Weekly Round-Up

WRC Spring 2021 Internships:

Are you interested in getting more involved with the Women’s Resources center? Apply for one of the WRC’s Spring 2021 Internships! Open positions include:

  • Advocacy
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Programming

Before applying, review the descriptions of each position here.

To apply, please upload your cover letter and resume, along with the application, by November 20th. All of this can be done here. 

Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship:

The Verdell Frazier Young Scholarship was established to assist womxn who have experienced an interruption in pursuing a college degree (undergraduate or graduate). Awards are available for Fall, Spring, and Summer. Priority consideration will be given to applications submitted by Sunday, December 13th at Midnight CST.

Learn more and apply here: https://bit.ly/36yK1Bv. 

Virtual Confidential Advising:

The WRC is offering virtual Confidential Advising appointments. To speak with one of our Confidential Advisors, call the Women’s Resource Center from a safe number at 217-333-3137 or e-mail us at womenscenter@illinois.edu.

For more information, visit https://oiir.illinois.edu/support-services.

Cargill Global Scholars Program:

The application is now open for the Cargill Global Scholars Program – a distinctive, 2-year scholarship and enrichment program providing financial support, mentorship, and the unique opportunity for U.S. college students to participate in leadership development seminars, including engaging with fellow Global Scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia. Please review the attached PDF for details on eligibility requirements. To learn more about the Cargill Global Scholars Program and to start an application, please visit http://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/. The application deadline is Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Consider attending the upcoming webinar where students can learn more about the program and hear from program participants and alumni about their experience. While the target audience of this webinar is students, any faculty or staff members who are interested in learning more are also welcome. People can register for the webinars using the following link:

The application deadline is March 4, 2021. Additional webinars will be scheduled for December through February, and those registration links will be shared here, when available: http://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/.

New American Welcome Center Internships:

The New American Welcome Center has opened its applications for 2021 spring internships. They are looking for interested and passionate students to apply to the four available internship programs: Immigrant Outreach, Legal Services, Immigrant Helpline and Development/Grants. For descriptions of each internship available, visit the New American Welcome Center’s page here, and submit applications and resumes here.

Scholarships for Students Interested in the Environment:

Are you a passionate environmentalist? Do you want to devote your career to addressing environmental concerns?

The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment. Please note that there are special awards also for Native American students interested in tribal policy or health care (no need to be related to the environment). Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The campus deadline is February 4, 2021 to be considered. For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit the website.

Virtual International Internships and Research Opportunities for the Spring:

LAS International Programs is offering virtual opportunities for students to engage in global learning this spring. These opportunities include internationally focused research projects, internships with international organizations, and online global courses. Visit the Virtual Global Experiences website and schedule an appointment with LAS International Programs advisors to learn more.

Join COVID-Corps During Spring 2021:

Earn credit in LAS 199 (CRN49129) while you help address unique challenges posed by the virus, both locally and globally. You do not have to be on campus to participate in our course. Curious for more information? Hear from student participants and check out the COVID-Corps: Action for Solutions website for more information.

Study Spaces Available:

Classrooms will be available from Nov. 30 (Monday) for students who need a location to participate in an online class or to study. These campus classrooms will be open for study space 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:

  • Bevier Hall – Rooms 108, 132, 166, 180
  • Everitt Lab – Rooms 1302, 1306, 2101, 2233, 2310, 3217
  • Lincoln Hall – Rooms 1000, 1002, 1022, 1027, 1028, 1060, 1090, 1092
  • Noyes Lab – Rooms 100, 157, 217
  • Engineering Hall – Rooms 106B1, 106B3 *closed weekends
Reserve a Seat for Finals:

Staying on campus for finals? Want a quiet setting with good wifi to take your online exam? The Office of the Registrar is reserving seats for students to take their finals in Lincoln Hall Theater for all exam timeslots. Make your reservation here.

Spring 2021 GLOBE: Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement:

GLOBE connects domestic and international students and provides them opportunities to enhance intercultural communication skills, leadership skills, and build lifelong friendships. Apply for the Spring 2021 cohort here to become a Blue member (students in at least their second year for undergraduate or second semester for grad) or Orange member (new incoming students or just started Fall 2020.)

Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World:

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) is an annual intensive language program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It invites students to join the 9% of Americans who choose the unique and meaningful experience of learning a Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL).  Learning these languages will allow students to gain new global perspectives and set them apart as highly qualified individuals for international work and engagement.  Many of these languages can assist students in securing international positions in governmental, development, and academic sectors.

This summer SILMW will take place from June 14 to August 7, 2021, and we will be offering Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, and Wolof.  The program is 8 weeks and is divided into two, 4-week semesters.

When you complete the program, not only will you be able to hold a conversation in a new language and have earned up to 10 credits, you will have had fun!

Check out the website for more details about the program in general and for the application requirements in particular. The following selected web pages might be of interest to you, should you want to learn more about the program:

Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer 2021 General Schedule

Summer 2021 Activities Schedule

For more general information, visit its website at https://linguistics.illinois.edu/languages/summer-institute-languages-muslim-world.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SILMW at silmw@illinois.edu.

Illinois PIRG Virtual Run/Walk:

llinois PIRG at UIUC is hosting a virtual 5k run/walk event on Nov. 22 (Sunday) to raise awareness, funds, and support for its campus pantry. You are invited to join the event. See the flyer for more information.

Government Jobs Info Sessions:

You are invited to attend the following two virtual information sessions in the Career Center’s Government Jobs series:

US Department of State – Virtual Information Session with Illinois Alum

When: Tuesday, November 17 @ 4pm

What: Join Illinois alum and current Foreign Service Officer Ronald Packowitz as he talks with Illinois students about careers and student opportunities in diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State. Ron, a 1990 UIUC graduate in Journalism, will also share highlights of his 20-year State Department career.

Register/Zoom Link: https://go.illinois.edu/StateDepartmentInfoSession

Illinois Department of Human Services – Virtual Information Session

When: Tuesday, November 24 @ 2pm

What: Join this virtual presentation to learn more about careers and the employment application process within the Illinois Department of Human Services. Manager of Recruitment, Amelia Gavina, will give a 45 minute presentation, leaving additional time for Q&A.

Register/WebEx Link: https://go.illinois.edu/IDHSInfoSession

Humanities Professional Resource Center:

The HPRC has the following events coming up specifically (but not exclusively) targeted to graduating seniors.

Virtual meet-ups (links are to Handshake):

    • Join us on the first weekday of the fall break to prepare for holiday conversations with people who love you and want to know what you’re doing after graduation. Zoom in (mic/camera encouraged or type in chat box) to talk about your job search and figure out some concrete next steps that will move you forward (and reassure the people who worry about you). Consider it a judgment-free zone where you can talk through your fears and get job-seeking advice in the company of others in the same situation.J
    • Meeting ID: 880 8645 3225                Password: 010453
    • Graduating in December in a humanities major? Come to this interactive online meet-up to confront the uncertainties that are holding you back. No question is too basic. No anxiety is too trivial. No level of preparation is inadequate. Mic/camera encouraged (or be prepared to type into the chat box) to talk about your next steps in a judgment-free zone.
    • Meeting ID: 844 5901 9287        Password: 176166


Some Spring 2021 Courses to Consider:

Intro to Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 218)

3 credit hours Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 1-2:50 p.m. Hybrid/Allen Hall Room 40

An introductory exploration/survey of the rich histories, theories, and practices of community-based and social issues theatre. Lively connection of social issues in today’s world through discussion, participation, lecture, and performance!

Devising Social Issues Theatre (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 418)

3 credit hours undergrad/1unit graduate Meets Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Hybrid/Armory Free Theatre (Armory 160)

Focus on writing and devising theatre explicitly concerned with social issues in the context of community. Works created in this course often go on to be performed by the ensemble.

Leading Post-Performance Dialog (Theatre/Gender and Women’s Studies 417)

4 credit hours undergraduate/1 unit graduate Meets Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-5:50 p.m. with additional times scheduled for fieldwork.

Arts engagement exploration and the dramaturge in social issues theatre. Includes hands-on experience of animateur (facilitation) work with INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre. Great class for those who want to use theatre in their work (social workers, educators, and other community-focused practitioners).

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre Ensemble (Theatre 400M)

2 credit hours Rehearses Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 5-7 p.m. Hybrid/Armory Free Theatre (Armory 160)

The focus of the ensemble is public performances. Open to all students. While past experience is useful, it is not necessary. Students may choose to receive credit for their participation in the ensemble.

INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre takes on subject matter that is timely and sometimes difficult to address. This requires a willingness to be open-minded and curious about social issues and social justice.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Priority registration time tickets for Winter and Spring 2021 available
Monday, Nov. 16

Fall Break
Saturday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 29

Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
(Updated) Monday, Nov. 30

Instruction ends
Wednesday, Dec. 9

Open registration for Spring 2021 begins
Thursday, Dec. 10

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NCSA’s SPIN Open House:

Are you an Illinois undergraduate looking for your next internship experience? The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is looking for highly motivated, creative undergraduate students to work on hands-on research projects with guidance from NCSA staff and faculty affiliates. The center will offer a limited number of paid SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) internships during Summer 2021.

A virtual SPIN Open House will be held on November 18, 3-5 PM US CST

Zoom Meeting link:
https://illinois.zoom.us/j/84309873402?pwd=Vnkwdjdka3VFYklHb1FGSWI0am5GUT09 [illinois.zoom.us]

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 can apply. No restriction on year of study or major. International students are eligible.

The Queen, the Book, and the Medieval French Royal Court:

Paula Carns will be presenting “The Queen, the Book, and the Medieval French Royal Court” live on Thursday, November 19th from 2-3pm. This talk by Paula Carns will focus on the woman figured in the manuscript, her relationship to the book, and her and her royal relatives’ book collecting habits. It is open to the public. Attendees must register here to access the Zoom link.

Undergraduate Research Symposium:

The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), set to be on display April 26 – 30, 2021. Over the course of the week, students will present their work through poster presentations, oral presentations, and creative showcases, the breadth and scope of which reflect not only the wide range of academic disciplines at the University of Illinois, but also speak to the excellence of its undergraduate scholars.

All undergraduate students currently involved with research are eligible to present. For more information on URS, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/symposium.html

The deadline to submit an application to present at the 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium is March 19, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Community-Academic Scholars Initiative:

This 10-week summer research experience matches Illinois undergraduate students with community-based research projects to address critical issues related to health, poverty, and/or social inequality. You can find more information here.

Summer Intern Program at the Library of Congress:

Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, fellows explore digital initiatives and increase access to the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. Fellows will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work, including copyright, preservation, reference, access, and information technology. Find more information here .

Undergraduate Research Certificate Program:

The Undergraduate Research Certificate 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.

Meet the Office of Undergraduate Research Team:

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 at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

Spring Application for Minor:

This is a reminder that the spring application to the secondary education minor will open December 1st and close February 1st. You should apply to this application period if you are a sophomore who has fulfilled the pre-reqs for application. Details can be found here: https://education.illinois.edu/programs/undergrad/programs-degrees/ci-sec-ug/getting-started

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to set up a meeting with Amanda Heinsman, Academic Advisor to Secondary Education Minors, using the link https://go.oncehub.com/AmandaHeinsman.


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ATLAS Internship:

Consider joining the ATLAS Internship Program, where LAS students can learn how to integrate their courses of study with technology in order to gain a unique and versatile skill set. Positions are available for VR content creator, social media specialist, website developer, and many more. For a Spring 2021 placement, fill out an application found here.

community-academic scholars info session:

The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative empowers undergraduates to address critical issues in our community related to health, poverty, and social inequity with training, support, and a $3500 stipend. Scholars from disciplines across campus contribute to research projects that have an impact in Champaign-Urbana. Join us Wed., Nov. 11, 6 – 6:45 p.m. to learn about the program and application process, hear about past projects, and find out how scholars are matched to projects. Register for Zoom details.

Boren Scholarship:

The Boren provides study abroad scholarships up to $25,000 for a full academic year or up to $12,500 for a semester. All scholarships may be used for U.S. citizens to study in Asia, Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East on a language-intensive study abroad program. (Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.) These are merit-based scholarships, and approximately 1 in 5 eligible applicants receive awards.

In order to receive the scholarship, award winners must enter into a service agreement requiring that they attempt to work in a paid position for the federal government in an area related to national security—generally the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, or the Intelligence Community within three years of graduation (deferrals possible/encouraged for graduate study). Working for USAID or tenure in the Peace Corps counts in the service requirement. Winners also receive priority-hiring status.

The campus application deadline is January 19, 2021 for any semester or year of study between May 2021 and May 2022.

For more information, undergraduate students should contact the National and International Scholarships Program at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit their website.

YMCA Bailey Global Scholars applications due nov 8:

Beginning October 5, the YMCA will launch Bailey Global Scholars, a 7-month scholarship program designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online “Education through Global Engagement” program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021. Participants will also receive a $1000 academic scholarship for the Spring 2021 semester. Applications are due November 8, 2020. Learn more at universityymca.org/bailey/global.

IL house of reps employer panel:

November 12, 2020, 4-5 pm Register: http://go.illinois.edu/ILHouseofRepsInfoSession

Mark Jarmer, Director of the Research and Appropriations Unit for the Office of the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, will offer an overview of the General Assembly, the legislative process, the Speaker’s office, and the role of a Research Analyst.  He will offer advice and share a brief look at the experience of serving on a team of Research Analysts for a typical legislative session in the Research & Appropriations Unit of the Illinois House of Representatives. Current Research Analysts Jelani Saadiq and Madeline McCune will share their perspectives on working with the legislature and will offer advice, answer questions, and engage in further discussions.

LAS Winter Convocation Virtual Celebration:

The college is planning a virtual celebration to recognize the December 2020 and August 2020 graduates. Degree candidates will receive a link to a pre-recorded virtual celebration on Friday, Dec. 18. LAS will provide a padded diploma cover to those who do not intend to participate in a future in-person ceremony. Please complete the diploma cover request form by Friday, Dec. 11. For questions or more information, please contact us at las-grad@illinois.edu.

Access WellTrack as New Mental Health Resource:

WellTrack is an app that’s designed to help you better understand your moods. Illinois students can use it for free. In addition to this new resource, counseling services on campus are available to support you through whatever you are facing. Access WellTrack by downloading the app or via the WellTrack website with your Illinois email and password.

2021 Orientation Leader Applications Available:

New Student Programs’ application for the 2021 Orientation Leader position is now live. Join a team of dynamic leaders dedicated to giving incoming Illini a warm welcome. The application and more information can be found here. Applications accepted through Monday, Nov. 23.

2020-2021 Continued Housing:

The last day for in-person instruction is November 20, and University Housing undergraduate residence halls will close November 21 at 3 p.m. – Sunday, January 17 at 9 a.m.

University Housing residents who need or would like to stay in the undergraduate residence halls, after in-person instruction ends through the end of Winter Break, will be allowed to stay on campus through our Continued Housing option.

To stay on campus, residents are required to complete a Continued Housing Contract.

For more information about completing contract, locations, costs, and deadlines, visit https://housing.illinois.edu/apply-now/fall-break-info.

Social Justice Paraprofessional Application Now Open:

The SJEP Program is a leadership opportunity to design social justice educational workshops, expand your knowledge about social identities and inclusivity, and develop public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. For more information and to apply, visit: https://go.illinois.edu/SJEPapplication.

Apply for I-Connect:

Are you interested in topics related to diversity and social justice? Do you have experience leading or facilitating difficult conversations?

I-Connect facilitators are university students who lead discussions about diversity on campus. Facilitators are hired in the Fall for positions facilitating in the Spring semester. Use the link to apply: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1222682645.

DiversityEd Office Hours and Accessibility:

Diversity & Social Justice Education will be closed to the public until further notice; however, staff will continue to work remotely and can be reached via phone or e-mail during regular business hours (Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm). You can reach DiversityEd Office at DiversityEd@illinois.edu or by calling 217-265-5585.

Confidential Advising Appointments:

The Confidential Advisors at the Women’s Resources Center are offering virtual and limited in-person services to support students and employees in need of processing, support, and/or advocacy. For questions or to make an appointment please call the Women’s Resources Center at 217-333-3137 or email them at womenscenter@illinois.edu. Place: 616 E Green Street, Suite # 202, Champaign, IL 61820 (Enter the door next to the McDonald’s); Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays).

Dates and Deadlines:

Deadline to drop CR/NCR or elect grade replacement in a second half-session course
Friday, Nov. 13

Priority registration time tickets for Winter and Spring 2021 available
Monday, Nov. 16

Fall Break
Saturday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 29

Priority registration for Spring 2021 begins
(Updated) Monday, Nov. 30

Instruction ends
Wednesday, Dec. 9

Open registration for Spring 2021 begins
Thursday, Dec. 10