Weekly Round-Up

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VOICE Creative Writing Readings:

The first VOICE readings of the semester will take place on October 13th at the Literary Bar at 7:00 p.m.

Jason Pfister, Matthew Fash, and Erin Hoffman will be reading from their works on this day.

upcoming professional resource center events:

For more information about career planning and professional development opportunities and support, see https://humanitiesprc.web.illinois.edu/.

RBML Event 10/7: In Search of Marcel Proust:

Are you curious to find out who Marcel Proust was, or how to say his name? Are you a devoted reader? Join Professor François Proulx (Department of French and Italian) and RBML curator Caroline Szylowicz for a conversation about Proust’s life and works. The 100th anniversary of his death will be marked with an exploration of his books, manuscripts and letters. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

ENGL 199 Begins 10/17:

ENGL 199: Writing to get that job begins classes in the second 8-weeks of this semester and is open for enrollment. The newly updated curriculum makes landing an interview easier than ever!

Dates and Deadlines:

October 14: DROP deadline for full semester classes (and the last chance to petition for grade replacement in a class you’re currently re-taking, or to switch from letter grade to CR/NC, an option only available for elective courses, not for those you are using to satisfy a major, minor, or Gen Ed requirement).  
October 17: 2nd 8-week (aka Part of Term B) classes begin
Oct 17 is also the day that your registration time tickets for Spring 2023 should become visible in Student Self-Service
October 21: Deadline to ADD a POT B course
October 31: Priority registration for Spring 2023 begins (your own registration time will be determined by the schedule available here: https://registrar.illinois.edu/registration/reg-spring-2023/)

More information about registration-related advising to follow soon!

Don’t forget these!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

fall workshops:

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