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Announcements for the week of June 5, 2017

Deadlines and Policies
Summer Registration Deadlines

Friday, June 9 is the last day to cancel registration for a Summer Session 1 Independent Study course, and the last day to cancel registration for Summer Session 2 if you are not enrolled for any other summer courses.

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

Upcoming Workshops from the Graduate College
Thesis Review and Deposit Workshop

Wednesday, June 7, 1 - 2:30 p.m., Coble Hall, room 304/308

Do you have questions about formatting your thesis or dissertation and the deposit process? The Thesis Office is here to help! This presentation will review the Graduate College formatting requirements. We will also take you step-by-step through the thesis submission process, discuss the deposit requirements, and go over the things to consider before your document is published in IDEALS, the university’s document repository.

Looking for more information about the thesis process? Check out the Thesis Office website.

Talking About Your Research Workshop

Thursday, June 8, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1000

Heading to a conference soon? Need to effectively communicate your research to different audiences?  In this interactive workshop, you'll learn strategies for talking about your research effectively with a variety of audiences and contexts, and you'll have an opportunity to practice those skills. The workshop is presented by Graduate College Career and Professional Development.

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.

Fellowships and Funding
Get a Head Start: Ford Fellowships for Underrepresented Students

To increase diversity in higher education, the Ford Foundation offers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships. Students in most research-based PhD programs are eligible. Applicants must demonstrate a sustained personal engagement with communities underrepresented in the academy.  Students from the following groups are particularly encouraged to apply: Alaska Natives, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans. 

Graduate College proposal writing experts are on hand this summer to answer student questions, provide winning Ford application samples, and conduct reviews of early essay drafts. Questions? Contact Colleen Vojak at

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) National Conference and STEM Career Fair

October 12 - 14, Schaumburg IL


Registration is now open for the 2017 SASE National Conference and STEM Career Fair. This annual event brings over 2,500 students and professionals in addition to over 70 companies together in a variety of professional development workshops, networking opportunities, and the largest career fair for Asian Americans in the United States. Registration for the STEM Career Fair is free and is open to men and women of all ethnic backgrounds. Questions? Contact Michael Tu at

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
Sloan UCEM at Illinois Helps Underrepresented Students Pursue Advanced Degrees and Career Paths

“Illinois is committed to the goal of achieving diversity and excellence,” says Dr. Ellen Wang Althaus, director of Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM). The Sloan UCEM at Illinois is one of the eight centers in the country funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. With a one-million-dollar, three-year grant, the Illinois UCEM was created to broaden participation and provide support for underrepresented minority graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. It provides activities designed to support students toward doctorate completion, such as professional development opportunities, mentoring, research opportunities, workshops, and seminars. Read more about the Sloan program, now on Grad Life!


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