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Announcements for the week of May 29, 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 Refund Schedule
Summer 2017 Withdrawal Schedule 
Summer 2017 Academic Calendar

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. Students 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

Thesis Tip
Take Your Work Outside

Take some time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather and to get some work done! Grab a book, your research notebook, or your laptop and find a spot outdoors. The change in scenery, fresh air, and the sun might be just what you need to boost your productivity on your thesis. Looking for more information about the thesis process, check out the Thesis Office website.

Fellowships and Funding
Workshop: Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in the Social Sciences & Humanities

Friday, June 2, 2 - 4 p.m., Coble Hall, room 308


The Graduate College will offer a grant writing workshop for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of Fellowships, will cover how and where to search for funding and will offer a nuts and bolts overview of the art of proposal writing.

Applications Now Accepted for 2018 Siebel Scholars Program

Application Deadline: Monday, June 12

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is now accepting applications for the Siebel Scholars Program Class of 2018. To be eligible candidates must have completed at least one (1) year at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is reasonably expected to have only one (1) year remaining in the PhD program.

The Siebel Scholar receives a merit-based award of $35,000 in the final year of his or her graduate studies. The prize is disbursed without consideration for any additional funding—such as financial aid, assistantships, fellowships, loans, or other awards—that you have already received, or are eligible to receive. 

Engineers Volunteering in STEM Education (ENVISION)

Looking for summer opportunities for STEM-focused outreach? Join ENVISION, a graduate student organization focused on increasing the opportunity of STEM outreach for Illinois engineering graduate students. ENVISION has three STEM outreach activities planned for the summer at Urbana Middle School and the Science booth at the Urbana Farmers Market. Learn more about these events and the organization on their website. Questions? E-mail Ashley Armstrong at

Cash at College Webinar


Cash at College is a must-see webinar for all students headed to college. University of Illinois USFSCO's Student Money Management Center and University of Illinois Extension have teamed up to offer this educational and engaging webinar for all University of Illinois students.

This free webinar features lessons on:

  • how to effectively budget your money while in college
  • the basics of banking
  • options for paying your college tuition
  • understanding credit
  • and how to make the most of your college education

Cash at College offers an important guide to managing your finances, so don't miss out! Sessions are offered throughout the summer. View the dates and times on the registration page.

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) Summer Workshop Series

June 6, 8, 13, and 15, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Armory, room 428


Join CITL this summer to learn the essential of effective teaching. Facilitators will be on hand during the half-hour break between workshops to talk with you. Feel free to bring a lunch. 

Workshop themes include:

  • Beginning Your Course Design
  • Assessing Your Students
  • Engaging Your Students
  • Completing Your Course Design.

View the full calendar online.

New on Grad Life
Thesis Summer Reading List

No matter if you’re studying for exams or working on your thesis, chances are your summer reading list is full of books and articles that pertain to your research area. But why not mix things up a little by adding a few to help with your writing and research skills?

Emily Wuchner, Thesis Coordinator, asked several campus experts to recommend books that could help students who are working on their theses. Their suggestions range in topic from strengthening your writing and research skills to conquering productivity to finding relaxation. Check out their suggestions, now on Grad Life!


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