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penny dreadful players performing this weekend

Penny Dreadful Players presents Nightingale Won’t Remember by Tomorrow, written by our own Maddie Udelhofen and playing this Friday and Saturday (March 4th and 5th) at St. Andrews Lutheran Church! Check out the Facebook event for more info. 

Apply for the Humanities in Action Program 

The Humanities in Action program will support five Illinois humanities students who are interested in applying their humanities training to address a vital area of need in the C-U community. Students will receive $1000, training, and support for their participation in this semester-long service opportunity. Learn more at an upcoming info session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. Applications are due April 3. 

scholarship application deadline approaching

The deadline for English department scholarship applications is coming up on Friday, March 11.

As a reminder, the Department of English offers numerous merit scholarships totaling more than $100,000 in an annual competition in the spring. These scholarships recognize and reward outstanding achievements by English, Creative Writing, or Teaching of English students.  See the website for more details. 

Overview and Instructions 
Stage One Application

check in with the Hprc!

If you haven’t yet checked in with the folks at the Humanities Professional Resource Center (HPRC), please do so!  You can start a conversation with them at any time (the earlier the better), and you don’t need to wait until you have answers to the questions you think they might ask you (such as “what do you want to do after you graduate?”).  It’s fine to start with “I don’t know” and work from there!

To make things easy, schedule an in-person advising appointment with Anna on Thursday morning. You’ll have a private appointment in the HPRC conference room (105 Greg Hall) and then you can stick around to talk to Julie about career planning.  It’s one-stop shopping!

Here are some upcoming HPRC events: 
Tue, Mar 8, 5:00 pm
Tue, Mar 8, 6:00 pm
Wed, Mar 9, 4:00 pm
business minor info sessions and more

Chaya Sandler, advisor for the Business Minor for Non-Majors, will be hosting two information sessions about the Business minor program: March 24th at 10 am on Zoom and March 30th at 4pm in BIF 1041.  For more information, email Chaya at csandle2@illinois.edu. 

Additionally, here are a few reminders about the minor including FIN 221 restrictions and an updated Study Abroad process. Chaya hosts virtual drop-in advising on Wednesdays 1:15-4pm and students can email busminor@business.illinois.edu to setup advising appointments.

check out this POTB (aka 2nd-8-week) course!

ENGL 199, Section X
Writing to Get that Job!
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. 

upcoming virtual lecture

Dr. Kim Mack, “Hear Me Talking to You”: Black Women Reclaiming Power Through Literary and Musical Narrative

Friday, March 25, 2022, 3:00pm
Zoom Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/j/89839309999?pwd=aG1LUHZQOHh2ek9vQ1NkcWdkTjkrQT09
Meeting ID: 898 3930 9999
Password: 679008

image of research competition

The Image of Research — UR Edition is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulate how the image relates to the research. “Research” is defined broadly to include creative and scholarly work in all fields. The image submitted can represent your work either concretely or abstractly. Perhaps it is an image of your research itself, an activity related to your research, or the impact of your research.

Want to know more? Attend the upcoming workshop below to learn more about the competition and get tips and tricks for visualizing your research. We will spend the second half of the hour on “workshopping” so please bring your ideas and draft images.

Workshop: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 10-11am. Register here.

The deadline to submit an image is March 18, 2022 at 11:59pm.

march events 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.

apply for a golden apple scholarship

If you’re on the Sec Ed path, check out the Golden Apple Scholarship program, and consider attending one of the upcoming info sessions.  Register at www.goldenapple.org/scholars-info.

Golden Apple scholars receiving funding and the opportunity to participate in summer training workshops in exchange for committing to teaching in a school of need after earning their teaching license. 

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. There are two remaining options for participating in the anti-racism workshop:

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

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.  Application deadline is March 18


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 User experience Day
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!
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”)