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Don’t forget to register for your fall courses! If you need help with that, schedule an appointment to discuss your plans with an advisor by calling 217-333-4346 during the hours 8:30-noon or 1:00-4:30. As always, you may request a particular advisor or ask for the first person available. For students who feel comfortable with the registration process and would prefer to do advising via email, you may contact an advisor with your questions, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Graduating This May?!
If you’re graduating this May or August and missed the deadline to register for convocation, we need to know ASAP if you’re planning to participate. Please email englishadvising@illinois.edu to let us know!  Plus, don’t forget to order your cap and gown.  The deadline for early pricing has passed but you can still place an order online: see commencement.illinois.edu for details.
Fall Honors thesis registration are due 4/29

For FALL 2022 theses, the deadline to return this form is Friday APRIL 29. If for any reason you cannot meet this deadline, notify Catharine Gray: cathgray@illinois.edu.

Undergraduate Research Positions

The Writing Across Engineering and Science (WAES) research group is looking for undergraduate research assistants (https://publish.illinois.edu/waes/). We are looking for reliable, curious students interested in learning about writing in STEM settings and qualitative research, particularly survey and interview methods. Students of any major related to science, engineering, writing, or communication are encouraged to apply to join our interdisciplinary team. Initial responsibilities will include activities such as transcribing interview data, analyzing course materials, organizing data, and participating in project team meetings.

Required qualifications:
–Interest in writing instruction in STEM settings
–Available during both summer (minimum 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks) and fall 2022 (minimum of 8 hours per week)

Preferred qualifications:
–Coursework related to writing and communication in STEM
–Prior qualitative research experience, particularly with transcription

Compensation: $12/hour

To apply, please send a 2-4 sentence statement of why you are interested and a current resume to Dr. Julie Zilles (jzilles@illinois.edu). Please include ‘WAES undergrad application’ in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on April 25, 2022.

2022 Undergraduate Research Week

The 2022 Undergraduate Research Week and its signature event, the Undergraduate Research Symposium are almost upon us! Please mark your calendars and join us in celebrating student innovation and excellence in research at Illinois.

2022 Undergraduate Research Week (URW)
Dates: April 24 – 30*
*includes events in the preceding week

2022 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS)
Date & Time: April 28, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Illini Union Rooms ABC, South Lounge & 2nd Floor

This year’s URW will be a combination of virtual and in-person events hosted by individual departments, units, and programs. URS will be in person at the Illini Union and students will be presenting their research posters and oral/performance presentations throughout the day.

You can find the full program at: https://go.illinois.edu/URWProgram

interested in secondary education teaching?

The Naperville Community Unit School District #203 is taking over the HPRC on Monday, April 25, from 9:30am to 4:30pm. A team of four Illinois alumni currently working there (including the Chief Human Resources Officer) will be here in 105 Greg Hall to talk to students thinking about careers in education. Please drop by if you

  • have been thinking about a career in education and would like to learn more about whether it’s right for you,
  • are about to graduate with a secondary ed minor and want to apply for jobs (fill out the online application ahead of time and bring your resume!),
  • are curious what people who work for a school district do besides teach,
  • went to school in Naperville and want to meet some of the people who make education happen in your hometown,
  • want to learn about non-teaching jobs in education,
  • want to practice networking with some Illinois alumni,
  • want to assure your parents that you’re thinking about your future, or
  • have questions about any of the current job openings (whether or not you start the application process online).

Prefer to read than talk to people? More info is here (but by all means come  on Monday if you have questions!)

NOT interested in a career in education? You have a lot of options! Come to the HPRC drop-in hours (Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday lunchtimes, Thursday mornings), make an appointment, or email us to start exploring other paths.

Writers Workshop End-of-Semester Events



Internship Opportunity for English Department Students

This position will assist high school students in the U of I Facilities & Services’ Pre-Apprentice program with improving reading comprehension and writing skills in preparation for crafts/trades apprenticeship exams.  The intern will work with craft/trades supervisory staff to determine the students’ current reading and writing abilities, develop a plan for each student, and work with students to improve their skills.  If you have any questions, I can be reached at eas@illinois.edu.  Thank you for your consideration.


  • Graduate (preferred) or undergraduate student working toward a degree in English, reading comprehension, composition, or related area
  • Ability to assess students’ ability to perform algebra, trigonometry, plot graphs, calculate fractions, etc.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and proactively

summer internshipsNeed a summer internship and don’t know where to look? Apply to the ATLAS Internship program for Summer and/or Fall 2022. Interviews start soon. Apply here.

2022 Q Magazine writing contest

The Janelle Joseph Environmental Writing Award gives students a chance to have their work published in Q Magazine, a publication of the Certificate for Environmental Writing (CEW) at Illinois. The top awards also carry a cash prize. The contest is open to all Illinois undergraduates of any major, geared toward those with an interest in environmental writing.

Winners will have their work published in an upcoming issue of Q. The top prize is $1,000, and $500 prizes will be available in five categories this year: feature, memoir, op-ed, Q&A, and “At Illinois” (see the below link and attached flyer for descriptions and examples of each category).

The final deadline to submit an article is Sept. 30, 2021.


Make your voice heard!

The Smart and Healthy Communities Initiative is seeking current UIUC students for focused feedback sessions around potential new Illinois App features. Participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.Sessions will be one hour in length and conducted over Zoom. If you are interested in participating, simply fill out this brief (~5 minute) sign-up form, and the research team will reach out to you directly to schedule a session.

Student Feedback Sign-Up Form

The Life + Career Design Scholarship
Apply today for up to $5,000 to support an unpaid internship, research experience, or volunteer work this summer. You must be a full-time LAS student who is not getting course credit for the experience. Check out the website for eligibility and FAQs to apply!  Priority deadline: May 1.
summer 2022 courses

INFO/WRIT 303: Writing Across Media

This class carries Advanced Composition Gen Ed credit and will be taught online. It also counts as an elective for either the Informatics minor or the Game Studies & Design minor.






Art 499: Special Topics in Art–Intro to Manga Production
Online synchronous. In this course students will learn the basics of manga production which include the traditional Japanese plot structure, rendering of visual effects and sound effects used in manga, tools of the trade, a history of the form, and printing standards used in Japanese magazines. The course also covers basics of comic drawing such as composition, paneling, cartooning, and images as narrative tools. At the end of the course, students will be confident in their understanding of manga as a unique iteration of sequential art and will be equipped with the resources to continue improving on their own.


HPRC advising

Ready to connect with our humanities professional development experts?  Come by Greg Hall 105 any Thursday morning between 9:30 and 11:30 to meet with Julie Higgs and start a conversation about careers.  Anna hangs out there Thursday mornings as well so if you want some academic advising you can schedule an in-person appointment with her during that time.  It’s one-stop shopping!



april events at the writers workshop

The Writers Workshop provides feedback on all kinds of writing including essays, job application materials, and personal statements.  Appointments and drop-in hours are available in person at the Undergraduate Library and online.  Upcoming April events can be found here. 

And don’t forget . . .

do you have good news to share?

If you are a recently-published undergraduate or graduate student in the English department, DM @illinoisenglish on Instagram with the details so our social media team can create a kudos post to celebrate your accomplishment!

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.

ATLAS Social Media Intern Weekly Meetings

Come join social media interns from the ATLAS Internship Program to discuss things all social media! We meet every Friday at 4 pm on Zoom. Some potential topics include Canva, Airtable, data analytics, and even hearing from speakers!

Topic: Social Media & Digital Content  Weekly Meeting


Meeting ID: 817 1650 6306
Password: 710945

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


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