Weekly Round-Up

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Quick overview of events (read on for details):

Drop-In Career Counseling with Julie: 9/26
Poetry in Libra: 9/27
Tuesday @7 Workshop–Avoiding Procrastination: 9/27
ESA-Hosted Symposium: 9/28
Carr Visiting Authors: Madeleine Thien: 9/29
Intro to Scholarly Research–Using Bibliographies: 10/4
MHRIR Info Session: 10/5

University of Illinois Press Seeking Publicity Intern:

The University of Illinois press is seeking a Publicity Intern to assist the University of Illinois Press Senior Publicity Manager with publicizing UI press books via creation of press releases, researching media contacts, filing, adding author events to the press calendar, pulling quotes from book reviews, and other related tasks. Strong writing and communications skills, intellectual curiosity, close attention to detail and organization, and interest in books and publishing or marketing and PR, good problem-solving skills and a high level of comfort using general programs such as MS word and excel are required. English and Creative Writing majors are strongly encouraged to apply.

Send a cover letter and resume to Heather Gernenz by October 7. For more information, send an email to gernenz2@illinois.edu or visit https://secure.osfa.illinois.edu/vjb/detail.aspx?type=fws&postid=45913.

ESA-HOSTED Symposium series

The next event will be on Wednesday, September 28 from 5-7PM in EB 104. Come learn about ways to add to your English major, specifically with the RIGS focus (within the Topics concentration) or the Environmental Writing Certificate! The RIGS Concentration + Environmental Writing Certificate Symposium will also have a presentation + Q&A with RIGS advisor Professor Candice Jenkins and Environmental Writing Professor Gillen Wood.

For more information contact Sydney Sadler at ssadler3@illinois.edu.

I-STAR positions available

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is currently seeking to hire additional I STARs, who serve as campus tour guides, for the spring semester. The application is currently open with a deadline of October 2.

The application can be found online here as well as on the I STAR website. 

Call For Applications: Funded MA/PhD, Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies:

The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama is currently accepting applications for MA and PhD admissions for Fall of 2023.

  • The Strode MA program offers students the unique opportunity to specialize in Renaissance studies at the master’s level. Students admitted to the Strode MA program receive enhanced graduate stipends, and they are fully funded for two years (the current MA stipend is $19,500 per year)..
  • The Strode PhD program offers advanced training in Renaissance studies for a select cohort of students who pursue their research interests through an individually tailored plan of study. Students admitted to the Strode PhD program receive enhanced graduate stipends, and they are fully funded for five years (the current PhD stipend is $21,500 per year).
  • All MA and PhD students can also take full advantage of the resources of the Strode Program, including travel funding, summer support, and access to a range of programming, such as the Alabama Shakespeare Project, Shakespeare in performance workshops, and lectures by distinguished guest speakers. The University of Alabama is also a member of The Folger Institute. Students and faculty in early modern studies at The University of Alabama are eligible to participate in the Institute’s many cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary workshops and seminars, designed to enhance participants’ research interests.
  • The Strode Program works closely with the Alabama Digital Humanities Center (ADHC) and co-sponsors of the University of Alabama’s international Digital Humanities conference, Digitorium (https://apps.lib.ua.edu/blogs/digitorium/). Strode students have access to the ADHC for support with digital techniques for their research and teaching,

Please note that the deadline for applying for admission to either the MA or the PhD program for the Fall term is December 1.

For more details about the program and the application process visit  https://strode.english.ua.edu/

LER-MHRIR Info Session:

The School of Labor and Employment Relations is hosting an Information Session for undergraduate students to learn more about the Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) program. Interested students will be joined by staff for an overview of the admission requirements, curriculum, and career opportunities in the field.  Current students will share some of their classroom and recruitment experiences.    Students can either Register in Handshake or email bneig2@illinois.edu to receive the zoom link.

Poetry in Libra Invitation:

You are invited to attend Poetry in Libra: where the words balance the scales
Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30-8 pm CT via Zoom.
Click the following link to RSVP to Poetry in Libra:

Visit the website for more information on the gallery: https://laestaciongallery.weebly.com/.

Carr Visiting Author Reading: Madeleine Thien 9/29:

The first Robert J. and Katherine Carr Visiting Author Reading of the year on Thursday, 9/29 at 4:30 in room 210 of the Illini Union. Madeleine Thien will be reading from her work. More details are available here.

Don’t forget these!

FLAS Fellowships for English Majors:

Do you study a less commonly taught language (any language except French, German, and Spanish)? Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident? If so, consider applying for a Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for summer 2023 or academic year 2023-24. FLAS fellowships support both undergraduate and graduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with global or area studies. The purpose of the FLAS program is to train students to integrate global knowledge into a future career in areas of national need like cyber security and business, where knowledge of additional languages is crucial. Learn more about FLAS fellowship opportunities through the European Union Center here, and learn more about FLAS opportunities across campus here. Please look out for the FLAS information session in November. Applications will be due in late January.

undergraduate research support grant:

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.

For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

The deadline to apply is October 14, 2022 at 11:59pm. For questions or concerns, contact Office of Undergraduate Research at ugresearch@illinois.edu.

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.

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.


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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