Weekly Round-Up

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Two upcoming ESC-hosted events

First, don’t forget the scavenger hunt this Saturday!

Second, ESC is hosting its annual Spooky Poetry Night on Monday, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. in English Building Room 150! If you’d like to share, bring a poem/prose/short story, whether it’s an original work or a favorite! There will be plenty of snacks and costumes are optional. All English and CW majors are welcome!

 

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A Festival of Writers—featuring the award-winning Roxane GayJericho Brown and Tracy K. Smith—will be presented at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13, 2021. The culmination of the Year of Creative Writers series, this festival spotlights some of the nation’s leading creative writers and authors.

All events are free and open to the public, but do require tickets. Visit the event page to learn more about each event and to reserve tickets.

upcoming hprc events

Publishing Fiction in Literary Magazines, with creative writing alumnus John Milas (Wednesday, November 3, 7 – 8pm, online/Champaign Public Library). “Getting published can be a mystery. John Milas will walk you through the process of submitting your short fiction and poetry to literary magazines. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain information and advice on manuscript formatting, cover letters, and much more!” Register to get the Zoom link.

As always, if you have questions, want to explore options for your future, or need some direction in moving forward, HPRC is there to help:

Also, if you want to double up you can now schedule in-person advising appointments with Anna on Thursday mornings at HPRC!  You’ll have a private appointment in the HPRC conference room (105 Greg Hall) and then you can stick around to talk to Julie or Kirstin about career planning.  It’s one-stop shopping!

Sign up for HUM 275 to explore career paths
 

teach english abroad with JET

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs).

To learn more, come and speak to a JET Program representative:

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session
Thu, Oct 28, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 pm CT
Registration: https://bit.ly/3nu0xLB

AWP Intro Journals Project Submissions Call

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. Our Creative Writing faculty can nominate one story, one essay, and three poems to this national award.

If you are currently a CW major or a CW minor or an MFA candidate and would like to be considered for nomination, please send one short story (max. 25 pages), one essay (max. 25 pages), or up to three poems via email attachment to John Dudek at jdudek4@illinois.edu by 12:00 noon, Monday, November 1, 2021.

Please include in the body of your email your name and academic year (junior, senior, MFA candidate, etc.) as well as your permanent address. Attach your submission as a .pdf, .doc, or .docx file. Your file name should be the title of your submission or some abbreviation of the title(s). The Subject line of your email should read: “AWP Genre: Last Name.” For example: “AWP Nonfiction: Dudek.”

DO NOT include your name or any personal identification on your submission file itself. Please note that work previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere is not eligible. Previous winners are also ineligible.

Direct all questions to John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing, at jdudek4@illinois.edu. 

Udall scholarship workshops

The University of Illinois seeks to nominate sophomores and juniors for the prestigious Udall Scholarship. The Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment.

Please note that there are special awards also for Native American students interested in Tribal policy or health care (no need to be related to the environment).

Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. The campus deadline is January 31, 2022 to be considered. 

If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our Udall informational events:  

Udall Scholarship Information Session (In-person)

Date: Nov 4, 2021   3:30 – 4:30 pm  
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

Udall Scholarship Information Session (Online)

Date: Nov 5, 2021   9:00 – 10:00 am  
Zoom Registration link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtf-yqqDMjGteOhzVHmtcHPCvTOJuQIcui 

Udall Scholarship Writing Workshop

Date: Nov 5, 2021   3:00 – 4:00 pm  
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website. We hope you’ll join us!

environmental leadership program

The program includes a two-day training in January, weekly presentations, and four days of experiential learning in Springfield and Urbana-Champaign during Spring Break. Students from all backgrounds, class standings, and majors are encouraged to apply! Applications are due October 31.

PRE-LAW 101 WORKSHOP SERIES

Our Pre-Law 101 Workshop series is designed specifically for freshman and sophomore students and strives to provide students with a broad overview of the legal profession, legal education, and pre-law student expectations.  The Workshop is divided into Sessions I and II, dates below), and students are expected to attend one of each (but don’t have to do so within a single month).  Interested students may register and learn more about the series online:

  • Pre-Law 101 – Session I: November 3
  • Pre-Law 101 – Session II: November 10
Humanities Research Institute Annual Undergraduate Survey

HRI wants to hear from undergraduates who are interested in the humanities! By completing this survey, you are helping us learn what kinds of events and research activities you’d like to see us offer. You do not need to be a declared humanities major or minor to participate in this survey. As long as you’re interested in the humanities —books, TV and film, history, culture, philosophy, politics, religion, arts, theatre, and similar topics—we want to hear from you!  The survey will remain open through December 31, 2021.

Paid Student Focus Group Opportunity

On behalf of the Office of the Provost, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is currently seeking student participants for our focus groups to help choose questions for a new Teaching Evaluation System on campus. You will receive a $10 Amazon e-code and refreshments for participating.  Sign up! https://go.illinois.edu/TESFocusGroup  (NOTE: Amazon e-codes are not available to international students, unless already employed by the university.) Questions? Contact CITL  citl-data@illinois.edu.

submit your work to Montage!

Montage Arts Journal, the university’s undergraduate literary magazine, is now open for submissions! We welcome all publishable forms of art—photography, paintings, sketches, digital art, collages, sculptures, poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, drama, and more. 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. We look forward to reviewing your work!

Brain Matters

Looking to submit your art, photography, or writing to a professional
body of work? Are you in the market for a publishing credit? Want insight from professors and graduate students on class work, or simply to spice up your social media feed? Connect with us!

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I-STAR Application is OPEN

We are currently seeking to hire current undergraduate students to serve as I STARs (Illinois Student Admission Representatives) within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions-Campus Visits. We are looking for students who are articulate, reliable, energetic, and are enthusiastic about Illinois. The main function of an I STAR is to serve as a representative at Illinois and to give tours to prospective students and families visiting campus. I STARs also assist in the logistics of running our on-campus visit programs. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 24th.

Details, along with the application, can be found online here: https://enroll.illinois.edu/register/spring2022istar

Beinecke scholarship information sessions

The Beinecke Foundation is looking for students who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during their undergraduate years. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated U.S. citizen juniors (those expecting to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2022 and August 2023) to pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of significant financial aid would increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

The National and International Scholarships Program will be hosting a two-day informational event for students to learn more about this opportunity. At our in-person information session, attendees will receive an overview of the scholarship. There will be an online info session for those unable to make the in-person event.

Beinecke Scholarship Information Session (in-person)
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building
Date: October 28, 2021   3:30 – 4:30 pm

Beinecke Scholarship Information Session (online)
Date: October 29, 2021   9:00 – 10:00 am
Zoom Registration Link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdO6vrDkuE9Nz46pc9C-n89wAe_ercBqK

Beinecke Writing Workshop
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building
Date: October 29, 2021   3:00 – 4:00 pm

Wellness and Diversity Workshop Series for Undergraduate Students

The College of Applied Health Sciences and Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. is sponsoring a 6-part dynamic workshop series where students will engage in guided discussions on how different cultural groups navigate barriers and sustain access to resources that impact their overall health.  Participants will be given the tools to critically examine the intersections of overall health (e.g., physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental), while covering a wide range of topics from disparities in healthcare that impact black women to the importance of social wellness for veterans. Participants who enroll in the certificate program are required to attend four of the six workshop sessions and two additional reflection sessions to discuss their capstone project. The knowledge, experience, and connections gained through this interactive program will provide students with the skills to examine the inequities in wellness within the UIUC campus and their own communities.

The synchronous workshop will take place through Zoom on Tuesdays from 7-8pm starting Oct. 19th. Participants are welcome to come only to the topics of interest or enroll in the certificate program.  Register to participate in either format here https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/595116968

Test Anxiety Workshops

Could you benefit from a workshop that provides strategies for managing anxiety around taking tests? The Counseling Center hosts drop-in workshops throughout the semester with tips on:

  • Remaining calm during tests and exams.
  • Getting the most from your study time.
  • Preparing effectively for tests and exams.

To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety.  The in-person sessions will take place in Lincoln Hall room 1064.

  • Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 p.m. (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 6, 3-4 p.m. (in-person)

There are simple, effective ways that can help you perform well on tests and not let anxiety get the best of you! These workshops are free for students.

In Focus Support Series

In Focus is a four-week series that offers education and support for students who commonly experience difficulties associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You do not need to have an official diagnosis to get involved.  This series is interactive and gives students practical tips for improving focus.

We’ll cover:
• Goal Setting
• Procrastination
• Time Management
• Stress Management and Self-Care

In Focus will be offered Wednesdays from 1 to 2:20 p.m. October 27 until November 17.

For more information and to register, please go to counselingcenter.illinois.edu/InFocus.

Registration is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you get a place!

OMSA Fall Tutoring Offerings

 

Sunday Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Reviews

Get feedback on your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile without having to schedule an appointment. Reviews are via Zoom. Click here to begin your Sunday drop-in review:

go.illinois.edu/SundayDropins.

 

 

curious about research? Ask an ambassador!

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

atlas internship program

ATLAS is interviewing for the Fall 2021 semesterApplications are accepted from all undergraduate LAS studentsOpen positions include content creation, social media strategist, communications, and website content. Internships consist of a minimum of 10 hours a week and can be online, in personor hybrid. If you are interested, apply here.

Tuesday @7 counseling center workshops

LUNCH ON US: DISH IT UP

Need to talk to someone?

The Counseling Center has resumed face-to-face services for all counseling modalities except group (which will remain on Zoom). They are also offering online scheduling for initial appointments and you are also welcome to reach out to the embedded LAS counselor, Andy Novinska, at anovinsk@illinois.edu.

DATES and DEadlines

Deadline to add a second half-session course
Friday, Oct. 22

Priority registration begins for Spring 2022
Monday, Nov. 1

Deadline to drop a second half-session course
Friday, November 12

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invitation to first Voice reading of the year!
Do you have a craving for creativity? . . .  A hankering for horror? . . .  A thirst for thrills and chills?
 
Then, oh boy, do we have an event for you!
 
Join us next Thursday, October 14th at 7pm, as we revel in the fictional and poetic stylings of UIUC’s very own MFA writers, Deon Robinson, Ali Shuger, and Nina Sannes. That’s right, it’s time for the first VOICE Reading of the year, to be held in-person at The Literary Book Bar in downtown Champaign
 
Two upcoming hprc events

Writing for Smile Politely, with editor Julie McClure (Friday, October 15, noon – 1pm, 105 Gregory Hall).  Smile Politely is Champaign-Urbana’s online independent magazine, covering art, culture, food, local politics and happenings. They need writers! They also pay writers (not a lot, but it’s something). It’s great experience in identifying and pitching stories, developing your voice, and getting comfortable writing informational content for a broad audience.

Publishing Fiction in Literary Magazines, with creative writing alumnus John Milas (Wednesday, November 3, 7 – 8pm, online/Champaign Public Library). “Getting published can be a mystery. John Milas will walk you through the process of submitting your short fiction and poetry to literary magazines. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain information and advice on manuscript formatting, cover letters, and much more!” Register to get the Zoom link.  

As always, if you have questions, want to explore options for your future, or need some direction in moving forward, HPRC is there to help:

Also, if you want to double up you can now schedule in-person advising appointments with Anna on Thursday mornings at HPRC!  You’ll have a private appointment in the HPRC conference room (105 Greg Hall) and then you can stick around to talk to Julie or Kirstin about career planning.  It’s one-stop shopping!

environmental leadership program

Interested in public policy and sustainability issues? Apply now for iSEE’s new Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), designed to prepare Illinois undergraduates for leadership roles in the sustainability field. In the Spring 2022 program, participants will learn about policy-making at the local and state levels, develop real-world environmental policies, and present proposals to legislators and decision-makers.

The program includes a two-day training in January, weekly presentations, and four days of experiential learning in Springfield and Urbana-Champaign during Spring Break. Students from all backgrounds, class standings, and majors are encouraged to apply! Applications are due October 31.

PRE-LAW 101 WORKSHOP SERIES

Our Pre-Law 101 Workshop series is designed specifically for freshman and sophomore students and strives to provide students with a broad overview of the legal profession, legal education, and pre-law student expectations.  The Workshop is divided into Sessions I and II, dates below), and students are expected to attend one of each (but don’t have to do so within a single month).  Interested students may register and learn more about the series online:

  • Pre-Law 101 – Session I: October 12 and  November 3
  • Pre-Law 101 – Session II: October 19 and  November 10
MINOR IN LEGAL STUDIES INFORMATION SESSION

October 21  |  1:30 pm  | via Zoom
We will be hosting an information session on the College of Law Minor in Legal Studies with Professor Jennifer Pahre, Director of Undergraduate Legal Studies.  This program will provide a general overview of the minor, including requirements, and provide an opportunity for students to ask questions.  The program is designed for all class years and interest levels.  Students may register online to attend.

Paid Student Focus Group Opportunity

On behalf of the Office of the Provost, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is currently seeking student participants for our focus groups to help choose questions for a new Teaching Evaluation System on campus. You will receive a $10 Amazon e-code and refreshments for participating.  Sign up! https://go.illinois.edu/TESFocusGroup  (NOTE: Amazon e-codes are not available to international students, unless already employed by the university.) Questions? Contact CITL  citl-data@illinois.edu.

Don’t forget these!

ESC Midterm Study Sessions

Last Midterm Study Session TONIGHT,  Friday, October 8th from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.! There will be a collaborative workspace area in the Mary Kay Peer lounge, with free coffee and snacks available. All are welcome!

Test Anxiety Workshops

Could you benefit from a workshop that provides strategies for managing anxiety around taking tests? The Counseling Center hosts drop-in workshops throughout the semester with tips on:

  • Remaining calm during tests and exams.
  • Getting the most from your study time.
  • Preparing effectively for tests and exams.

To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety.  The in-person sessions will take place in Lincoln Hall room 1064.

  • Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 p.m. (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 6, 3-4 p.m. (in-person)

There are simple, effective ways that can help you perform well on tests and not let anxiety get the best of you! These workshops are free for students.

In Focus Support Series

In Focus is a four-week series that offers education and support for students who commonly experience difficulties associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You do not need to have an official diagnosis to get involved.  This series is interactive and gives students practical tips for improving focus.

We’ll cover:
• Goal Setting
• Procrastination
• Time Management
• Stress Management and Self-Care

In Focus will be offered Wednesdays from 1 to 2:20 p.m. October 27 until November 17.

For more information and to register, please go to counselingcenter.illinois.edu/InFocus.

Registration is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you get a place!

OMSA Fall Tutoring Offerings

Interested in a career in information science?

The I-School is partnering with 26 institutions to host the inaugural INFOcon 2021 event, which will showcase the breadth and depth of the information profession. This event is intended for prospective students interested in learning about career paths and research topics in information sciences.

The event is free, and attendees are welcomed to join sessions that interest them the most.

Registration is limited. RSVP today by clicking HERE.

Sunday Resume, Cover Letter, and LinkedIn Reviews

Get feedback on your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile without having to schedule an appointment. Reviews are via Zoom. Click here to begin your Sunday drop-in review:

go.illinois.edu/SundayDropins.

MUSE scholars program deadline extended
This fall, due to the ongoing pandemic, the MSU Department of English will host the 3rd Annual MUSE Scholars workshop for prospective graduate students virtually in November. The application deadline has been extended to October 11th. The dates of the virtual program will be forthcoming soon. The MUSE Scholars Program (Mentoring Underrepresented Scholars in English) was launched during the fall of 2018, with an inaugural cohort of eight scholars. The Fall 2021 workshop MUSE workshop is directed at prospective English graduate students from underrepresented groups, including students of African American, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, and Indigenous descent. The all-expenses-paid workshop will allow students to learn more about the English Department, visit graduate classes and co-curricular activities (lectures, film screenings, Research Workshops), meet with our graduate faculty and graduate students, and receive individual feedback from the faculty on their application materials for graduate school. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to faculty. The workshop aims to introduce prospective students to a robust culture of mentoring essential for a rewarding graduate school experience, and a thriving life in academia.
Montage arts journal accepting submissions

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

curious about research? Ask an ambassador!

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

call for submissions

The Foundationalist, an intercollegiate literary journal out of the University of Iowa, accepts undergraduate literary essays, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. There are no page limits or themes.  If selected, the author’s writing will be published on academia.edu and in print format.

The deadline for submissions is October 10th, 2021 at midnight. More information can be found on www.thefoundationalist.com and submissions and other queries can be sent to thefoundationalist@gmail.com.

illinois club scholarships

The Illinois Club awards a number of scholarships annually.  The following three are open to rising juniors and seniors in all majors including English and creative writing (one is specifically for pre-teaching students):

Global Focus Award
Open to any major. Applicants must have international experience or an internationally focused program of study. For example: second-language study, study abroad, internships or volunteering abroad, international career plans. Applicants must demonstrate how their internationally focused work and/or volunteer plans will make a difference in the world.

Humanities and Social Sciences Award
Open to all students majoring or minoring in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying the Humanities or the Social Sciences provides to themselves and their community.

Isabelle Purnell Education Award
Open to students earning a Secondary Education Certificate or College of Education majors. Applicants must demonstrate how they hope to make a difference in the classroom and in students’ lives.

Apply at go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship  by October 16.

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 2022 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2022.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

Contact: scholarship@theillinoisclub.org

News writers wanted

The College of LAS Office of Communications and Marketing is seeking news interns to help keep print and online audiences informed on the activities of alumni and the latest developments on campus. Are you able to write well and accurately by a deadline? Are you comfortable conducting interviews? Does the idea of covering research, teaching, and student life in the largest college on campus appeal to you? If so, apply here. 

atlas internship program

ATLAS is interviewing for the Fall 2021 semesterApplications are accepted from all undergraduate LAS studentsOpen positions include content creation, social media strategist, communications, and website content. Internships consist of a minimum of 10 hours a week and can be online, in personor hybrid. If you are interested, apply here.

Tuesday @7 counseling center workshops

LUNCH ON US: DISH IT UP

Need to talk to someone?

The Counseling Center has resumed face-to-face services for all counseling modalities except group (which will remain on Zoom). They are also offering online scheduling for initial appointments and you are also welcome to reach out to the embedded LAS counselor, Andy Novinska, at anovinsk@illinois.edu.

DATES and DEadlines

CT/Curriculum Changes for Spring 2022
Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 29

Deadline to drop, CR/NCR, or elect Grade Replacement in a full semester course
Friday, Oct. 15

Second half-session courses begin
Monday, Oct. 18

Deadline to add a second half-session course
Friday, Oct. 22

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Montage arts journal accepting submissions

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

If you are interested in instead becoming a student editor on our staff, feel free to reach out to Maddie Udelhofen at mu10@illinois.edu or contact us at montagejournal@gmail.com by September 30th.

Interested in a career in information science? 

The I-School is partnering with 26 institutions to host the inaugural INFOcon 2021 event, which will showcase the breadth and depth of the information profession. This event is intended for prospective students interested in learning about career paths and research topics in information sciences.

The event is free, and attendees are welcomed to join sessions that interest them the most.

Registration is limited. RSVP today by clicking HERE.

Learn about information sciences careers in: 

  • Academic Information Management/Librarianship
  • Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources/Services
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Education Information 
  • Coordinated/Specialized Information Degrees
  • Data Governance and Privacy
  • Digital Curation
  • Emerging Technology Careers in Libraries
  • Health Informatics
  • Information Retrieval and Analytics
  • Metadata
  • Museum Information 
  • Social Justice Work 
  • Misinformation
  • User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design
  • Virtual and Extended Reality
  • Youth Services
two HRI internship application deadlines approaching

David F. Prindable Undergraduate Internship
Deadline: September 27, 2021

Undergraduate majors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply for a paid internship in communications and undergraduate outreach at the Humanities Research Institute. The successful candidate will assist HRI with its communications strategy, particularly its email communications and social media presence, in addition to serving as HRI’s undergraduate liaison and chief strategist on undergraduate engagement. This position is funded thanks to a generous gift from David F. Prindable.

To be considered for this internship, candidates must be humanities majors and possess strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and an investigative mind. A broad interest in the humanities is preferred. 

Humanities Gateway Internship in Public Media and Civic Engagement
Deadline:  October 4, 2021

Undergraduate majors in humanities disciplines are invited to apply for a paid internship in Public Media and Civic Engagement sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), the campus humanities hub, in partnership with Illinois Public Media (IPM), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois (your local NPR/PBS station). The successful candidate will work for IPM and will be supervised by the station’s Director of Engagement and Educational Outreach in close collaboration with the department of news and public affairs. The intern will help produce community listening sessions for WILL staff, blog about the activities of our early childhood program known as The Book Mentor Project, and help build the groundwork for a new campus film festival called “Reel Midwest.”

To be considered for this internship, candidates must be humanities majors and possess strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, have good public speaking skills and an investigative mind. A broad interest in the humanities is preferred.

call for bloggers

The Women’s Network-UIUC is looking for ambitious, female-identifying students to join our Blog Team as Blog Writers! If you are looking for a creative outlet, a leadership role, a way to develop your career in writing or journalism, a hobby, or a way to meet new people, this opportunity is perfect for you. Join TWN by filling out our membership form (bit.ly/jointwn), and apply for our Blog Team by submitting an application.

Here is a little more about us: The Women’s Network (TWN) is the largest collegiate women’s networking organization in the United States. TWN’s mission is to connect collegiate and recently graduated women to each other and to seasoned industry leaders. You deserve to feel celebrated, empowered, and uplifted by our powerhouse community! All you need to do is fill out our membership form (bit.ly/jointwn). Then, get ready to grow personally and professionally, attend TWN chapter and national events, and build a network of ambitious, high-achieving women! Plus, we do not charge membership dues. Please check out our website (www.thewomens.network) for more information or email national@thewomens.network with any questions. 

Please note the application deadline is 5:00 PM on September 29.

Want to Learn Techniques for Improving Your Attention?

In Focus is a four-week series that offers education and support for students who commonly experience difficulties associated with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You do not need to have an official diagnosis to get involved.  This series is interactive and gives students practical tips for improving focus.

We’ll cover:
• Goal Setting
• Procrastination
• Time Management
• Stress Management and Self-Care

In Focus will be offered in-person twice for Fall 2021. The first series will be offered Wednesdays from 1 to 2:20 p.m. on September 29 until October 20. The second series will be offered Wednesdays from 1 to 2:20 p.m. on October 27 until November 17.

For more information and to register, please go to counselingcenter.illinois.edu/InFocus

Registration is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible to ensure you get a place!

Test Anxiety Workshops

Could you benefit from a workshop that provides strategies for managing anxiety around taking tests? The Counseling Center hosts drop-in workshops throughout the semester with tips on:

  • Remaining calm during tests and exams.
  • Getting the most from your study time.
  • Preparing effectively for tests and exams.

To register, please visit counselingcenter.illinois.edu/TestAnxiety.  The in-person sessions will take place in Lincoln Hall room 1064.

  • Tuesday, October 5, 4-5 p.m. (online–Zoom link provided when you register.)
  • Tuesday, November 30, 4-5 p.m. (in-person)
  • Tuesday, December 6, 3-4 p.m. (in-person)

There are simple, effective ways that can help you perform well on tests and not let anxiety get the best of you! These workshops are free for students.

MUSE scholars program deadline extended
This fall, due to the ongoing pandemic, the MSU Department of English will host the 3rd Annual MUSE Scholars workshop for prospective graduate students virtually in November. The application deadline has been extended to October 11th. The dates of the virtual program will be forthcoming soon. The MUSE Scholars Program (Mentoring Underrepresented Scholars in English) was launched during the fall of 2018, with an inaugural cohort of eight scholars. The Fall 2021 workshop MUSE workshop is directed at prospective English graduate students from underrepresented groups, including students of African American, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, and Indigenous descent. The all-expenses-paid workshop will allow students to learn more about the English Department, visit graduate classes and co-curricular activities (lectures, film screenings, Research Workshops), meet with our graduate faculty and graduate students, and receive individual feedback from the faculty on their application materials for graduate school. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to faculty. The workshop aims to introduce prospective students to a robust culture of mentoring essential for a rewarding graduate school experience, and a thriving life in academia.

Don’t forget these!

The Critical Language Scholarship Information Session

The Critical Language Scholarship, provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for undergraduate and graduate students.  A list of eligible languages is available here.

The CLS institutes cover one academic year of university-level language coursework in 8 to 10 weeks over the summer, and include cultural programming, local language partners, and excursions. Participants receive academic credit at their U.S. institutions.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree-granting program at the undergraduate or graduate level.  For more information, please visit: http://www.clscholarship.org/.

If you would like to learn more, please join us:
Critical Language Scholarship Information Session
Location: 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building
Date: Oct 1, 2021   3:00 – 4:00 pm

Serve on the Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

Are you looking for opportunities to get involved? Are you looking for ways to advocate for your fellow colleagues? What about developing your leadership skills and working together with peers and campus leadership to strengthen our community? If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

The Office of the Provost is now accepting applications for appointment to the 2021-2022 Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board.

This year, the Advisory board’s primary focus will be improving undergraduate students’ sense of belonging and fostering inclusive campus environments.

The Application can be accessed here:  https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/562596319.

If selected to participate as a Board member, appointments will be for one full academic year. All applications will be due by Monday, October 4, 2021, at 11:59 PM CDT.

curious about research? Ask an ambassador!

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

Upcoming Hprc events

Wed., Sept 29, 5pm: Breaking into Book Publishing
Get the inside scoop from Illinois English alumna Dominique Moore, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Illinois Press (327 Gregory Hall)

Thurs., Sept. 30, 9am – noon: Addison Group Takeover of the HPRC
Addison Group is a recruiting company, and one of LAS’s corporate partners. They’re hosting a “takeover” of our space in 105 Gregory Hall, which means that Addison staff will be available to review resumes, give advice, chat about good interview strategies, hand out swag, and, of course, connect with any students interested in internships or jobs with Addison Group. Juniors or seniors with strong people skills (through retail or restaurant experience, for example) would be a great fit for their openings.

careers in human resources

The School of Labor and Employment Relations is hosting a virtual 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.  Register in Handshake or email bneig2@illinois.edu to receive the zoom link.

Virtual MHRIR Information Session
Thursday, September 30th
6:00 to 7:30 pm

call for submissions

The Foundationalist, an intercollegiate literary journal out of the University of Iowa, accepts undergraduate literary essays, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. There are no page limits or themes.  If selected, the author’s writing will be published on academia.edu and in print format.

The deadline for submissions is October 10th, 2021 at midnight. More information can be found on www.thefoundationalist.com and submissions and other queries can be sent to thefoundationalist@gmail.com.

illinois club scholarships

The Illinois Club awards a number of scholarships annually.  The following three are open to rising juniors and seniors in all majors including English and creative writing (one is specifically for pre-teaching students):

Global Focus Award
Open to any major. Applicants must have international experience or an internationally focused program of study. For example: second-language study, study abroad, internships or volunteering abroad, international career plans. Applicants must demonstrate how their internationally focused work and/or volunteer plans will make a difference in the world.

Humanities and Social Sciences Award
Open to all students majoring or minoring in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying the Humanities or the Social Sciences provides to themselves and their community.

Isabelle Purnell Education Award
Open to students earning a Secondary Education Certificate or College of Education majors. Applicants must demonstrate how they hope to make a difference in the classroom and in students’ lives.

Apply at go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship  by October 16.

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 2022 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2022.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

Contact: scholarship@theillinoisclub.org

News writers wanted

The College of LAS Office of Communications and Marketing is seeking news interns to help keep print and online audiences informed on the activities of alumni and the latest developments on campus. Are you able to write well and accurately by a deadline? Are you comfortable conducting interviews? Does the idea of covering research, teaching, and student life in the largest college on campus appeal to you? If so, apply here. 

atlas internship program

ATLAS is interviewing for the Fall 2021 semesterApplications are accepted from all undergraduate LAS studentsOpen positions include content creation, social media strategist, communications, and website content. Internships consist of a minimum of 10 hours a week and can be online, in personor hybrid. If you are interested, apply here.

Tuesday @7 counseling center workshops

LUNCH ON US: DISH IT UP

Need to talk to someone?

The Counseling Center has resumed face-to-face services for all counseling modalities except group (which will remain on Zoom). They are also offering online scheduling for initial appointments and you are also welcome to reach out to the embedded LAS counselor, Andy Novinska, at anovinsk@illinois.edu.

DATES and DEadlines

CT/Curriculum Changes for Spring 2022
Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 29

Deadline to drop, CR/NCR, or elect Grade Replacement in a full semester course
Friday, Oct. 15

Second half-session courses begin
Monday, Oct. 18

Deadline to add a second half-session course
Friday, Oct. 22

Weekly Round-Up

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ESC (English Student Council) Weekly Meetings
curious about research? Ask an ambassador!

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are accepting virtual meetings with students throughout the semester. Staff from the Office of Undergraduate Research are available for one-on-one virtual and in-person meetings to answer any questions you have about undergraduate research at Illinois.

Schedule an appointment today at: http://go.illinois.edu/AskOUR

Upcoming Hprc events

Wed., Sept. 15, 5pm: Jobs in Conversational Design
Not sure what that is? Come learn from Hillary Black, Conversational Designer and Founder, Mav (327 Gregory Hall)

Wed., Sept 29, 5pm: Breaking into Book Publishing
Get the inside scoop from Illinois English alumna Dominique Moore, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Illinois Press (327 Gregory Hall)

Thurs., Sept. 30, 9am – noon: Addison Group Takeover of the HPRC
Addison Group is a recruiting company, and one of LAS’s corporate partners. They’re hosting a “takeover” of our space in 105 Gregory Hall, which means that Addison staff will be available to review resumes, give advice, chat about good interview strategies, hand out swag, and, of course, connect with any students interested in internships or jobs with Addison Group. Juniors or seniors with strong people skills (through retail or restaurant experience, for example) would be a great fit for their openings.

careers in human resources

The School of Labor and Employment Relations is hosting a virtual 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.  Register in Handshake or email bneig2@illinois.edu to receive the zoom link.

Virtual MHRIR Information Session
Thursday, September 30th
6:00 to 7:30 pm

Tuesday @7 counseling center workshops

Check out this workshop series run by counseling center paraprofessionals on a range of topics including self-care, study skills, time management, community building, and more.

call for submissions

The Foundationalist, an intercollegiate literary journal out of the University of Iowa, accepts undergraduate literary essays, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. There are no page limits or themes.  If selected, the author’s writing will be published on academia.edu and in print format.

The deadline for submissions is October 10th, 2021 at midnight. More information can be found on www.thefoundationalist.com and submissions and other queries can be sent to thefoundationalist@gmail.com.

If you’re looking to publish your work, don’t forget our own Montage Arts Journal!  Keep an eye out for upcoming calls for submission.

Important Dates to Remember

Deadline to drop, CR/NCR, or elect Grade Replacement in a first-half session course
Friday, Sept. 17

CT/Curriculum Changes for Spring 2022
Monday, Oct. 4 through Friday, Oct. 29

Deadline to drop, CR/NCR, or elect Grade Replacement in a full semester course
Friday, Oct. 15

Don’t Forget These:

HPRC Virtual Drop-Ins ARE HERE!

The incomparable Julie Higgs from the Humanities Professional Resource Center will be holding virtual “drop-in” hours on Mondays from 2-4.  You can join her in her zoom office to ask questions about career development generally or to get help with a specific task.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://illinois.zoom.us/j/83357858858?pwd=dHpIMmV4Q1ltMEFvbzlrME1BOW81Zz09

Meeting ID: 833 5785 8858
Password: HPRCengl

check out these opportunities

Prindable internship available for undergrad humanities majors
Deadline to apply: Monday, Sept. 27
Do you have strong writing and communications skills, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work independently, and an investigative mind? Learn more and apply here.

Reimagine our Future 
Show us how you reimagine our future. Groups of students can choose a sustainability topic of interest then develop innovative ideas that will inspire change and action, critique institutions or practices, and help us all to live more meaningful lives whilst also regenerating Earth. Register here.

illinois club scholarships

The Illinois Club awards a number of scholarships annually.  The following three are open to rising juniors and seniors in all majors including English and creative writing (one is specifically for pre-teaching students):

Global Focus Award
Open to any major. Applicants must have international experience or an internationally focused program of study. For example: second-language study, study abroad, internships or volunteering abroad, international career plans. Applicants must demonstrate how their internationally focused work and/or volunteer plans will make a difference in the world.

Humanities and Social Sciences Award
Open to all students majoring or minoring in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Applicants must demonstrate the benefits that studying the Humanities or the Social Sciences provides to themselves and their community.

Isabelle Purnell Education Award
Open to students earning a Secondary Education Certificate or College of Education majors. Applicants must demonstrate how they hope to make a difference in the classroom and in students’ lives.

Apply at go.illinois.edu/TICScholarship  by October 16.

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 2022 semester, and graduate no earlier than December 2022.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 at both the time of application and winning of award is also required.

Contact: scholarship@theillinoisclub.org

News writers wanted

The College of LAS Office of Communications and Marketing is seeking news interns to help keep print and online audiences informed on the activities of alumni and the latest developments on campus. Are you able to write well and accurately by a deadline? Are you comfortable conducting interviews? Does the idea of covering research, teaching, and student life in the largest college on campus appeal to you? If so, apply here. 

atlas internship program

ATLAS is interviewing for the Fall 2021 semesterApplications are accepted from all undergraduate LAS studentsOpen positions include content creation, social media strategist, communications, and website content. Internships consist of a minimum of 10 hours a week and can be online, in personor hybrid. If you are interested, apply here.

LUNCH ON US: DISH IT UP

Alternating Mondays from Noon – 1pm (with free lunch) at the Women’s Resources Center, 616 E. Green Street, Suite 202 (next to McDonalds)

Each semester the Women’s Resources Center (WRC) hosts a (free!) lunch and learn series with speakers, lecturers, and panelists who explore a variety of topics at the intersection of gender and other social identities. Dish It Up and the Lunch on Us series offers a unique opportunity for students to engage with their peers in a rewarding discussion of identity, social phenomena, and justice on campus.

Need to talk to someone?

The Counseling Center has resumed face-to-face services for all counseling modalities except group (which will remain on Zoom). They are also offering online scheduling for initial appointments and you are also welcome to reach out to the embedded LAS counselor, Andy Novinska, at anovinsk@illinois.edu.