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Important Dates and Deadlines

May 1: Last Day of Instruction
May 2: Reading Day (no classes)
May 3-10: Finals
May 11: English Department Convocation
May 18: Final Grades Visible in Self-Service

If you are expecting to participate in the English & Creative Writing Convocation on May 11 and you did not register (remember, this is different from putting yourself on the degree list!) please email englishadvising@illinois.edu right away and let us know. This is urgent, as we are bundling tickets and having the program printed NOW. You must order your cap and gown by April 25. All information is available here.

Course Planning Page (for resources to help you navigate major requirements, including the FA24 Cheat Sheet–which has been recently updated!)

Time to Schedule a Registration Appointment

You should all now be able to register for classes, unless you have a hold on your account (if you do, and are not sure how to clear it, please reach out to us). When 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.

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. 

Upcoming Literary Events

Check out details here!
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 

Climate and Crisis, 1660-1820: April 19-20 @ Levis Faculty Center

Create a Photozine!

Culture Talk, Joy Harjo & Jenny L. Davis

Featuring Joy Harjo (23rd United States Poet Laureate; member of the Muscogee [Creek] Nation) and Jenny L.  Davis (American Indian Studies and Anthropology; member of the Chickasaw Nation). Join us in person or live stream the event.

Date & Time: Apr 23, 2024 @7:30 pm  

Location: In person at Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts OR Live Stream

About the Speakers

Joy Harjo 

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position and only the second person to serve three terms in the role. Harjo’s nine books of poetry include Weaving Sundown in a Scarlett LightAn American Sunrise, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. She is also the author of two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, which invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. She has edited several anthologies of Native American writing including When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through — A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, and Living Nations, Living Words, the companion anthology to her signature poet laureate project. Her many writing awards include the 2024 Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Society of America, the 2022 Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 Jackson Prize from Poets & Writers, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and is artist-in-residence for the Bob Dylan Center. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally; her most recent album is I Pray For My Enemies. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jenny L. Davis

Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is the director of the American Indian Studies Program and co-director of the Center for Indigenous Science. She is the co-editor of the Studies in Language and Gender series at Oxford University Press.

Her research interests sit at the intersections of Indigenous language futurism (including language reclamation & revitalization); Queer Indigenous Studies; Speculative fiction and poetry; NAGPRA & repatriation; and collaborative/community-based methods. Her research has been published in the Annual Review of AnthropologyAmerican AnthropologistJournal of Linguistic AnthropologyGender & LanguageLanguage & CommunicationCollections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, the American Journal of Biological Anthropology, and The Routledge Companion to Publicly Engaged Humanities Scholarship (forthcoming), among others. She is the recipient of two book prizes: the 2019 Beatrice Medicine Award from the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures for Talking Indian: Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance (University of Arizona Press, 2018) and the 2014 Ruth Benedict Book Prize from the Association for Queer Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association for her co-edited volume Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Online Ed.M. Program Info Session

Online Ed.M. Information Session for Undergraduate Students
Date & Time: 
 Wednesday, April 24, from 2 – 3 p.m. CT
Invited: Undergraduate Students at UIUC (any major is acceptable)
Registration is required. Register Now!

Online Master of Education programs at the College of Education at UIUC are ranked #7 in the nation on the 2024 U.S. News and World Report, making it a reputable and distinguished place for students to hone their skills, widen their breadth of knowledge, and propel their careers.

Our program has been designed to prepare busy professionals to deal with the most challenging educational issues and become leaders in their field. Students can earn their Master of Education degree in as little as 18 months! Join a network of peers from around the globe who are shaping the future of education! Read about the experiences of our online students, who are some of the most passionate, inventive, and committed graduates the College of Education has nurtured.

For more information about our online Master of Education programs, visit the online Master of Education (Ed.M.) program page.

All are welcome to attend this event. Please register if you plan to attend! Click here to register. Registrants will receive the Zoom link upon registration. Session attendees will be entered to win a $25.00 Illini Union Bookstore gift card door prize!  Please download the free Zoom software and set up an account to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Travis Giffin at tgiffin@illinois.edu.

2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium

Date & Time: Thursday, April 25, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Illini Union Rooms A, B, C, South Lounge & 2nd Floor

The URS will be held at the Illini Union and will feature over 900 students presenting their work through posters, oral presentations, performances, demonstrations, and exhibits. Stop by to support your peers, learn something new, and/or be inspired to apply yourself next year!

Social Justice Scholarship

The Campus Faculty Association is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 Kathryn Oberdeck Memorial Social Justice Scholarship. They will award up to five $1000 scholarships for undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to social justice in the community. You can find information about the 2022-2023 scholarship winners here

These scholarships will be awarded in memorial of longtime CFA member and fighter for social justice Kathryn J. Oberdeck who served until her passing as a professor of History at the University of Illinois. 

The deadline to apply is April 26. Award decisions will be announced in early May.

Final Spring Book Club Meeting

Join the Women’s Resources Center for the last meeting of the series! Register using the links below. The meeting will take place at the Women’s Resources Center from 3:00-4:00pm. 

The book Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller is presented as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the discussion will take place on Friday, April 26 at 3 pm at the WRC. | Sign up and request a copy of the book: go.illinois.edu/knowmyname

Upcoming LAS Career Services Event

Resume Sprint, May 3, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, in 105 Greg Hall

Our annual quick resume review is back. Drop in anytime between 1:30 and 4:00 to get your resume ready or updated. Please bring a hard copy or your laptop so we can assist you. We will conduct 10–15-minute resume reviews (105 Greg Hall). If you need more help after this quick meeting, appointments are available during the last days of the spring semester or throughout the summer (virtual chats or in-person). ***We are not taking appointment times please know you might need to wait. We have snacks and tea or coffee for you. ****

Design Thinking Courses, Open to All!

Become a Peer Educator!

Take Care of Yourself, and Let Others Help!

Don’t forget these!

IBC Positions for Resume-Building

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


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

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).

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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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!

APPLY NOW! Spring 2024 WRC Book Clubs

LAS Career Services Spring Programming

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