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Announcements for the week of September 19, 2021


University Library offers Zoom-friendly spaces

The Library supports participation in online classes in some designated study spaces. While not available in all campus libraries, Zoom-friendly spaces are available in several study rooms and areas where conversations are traditionally permitted. Headphones are required, and users are encouraged to bring their own devices to participate in class. Click on the link above for more information.

Heather Murphy • University Library

Upcoming Listening Sessions for the New University Bias Reporting Process

Please join us for upcoming listening sessions about the new Campus Belonging Resources (formerly BART) structure Sept. 24 at 2pm (virtual) and Sept. 27 at 6pm (in person). Share past experiences with the process and your ideas about how to create a more connected and inclusive campus community. More about how to register.

Elizabeth Tsukahara • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

 This opportunity is available online.

Last Chance to Apply: Graduate Student Leadership Award

This is your last week to apply for the Graduate Student Leadership Award! The award recognizes a graduate student who has exhibited outstanding service and has positively impacted the campus or wider communities. The winner will receive a $500 award for professional development from the Graduate College. Apply now on our website!

Application deadline is September 26.

Mike Firmand • Graduate College

Thesis Tips

Check Out Our Online Formatting Resources

It's not too early to start thinking about formatting your thesis! Take a look at the Graduate College formatting requirements. You can also view sample thesis pages and download a template to help you with the formatting process. If you encounter difficulties formatting your thesis, check out our Formatting FAQ page for tips on navigating these issues.

Emily Wuchner • Graduate College Thesis Office

Your Finances

Taxability of Graduate Level Waivers

Have a graduate assistantship? Your waivers may be taxable. Graduate level tuition & service fee waivers that are a benefit of employment are considered taxable income by the IRS. As a result, GA’s, PGA’s, & regular employees may see a reduction in take-home pay for the months of October, November & possibly December. Learn more on the Student Money Management Center website.

Student Money Management Center • University of Illinois System Student Money Management Center

 This opportunity is available online.

Career and Professional Development

On the Academic Job Market: Diversity Statements

The Writers Workshop will review genre expectations for diversity statements and provide examples from a range of disciplines. We will share strategies for drafting and tailoring your own diversity statements. This event will be held through Zoom. Please register with your Universality of Illinois email account by 11:59 p.m. CDT on September 20.

September 21, 4–5 pm

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Faculty Job Search: Teaching & Diversity Statements

Going on the academic job market? You'll likely need a teaching statement and diversity statement. In this informative workshop, you will learn what goes in each of these documents, how they should be formatted, and how to use them effectively in your job search. No registration required.

September 22, 4–5 pm • Online

Career Development • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Industry/Nonprofit Job Search: Using LinkedIn for Networking

You know that a strong network can help you advance in your career. But using LinkedIn for networking can make you feel uncertain and awkward at times. In this workshop, you will learn about some basics to using LinkedIn, how to find people, strategies for making first contact, and how to maintain your connection with them over time. No registration required.

September 21, 4–5 pm • Online

Career Development • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Funding and Fellowships

MAGS Distinguished Master's Thesis Award

The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) recognizes outstanding scholarship at the master's level through its Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. This year's competition targets two areas: biological/life sciences and humanities. The master's degree must have been conferred between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021, and the thesis must have made an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Awardees receive $750 plus a paid trip the MAGS annual meeting in Milwaukee in April. The Graduate College welcomes departmental nominations, which are due by October 15.

Departmental nominations are due in the Graduate College by October 15, 2021.

Ken Vickery • Graduate College - Office of External Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Graduate College Information Session

The National Science Foundation offers its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship to students in STEM and social science fields. The fellowship offers a $34K stipend plus many benefits. Grad applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and in their 1st or 2nd year of graduate school. See the Program Solicitation for details on eligibility. For a complete overview of the fellowship along with guidance on preparing a strong application, watch the Graduate College's NSF-GRF video information session. For advising on your application, contact the Office of External Fellowships.

Applications are due in mid-October.

Ken Vickery • Graduate College - Office of External Fellowships

Workshop: Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in STEM

The ability to craft an effective funding proposal can reap a lifetime of rewards. As a graduate student, now is the time to hone your grantwriting proficiency. In this workshop, designed for students in science, technology, engineering, and math, you will learn how to identify funding opportunities, strategize the components of an effective proposal, and think like a grant writer. Come with questions about this mysterious genre; leave with a template that you can adapt to become a competitive applicant for prestigious awards.

September 21, 1–3 pm • Register Here

Ken Vickery • Graduate College - Office of External Fellowships

 This opportunity is available online.

Critical Language Scholarship Information Session

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), provided by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded, intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for both undergraduate and graduate students studying select languages. Graduate students interested in pursuing a CLS are invited to attend an info session hosted by the National & International Scholarships Program. 

October 1, 3–4 pm • 514 Illini Union Bookstore Building

David Schug • National & International Scholarships Program

Health and Wellness

Future's So Bright 5k Run/Walk

Join Campus Recreation and the Illini Union Board for the brightest 5K on campus. This in-person or virtual 5K walk-run takes place in the evening, but $1 from every registration ($5) is going to the Tony Clements Scholarship through Campus Recreation. The first 200 registrants receive a race t-shirt, neon race bracelet, a headlamp, and a coupon from the Illini Union Bookstore. Register today!

October 15, 7 pm • Main Quad

Erik Riha • Auxiliary Health & Wellbeing Marketing

Research and Teaching

NCSA HAL Cluster September Training Sessions

Our Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation offers free virtual training sessions to help people get started with deep learning projects on NCSA's HAL cluster. Held every Wednesday afternoon on Zoom, this training will teach novel users about the system and building deep neural network models. Each session features an instructor covering a new topic that will familiarize participants with HAL. September schedule: 9/22 - Intro to TensorFlow with Asad Khan and 9/29 - Intro to PyTorch with Joshua Yao-Yu Lin.  Sign-up info and upcoming training schedule here.

September 22, 3–5 pm • Every Wednesday 3-5 p.m. | September 22-November 17 • Zoom Event

NCSA Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

Writers Workshop Productivity Writing Groups

Accomplish your writing goals by joining the Writers Workshop for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines! Our graduate writing group aims to provide community and accountability. Each session begins with a short conversation about goals and ends with a wrap-up of accomplishments. Our Fall semester writing groups are held every Monday from 9 a.m. - noon CT (online) and every Friday from 1 - 4 p.m. CST (hybrid). Please visit our calendar to register in advance.

Online and In-Person (251 Undergraduate Library)

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

(Re)Committing to a Writing Routine and Maintaining Momentum

The Writers Workshop will provide tips for maintaining a writing routine and cultivating effective habits. This workshop will be useful for grad writers who want to reassess their writing practices, as well as for anyone hoping to start new habits. Dissertation and thesis writers from any discipline—and at any stage in the writing process—are welcome. This event will be held through Zoom. Please visit our calendar to register by 11:59 p.m. on September 19.

September 20, 1–2 pm

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Savyy Researcher Workshop Sept 20-24

For virtual workshops, a zoom link will be sent to you one day before the workshop. For in person workshops, most take place in room 314 Main Library. 

Scholarly Commons • Scholarly Commons, Main Library

 This opportunity is available online.

Arts and Culture

iCU Intercultural Dialogue Series: Paraguay - The Heart of South America

Paraguay is a land of tereré, of chipa, and of the sweet guaraní language. Its people are very hard working and are known for their hospitality and making every visitor feel like at home. Join us to experience a little bit of the Paraguayan culture, including some food, drinks, crafts, music and maybe even a traditional dance! Be prepared to learn tons of fun facts about Paraguay and have fun!

Wednesday, September 22, 5:30-7:00 PM • Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 West Nevada Street

Yun Shi • International Education and La Casa Cultural Latina

October Krannert Center Tickets Available Now

October events at Krannert Center include The Brazilian All Stars jazz, Afro-Brazilian Percussion Workshops, three Department of Theatre productions, the Verona Quartet, Studiodance, PHILADANCO!, the return of Krannert Uncorked, and more. Tickets are sold online only. Please feel welcome to contact the Ticket Office with any questions: 217.333.6280 or We look forward to seeing you!

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Maureen Reagan • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Upcoming Events

Join Women in Entrepreneurship for WIE Connect on Sept 23

WIE Connect provides a venue for women to connect to resources, people, opportunities and networks in the Illinois entrepreneurship ecosystem and for women entrepreneurs to present to a supportive community and obtain feedback on their ventures. Join us for community and refreshments on Sept 23, 5-6 pm. Guest speaker: Gies Business Alumna Hilary Pham will present her company Equability. Register.

September 23, 5–6 pm • 2011 Business Instructional Facility

Valeri Werpetinski • Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Gies Business

Illinois Campus Cluster: Basics of Access and Usage

NCSA and Research IT are hosting a virtual, hands-on workshop on October 13 from 10 a.m.-noon on using the Illinois Campus Cluster (ICC). Attendees will learn about the ICC program, its technical and physical resources, capabilities, and organization. Hands-on exercises will teach how to access the ICC, manage the user environment, and run jobs and software. ICC student accounts will be provided, so you will not need your own account to attend. Complete this form by October 5 to register. 

October 13, 10 am–12 pm • Zoom (Coordinates will be provided after registration.)

Sandra Kappes • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

NCSA Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation September Seminars

NCSA's Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation is kicking off its Fall Seminar Series tomorrow on Zoom. Each week we're featuring free talks from researchers and industry leaders that enable innovation by harnessing AI & advanced computing. Our September schedule: 9/20 - Illinois VetMed prof. Rebecca Smith on “Practical Predictions: Models for Operational Impact" and 9/27 - Illinois Bioengineering prof. Yogatheesan Varatharajah. No registration required. Keep an eye out for next month's speaker list. Check out past speakers here.

September 20, 11 am–12 pm • Mondays @ 11 a.m. • Zoom Event

NCSA Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Virtual Conference, Oct. 13-14, 2021

"Inclusivity and Research Integrity: Who is Responsible" is a free, two-day virtual conference which discusses why inclusivity matters for robust, responsible research and who is responsible for fostering and maintaining healthy research environments. We will explore impediments to diversity in science and provide insight into practices that foster healthy research climates. We welcome anyone interested in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education, including graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. 

October 13–14

Christopher Lehmann • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

 This opportunity is available online.

Bollywood Night

Indian Graduate Students Association welcomes you to a celebration of Bollywood music and dance. You will get to witness some of our finest performers exhibiting their different talents. The event will be followed by a DJ Night!

September 25, 6–10 pm • Courtyard Cafe, Illini Union


Astronomy on Tap: "Death From the Skies" and "Space Weather"

Have you ever thought about all the ways astronomy can kill you? Join us IN-PERSON at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts outdoor Amphitheatre on Thursday, September 23 at *7 PM* CT for this month's Astronomy on Tap CU. We will have two speakers to kick off the fall semester: Illinois professor Leslie Looney will talk about "Death From the Skies" and graduate student Chris Tandoi will tell us about "Space Weather." Grab a drink, bring your friends and family, and let's have some fun while we learn! We hope to see you there! Free and open to all ages.

September 23, 7–8 pm • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Outdoor Amphitheater

Cail Daley • Astronomy

Capturing Audiences with Data Visualization Systems & Preattentive Features

Data visualization has nearly unlimited potential but is often only as valuable as the story you are able to tell and the audience you can capture. Dr. Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider will share the foundations of data visualization, how folks can harness the power of pre-attentive features, and show examples of viral visualizations that have reached national and global audiences!

September 22, 3:30–4:30 pm • Map

Bridget Sullivan • University of Illinois Webmasters

 This opportunity is available online.

Xun Yan "Conceptualization and Operationalization of Speech Fluency"

Speech fluency has been extensively researched across disciplines. Its multifaceted nature has led researchers to construe fluency as a core construct that closely interacts with other components of language ability, such as pronunciation, lexico-grammatical complexity, and accuracy. In language testing research, speech fluency is often operationalized in terms of macro-level temporal features.

September 24, 3–4:30 pm • Online Registration

Yu Chuan Shen • Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

 This opportunity is available online.

Frontiers in Miniature Brain Machinery Lecture: Xinzhu Yu

Xinzhu Yu, Assistant Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, will lecture on “The other half of the brain — Unlocking astrocyte roles in circuits and behavior.” The lecture is free and open to the public courtesy of the Miniature Brain Machinery Program.

September 22, 4 pm • 2269 Beckman Institute

Anne McKinney • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology