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Come join ESA on February 27th to celebrate Black History Month! We’ll discuss the history of black poetry and read aloud poems by black poets. Please bring a poem written by a black poet if you are comfortable sharing it! Original poetry is always welcome.

We’ll be starting at 6:00 pm on Zoom. Hope to see you there! https://illinois.zoom.us/j/7763187140?pwd=Qm1JR05BWnRkdWFDNUhYZEE3ZFBOUT09

research park internship panel

Come to a virtual panel event on TODAY Friday, February 25 at which Research Park employers will talk about how to land an internship and make the most of the opportunities there.

Students can register at https://go.illinois.edu/ResearchParkPanel.

call for submissions

Collision Literary Magazine at the University of Pittsburgh is currently open for submissions of undergraduate fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. By submitting to the annual magazine, students will be considered for our writing and cover art contests. Submissions for the annual magazine close TODAY Friday, February 25, but we read on a rolling basis. You can find more information about the magazine and our submission guidelines at https://www.collision.pitt.edu. If you have any questions, please contact collisionlitmag@gmail.com.



The English Department is pleased to announce its annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry. Depending on available funding, there will be 2-3 prizes in Fiction and 2-3 in Poetry this year. Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1500.  The deadline for submission is 12:00 Noon on Monday, February 28. Contest rules are as follows: Short Fiction: Submit no more than one unpublished story (7500 words, maximum length) Poetry: Submit up to 5 unpublished poems in a single document. Only University of Illinois undergraduate students are eligible. To be considered for a prize, submissions must adhere to the following rules: All submissions must be sent via email as an attachment to: jdudek4@illinois.edu.  The subject line of your email message must read as follows: “UNDERGRAD POETRY: Last name” or “UNDERGRAD FICTION: Last name”.  If you enter in both categories (poetry and fiction), you will need to send separate emails. In the body of your email, please include:

    • Your name
    • address
    • phone number
    • e-mail address
    • status (undergraduate student)
    • UIN

Your entry is to be contained in one attached .docx file. The name of this file must be the contest category followed by your last name, such as “FICTION JONES.docx” or “POETRY JONES.docx” Your name should not appear within the document itself. Please direct any questions to John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing at Jdudek4@illinois.edu

Junior Quinn Submissions OPEN | Deadline March 1

The Junior Quinn Award recognizes achievement and potential in Creative Writing MAJORS AND MINORS with junior class standing by awarding one or more recipients with financial support to attend a writing workshop or conference. We hope the prize will be used to fund future conference attendance, contest submission fees, or other creative-writing related application costs—but because of the worldwide pandemic limiting travel and conference schedules, this year’s prize will be issued as a flat $1000. We recognize that it is not always easy to determine eligibility. If you are not technically a Junior this academic year but plan to graduate no earlier than December 2022 and no later than December 2023, you may be eligible. If you have any questions about your eligibility, check with Anna Ivy or Keshia Atkins in Undergraduate Advising (englishadvising@illinois.edu). You may apply for the Junior Quinn only once. If you have other questions about the award, email John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing, at jdudek4@illinois.edu.

hispanic scholarship fund

Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded over $675 million in scholarships. HSF Scholars have access to valuable Scholar Support Services and, as funding permits, scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. The 2022-2023 HSF Scholar Program Application is now open and closes in 2 weeks on March 1, 2022, 5:00 PM PT.

  • Every year, HSF selects 10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants
  • HSF Scholars have access to a full range of invaluable Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training
  • Career services include access to internships and job opportunities with HSF corporate partners
  • HSF Scholars are eligible to apply for all Scholar Conferences including, the STEM Summit, Finance Conference, Media & Entertainment Summit, Entrepreneurship Summit, Healthcare Summit, and Alumni Symposium
  • Exclusive access to the HSF Insider which shares invaluable information and select career opportunities with HSF corporate partners
  • Finally, and importantly, HSF awards more than $30 million in scholarships annually and, depending upon available funds, HSF Scholars may also be eligible to receive a scholarship, which ranges from $500-$5,000 and awarded directly to students


  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the U.S., for the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)

Additional Important information:

  • It takes an average of 30 minutes to complete the Phase I of the HSF Scholar Program Application
  • No essays, recommendations, or document uploads are required in Phase I
  • To get started, visit HSF.net and log into or create your myHSF profile to access the HSF Scholar Program Application
check out this POTB (aka 2nd-8-week) course!

ENGL 199, Section X Writing to Get That Job! Part of Term B  /  1 credit hour MW 12:00-12:50 (online) Through conceptual development and context-sensitive lessons/assignments, students will develop/improve writing skills particularly germane to successfully applying for an internship, a post-baccalaureate job, or an advanced-degree program.  They will then apply those skills to create a polished set of recruiter-ready texts relevant to their career plans and a career-relevant, currently-advertised job/internship/program. Use Moodle website for access to meeting location (learn.illinois.edu)

Creative writing club

Do you know about Creative Writing Club?  Open to students in all majors, this group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-7:45pm in room 259 of the English Building.  If you would like to be kept apprised of upcoming meetings and other activities, send a message to creativewritingclubatuiuc@gmail.com  and ask to be added to the mailing list.  You can also follow CWC on Facebook/Instagram, both @creativewritingclubuiuc.


During this three-hour workshop, we will learn about (1) the historical development of racism through capitalism, (2) the influence of White supremacy in community service, and (3) explore anti-racist practices from the perspective of Black liberation so that we can practice being an upstander with service-learning case studies.



This spring, we are offering three options for participating in the anti-racism workshop:
• Zoom option: Thursday, March 3, 9 a.m. to noon CT
• In-person option: Friday, March 4, 2 – 5 p.m. CT in room 1000 at the Siebel Center for Design
• Asynchronous option: while this workshop is far more powerful when you participate in one of the group options, we will also offer an asynchronous version. This link will be sent to students on the We CU list in the coming weeks. REGISTER TODAY! For questions or more information, contact Karla Sanabria-Véaz (she/her/ella) at karlags2@illinois.edu.

Virtual Educator’s Job Fair

Looking for a teaching or administrative job in education? Attend the virtual Educator’s Job Fair on March 7th from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to meet with school districts from across Illinois and the country looking to hire candidates like you! Register to meet with employers at https://go.illinois.edu/EducatorsJobFair

get help at the writers workshop

  Check out the upcoming Writers Workshop events.   The Writers Workshop provides feedback on all kinds of writing including course papers, job application materials, and personal statements. We have appointments and drop-in hours, and we’re available in-person at the Undergraduate Library and online.

DGS hiring summer peer advisors!

See the position description for DGS summer peer advisors in the most recent issue of the DGS newsletter.  DGS is looking to hire 10-12 students to assist us during New Student Registration this summer. If you will be in the CU area over the summer, please consider applying. It’s great if the student is a former DGS student, but not required.  


UIUC students – make your voice heard! The Smart and Healthy Communities Initiative is seeking current UIUC students for focused feedback sessions around potential time management app features. 

Sessions will be one hour in length and conducted over Zoom. If you are interested in participating, simply fill out this brief (~3 minute) sign-up form, and the research team will reach out to you directly to schedule a session.

UIUC UX Day – March 25, 2022
Are you interested in a career in User Experience Design (UX)? Please see the information below about the first annual UIUC UX Day: Siebel Center for Design and College of Fine and Applied Arts have come together to create UIUC UX Day, a half-day event scheduled for 12-7pm on Friday March 25 at the Siebel Center for Design. UX Day as been designed to help UIUC students gain an understanding of different directions they could pursue in the broad UX industry. Invited to speak will be professionals representing three types of design jobs – design done in-house, Big Tech design teams, and consulting firms that work with industry on design-related content. In parallel throughout the day, we will also be hosting 30 minute 1:1 sessions between professionals and students. Interested students should register at this link!


Undergraduate Research Opportunities!

office of undergraduate research workshops
The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Spring 2022 workshop calendar.  Information for each workshop including how students can register can be found here . For all workshops, OUR will be offering both virtual and in-person dates. Participation is by advance registration only; there are a limited number of spots available for each workshop, so please sign up as soon as possible. Workshops will be added throughout the term based on demand.
undergraduate research symposium
This Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting submissions to present at the 2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium set for Thursday, April 28 at the Illini Union. For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, follow this linkApplication deadline: Tuesday, March 15
grants supporting research and travel

Research Support Grant (RSG) 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. We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields. For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG. The deadline to apply is March 11, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Don’t Forget about These!

text anxiety workshops

Could you benefit from a workshop that provides strategies for managing anxiety around taking tests? The Counseling Center hosts drop-in workshops throughout the semester with tips on:

  • Remaining calm during tests and exams
  • Getting the most from your study time
  • Preparing effectively for tests and exams

To find out more about individual workshops and to register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety. There are simple, effective ways that can help you perform well on tests and not let anxiety get the best of you! These workshops are free for students. If you have any questions about this group, please contact Dr. Kathy Wierzchowski at wierzch1@illinois.edu.

LAS Success Academic Workshops

Check out the Spring LAS Success Academic Workshop Schedule here:

  • All workshops are open to all students
  • All are offered in-person in Lincoln Hall
  • Our website lists events by month so you can’t access anything past February yet, but those events will become visible as the earlier events pass
Workshops – Tuesday @ 7 Starts

The Career Center – Spring 2022 Workshop Calendar

selected Dates and deadlines
  • March 11: Deadline to drop a full-semester course without a W
  • March 12-20: Spring Break
  • March 21: POT B courses begin; registration time tickets visible
  • March 25: Deadline to add POT B course
  • April 4: Priority registration for Summer and Fall 2022 begins POT B = Part of Term B (aka “2nd-8-week”)

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