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Announcements for the week of August 21, 2017

News and Deadlines
New Location for Graduate College Reception Desk

We are pleased to announce that the Graduate College main reception and front desk has moved from the second floor to the first floor of Coble Hall. You can now find us in room 110. In addition, the main front door of Coble Hall on Wright Street is now open to visitors. The next time you stop by the Graduate College, please visit our new front desk to check-in for any appointments or to drop off any forms. The new reception area includes wheelchair accessibility to the front desk and a much larger seating area. For wheelchair accessibility, enter through the south side of the building. We are excited about the move to the first floor and look forward to greeting you in our new reception area!

Claim Your Handshake @ Illinois Account

You will now need to claim your account with Handshake in order to schedule career advising appointments, sign up for career fairs, and more. Handshake @ Illinois is the new career services platform for the University of Illinois. Log in to Handshake to claim your account (which has been made for you already), and start exploring. If you are not able to log in with your NetID, fill out the form linked under “Students/Postdocs/Alumni” at

Fall Registration and Cancellation Reminders


Please make sure to register correctly at the beginning of the semester to avoid problems with registration and unwanted tuition charges later. Students are responsible for their own registration and for ensuring the accuracy of their schedules. Please refer to the Graduate College Handbook for details about requirements. If you have questions about requirements, please contact your department office.

For more academic and registration deadlines for Fall 2017, please visit the Graduate College Calendar.


Students may be released from their obligation to pay ALL tuition and fees by canceling their fall registration by August 27, 2017.  You may cancel your registration through Student-Self Service or by submitting a Withdrawal/Cancellation form to your department office. Completed Withdrawal/Cancellation forms must be received in the Graduate College by 5 p.m. August 25, 2017, the last business day before instruction begins.

August Graduates

Please make sure that you are not registered for the Fall 2017 semester so that you do not face unwanted tuition and fees charges. If you are registered and are not continuing in another program, cancel your registration by the August 27 deadline.

Change in Curriculum Deadline

Friday, October 27 is the last day to change your curriculum for the current term. This includes adding or dropping a campus approved minor or concentration. Please check your student program information in Student Self-Service to verify your program information is listed correctly.

Information on how to change your curriculum is available online. Please contact with any questions.

Register in Abstentia

September 11 is the last day to elect “in Absentia” registration for the Fall term. “in Absentia” is an alternative registration type available for students who plan to be studying or away doing research for at least one semester and at least 50 miles away from campus. Find the “in Absentia” registration form in our forms directory.

Student Health Insurance Enrollment Change Period

The Student Health Insurance Fall 2017 enrollment change period begins August 24, 2017 and ends on September 26, 2017. During this time students may early-enroll into the plan, add dependents, reinstate into the plan, and opt out. Visit the Student Health Insurance website for more information. 

Welcome Week
Campus Move-In Day

Campus Move-In day is Thursday, August 24. Please be advised that there will be traffic closures on campus on this day. You can find out more information about Move-In Day as well as a map of closures on the University Housing website

Graduate College Welcome Reception

Monday, August 28, 4 - 6 p.m., Illini Union, Illini rooms A, B, C and the South Lounge.

Join us on the first day of classes to celebrate the start of the new year and welcome new graduate students to campus! See poster presentations, talk with representatives from the Graduate College and several campus units. We'll have light refreshments and drawings for prizes! Current and new graduate students are invited to attended.

Learn about Champaign-Urbana Businesses at Illini Frenzy

Saturday, August 26, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., ARC

Explore all the businesses Champaign-Urbana has to offer. Illinois Campus Recreation and Illini Union are putting on a spectacular event. See what there is to do, where to shop, what you need to survive college at Illinois at Illini Frenzy. Over 80 vendors on site! Enjoy hands on demonstrations, recreation offered to the campus, and much much more!

Library Tours for Students

Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31, 11 a.m. - noon, Main Library, Marshall Gallery

Get to know the University Library system and services at the University of Illinois. Take a tour of the Main and Undergraduate Libraries, stopping to see all major service points. Next, the library will provide you with an introduction to the Library’s website and answer your questions about using the Library. No registration necessary. Contact the Information Desk for more information: or call 217-333-2290. Meet in the Marshall Gallery on the first floor of the Main Library near the Social Sciences, Health and Education Library (SSHEL).
Thesis Tip
Reminder to Back Up Your Files

Just a friendly reminder to back up all of your thesis files, including chapter drafts, tables, spreadsheets, data, pictures, notes, or any other materials you might have. One option you might consider is to save your files on U of I Box, a cloud-based storage service through which the University provides free, unlimited storage to students. Though replacing files on jump drives and in the cloud can be a tedious task, make sure to do so regularly so you don’t lose all of your hard work!

Your Research and Teaching
Illinois Faculty and staff Can Request Time on Blue Waters Supercomputer

Deadline: September 15

Blue Waters is one of the world's most powerful computing systems and is located here at Illinois. Each year more than 3 million node-hours are allocated to projects from our campus. Each node has many powerful cores, providing University faculty and staff significant computing power. Proposals are accepted twice per year. Although graduate students cannot request an allocation, a graduate student can be a user on an allocation awarded to a postdoc, staff researcher, or faculty member. More information can be found online

Free Statistical Consulting Services

Do you need help with statistics for research? Graduate students with statistical expertise will be available for free consultations to help with questions about statistical analysis. Consultants have expertise in a variety of statistical software, including R, Stata, SPSS and SAS. Consultations will take place in the Scholarly Commons, Room 306 of the Main Library. Drop in hours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday (August 28 - December 19). Appointments can be made by emailing

PhD Students in All Disciplines: Conduct Research Projects in Germany

Deadline: October 15

Funding is available for students in all disciplines to conduct dissertation research in Germany. Grants offer 1-10 months of project funding. Dig deep into an archive, collaborate with researchers at top laboratories—build your international network. Learn more about research in Germany and check out our listing for DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) research grants in the Fellowship Finder database. The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, is a DAAD partner institution. Students must submit their applications through the Graduate College in order to be eligible. The campus deadline for DAAD research grants is October 15, 2017. Questions? Contact Assistant Director of External Fellowships, Karen Ruhleder at

Dancing Illini Open House

Thursday, August 31, 6:30 p.m., Illini Union, rooms A and B

Looking for a fun way to unwind and socialize with Champaign-Urbana’s vibrant community? Consider attending Dancing Illini’s Fall dance classes and learn basic Ballroom and Latin Dance. Classes are held every Thursday and Sunday starting September 3. Join them for a free demo and refreshments at their Open House event on August 31. Dancing Illini is a student organization that promotes the teaching and enjoyment of dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. No partner, fancy clothes, or special shoes necessary! 

Flatlands Dance Film Festival

Friday, September 1 - Saturday, September 2, 7 p.m., Spurlock Museum

Each fall, the Flatlands Dance Film Festival presents a variety of films and shorts dedicated to dance performance, dance for camera, influential artists in the field, and the social impact of dance across the world. The Flatlands Dance Film Festival is also host to a film competition for aspiring dance filmmakers. View the full schedule and film descriptions online.


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If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in GradLINKS, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.