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Important Dates and Deadlines

April 9: Deadline to order cap and gown for May graduation ceremony
April 12: Deadline to DROP a 2nd-8-week course

If you are expecting to participate in the English & Creative Writing Convocation on May 11 and you have not yet registered (remember, this is different from putting yourself on the degree list) please email englishadvising@illinois.edu right away and let us know. All information is available here.

Fall Semester Schedule Updates

Recent updates to the fall schedule include:

Rescheduling of ENGL 350, Section B (now meets TR 12:30 to 1:45) with a new topic (Black Women and Popular Culture)

Rescheduling of ENGL 280 (now meets MWF 9:00-9:50, no longer Black Women Writers, new topic TBD)

Addition of ENGL 253 (topic: New Media Franchises), description now visible in Course Explorer

A new version of the FA24 Cheat Sheet is available on the website!

Time to Schedule a Registration Appointment

Registration is now underway. Time tickets (which tell you when you can register for Summer and/or Fall 2024 classes) should be visible to you in Student Self-ServiceWhen you are ready to schedule a registration appointment call 217-333-4346 during the hours 8:30-noon or 1:00-4:30 to request an appointment. As always, you may request a particular advisor or ask for the first person available. Remember that we are very busy during the registration period so please don’t wait until your time ticket opens up and then send an email demanding an immediate reply. Plan ahead!

Here are some things you can do ahead of time to make your registration appointment more productive: 

  • Run your degree audit and see what you can make of it. Even if you find it a little confusing, try to get a sense of what requirements you have left to fulfill, and then when we do your registration appointment we can confirm (or correct) your interpretation of the audit and help explain anything that’s confusing. 
  • Consult Course Explorer and be sure to read the course descriptions in full.  Remember that if a course is called “Topics in X” then you must click through to see the individual sections and find out what topics are available. It’s also worth clicking through on any 199 (usually called Undergraduate Open Seminar) because there you may find some interesting and unusual topics being piloted, and they’re usually unrestricted. 
  • Consult the resources available on the Planning Coursework section of the advising site.  You’ll find checklists of major requirements and a “cheat sheet” that tells you which variable topics courses satisfy which requirements in the coming semester. 


Please join us in congratulating all the winners of the Spring Creative Writing Contests! We will be sending out an email with more detailed information, and there will be a reading by the winners of the top four prizes on April 18 (see below). To everyone who submitted work, we salute you, and for those who won prizes and honorable mentions, we’re very happy for you!

Upcoming Literary Events

Check out details here!

4/11:  VOICE  MFA Student Reading | 7:00 | the Literary Book Bar
4/18:  CW Awards Reading | 4:30 | Illini Union 314A 
4/25:  Corey Van Landingham book release w/ John Dudek | 5:30 | Analog Wine bar 
5/4:   (Saturday)  MFA Final Public Reading | 1:00 | Illini Union 210 

Voices Unveiled

On Thursday, April 11th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, the Illini Union Board, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, and the Courtyard Café will be hosting an event called “Voices Unveiled”. The event will feature a performance from guest Story|Teller FreeQuency!

“Voices Unveiled” is an event dedicated to celebrating the diverse narratives within the LGBTQ+ community, particularly those of POC members.  Students will be given the opportunity to perform their poetry throughout the course of the event.  This is the sign-up link, and a QR code is also provided on the poster below.  

Speaking Center Workshop: Effective Visual Design

Well-designed presentations are about balance. The problem? Balance is a hard thing to find. How much text is too much? How do I decide on a color palette? How do I craft a coherent visual narrative? In this workshop, learn practical skills for creating a standout slide deck and more. Attend this virtual workshop to find out more!

Wednesday, April 10, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

This workshop will NOT be recorded. Registration is required for this virtual only workshop and closes 3 hours before the workshop start time: 

A zoom link will be sent to those who register the day of the workshop. This workshop is meant for undergraduate and graduate students. 

Library Pop-Up Traveling Bookmobile

Looking for more fun things to read? The University Library is going on tour with some must-reads from genres like Fantasy and Sci-Fi, Romance and Contemporary, Horror and Suspense, and Poetry and Memoir. Join us from 11 AM to 3 PM at our different pop-up locations! Bring your iCard and check out your next read!

Odyssey Project Internship DEADLINE APPROACHING!

The Odyssey Project internship is available to undergraduate majors in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and education who wish to work with the Odyssey Project, a program through the Humanities Research Institute that offers free college courses to qualifying members of the Champaign-Urbana community. Odyssey Project Interns are responsible for delivering onsite content and skill support for Odyssey students during class time. Read more and apply at https://hri.illinois.edu/fellowships-research-support/odyssey-project-internship. Deadline is April 8.

Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is seeking highly motivated and detail-oriented students from any college who are interested in marketing, photo and video production, alumni relations, or event planning. These are unpaid positions, but they don’t expect the work will take any more than 10 hours a week (and can be flexible depending on students’ academic schedules), and these are opportunities that will provide students with tangible experiences that they can reflect back on when building their resumes or interviewing for employment post-graduation. Additionally, participating students will be full members of IBC, an organization that provides its members with multiple opportunities for personal and professional growth!

Janelle Joseph Prize for Environmental Writing

Upcoming LAS Career Services Events

FOR SENIORS: Job Search Jumpstart Lab, April 16, 11-1 pm in 107 Greg Hall – Come with your questions, your laptop, your resume or cover letter drafts, and any concerns that have been holding you back from seeking that first post-college job. Meet other Seniors who are wrestling with the same challenges (you are not alone). Our staff will be on hand during this 2-hour open session (come as long as you need) to answer questions, make suggestions, review drafts, or just help you get started. Lunch will be provided, with veggie options available. PLEASE register in Handshake to order the correct amount of food! (Signing up means you get an email reminder.)

Career Services Events (open to all students)
Global Professional Spotlight Series (Online), April 12, 12 pm to 1 pm. (Link in Handshake)


Students must successfully complete this course to become a paid undergraduate consultant with the Writers Workshop.

Upcoming Performance by WYW

Don’t forget these!

Fulbright Scholarship Opportunities

Interested in research, teaching, or graduate study abroad? The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards 2,000 scholarships annually for students to conduct research, teach English, or pursue graduate study in 140 countries. For over ten years, the University of Illinois has been a top producers of Fulbright U.S. student awards. Apply to be a 2025 awardee! 

Current juniors, seniors, and recent alumni in all academic disciplines, who are U.S. citizens, are eligible to apply. 

The Fulbright Scholarship funds 1 year of research, teaching, or graduate study. The selection committee rates candidates based on their academic or professional qualifications, language skills, evidence of maturity, motivation, adaptability to a different cultural environment, knowledge of the host country, and the impression a candidate will make abroad as a citizen representing the U.S. 

The priority deadline for undergraduates and recent alumni is June 24, 2024.
The required campus deadline is August 26, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Application Preparation
If you are interested in applying, please attend our information sessions:   

Fulbright General Information Sessions:

Online – Tuesday, April 9, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Register HERE
Online – Wednesday, April 10, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Register HERE
In Person – Thursday, April 11, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Rm IUB 514

Fulbright Personal Statement Workshops:

Online –Monday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Register HERE
In Person – Tuesday, April 16, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.- Rm IUB 514

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Workshops:

Online – Tuesday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Register HERE
In Person – Wednesday, April 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Rm IUB 514

Fulbright Research & Graduate Study Workshops:

Online – Friday, May 3, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Register HERE

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Summer Course Sneak Peek

Illinois Student Undergraduate Research Journal (ILSURJ)

Illinois Student Undergraduate Research Journal (ILSURJ) are looking for Copy Editors, Content Editors, Layout Specialists/Graphic Designers, and Public Relations Staff.

ILSURJ has been established for the purpose of advancing undergraduate research in all disciplines at the University of Illinois. Through the biannual publication of student research in both print and electronic format, ILSURJ showcases the dynamic nature of undergraduate inquiry on campus. Our goal is to build bridges between undergraduate and graduate students, faculty among varying disciplines, and the public. 

Through our peer-edited, faculty-reviewed electronic and print publications, we strive to develop and display the work produced by our high-achieving undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines in the spirit of development towards professional research. We aim to inspire interest in research and individual curiosity throughout the student body, faculty, and surrounding community. To review the roles available check out the application below!


New Student & Family Experiences is hiring Orientation Leaders

New Student and Family Experiences is looking for undergraduate students to serve as Orientation Leaders to help us welcome our Fall 2024 new students!  The position description and link to apply are below.

The OL position is designed to offer students the opportunity to implement orientation programming for new first year students and family members. OLs should be knowledgeable about the University of Illinois and have a desire to help new students have a successful transition. OLs attend a paid spring training session to help prepare them to be student leaders for New Student & Family Experience events. All OLs will assist at various events such as International Student Orientation, Fall Orientation/Welcome Days and various other orientation programs. Opportunities for continued fall/spring OL work will also be available. More information will be provided at training. The hourly rate for the OL position is $15.

APPLY NOW: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/438108272

Spring 2024 WRC Book Clubs

LAS Career Services Spring Programming

Call for Submissions

You are invited to submit your work to the Madison Journal of Literary Criticism for the Spring 2024 Dream Edition! This edition will encompass what it means to “dream of more,” which includes both contemplating future aspirations and reimagining in a multitude of constructed contexts. Whether it entails the past, present, future, systems, institutions, relationships, methodologies, holidays, politics, fashion, education, emotions…we live in a world of constructs. To break away from these constructs, we dream of something new, something kinder, something better. This edition focuses on how those dreams take shape and will showcase the collective desire—and manifestation—of change that transcends the limits of our current reality. This edition we hope to publish criticism: academic, poetic, in the medium of art or prose or short stories. We hope to have a loose theme as writers and creators are more than willing to interpret, define, and redefine the term however suits them best, so the submitted work does not have to explicitly tie to abolition or social justice. We welcome nuanced perspectives and multiple interpretations, so please submit! 

For samples of work previously published : View MJLC’s Past Editions

If you have any questions, please direct them to mjlc@rso.wisc.edu

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