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Announcements for the week of August 28, 2017

Welcome Events
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 academic year! Meet new and current graduate students at this informal reception. There will also be poster presentations, representatives from the Graduate College and several campus units, light refreshments, and drawings for prizes! Current and new graduate students are invited to attended. We look forward to seeing you there!

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).

OIIR Welcome Events

Paleta Social
Monday, August 28, 6 - 8 p.m., La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada St., Urbana

After the first day of classes, La Casa will hold a social for new students to come and meet other students, while returning students can catch up with fellow classmates, all while enjoying a paleta. We will be playing music and La Casa will be open to tour the space (including our newly decorated library on the second floor!).

*Paletas served until they run out* Paid for in part by SCPF

Welcome Black Social
Wednesday, August 30, noon, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

Wednesday, August 30, 4 - 6 p.m., SDRP Multipurpose Room, 301 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign

For twenty years, students have been producing "Asiantation," a new student-welcoming program and resource handbook to introduce first-year students, transfer students, as well as graduate and professional students to the Asian American campus community and resources. This year, join us in networking with other Asian American Pacific Islander students, staff, and faculty at the Student Dining Residential Program (2nd floor of SDRP). Learn more about AAPI student organizations and see how you can get involved.

LGBT Resource Center Welcome Back
Wednesday, August 30, 4:30 - 6 p.m., Illini Union, room 314 A&B

Join the LGBT Resource Center in celebrating the beginning of a new year. Help welcome back our returning friends and greet those students, faculty, and staff who are new to our community. A great time is sure to be had by all...

For more events, see the calendar for the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relatations (OIIR).

Hillel's Welcome Shabbat

Friday, September 1, 6 p.m. services, 7 p.m. dinner

Now that you've made yourself at home in Champaign, it's time to make yourself at home at Hillel! Join us for our first Shabbat dinner of the semester for the perfect way to end your week - a home-cooked meal surrounded by the Jewish community here on campus.
If you would like to attend Shabbat services before dinner, there will be reform, conservative, and Orthodox services starting at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7. All are welcome! For more information contact Bari Goldman at

Deadlines & Announcements
Our Reception Area has Moved!

The Graduate College main reception area has moved from the second floor to the first floor (room 110) of Coble Hall. The Wright Street entrance is now open to visitors. Please visit our new front desk to check in for appointments or to drop off forms. The new reception area has a much larger seating area and is wheelchair accessible. Use the south entrance for wheelchair accessibility.

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.

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.


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.

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

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. 

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.

Graduate College Workshops
Career Development Workshop Series

Mark your calendars! This Fall, the Graduate College Career Development Office will offer more than 15 workshops on a range of topics. Our interactive workshops offer information and practice to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

Our Fall 2017 workshop series includes:

  • GradMAP: What Do You Want to Achieve in Grad School?
  • Preparing for Faculty Interviews
  • Identifying and Communicating Your Skills
  • Education, Arts & Social Justice Career Panel
  • Career Exploration Group
  • What Can I Do with a PhD in the Humanities? Group
  • Resumes for Grad Students and Postdocs
  • Convincing People Your Research Matters
  • And more

See the full schedule and learn more.

Fall Proposal Writing Workshops

The Graduate College offers workshops on proposal writing throughout the semester. Whether you are applying for a fellowship this semester or planning to in the future, get an early start on crafting your strongest materials. The follwoing workshops meet in 308 Coble Hall.

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in Social Sciences & Humanities

  • September 19, 2:00 - 4:00
  • September 29, 10:00 - 12:00
  • October 13, 2:00 - 4:00
  • November 9, 10:00 - 12:00

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in STEM

  • September 14, 2:00 - 4:00
  • September 22, 10:00 - 12:00
  • September 26, 2:00 - 4:00
  • October 13, 10:00 - 12:00
  • Nov 14, 2:00-4:00

Personal/Professional Goals Statement Workshop

  • September 21, 2:00 - 4:00
  • September 29, 10:00 - 12:00
  • October 12, 2:00 - 4:00

For more information about these workshops and additional proposal writing resources, visit our website.

Thesis Tip
Schedule time away from your thesis

When you are developing your research and writing schedule for the semester, make sure to set aside some time to not work on your thesis. You might sign up for a fitness class on campus, volunteer to be an usher at the Krannert Center, join a bowling league, go to lunchtime yoga at the Krannert Art Museum, take a cooking class or two, or find something in the community that interests you. Having a dedicated time away from your research will help you clear your head and ultimately be more productive.

Academic Writing and Presentation Skills for International Graduate Students

Do you want extra support and feedback on your academic writing or presentation skills?

If yes, check out these advanced 8-week courses offered by the ESL Writing Program: ESL 592 and ESL 593 (formerly ESL 502 & 503). These courses are designed to offer international graduate students with individual feedback on writing and presentation style. Get individualized support in getting an article published, writing your dissertation, or preparing to present at a conference!  

Watch this video to see what other international students have said about ESL 592. Visit the web for more information.

Register now! Seating is limited. Contact the ESL Writing Program with any questions regarding registration at

Reading Group about Intersectionality in STEM

Have you ever questioned how gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and disabilities play into STEM? Come to our Reading group affiliated with the Science Policy Group. Introducing readings from critical race theory and feminism, we will examine how the inclusion and exclusion of marginalized groups shape STEM education and scientific policy-making. Open to both undergraduates and graduate students, participants need no background in social sciences or cultural studies.

Starting September 12, we will have bimonthly meetings (every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.) in the the conference room at the Asian American Cultural Center to discuss the readings.

Science Policy Group talk by Prof. Wendy K. Tam Cho

Thursday, August 31, 2:30 p.m., Chemical and Life Sciences, room B102

The Science Policy Group at Illinois is hosting a presentation by Prof. Wendy K. Tam Cho, of the departments of Political Science, Statistics, and Asian American Studies, where she will present her interdisciplinary research on analyzing and reforming redistricting in a way that is tightly coupled with the framework that the Supreme Court has outlined over the past five decades. Her work draws from many fields, including statistics, operations research, computer science, high performance computing, math, law, and political science. Visit the group's website for more information.

Last Call for FASEB's Sixth Annual BioArt Competition

Deadline to submit: Thursday, August 31

Enter the the sixth annual FASEB BioArt competition. With one video and three image categories, BioArt highlights the breadth of biological research and a range of imaging technologies – from data visualizations to microscopy, 3D printing, and more. Past winning submissions have been displayed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), featured on the NIH Director’s blog, and included in a variety of exhibits.

Entries are welcome from individuals and research teams that either receive U.S. federal funding or include at least one member of a FASEB society. Submissions must be original creations from a research project. For more information, visit the BioArt website or email the BioArt team at

Survey Research Laboratory: Ferber Sudman extension of deadline!

Deadline: Tuesday, September 5

The Robert Ferber Dissertation Award and the Seymour Sudman Dissertation Award recognize excellence in survey research as part of a doctoral dissertation. Eligible dissertations will involve either methodological research related to surveys (including the broader area of cognition that can be applied to survey research) or will be based on primary survey data collection on any topic.

An award of up to $2,000 will be given to the winner of each of these two awards. All doctoral candidates whose dissertations meet the above criteria are eligible provided, (1) they are currently enrolled on, or recently graduated from, the UIUC campus, and (2) they successfully defended their dissertation proposal between May 28, 2016, and May 28, 2017. This refers to defense of the proposal, not the final dissertation. See details.

Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging

Deadline: Tuesday, September 19

Must be a full-time graduate student in second year of study or beyond. Must study the field of aging, including the biological aspects of the aging process, the sociological concomitants of aging, or the treatment of diseases of the elderly. This year, two students will each receive $3,500. See details.

Arts & Culture
2017 Flatland Dance Film Festival at the Spurlock Museum

The 2017 Flatlands Dance Film Festival will be September 1–2, at the Spurlock Museum, 7 p.m.

September 1: Bronx Gothic, a portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili.

September 2: Short films competition program.

This year we received over 350 films from 50 countries. Come see the 11 winning films. Tickets are $10/general and $5/students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Krannert Art Museum Opening Night

Thursday, August 31, 6 p.m.

Celebrate Opening Night at Krannert Art Museum. New art exhibitions include the NEH-funded exhibition World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean; Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future); Coveting Nature: Art, Collecting and Natural History; Provenance: A Forensic History of Art; and School of Art + Design Faculty Exhibition. All are welcome to this free event, 6 – 9 p.m.

One Book One Campus: 'Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal'

G. Willow Wilson, the author of "Ms. Marvel: No Normal," is a writer who tackles the most pressing issues including religious intolerance and gender politics. Read her award-winning graphic novel and then join us on Friday, October 6 in the Illini Union Ballroom at 7 p.m., for a keynote lecture from Ms. Wilson herself. See details.


Have Some Fun
Free Swing Lesson & Dance

Come out September 2 and dance at the Illini Swing Society’s free Saturday Fall Kickoff Dance at the Illini Union! There will be a free beginning swing lesson and followed by a free social dance! The drop-in lesson begins at 8 p.m. with the dance from 9 to midnight. No partner and no special shoes are needed. Follow The Illini  Swing Society on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more events.

Learn Ballroom Dance this Fall

Want to get into the world of Ballroom? Join Illini Dancesport for our free trial lessons! No partner or experience required!

  • August 29, 8 - 10 p.m., Illini Union Ballroom
  • August 30, 8 - 9 p.m., Illini Union Ballroom*
  • August 31, 8 - 9 p.m., Illini Union Room C*
  • September 5, 7:45 - 915pm, Illini Union Ballroom*

*These lessons are taught by Kato Lindholm, a dance professional and the team coach.

You can also send an email to or visit the website.

Learn to Dance Tango

Mondays 9-10 p.m., starting Sept 18

The student fee is $45 for eight week course. Classes meet at the Channing-Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon St, Urbana, IL. No partner or experience required. Learn the basics of tango in eight weeks! Get details and pre-register online. Questions? Contact:

Explore the Kickapoo Rail Trail

Hike or ride your bike on the new Kickapoo Rail Trail. The trail, which is open to the public for non-motorized uses, starts near High Cross Road and U.S. Route 150 in east Urbana and continues for more than six miles to downtown St. Joseph. More information including a trail map is available online.


GradLinks is distributed weekly to graduate students and staff who work with graduate students. Please see our website for submission information

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.