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Announcements for the week of July 24, 2017

Deadlines and Policies
August 3 Reading Day Deadlines

August 3 is the deadline to drop a Summer Session 2 course or a Summer Session 1 independent study course with a W recorded. To drop a course, you will need to complete a Late Registration / Late Course Change form with the approval of your academic program. A W will be recorded on your academic record for the course.

August 3 is the deadline to withdraw from ALL Summer Session 2 courses or Summer Session 1 independent study courses. You will need to complete a Withdrawal/Cancellation form and obtain a signature from your academic program. If you are an international student, you will need to get a signature from International Student Scholar Services. W’s will be recorded on your academic record.

August 3 is the deadline to add a Summer Session 2 course or a Summer Session 1 independent study course. You will need to complete a Late Registration / Late Course Change form and obtain the approval of the course instructor and your academic program. If the course is from a department other than your academic program, you will also need to obtain the approval of the enrolling department.

Late Registration / Late Course Change forms and Withdrawal/Cancellation forms need to be delivered to the Graduate College, 204 Coble Hall, before 5:00 p.m. on Reading Day, Thursday, August 3. 

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
Develop a Writing Routine by Attending Writer’s Workshop Groups

Are you having trouble staying motivated and getting work done on your thesis? Add structure to your writing routine registering for the Wednesday Graduate Writing Group on July 26 or the Writer’s Workshop Friday Write-a-Thon on July 28. Here, you’ll learn about setting goals, developing a writing routine, and also get to meet with graduate students across campus who are also working on projects. If you want one-on-one writing advice, you might sign-up to meet with a Writer’s Workshop consultant.

Upcoming Workshops from the Graduate College
Nonacademic Interview Strategies for Graduate Students

Wednesday, July 26, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1000

What are interviews like for jobs in industry and nonprofits? What are interviewers looking for? What kinds of questions will they ask? What’s the difference between a behavioral interview and a case interview? What do I wear? In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the basics of the non-academic interview process and get answers to these questions. You’ll also have a chance to practice answering interview questions and get feedback to help you improve. This workshop is sponsored by the Graduate College.

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in STEM

Friday, July 28, 10 a.m. – noon, Coble Hall, room 308


Applying for fellowships and grants? This workshop covers the fundamentals of proposal writing.

Plan ahead—many fellowships have fall deadlines. If you’re thinking about applying for a fellowship and are new to proposal writing, this workshop is designed for graduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math). Dr. Karen Ruhleder, Assistant Director of External Fellowships in the Graduate College, will cover how and where to search for funding and give an overview of the art of proposal writing, from articulating a vision to laying out the details.

Opportunities and Resources
Back to School Supply Drive

Monday - Friday, July 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Drop off Location: Native American House, 1206 West Nevada Street, Urbana

Join the Native American House for their annual community service project which will help American Indian students in Chicago start school the right way by being prepared with school supplies! Donations of pen cases, rules, wide-ruled notebooks, glue sticks, #2 pencils, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners, 3-ring folders, pens, and backpacks are particularly needed.

Volunteers Sought for Intensive English Institute

The Intensive English Institute is looking for volunteers who would be interested in being conversation partners for international civil and environmental engineering students in the month of August. The time commitment is one hour a week for five weeks. If interested, please sign up online. Questions? Contact Kristin Bouton at

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Did you know that the University of Illinois has a campus membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which is also accessible to graduate students? The organization has tons of resources and tools to help you succeed, including a weekly newsletter called "The Monday Motivator" that delivers wellness and productivity advice straight to your inbox. You can sign up for a free membership using your Illinois e-mail address.

Upcoming Events from the Writers Workshop
Wednesday Graduate Writing Group

Wednesday, July 26, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Undergraduate Library, room 251


Start your day the "write" way! Join the Writers Workshop for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. This is a productivity writing group, whose main purpose is to provide structure and community for work that can sometimes feel structureless and isolating. Each session will begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a wrap-up of accomplishments. The final summer date for this event is 8/2.

Writers Workshop Friday Write-a-Thon

Friday, July 28, 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. This is a productivity writing group, whose main purpose is to provide structure and community for work that can sometimes feel structureless and isolating. Coffee and light snacks are provided, lunch is on your own. The final summer date for this event is 8/4.

New on Grad Life
Where Are They Now? Madeline Meyer

Where can a graduate degree from the University of Illinois take you? In this monthly series, we catch up with one recent Graduate College alum and ask the question: "Where are they now?".

Madeline Meyer graduated from the University of Illinois Professional Science Master's Program in December 2014 with a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Now, she works for Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) as a Regulatory Affairs Associate where she supports domestic life cycle management initiatives for the Infection Prevention business unit, including performing regulatory assessments and submitting new drug application supplements to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read the interview now on Grad Life!


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