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Announcements for the week of May 15, 2017

Deadlines and Policies
Summer Registration Deadlines

It is important to remember that there are many different summer deadlines (cancellation, withdrawal, credit/no credit, add/drop classes, etc.) because students may attend different sessions of the summer term. If you are considering making changes to your summer registration, please check the registration deadlines for the parts of term in which you are registered.

For academic and registration deadlines for Summer 2017, visit the following websites:

Summer 2017 Health Coverage for Graduate Students

To ensure that you receive Summer 2017 health coverage and benefits, please make sure you read the health coverage information online and take action as appropriate. 

The Enrollment / Change period for Summer 2017 is May 12, 2017 through June 2, 2017. During this time, students can go to the Student Health Insurance website and waive the Student Health Insurance fee. Can also go to their MyAccount where they can add dependents online. Students who wish to reinstate back into the plan, must visit the Student Health Insurance Office located in McKinley Health Center, lower level Room 29 and fill out the appropriate paperwork, in person.  For more information, contact (217) 333-0165 or

Fellowships and Funding
Featured Fellowship

US Department of State - Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Fulbright Program offers postdoctoral fellowships for recent graduates in the sciences, technology, engineering, math, fine arts, humanities and social sciences to further their training through research and/or teaching experiences abroad. Countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Italy, France, Israel, Mexico, Spain and Taiwan. See catalog of awards. Applicants must be US citizens who will complete their degree requirements by February 2, 2018 or have received their degree within the past 5 years. Fellowships offer 2-12 months of support and cover travel and living costs for the grantee and their accompanying dependents. For more information, see the Fulbright listing in the Graduate College’s Fellowship Finder database. Applicants are invited to submit proposal drafts to the Office of External Fellowships for review.

Thesis Tip
Balance Work and Play this Summer

Now that summer break has officially started, check out our blog post for tips on how to balance work with fun while you are working on your thesis. To learn more about the thesis process, check out the Thesis Office website.

Your Research and Teaching
Flip Trip: A Fun Workshop on Flipping Your Course

Tuesday, May 23, 9 - 11:30 a.m., Armory, room 428


A special introductory workshop will be offered on FLIP Trip! Presented by Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning staff, this workshop will cover some of the typical challenges faculty face when transitioning to a flipped classroom format, including what to move online and what to do in class. Participants will experience the benefits of this new type of classroom while exploring a variety of active and collaborative learning activities that can be modified for any discipline. Bring a laptop and a friend. Free to faculty, staff, and teaching assistants. From the first floor, take the red Southwest elevator to the 4th floor. Room 428 is just off the elevator. 

Scholarly Commons Internship Available

Application Deadline: May 30

The new Scholarly Commons Internship Program offers up to two one-­year graduate hourly internships for the 2017-2018 academic year for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences. Students currently in the 3rd year or beyond of their doctoral program who have completed required coursework are eligible to apply. One intern will focus on the digital humanities; the second will focus on the digital humanities or computational social sciences.

Scholarly Commons Interns will be expected to be in-residence approximately ten hours per week, with the majority of their time allocated to pursuit of research projects proposed by the Intern as well as a time commitment to Scholarly Commons research support services. Interns will also be assigned one or more “library mentors” from the Scholarly Commons and University Library. Questions can be directed to Harriett Green at

Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event

Thursday, May 18, 5 - 7 p.m., Enterprise Works, Atrium

Join Research Park and You’re Welcome CU for drinks and snacks while enjoying conversation and building connections with some of the 100+ tech companies clustered in Champaign-Urbana. Meet large corporations including Capital One, Syngenta, Huawei, Gartner, and startups and local companies as well. This is NOT a career fair, but an opportunity to grow the full-time C-U tech professional community, welcome newcomers, and build relationships in an informal but organized environment. You are encouraged to bring resumes and business cards. No preregistration required. For more information on the event and the companies in attendance, visit the website.

Apply to be a Mentor for URAP @ Illinois

Application Deadline: May 26

URAP @ Illinois is the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program @ the University of Illinois. Through a partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Graduate College, URAP @ Illinois provide advanced graduate students with valuable research assistance and an opportunity to gain important hands-on mentoring experience, guiding, and directing an undergraduate apprentice. Through a one-on-one research experience with their graduate student mentor, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to learn what it means to do research, create knowledge, and produce scholarship. 

The program is open to first and second-year undergraduate students, who will assist advanced graduate students (those who have completed all coursework requirements and are in the dissertation research stage) with their research projects. Graduate student mentors begin the program in Fall 2017; undergraduate students will begin working with their mentors in Spring 2018.

IPRH Reading Group Submission Deadline

Deadline: May 31

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) invites applications from continuing and new Reading Groups for the 2017–18 academic year. Reading Groups may be formed around any topic or theme; they need not be coordinated with the IPRH theme for this or any other year. Reading Groups are not funded, but IPRH will help publicize Reading Group events and Reading Groups will be able to use IPRH's seminar space, pending availability, for their meetings. Learn more about Reading Groups and how to sumbit your group to IPRH at the IPRH website.

OIIR Summer Activities Interest Form

Staying in Champaign-Urbana for the summer? Let The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations know what sort of programming you'd be interested in this summer. They are working on putting together their summer schedule of fun activities.


GradLinks is distributed weekly to graduate students and staff who work with graduate students. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in GradLINKS, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.