources can be found at http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/covid19/.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is available for one-on-one virtual meetings to support you along your research journey. During these meetings, students have the opportunity to talk with office staff and student ambassadors about any and all questions pertaining to undergraduate research on the U of I campus. Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

The Undergraduate Research Certificate Program

The Undergraduate Research Certificate Program provides an added credential to present to employers and graduate schools. The certificate requires you to satisfy specific criteria across your research experience(s) here at Illinois. Students are encouraged to start the application early in their research journey; the application can be saved and re-opened, allowing students to continue the application where they left off. For more information, please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/UGRCertificate

Conversation Café

Can Dialogue and the Understanding Process contribute to better politics, more thoughtful policy discussions, or maybe just a little less vitriol?  Join Scott Bidner & Robyn Deterding in their conversation “From One Side to Another: Lessons Learned From Dialogue Across Divisions” to find answers to these questions.

Date & Time: September 11, 2020 12:00 pm CST

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

I-Connect Facilitator

If you are interested in topics related to diversity and social justice and want to lead discussions about diversity on campus, you can apply for I-connect facilitator positions. Facilitators are hired in the Fall for positions facilitating in the Spring semester. Use the link to apply: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1222682645

First Carr Reading

You are invited to join the Creative Writing Program for the first Carr Reading of the semester featuring Chris Glomski, author of three full length collections of poetry.

Date and time: Thursday, Sept 17, 4:30pm

Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/91532838825?pwd=aWhSVGx4WUJpa0FzcFFVTzZ1SFdzZz09

Meeting ID: 915 3283 8825

Password: Carr2020

Montage Arts journal

Montage Arts Journal is accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 issue any time up to November 18, 2020.  Each submission should be limited to 3000 lines of prose, 300 lines of poetry, or 10 images.  For more information and to submit, email montagejournal@gmail.com.

COVID-Corps: Action for Solutions (LAS 199)

Seats are still available in COVID- Corps: Action for Solutions (LAS 199) Course which is a 1 credit course and will be taught asynchronously. For additional information, visit: https://las.illinois.edu/lifecareerdesign/classes/las199covid or email Kate Abney kabney@illinois.edu

Pre-Law Advising Services

Pre-Law Advising Services will be offering workshops for students applying to law school and those with a general interest in law. If you are planning for a law school, the following workshops might be of interest to you:

  • Pre-Law 101 Workshops (Designed for anyone interested in law school from freshman to alumni.  Students are asked to participate in one of Pre-Law 101 workshops prior to scheduling a general advising session.)

Fall sessions will be held on the following dates: September 15, October 1, October 27, and November 12. Register here: https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/2508 to attend.

  • Application Roadmap: Navigating Your Fall 2020 Applications (Designed for students or alumni applying during the 2020-2021 academic year or considering a gap year.  Topics will include a detailed overview of the entire process pre-application through post-application, suggested timeline, and resources and strategies to optimize success.)

Fall sessions will be held on the following dates: September 22. Register here

https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/2508 to attend.

  • Application Excellence: A Guide to Perfecting Your Law School Application (Designed for students or alumni applying during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Topics will include specific guidance on elements of the application, including: resumes, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and addendums.)

Fall sessions will be held on the following dates: September 29, October 29, and November 17, 2020.  Register here https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/2508 to attend.

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TAKE care of yourself and others!

This is a reminder to please do all you can do protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by wearing a mask, avoiding gatherings, and testing/isolating/quarantining *as instructed* regardless of whether you have symptoms.


Montage arts journal

More information will follow, but this is just a heads-up that Montage Arts Journal is accepting submissions for the Spring 2021 issue any time up to November 18, 2020.  Each submission should be limited to 3000 lines of prose, 300 lines of poetry, or 10 images.  For more information, email Luke Madden at lmadden2@illinois.edu. To view previous issues, see https://issuu.com/montagejournal.

Interested in the Peace Corps?

Nick Melrose is the new Peace Corps Strategic Campus Recruiter for this year!  Nick did his Peace Corps service in Thailand as an education volunteer from 2018-2020. Before joining the Peace Corps, he worked on campus as an academic advisor in the Department of Economics, and he’s glad to be returning to this community.  If you would like to know more about opportunities within the Peace Corps, get in touch with Nick at peacecorps@mx.uillinois.edu.

Join Sigma Tau Delta!

Join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society!  The first recruitment meeting will be on Wednesday, September 9 at 6 pm on Zoom (email for link and password). Members have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other English students, participate in volunteer opportunities, conferences, and social events (safely on Zoom or at a distance!), and work on your writing skills with chances to publish your papers!

Email sigmataudeltaillinois@gmail.com if you have any questions or need the zoom information.

call for cultural committee members

The Illini Union Board is searching for passionate, organized, and responsible students to join the Cultural Committee. These students will help plan fun but educational events that promote an appreciation of diversity on campus. For more information or to indicate interest, email the director by Friday, Sept. 11.

Upcoming Book Talk

This semester, The Center for Children’s Books will host several virtual lectures presented by visiting scholars on a variety of topics connected to literacy and youth services.  Join them on September 17th for the first lecture, on the subject of audio books!

See https://ccb.ischool.illinois.edu/ss/ for more info.  Zoom details will be poster there the day of the event.

Join the Chorus!

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permission required to Underload

If you are enrolled in fewer than 12 hours for the fall semester and planning to remain so, then you need to fill out the form available on this website.  Note the guidelines ( for example, you cannot underload if you have an advising agreement that stipulates a minimum of 12 hours).  If you’re not sure whether you can or should underload, please consult a college advisor.

Did you know?

You probably all do know this, but I didn’t until a helpful new student clued me in (thank you, E.B.), so I’m sharing it here just in case.  If you’re in the registration system and you select a course in your summary and then go to “Instructor/meeting times” you can click on the instructor name and the email will pop up.  In some cases that will be easier/quicker than trying to find them in the directory, as I had previously suggested.  If you are not yet registered for a course and want to reach out to an instructor, then the directory is still your best bet.

writers workshop

The Writers Workshop is online this fall!  You can schedule a virtual consultation or attend an event (schedule is still being finalized, but you’ll find it on the website once it is).

ATLAS Internships

ATLAS is still looking for students to fill social media and communication internships this fall.  Read about the internship program here and email atlas-internships@illinois.edu if you would like to know more.  This is a great opportunity, open to all students regardless of GPA, no prior experience necessary, and it’s a great way to gain skills you can use in all sorts of ways!

Book Group for prospective teachers

Interested in education or becoming a teacher?  Join BookED: Read and Chat!

We will be reading different books and discussing them and how to implement them on a practical level. These books will be aimed at all grade levels and subject areas.

Our first book will be We Got This: Education, Equity and the Quest To Be Who Our Students Need Us To Be.

If you are interested in joining us, please fill out this Google Form for further updates.  If you have questions, please email Amanda Heinsman at heinsman@illinois.edu.

Conversation Café

The Office of Diversity and Social Justice Education will be kicking off the fall Conversation Café series Friday August 28, 2020. Chloe Johnson, a former student intern who now works with the Obama Foundation, will address first generation professionalism and imposter syndrome.

Date: Friday, August 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM Central Standard Time

Register in advance for this meeting:


Office of Undergraduate Research

The OUR is offering a variety of workshops for undergraduates on such topics as getting started in research, giving research presentations, proposal writing, and the value of research.  Check out their website for details!

Study abroad scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards of $5,000 (plus up to a $3,000 supplement for critical languages) for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue summer, semester, or academic-year study abroad opportunities in other countries. This is a need-based award, and to be eligible, you must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

The National and International Scholarships Program will assist in reviewing your scholarship application material. In fact, we welcome the opportunity to help make your application more competitive! To get you started, we are offering a two-day informational event about the Gilman Scholarship.

Gilman International Scholarship Information Session

September 3, 2020 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Online: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/99487287069

Gilman International Scholarship Writing Workshop

September 4, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Online: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/93901013751

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website.

Pre-Law Students

Kappa Alpha Pi is the University of Illinois’ oldest, largest, and only exclusive pre-law co-ed fraternity on campus. With over 100 members, KAP strives to prepare pre-law students with the tools necessary to successfully enter law school. KAP has chapters across the US including the University of Michigan, Cornell, and the University of California Los Angeles. Some of the benefits of joining KAP include, community with other pre-law students on campus, networking opportunities with current lawyers, judges, law school professors, and law students, and discounts/workshops with LSAT materials. One of the major benefits is invitation to the KAP Conference, which is hosted here at the University exclusively for KAP members. At the conference, you are allowed 1-1 in-person access to law school admission deans. If you are interested in rushing Kappa Alpha Pi, please email us at: uiuckapprelaw@gmail.com so that we can add you to our email list. Feel free to follow us @ illinoiskap on Instagram and @ Kappa Alpha Pi at the University of Illinois on Facebook to learn more about us and stay up to date.

Below is our recruitment schedule for the fall 2020 semester:

  • Info Session #1 (Via Zoom): Tuesday, September 1st, 6pm
  • Info Session #2 (Via Zoom): Wednesday, September 9th, 6pm
  • Social Session (Via Zoom): Tuesday, September 22nd, 5-7pm
  • Interview (invite only): Thursday, September 24th, 5pm
Student Advocacy Coalition

The Student Advocacy Coalition (SAC) is a bi-partisan student organization that promotes civic engagement and lobbies legislators for higher education and student rights on behalf of the University of Illinois. SAC is housed under the University’s Office of Government Relations and provides opportunities for students to engage with state and federal legislators online and in person. SAC members are students from all walks of campus, diverse backgrounds and majors. Members build professional development skills through one-on-one interactions with their legislators, panels with alumni who are trailblazers in their field, and discussions on critical issues impacting our country. This year, our calendar includes a Dialogue Series with the 4 major political parties on campus, Policy Panels with state legislators and community leaders on the Black Lives Matter movement, and more! SAC believes being involved is more than attending mandatory meetings, it’s about participating in activities that are actually interesting, and spending your time in a community of people who care about making a difference! Our Virtual Info Session is on September 1st at 6pm and the link is as follows https://illinois.zoom.us/j/94134221769.

Our online application will be released on our website: https://sacurbana.weebly.com/ and Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sac.urbana/.

All applications are due September 15th and will be followed by Zoom interviews. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to send us an email at studentadvocacy.uiuc@gmail.com.

Get Involved!

IllinoisPIRG is a statewide student-run non-profit that works to protect the public interest and recruit and train student activists. Partnered with other state chapters, we have a 45 year track record of making social change in the US through our organizing efforts on college campuses across the state.

IllinoisPIRG interns learn valuable organizing skills, like building a team of volunteers, taking on leadership within a campaign, organizing events on campus, lobbying elected officials, and working with the media. In addition to building skills and adding to a resume, our interns work to create tangible policy change on behalf of the public interest. Interns work between 5-10hrs per week.

For more information, visit our internship application page & apply today!