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Announcements for the week of May 22, 2017

Upcoming Opportunities from the Graduate College
Personal and Professional Goals Statements for Fellowship Applications

Wednesday, May 24, 2 - 4 p.m., Coble Hall, room 308


You’ve nailed the research proposal, but the application also requires a personal or professional goals statement. What are you going to write? Karen Ruhleder, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, offers some strategies for approaching these kinds of statements. This workshop will include discussion of successful examples from a variety of fellowship competitions.

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.

Faculty Job Search Retreat

Tuesday, July 18, 12:30 - 5 p.m., Illini Union, Illini Rooms B & C

Registration required

Going on the academic job market soon? Join us for valuable advice from faculty experts, the Graduate College Career Development Office, and others from around campus. This afternoon retreat includes an overview of the application process, a faculty panel that will take you behind the scenes with a search committee, hands-on activities to help you write strong cover letters, and presentations on academic job search strategies and other application documents. This event is sponsored by Graduate College Career Development.

Thesis Tip
Show Us What Your Thesis Research Looks Like

Does your thesis research take you to fascinating places? Are you working with interesting sources and materials? What does your workspace look like? The Graduate College wants to hear from you! Snap a photo of your research and send it to us at We may feature your work on the Graduate College social media pages or as a "Postcard from the Field" on the Grad Life blog.

Looking for more information about the thesis process, check out the Thesis Office website.

Health and Wellness
Students with Families Fishing Day Picnic

Saturday, June 24, 3 - 5 p.m., Kaufman Lake

RSVP by June 16

Join Students with Families for a day of fishing and a picnic at the park. Children will have the opportunity to learn how to fish and put their own bait on the fishing line. Each child atending will receive their own fishing pole and tackle box to keep. Hands-on activities and games will be provided for those who choose not to fish. The picnic will be potluck style, bring something to share. 

University of Illinois Money Mentors

Would you like to feel in control of your money when classes start in August? Coaches for physical well-being are common, but did you know that we have a financial coaching program in our community too? The University of Illinois Extension’s Money Mentors program is a network of trained volunteers who work one-on-one with individuals who request help with their finances. Mentors help individuals with their money management such as develop budgets, establish financial goals, build savings, manage credit, and organize finances. People can request confidential Money Mentor’s help for free.

Changes to Off-campus Connections to On-campus Computing Resources

Tech Services is implementing changes to how people remotely connect to on-campus resources. These changes will help protect the campus network and data. On May 30, people using the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol to connect from off campus to on-campus resources will have to use the University VPN. An application for an exception to this change can be found online.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Credits Available

Cloud computing through Amazon Web Services (AWS) is available for graduate students. Amazon has started the AWS Cloud Credits for Research Program, which awards researchers credits for the use of AWS to enhance cloud-based research. This program is designed to reward researchers who are focused on (a) building cloud-based applications, software or tools, (b) performing proof-of-concept or benchmark tests evaluating the movement of research workloads or open data sets to the cloud, or (c) training a broader community on the usage of the cloud for research.

Joint Laboratory for Extreme-Scale Computing (JLESC) Summer School

July 20 - 21, National Center for Super Computing (NCSA)

Students interested in high-performance and extreme-scale computing can sign up now for the Joint Laboratory for Extreme-Scale Computing (JLESC) Summer School. JLESC is an international, virtual organization that connects NCSA to other supercomputing facilities across the globe. The summer school will feature two days of talks on topics like Python, MPI, OpenACC and more! The Summer School will have limited seating and is first-come, first-served, so sign up today!

The summer school is open to Illinois, INRIA, NCSA, ANL, BSC, JSC, and RIKEN AICS faculties, researchers, engineers and students who want to learn more about post-petascale/exascale computing. Interested in registering? E-mail

Data purchase opportunities available

Deadline: May 26

Time is running out! Do you need “small data” for your research? The University Library will explore purchasing small data (costing $5,000 or less) for your use and the use of others on campus if you apply via the Data Purchase Program. Details are available online, including a full announcement that links to the application form. Questions? Contact Carissa Phillips at

Fall 2017 GLOBE Blue Applications Now Accepted

Apply online

Apply for the Blue members of Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE)! GLOBE offers you an opportunity to make connections with Orange members (new international students) and build these friendships throughout the semester.

  • GLOBE coordinators team up the members into cohorts of 4-7 students
  • Members meet as a cohort for at least one hour each week
  • Members attend monthly GLOBE sponsored events
  • Examples of GLOBE sponsored events include: ice skating, international potluck, campus “Amazing Race”, field trips, service and sightseeing
  • Members are invited to other events on and off campus
New on Grad Life
The Art of Proposal Writing: Proposal as Genre

Mystery and suspense, a hero going on a quest…why a talk about this in a blog post about proposal writing? Because when you write about your research, you’re writing a story of ideas that explores uncharted intellectual territory. As you’ve developed your skills and knowledge of the field, you’ve identified a gap in what we know and a means by which you believe you can fill it. That’s what makes proposal writing a special genre. While an academic paper lays out the results of an investigation, a proposal lays out the path and the quest. How do you get started on writing this “tale that appeals to a reader”? Read more, now on Grad Life!


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