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Announcements for the week of July 10, 2017

Deadlines and Policies
Dropping Courses

Friday, July 21 is the last day for graduate students to drop ALL Summer Session 2 courses or Summer Session 1 Independent Study courses without a grade of W. Students need to complete a Withdrawal/Cancellation form and obtain their department’s signature and, in the case of International Students, a signature from International Student Scholar Services. Students considering this action are encouraged first to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program.

Friday, July 21 is the last day to drop individual Summer Session 2 and/or Summer Session 1 Independent Study courses without a grade of W. Students need to come to the Graduate College, 204 Coble Hall, to complete a Late Course Change form to complete the process, but first are encouraged to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program. Dropping a course may affect progress toward degree completion, so the decision is best done in consultation with a student’s program


Friday, July 21 is the last day to change a course to the credit/no-credit grading option for a Summer Session 2 and/or Summer Session 1 Independent Study course or to change from the credit/no-credit grading option to a regular grade. Adviser approval is required. Please consult with your program if you are considering this grading option for any course because course and department restrictions may apply.

Additional 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 Summer 2017 Academic Calendar.

Thesis Tip
Master's Thesis Deposit Deadline

Students planning to deposit a thesis for August 2017 graduation are reminded that the submission deadline is July 21. Because all corrections and all required deposit materials must be received by the Graduate College no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the deposit deadline, the Thesis Office strongly encourages students to submit the thesis for review several days before the deadline. For further information about the deposit process and links to downloadable deposit checklists, visit the Thesis Office web page.

Call for Submissions: Sixth Annual FASEB BioArt Competition

Deadline: August 31

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) announces its sixth annual BioArt competition. Help celebrate the artistic side of science by sharing a glimpse into your cutting-edge research! Each day, scientific investigators produce thousands of images and videos as part of their research. However, only a few are seen outside the laboratory. Through the BioArt competition, FASEB aims to share the beauty and excitement of biological research with the public. Past winning images have been displayed at the National Institutes of Health and other venues!

Summer Food for Thought 2017

Join the Asian American Cultural Center for "Summer Lunch on Us." Lunch is at noon on the following Tuesdays. Lunchtime talks include:

  • July 18: Indian student in India Vs Indian student in The United States by Sai Kalyan Evani – Indian Student Graduate Student
  • July 25: The Role of the Model Minority Myth in Asian American Activism by Jaki Yi – PhD Student in Clinical-Community Psychology
LabVIEW Training and CLAD Certification

Registration is limited and closes August 1.

WebStore and National Instruments (NI) invites you to attend the upcoming NI LabVIEW Boot Camp. Whether you’re new to programming with LabVIEW or looking to improve your existing skills, this hands-on course introduces you to graphical programming with LabVIEW system design software. You’ll learn fundamental skills as well as take the Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) exam, a globally recognized entry-level certification exam. The course takes place August 14-18 in the Digital Computing Laboratory. The $30 registration fee includes attendance, a PDF manual, software, and exam. Learn more or register online.

Health and Wellness
Instructional Cooking Classes at ARC


Want to learn to cook? Interested in learning about a particular cuisine? Take a look at the Instructional Cooking Classes being offered this Fall by Campus Recreation. The cost of $10 per class.

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!

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Get an Early Start on this Year's Fellowship Applications

Are you thinking of applying for an external fellowship or grant this fall? If so, summer is a great time to strengthen your application’s foundation. There are many things you can do over the summer to give yourself an all-important competitive edge. Read about them now on Grad Life!


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