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JULY 2018

GradMENTOR is a monthly publication of the Graduate College designed to provide you with resources as you work with and mentor graduate students and postdocs.

Diversifying Graduate Education
Illinois Summer Research Symposium

Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20, I Hotel & Conference Center

View the full program and schedule online

Please join us for the 2018 Illinois Summer Research Symposium (ISRS). ISRS supports the inclusion and participation of students from US populations underrepresented in graduate study. More than 150 students will present research that has been developed through the mentorship and training of faculty members from across a variety of disciplines.

Helping Your Students Succeed
Important Orientation Dates

It's almost time to welcome new students to campus and returning students back to a new academic year! Make a note of these important orientation events for your students:

Welcome Reception for New Graduate Students

Monday, August 27, 4 - 6 p.m., Illini Union, Illini rooms A, B, C, and South Lounge

This celebratory event is a great way for graduate students to kick-off the new year, especially students new to campus. Talk with current students, ask questions about campus, win prizes, and enjoy some light refreshments. New and current students are invited to attend.

Graduate Assistant Employee Orientation (for TAs, RAs, GAs, and PGAs)

Offered twice: Thursday, September 6, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Illini Union, room 404 OR
Tuesday, September 11, 9 - 10:30 a.m., Illini Union, room 314A

Co-sponsored by Academic Human Resources and the Graduate College, this employee orientation provides information for teaching, research, pre-professional, and graduate assistants regarding appointments and benefits. Offered twice.

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) TA Training

New Teaching Assistants must attend CITL’s pre-semester TA training, unless their department offers its own training on substantively similar topics. More info.

  • Grad Academy: Monday, August 20, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, August 21, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Wednesday-Thursday, August 22-23, TAs return for Microteaching at a time of their choosing
  • Grading Symposium: Tuesday, August 21, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

International Student Check-in and Orientation

ISSS Check-in will be held at SDRP from August 17 - August 23. View the ISSS website for specific dates and times. 

Check out our calendar for additional important dates and deadlines.

Resources for your Grad Students, from the Grad College

Welcome Guide and Quick Guide

When communicating with your incoming students, you can help them navigate key resources on our large campus. The Quick Guide and Welcome Guide assist new students with required tasks and key services to start them on the path to success. Both are available as downloadable pdfs on our website.

Grad School 101 Blog Posts and Videos

Do your students have questions beyond getting started as grad students? The answers may be in our Grad School 101 blog post and videos! Succeeding in graduate school entails more than mastery in a content area. That's why we have created our Grad School 101 blog posts and videos. You and your students will find information on a wide range of topics relevant to the graduate student experience, such as: writing fellowship applications, presenting research, career exploration, and self-care. 

Opportunties and Resources
Applications Now Accepted for The Berlin Prize

Application Deadline: Friday, October 5

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2019/2020. The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2019/2020, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, questions of race in comparative perspective, and the interplay of exile and return. For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.

Program Leaders Safety and Best Practices Workshop

Thursday, July 26, 1 - 2:30 p.m., 507 E Green St., room 411


The Program Leader Safety and Best Practices Workshop guides program leaders (faculty, staff, or students leading programs) in preparing for the safest possible experience abroad. This workshop teaches leaders about incident management expectations and facilitates understanding through discussion of real life scenarios of incidents abroad. Topics include: University Expectations, Group Best Practices, International Insurance, Student Behavior, Pre-Departure Orientations, and Incident Response. This workshop also provides a unique opportunity to discuss any questions, worries, or clarifications with our staff and other program leaders. Those who are leading, or assisting, short-term education abroad programs or other University-related travel abroad for students must attend at least one of these workshops a year.

Mark Your Calendars
Graduate Student Appreciation Week

New Dates: October 21-27, 2018

Graduate Student Appreciation Week is moving to the fall! Since 2013, the Graduate College has coordinated this campuswide celebration to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of over 12,000 graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. That is roughly one-quarter of the total student population.

Because so many units have participated in past years by hosting events and posting on social media, we wanted to give everyone a heads-up about the date change, so you can adjust your planning.

Why has it moved to fall?

Traditionally we have aligned our campus celebration with the nationally designated week in early April. However, based on feedback from units and students, we feel that moving the week closer to the start of year is a much better time to welcome new graduate students and re-welcome continuing graduates students to campus. It is also a time when students are eager to learn about campus resources, activities, and spaces they will use in the coming months. 

Additional Publications from the Graduate College

A weekly e-bulletin for graduate students


GradLIFE Blog
A behind-the-scenes look at the graduate experience


Postdoc Post
Biweekly e-bulletin with news and highlights for postdoctoral scholars


Biweekly job postings for graduate students.


GradMENTOR is distributed monthly to graduate faculty and department contacts 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 GradMENTOR, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.