Weekly Round-Up

sigma tau delta info session:

Join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, on Wednesday February 3 at 6:00 pm on Zoom (link attached below). You can learn more about our organization and what we have to offer. 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 us at sigmataudeltaillinois@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 578 528 2196
Password: alma2020

Part-Time Job Fair:

The Career Center’s Part-Time Job Fair is taking place on Tuesday, February 2nd from 11am-1pm virtually in Handshake. On-campus and local employers will be hiring students for paid, part-time work opportunities during the spring and/or summer. Register NOW for 1:1 and group sessions: Student Registration for PT Job Fair.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Information Events:

Are you interested in study abroad, but concerned about the cost?

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. To get you started, they are offering a two-day informational event about the Gilman Scholarship.

  1. Gilman International Scholarship Information Session

When: Feb 4, 2021 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

  1. Gilman International Scholarship Writing Workshop

When: Feb 5, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

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

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

Internship Opportunity with LAS:

LAS is looking for interns and we encourage you to apply! More information can be found here Apply to be an LAS intern | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Illinois.

Call for Submissions:

There is an exciting opportunity for English majors to publish in a national, peer-edited undergraduate journal. The Madison Journal of Literary Criticism at UW-Madison is devoted to publishing outstanding essays of undergraduate literary analysis, and the journal is soliciting submissions of 8-20 pages for its tenth issue. This is an excellent and rare opportunity for you to gain recognition for your work in literary criticism.

Submissions and any questions can be sent to mjlc@rso.wisc.edu. The deadline to be included in the tenth issue is March 1st, but submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information and previous issues, click here https://dept.english.wisc.edu/TheMJLC/.

In-Person Confidential Advising Services:

The WRC is now conducting walk-in services for those who cannot safely meet virtually or over the phone, Monday – Thursday. 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.

CHLH 126: Campus Acquaintance Rape Education:

Want to Change the World? Register for CHLH 125 Today!

  • 3 credit hours
  • Virtual course
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. CST
  • Spring 2021

Learn about:

  • Supporting survivors
  • Media and rape culture
  • Healthy relationships

For questions, email fycare@illinois.edu.

Virtual Book Club & Author Event:

Join the WRC, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives, and the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center for a virtual book club! They will be diving into Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by activist, writer, and Illinois alum, Mikki Kendall.

The book club will be held on Monday, February 15 @ 6 p.m. CST. Register now – the first 30 registrants will receive a free copy of the book! Register for the book club here https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KoR5hOWTR0y3nrqYbB_I9g.

The author event will be held on Tuesday, March 2 @ 6 p.m. CST. Mikki Kendall herself will join the club for a (virtual) author talk and share what led her to write Hood Feminism and more. For the author even, register here https://illinois.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_apAetqoLT023K4BfEhTEXg.

RBG: Free Virtual Film Screening and Filmmaker Conversation

Women & Gender in Global Perspectives and the Women’s Resources Center will host a virtual screening of the acclaimed documentary, RBG. This film follows the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and it will be available for viewing, for free, beginning at 4 p.m. CST on Tuesday, February 16th until 4 p.m. CST Thursday, February 18th.

On Wednesday, February 15th at 4 p.m. CST, there will also be a virtual conversation with the film’s directors, Julie Cohen and Betsy West.

2nd Annual International Women’s Day Photography Contest

March 8th is International Women’s Day! As part of the annual celebration events, including Women’s History Month throughout March, the Women’s Resources Center, OIIR-International Education and International Student and Scholar Services are hosting the 2nd annual photography contest. The top awards will be given during the Global Engagement Lounge on March 10, 2021. Share your talent and submit an original photo that celebrates women’s achievements, experience, and resilience here Illinois Identity Provider Selection. Deadline for submission is February 24, 2021.

Legal Studies Minor – Info Session:

The Pre-Law Advising Services Office will be hosting an Information Session regarding the Legal Studies Minor on Friday, February 5 at 1:00 pm.  There will be a brief program overview followed by Q&A.  Eligibility for the minor requires completion of 30 hours of course work, however, interested students of any class year are highly encouraged to attend!  Spring applications for the Minor open in February.

For more information about the Legal Studies Minor visit: Legal Studies Minor – University of Illinois College of Law. REGISTER ONLINE by February 4 to attend.

Creative Writing’s New Faculty Reading:

Join Creative Writing for a reading by two of its new faculty members in poetry: Ángel García and Christopher Kempf. The reading will take place Thursday, February 4 at 4:30 CST. The Zoom information is below:

Zoom Meeting Link:


Meeting ID: 840 1526 0179

Password: CWUIUC

Undergraduate Research Workshops:

The Illinois Office of Undergraduate Research will be conducting a number of research workshops in Spring 2021. More information can be found here: http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/workshops.html

Remote Learning Help:

TAP at UIUC is offering free ZOOM workshops to support remote learning. After attending one of these workshops, you will have an individualized plan to:

  • stay on top of lectures and assignments
  • make the best use of your time
  • focus your attention to better learn the material

Pick a time to fit your schedule:

Tuesday February 2, 12-1pm

Thursday February 4, 6-7pm

Friday February 5, 12-1pm

Continued support for non-traditional learners will be offered at TAP throughout the semester. Attend to learn more. For questions or more information, contact jjkramer@illinois.edu. All attendees must register at: https://go.illinois.edu/startsmart

End-of-Break Round Up

kevin T. Early Memorial scholarship for first-year poets

The Creative Writing Program would like to announce the 2020-2021 academic year’s Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible from an endowment by William and Donna Early in memory of their son, a poet, Kevin T. Early. It awards $2000 to a student with freshman standing at UIUC for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline for application is January 28, 2021.

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

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

Secondary education minor application due by Feb 1

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

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

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

Apply for NCSA’s SPIN Internships by Feb 15!

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

SPIN Summer 2021 session information:

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

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

Upcoming HPRC Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program

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

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

Looking for an interesting US Minority Culture Gen Ed? 

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