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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.

From the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)
Humanists Say Their PhD Programs Prepared Them Well

CGS’s first wave of findings offer good news for humanists. The data support anecdotal evidence, as well as earlier studies, that say that humanities PhDs are well-prepared for a variety of careers. CGS recently released a research brief that reports on humanities PhD holders’ perceptions of the relevance of their doctoral programs to their current jobs. The brief, which draws on data from the CGS PhD Career Pathways project, indicates that the vast majority of humanists, regardless of employment sector, believe their doctoral education prepared them well for their current jobs. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an affiliate partner for this study. (October 18 press release)

Graduate Enrollment and Graduate Degrees Report

Released last week, CGS and ETS’s annual Graduate Enrollment and Degrees Report shows that overall first-time enrollment in graduate programs remains flat, while international enrollment has decreased. Visit the CGS website to learn more about the findings. (October 3 press release)

Research Live!

Tuesday, October 23, 4 - 6 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5

Join us for a fun, fast-paced and fascinating celebration of graduate research at Illinois!

Cheer on finalists at our annual Research Live! competition where Graduate students share their research in 3 minutes or less. Stick around for the reception, featuring live jazz music, free appetizers and People's Choice Award voting.

December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

Registration is now open for the December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. This ceremony provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of doctoral degree recipients with their faculty mentors. Please share information about the hooding ceremony with graduating doctoral students. For details about the ceremony, visit our website.

Email Forwarding and Federal Agency Regulations

Starting Oct 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security fully implemented a new directive relating to email delivery. Federal agencies are being mandated to follow Binding Operational Directive 18-01 to help ensure the integrity and confidentiality of internet-delivered data. You will be impacted if you receive email from Federal agencies and your campus email is forwarded or redirected. Visit this page for additional information.

Helping Your Students Succeed
Celebrate Your Students during Grad Student Appreciation Week

Join us in celebrating the contributions of over 14,000 graduate students, each one changing the world! That’s roughly one-quarter of the entire student population. Our graduate students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries around the world. They inspire us everyday with their passionate curiosity, visionary research, and bold innovations.

We invite you to show the world on social media how Illinois graduate students redefine the word impossible using the hashtag #ILLINOISgradlife.

Please share information about the week's events with your graduate students.

Job Search Essentials Day

This semester's most popular job search workshops - all in one day! To make sure grad students get their job search questions answered, Graduate College Career Development will be running this semester's most popular workshops again on November 2. Students can join us for:

  • 9 - 10 a.m.: Faculty Job Search: CVs & Cover Letters
  • 10 - 11 a.m.: Faculty Job Search: Research & Teaching Statements
  • 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Faculty Job Search: Interviews
  • 1 - 2 p.m.: Industry/Nonprofit Job Search: Resumes
  • 2 - 3 p.m.: Industry/Nonprofit Job Search: Cover Letters
  • 3 - 4 p.m.: Industry/Nonprofit Job Search: Interviews

The workshops will be in person (Coble 308) and broadcast live online at

Fellowship Opportunities for Students and Faculty
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships

Application Deadline: Monday, November 26, 5 p.m.

Encourage PhD students – those who have or will complete their PhD in the last three years – to apply to become a Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. This is a great program to launch a young researcher’s independent career. 

Human Vaccines Project: 2019 Michelson Prizes

First Deadline: October 29

The Human Vaccines Project has launched a Call for Applications for the 2019 Michelson Prizes. This year, the $150,000 Prizes have expanded to include 3 focus areas related to vaccine discovery: Human Immunology; Computational Biology and Protein Engineering; and Neglected Parasitic Diseases.

While the Michelson Prizes are focused on research outcomes in the fields of vaccine and immunotherapy discovery, applicants from the full spectrum of related disciplines, including clinical research, protein engineering, biomedicine, computer science, engineering and nanotechnology are encouraged to apply.

Research and Teaching Resources for Faculty and Graduate Students
Create Your Own Online Course Workshop Series

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) will be hosting the “Create Your Own Online Course” workshop on October 29, 30, & November 1 from 9 a.m. – noon each day. This is open to faculty, staff, eLearning Professionals, postdocs and TAs who want to learn best practices for creating an online course. The workshop is free of charge. View the full agenda and register online.

Human Subjects Research Conference

Friday, November 9, Beckman Institute, room 5602


The 2018 Human Subjects Research Conference will explore the fundamentals of international research, help researchers navigate the IRB, and provide discussions between researchers, administrators, and community partners. Representatives from a variety of programs on campus, including the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Initiative, the Division of Management Information, the University Library, and the University Ethics and Compliance Office will share their services on how they assist researchers and promote human subject research.

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.