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Announcements for the week of September 4, 2017

Registration Information

By the 10th Day of Classes, September 11, graduate students should be correctly registered for Fall 2017. It is important to check your registration before September 11 on Student Self Service to make sure your registration is correct. If necessary, make corrections by adding and dropping courses to your schedule before the 10th day of classes, September 11.  

In addition, the 10th day of classes, September 11, is the last day to do the following:

  • Drop courses to reduce your number of credit hours you are registered for to a lower tuition range and receive a refund between the two ranges
  • Lower tuition range and receive a refund between the two ranges
  • Add a semester course without permission
  • Add a first half-session course
  • Submit forms to Audit a semester course
  • Submit form for In Absentia registration

Students should be registered appropriately no later than September 11 in order to avoid possible issues with:

  • Tuition/Fee assessment         
  • Financial aid
  • Loan deferment
  • Health Insurance
  • Academic Record/Graduation issues

Auditors: Auditors are listeners in classes and not class participants. Graduate College policy states that students should take the Auditor’s Permit form to the first class meeting and ask the instructor to sign the form indicating approval. These forms must be received in the Graduate College by the 10th day of classes, 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 11.  

In Absentia Registration: This registration option is for students studying or doing research at least 50 miles away from campus. In Absentia registration is not permitted for students enrolled in courses meeting on campus. Please review our policy on In Absentia Registration for additional information. This form must be received in the Graduate College by the 10th day of classes, 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 11.  

Please Note: Students attending courses should either be registered for credit or registered as Auditors by the 10th day of class.

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.

Benefits & Finances
Graduate Assistant Orientation (for TAs, RAs, GAs, and PGAs)

If you are a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Graduate Assistant or Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant, be sure to attend one of the following two information sessions regarding appointments and benefits. Sponsored by Academic Human Resources and the Graduate College.

  • Thursday, September 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Illini Union, room 404
  • Tuesday, September 12, 9-10:30 a.m., Illini Union, room 314A
Understanding Taxability of Graduate-level Tuition Waivers

Offered twice. Registration requested.

  • Thursday, September 12, 3-4 p.m., Illini Union 314B
  • Wednesday, September 20, 3-4 p.m., Illini Union, room 406

If more than 50% of your total employment at the University is as a Graduate Assistant, your tuition waivers totaling over $5,250 per calendar year are taxable and subject to withholding during the months of October, November, and possibly December of this semester.

The session will help you:

  • determine how the taxability of tuition waivers effects your pay
  • calculate how much of a reduction in your stipend you should expect
  • identify ways of getting through the months of withholding

This event is offered by University Payroll & Benefits and USFSCO's Student Money Management Center and is co-sponsored by the Graduate College.

Funding Opportunities
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - Information Session

Friday, September 8, 2 - 4 p.m., Illini Union, Room 314


Are you a US citizen/national/permanent resident in your 1st or 2nd year of graduate school in the sciences, social sciences, engineering, or math? If so, you may be eligible for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. One of the most prestigious of fellowships nationwide for graduate students, the NSF-GRF offers three years of funding, with a $34K annual stipend, tuition coverage, and access to international research opportunities. Students considering applying are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Presenters include Dr. Bill Hahn, former Director of the NSF-GRF program; Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of Fellowships in the Graduate College; and student awardees TeKisha Rice and Noah Trebesch. 

For details on the fellowship along with links to helpful resources, visit the NSF-GRF listing in the Graduate College’s Fellowship Finder database. Also check out Illinois alumna Ritu Raman’s video showing her top 5 tips for winning a GRF.  If you have questions, contact the Office of External Fellowships at

ACLS/Mellon Foundation - Dissertation Completion Fellowships for Humanities & Social Sciences

Applications due October 25

The American Council of Learned Societies, in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers Dissertation Completion Fellowships to support students in the humanities and related social sciences during their final year of graduate school. The goal is to free awardees from teaching and other obligations so they can devote 100% of their time to completing their dissertations. The fellowships offer a $30,000 stipend, generate a tuition waiver, and provide up to $3,000 in research expenses.

For details, visit the ACLS/Mellon posting in the Graduate College's Fellowship Finder database.

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program is now Accepting Applications

Applications due November 16

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 2. This program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.
For more information, visit the SCGSR posting in the Graduate College's Fellowship Finder database.

Your Career Development
Graduate College Workshops

Resumes That Work: Explaining Your Graduate-Level Experience
Wednesday, September 6, 12-1 p.m., Illini Union, room 210

How can you create a powerful resume for your non-academic job search? In this workshop, you will learn how to incorporate your transferable skills and customize your document to make the best impression with employers. You will also learn how to choose a resume type that will highlight your graduate-level experiences.

Using Handshake to Advance Your Career
Thursday, September 7, 12-1 p.m., Illini Union, room 407

Handshake @ Illinois is the new career services platform for the University of Illinois. Used by over 230,000 employers worldwide to recruit talent, Handshake gives you access to more employers and job postings than ever before. But how can you make the most of this new tool to connect with employers and land a job you love? In this interactive workshop, you will get an overview of Handshake and tips to use it effectively. If you can, bring a laptop or other device.

Academic Application Materials
Friday, September 8, 12-1:30 p.m., Illini Union, room 210
Going on the academic job market? Not sure where to start when preparing your application packet? Join us and learn about the basics of faculty job applications and how to create effective CVs, cover letters, research statements, and teaching philosophies.

See the full schedule and learn more about these and other Graduate College career developmeont workshops.

Thesis Tip
Add our Workshops to your Calendar

Make sure to mark our Thesis Tools workshops on your calendar! This semester, we will host three workshops: The Patent Process and Your Thesis, Managing Your Thesis Data, and Thesis Format Review and Deposit. These workshops will equip you with tools to work through various stages of the thesis process and allow you to ask any questions you might have. To find out more or to see the schedule, check out the Thesis Office website.

Your Research & Teaching
Writers Workshop Friday Write-a-Thon

September 8, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 251 Undergraduate Library

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-Thon. This is a productivity writing group, whose main purpose is to provide structure and community for work that can sometimes feel structureless and isolating. We will provide coffee and light snacks.

Additional dates for this events will be announced soon; please visit our website for more information.

Savvy Researcher Workshops

Manage Your Online Scholarly Identity to Maximize the Reach and Impact of Your Work

ResearchGate. SSRN. Faculty Row. ORCID. Google Scholar. Amazon Author Page. IDEALS. Illinois Experts. Many scholars and graduate students are now leveraging some or all of these and other platforms to share their work, thereby increasing the impact and visibility of their scholarship. Learn more about how to effectively use researcher profile systems and scholarly communications networks to develop and manage your online scholarly presence.

Improve Your Research Strategies: An Introduction to the Library

Learn to think like a librarian in this fast-paced workshop. Our information experts will assist you in finding everything from books in the online catalog to locating peer-reviewed full-text articles including when and how to request materials through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Choosing a Citation Manager

Are you looking for a better way to organize your research? Are you not sure which citation manager to choose from? This workshop will teach you about the many citation management tools that the University of Illinois has to offer, including Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote.

Learn more and register

Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) Open House September 12-14

CITL will hold an Open House September 12-14 to showcase the new Armory Innovation spaces in the north and east corridors on the first floor. Come by and enjoy the fun events scheduled each day. Have a cup of coffee in the Faculty Lounge area at 156 Armory. Check out the unusual iFLEX classroom at 182 Armory. Try the video wall in the Innovation Studio and the Virtual Reality Lab at 172 Armory. Explore immersive teaching technologies in the Tech Hub at 151A Armory. Mini tours, HTC Vive, Playstation VR, augmented art display, and fun giveaways. Be there, or be square! See more information about CITL Open House.

Que Pasa @ La Casa Cultural Latina

A Latina/o orientation to meet members of the more than 20 student organizations affiliated with La Casa and the people/students who work at La Casa. Learn more about the resources and programs that can make a real difference during your time on campus. Interested in more events? Like us on Facebook - La Casa Cultural Latina.

Graduate Seminar and Lecture with Viet Thanh Nguyen (2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner for The Sympathizer)

Thursday, 14 September

9-10:30 a.m.: Graduate Seminar with the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory at the Asian American Cultural Center Lounge (1210 W. Nevada St, Urbana)
1-3:30 p.m.: Lecture and Book Signing at the Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (Free and Open to the Public; Please RSVP)

The 27th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture presents “Enduring Wars in Transpacific Memories” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, scholar and author of Pulitzer Prize Winner, The Sympathizer. Nguyen’s work engages dialogue on what it means to be national, ethnic, multicultural, foreign, international, diaspora, and transnational. The Lecture will explore the conflicts and trauma brought about by war, forced migration, and the subsequent resettlement and integration of refugees in a new homeland and the memories that ensue.

Visit the Mortenson Lecture page for more information or to RSVP. For those unable to attend the lecture, please join us via livestream. Please contact Emily Kasak at the Mortenson Center with any questions, or 217-333-3085.

Call for Nominations: 2017 International Achievement Awards

The vice provost for international affairs and global strategies is accepting nominations for the 2017 International Achievement Awards. Nominations are solicited for five awards to recognize exceptional work with a global impact, including an award for graduate students. The nomination process has been simplified and the number of required documents has been reduced. Submit nominations online.

English Proficiency Interview (EPI) Workshops for International Graduate Students

Registration is now open for four workshops for graduate students who plan to take the EPI. The workshops are free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Workshop dates and times: September 14, 18, 27, and October 2, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. More information about the EPI workshops can be found oneline. Questions? Email

Heatlh & Wellness
Recruiting Women Scientists of Color for an Important Study

We are looking for participants for a study of workplace stressors, social support, and inflammatory stress in female scientists of color. To meet out participant criteria, you must be 1) a graduate student, postdoc, non-TT or TT faculty at the University; 2) identify as a woman of color; and 3) be within the social, natural, or physical sciences, including engineering. Learn more.

YESplus Retreat for Stress-Management and Wellbeing at Illinois

September 21-24 in the Illini Union.
Thursday/Friday, 6:30 - 10 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The YESplus retreat is an innovative and experiential life-skills training program that empowers participants to learn secrets of breath and meditation techniques including the scientifically validated 'SKY Meditation' (Sudarshan Kriya). You’ll leave this experiential retreat energized and wiser, with daily breathing practices, fresh perspectives and new friendships.

This retreat is being offered free to all University of Illinois students, faculty & staff but there are limited seats and scholarships so please apply now. Email your questions to

Free Bicycle Maintenance Class

Classes will be held Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The first class will be Tuesday, Sept. 5, due to the Labor Day holiday. Register.

The Campus Bike Center (608 E. Pennsylvania Ave.) will host a free, beginner bicycle maintenance class this fall. The one-hour class will cover checking and maintaining your tires, brakes and chain as well as demonstrate how to repair a flat tire.

Have Some Fun
Dancing Illini

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. We have classes every Thursday and Sunday starting September 3, and we allow new students to join classes until September 17. 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!
Visit the website for registration details, course schedule, and free events. Or email us at

Beginning Knitting Workshop for Adults

Sundays, September 10 and 17, from 1-4 p.m. at the Spurlock Museum.

Have you wanted to learn to knit for years, but just never found the time? The Spurlock Museum will host a two-part, materials included, knitting workshop for adults for only $20.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have completed a cotton dish cloth for home use, as well as learned basic information on yarn and needle sizes, pattern reading, and sources for future supply purchases. The program is part of a series led by members of the C-U Spinners and Weavers Guild. To register for the workshop, contact Kim Sheahan at 217-244-3355 or

New on Grad Life
Alison Goebel 
Meet Alison Goebel

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?".

Alison D. Goebel graduated from Illinois with a PhD in Anthropology in 2011. Now, she's the Executive Director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center. This small non-profit advocates for state-level policy reforms that will help Ohio’s rustbelt cities stabilize and thrive.

Read the post on Grad Life!


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