Weekly Round-Up

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last chance to nominate great teachers!

Please help us reward our excellent English department instructors. If you have found someone to be especially skilled, knowledgeable, inspiring, or responsive to your needs as a student, we want to know about it!

You can nominate any professor, lecturer, or instructor (that includes graduate TAs), who has taught any English department course (BTW, CW, ENGL, RHET) on any topic.  You can nominate more than one person.  All you have to do is fill out the online form available at https://english.illinois.edu/resources/student-resources/resources-undergrads/nominate-outstanding-teacher.

The deadline for this awards cycle has been extended to this Monday, September 12.

English student association meetings and more!

You are invited to attend the weekly ESA meetings: Wednesdays from 6-7 in the Mary Kay Peer Lounge (basement of the English building), for example. If you want to know more email esaillinois1867@gmail.com.

Or, get involved with Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society if you want to connect with fellow English students, writers, and lovers of literature. You will have opportunities to gain experience publishing, speaking as a panelist at conferences, and/or meeting English students from around the world. For more information, email sigmataudeltaillinois@gmail.com.

The Illinois Club scholarships 2022-2023

This year, The Illinois Club will be awarding the following scholarships:

Humanities and Social Sciences Award of $4,000
Engineering and Science Award of $4,000
Global Focus Award of $4,000
Isabelle Purnell Education Award of $4,000
The Judith Life Ikenberry Fine Arts Award of $4,500

Application Deadline: 5 PM, October 15, 2022.

To learn more about the individual scholarships, and to apply, see go.illinois.edu/TICScholarshipApplication. If you have questions, please direct them to scholarship@theillinoisclub.org.

General Eligibility:

You must be an undergraduate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, have earned at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the Spring 2023 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2023. A minimum GPA of 3.0 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

writers workshop resources & new location

The Writers Workshop provides free, one-to-one writing feedback for any type of writing and at any stage of the writing process. This includes course papers, speeches, senior capstones, personal statements, resumes and cover letters, group writing projects, theses or dissertations, or manuscripts for publication. They have appointments and drop-in hours, and they’re available in-person and online.

In addition to one-to-one writing feedback, the Writers Workshop hosts a range of presentations and events. More information is available here https://calendars.illinois.edu/list/5442. Two upcoming events are “Networking and Job Search Writing” (9/8, 4pm) and “Effective Cover Letters for Job Applications” (9/14, 4pm).

The Writers Workshop has moved! The new location is in the Main Library (room 100b, on the first floor, across from the Info Desk). An open house will be held on 22 September from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. See he flyer below:

intern with dsje

Diversity and Social Justice Education (DSJE) is hiring 4 interns. 2022-2023 Open Positions are Marketing & Communications Intern (1 position) and Social Justice Leadership Interns (3 positions). To learn more and apply, visit:  https://go.illinois.edu/DSJEintern

Applications OPEN August 29, 2022. There will be an optional information session on September 6, 2022 at 6 PM on Zoom – register by going to the DSJEintern link above.

Applications CLOSE September 12, 2022

Interviews start on September 15, 2022.

apply to be an i-connect student peer educator

Are you Passionate about diversity & social justice? Excited to foster inclusive community among students? Eager to practice group facilitation skills? A strong communicator & an upstander to acts of bias? Apply to be an I-Connect Student Peer Educator today! This is a paid position with Diversity & Social Justice Education for Spring 2022. Applications are due September 12, 2022. Apply at https://go.illinois.edu/icspe.

conversation cafe + friday forum

Conversation Cafe + Friday Forum will be starting next week, September 16, 2022. Time: Noon – 1:00 PM. Venue:| University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St., Latzer Hall, Champaign.

Don’t forget these!

research apprenticeship program

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program offers undergraduate students with little or no research experience the opportunity to work with graduate students and post-doctoral scholars on their research projects, explore the culture and process of research, and build on their existing abilities within a community of scholars. Applications will be accepted through 6 October 2022. For more information visit http://undergradresearch.illinois.edu/programs/urap.html.

More help with research


Montage Arts Journal, the undergraduate literary magazine of UIUC, is now open for submissions. All publishable forms of art—photography, paintings, sketches, digital art, collages, sculptures, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, drama, and more—are welcome. This semester’s reading period closes December 15th, but submissions can be emailed to montagejournal@gmail.com any time before then. Please see https://montagejournal.wordpress.com for more information. 


Ready to connect with our humanities professional development experts?  Beginning 9/22 you can stop by Greg Hall 105 any TUESDAY MORNING between 9:30 and noon or THURSDAY AFTERNOON between 1:00 and 4:00 to meet with Julie Higgs (note that these times have changed since last spring).  Starting September 24 Anna will be there Tuesday mornings as well so if you want some academic advising you can schedule an in-person appointment with her during that time and then talk to Julie before or afterwards. It’s one-stop shopping!

You can also connect with Julie in the English advising office during her drop-in hours: 1:30-4:00 every other Monday starting September 12.

Book Launch for TRICKSTER ACADEMY, by Jenny L. Davis

The book launch of Trickster Academy, a collection of poems published by University of Arizona Press (2022), will be held on Friday, September 9 from 2:00-3:00 pm on zoom. Please register at: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtf–qpjIiHdTEfjK0rudifzYx2BtjLY2h. The event will feature a reading by Jenny L. Davis and discussion with Daniel Heath Justice. For more information see the flyer below:


The Office of the Provost is now accepting applications for appointment to the 2022-2023 Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

The Advisory board is a group of diverse undergraduate students who volunteer to serve as advisors to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost. They aim to accurately portray the current realities of the undergraduate experience by articulating the highlights and challenges of being a student at the university. As representatives of the undergraduate population at Illinois, their objective is to convey what could make a successful undergraduate student experience. 

The Application can be accessed here:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/683840983.

If selected to participate as a Board member, appointments will be for one full academic year. All applications are due Friday, September 9, 2022, at 11:59 PM CDT.


Come see the new experiential space for book history and arts in the CU Community FabLab. They have three presses up and running and a new name, Skeuomorph Press. The press is on Twitter (https://twitter.com/skeuomorphpress/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/skeuomorphpress/), if you want to follow what they’re up to and hear about upcoming events. 

If you’d like to see the space, print a little something, and hear more about the goals for Skeuomorph you are welcome to attend the FabLab’s fall open house, on Friday, September 9 from 5-9pm and Saturday, September 10 from 10am-5pm. You can learn more here: http://cucfablab.org/. During the open house, they will have the presses set up to print a souvenir, and other materials on display for visitors to explore. The FabLab is at 1301 S. Goodwin Ave in Urbana. All English department students are welcome!


The Department of English at Michigan State University is delighted to announce the 4th Annual MUSE Scholars Workshop, which will be held this fall in East Lansing, from October 19-22

The MUSE Scholars Program  is intended for prospective English graduate students from underrepresented groups, including students of African American, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, and Indigenous descent. It aims to introduce students to a robust culture of mentoring essential for a rewarding graduate school experience, and a thriving life in academia. You can read more about our first three cohorts of MUSE scholars here.

The all-expenses paid workshop will allow students to learn more about the English department, visit graduate classes, meet faculty and graduate students, receive feedback on their application materials for graduate school, and present their research to faculty.

Students can learn more about the workshop, and submit an application here.  The deadline for applications has been extended to September 19. 

fall workshops

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