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Announcements for the week of July 3, 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

Thesis Tip
Thesis Deposit Approaches - Are You Ready?

Are you planning to deposit your thesis for August graduation? Check out our website for videos that will walk you step-by-step through the submission process. Once you complete your deposit, take a look at our Post-deposit Considerations page for information about Degree Certification Letters, email forwarding, and managing your data. To learn more about the thesis process, check out the Thesis Office website.

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

Monday, July 10, 10 a.m. - noon, 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.

TonaLaw Veteran's Scholarship

The TonaLaw Veteran’s Scholarship provides $1000 to students attending school in the United States. Students must have served in the U.S. Military and provide proof of service. Applicant must be a student at an accredited school, or be accepted to begin school at an accredited school within 6 months of application. Visit their website for more information and to apply.

Your Career 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.

2018 Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program

January 8 - 11, 2018, Virginia Tech campus

Application Deadline: October 1

The Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program is an intensive two-day event for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars interested in academic careers. The program brings a dozen participants to Blacksburg for an all-expense paid workshop on preparing for life as a faculty member. Visit the program website for more information. 

Your Research and Teaching
Wednesday Graduate Writing Group

Wednesday, July 5, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Undergraduate Library, room 251


Start your day the "write" way! Join the Writer's Workshop for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. Each session will begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a wrap-up of accomplishments. The summer dates for this event are: 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, and 8/2. 

Writers Workshop Friday Write-a-Thon

Friday, July 7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Undergraduate Library, room 251


Want to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting? Join your colleagues from across the disciplines to re-energize your writing practices at The Writers Workshop's Friday Write-A-Thons. Stay for as long as you'd like or join later in the day to work on your thesis, dissertation, article, manuscript, seminar paper, etc. Coffee and light snacks are provided; lunch is on your own. The remaining summer dates for this event are: 7/7, 7/14, 7/28, 8/4. 

Resources and Opportunities
2016 Campus Water Quality Report

The 2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Water Quality Report is now available. The report provides information about the source of campus drinking water, contaminant testing, general health precautions, and how the calendar year 2016 sample results compare to regulatory requirements. The university has met all U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA drinking water quality standards.

Illinois Senator Scott Bennett to Speak on Science Legislation

Thursday, July 13, 4 p.m., Beckman Institute, Auditorium

Illinois State Senator Scott Bennett will share his experiences in making and amending science-related laws. Questions are welcome.

Attend the Einstein Toolkit School and Workshop

July 31 - August 4, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

Register by July 17

The 2017 North American Einstein Toolkit School and Workshop at NCSA will provide an opportunity for researchers and students interested in numerical relativity to learn about the Einstein toolkit and discuss its current and future development. The Einstein Toolkit is a publicly-available framework used by several numerical relativity groups in the world, with applications ranging from high-energy astrophysics to cosmology.

2017 Animals & Society Institute/UI Inaugural Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute

July 9 - 15, Levis Faculty Center

Twenty-nine early career faculty members and graduate students from 22 campuses and 6 countries will convene at Illinois for the Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute. The ambitious program - developed in partnership with the Animals & Society Institute - includes presentations by Illinois faculty, seven visiting scholars and an adaptation by Deke Weaver of BEAR, the latest installment in his Unreliable Bestiary.

All plenary sessions (third floor, Levis) and BEAR (Music Room, second floor, Levis) are free and open to the public. Please consult the Center for Advanced Study (CAS) website for the latest program updates

New on Grad Life
The Art of Proposal Writing: Proposal as Roadmap

In an earlier blog post, Karen Ruhleder, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, wrote about the proposal as a genre — the story of your journey into uncharted intellectual territory, driven by a vision of your contribution to your discipline and beyond. Your reviewers are excited! They want to help you complete your journey! But, they want some details. The proposal is the roadmap you provide.

There is no right or wrong way to structure a proposal. There may be disciplinary norms or funder guidelines, which is why it is essential to look at successful proposals in your discipline and read the program solicitation carefully.  Regardless of the structure, there are some commonalities in proposals across all disciplines and funders. Here are some tips for putting together a good roadmap for the reviewers...


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