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Graduate College Closed Thursday and Friday

Happy Fall Break! We hope that you have the opportunity to relax this week and take some time away from the lab, studio, or office. The Graduate College will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week in observance of U.S. Thanksgiving. 

Health and Wellness
Turkey Skate at the Ice Arena

Friday, November 23, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. AND 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Ice Arena

Join Campus Recreation the day after Thanksgiving for a day filled with skating and an opportunity to burn off all that delicious food you consumed the day before! Regular admission rates apply. The Ice Arena offers a variety of activities, including general skating, instruction, intramural leagues and club activities. 


Wednesday, November 21, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

There's still time to register for the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations Fall Break field trip to Springfield, IL. Explore Lincoln Home, Old State Capitol and Illinois State Capitol during the Fall Break!


Tuesday, November 20, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., CRCE 1102 

Come and join students staying on campus for a friendship workout at CRCE. This event is sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, Campus Recreation, and International Student Scholar Services. 

Your Career and Professional Development
Career Advising Available Over Break

Graduate College Career Development will be open for individual career advising appointments Monday through Wednesday this week. We can help you prepare application materials, get ready for interviews, strategize for negotiation, and more. Book an appointment at


You just finished a job interview. Moments ago, you hung up the phone or arrived back at your hotel room. What should you do next?

In his most recent article for Inside Higher Ed, Derek Attig talks about things you can do in just 15 to 30 minutes to set yourself up for success in the next stages of the hiring process and beyond. This advice applies to any kind of job search -- whether in or outside academe.

Thesis Tips
Get a Head Start With Your Thesis Deposit

Are you depositing your thesis this semester? Get a head start by completing a few small tasks!

  1. Send your title page to the Thesis Office for a pre-check by emailing a pdf or Word file to You can view a title page example and download a template on the Thesis Office website
  2. Doctoral Students: Take your required exit surveys! You can learn more about these surveys on the Thesis Office website. Remember – you cannot deposit your dissertation until the Thesis Office has received notification that you have completed these surveys.

Tuesday, November 27, 2 - 3 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1024

This workshop will discuss best practices for large writing projects, including tips for getting and staying on track, cultivating effective writing habits, and forming a successful writing group.

Your Research and Teaching

Thursday, November 29, 3 - 4:30 p.m, Armory, room 428

In this workshop, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) staff will begin by discussing resources that are available to TAs who are dealing with difficult situations. They will then ask the TAs how they would deal with these difficult situations themselves and identify the pros and cons of these approaches. This is a TA-to-TA workshop, designed for TAs and offered by one of CITL's Graduate Affiliates.

Emerging Tech Hands-on: Virtual Reality

Tuesday, November 27, 10 - 11 a.m., Armory, TechHub room 151A

CITL Innovation Spaces is hosting a variety of hands-on emerging technology topics for beginners. Workshops are open to everyone. (Note: This workshop counts towards the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.)

Learn the many ways to dive into the world of virtual reality. Get hands on action with HTC Vive, Oculus GO, and Virtual Reality through a smartphone. No prerequisites. All workshops are free and scheduled to last one hour. 

Mathematica in Engineering Education

Thursday, November 29, 11 a.m. or 13:30 p.m.


Join WebStore for a free workshop that will show aspects of Wolfram's technology stack to aid and enhance undergraduate engineering courses. Learn 5 easy ways to get started, view & modify classroom applications, create interactive slideshows, data analysis, parallel computing, model-creation and simulation, and more. Follow registration link for more information.


Monday, November 19, 9 a.m. - noon, Undergraduate Library, room 251
Tuesday, November 20, 9 a.m. - noon, Undergraduate Library, room 251

Join the Writer's Workshop to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting. This is a productivity writing groups, whose main purpose is to provide structure and community, foster effective writing routines, and help you meet deadlines on long-term projects.


Deadline: November 30

IPRH invites applications from all disciplines with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. They are especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work, and projects proposed for 2019–20 may investigate any subject. All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on campus during the award year and to participate in the yearlong Fellows Seminar.


Registration Deadline: December 14

Do you want to learn a new language or brush up on your language skills? The Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program offers low-cost classes in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Russian, German, Turkish, Swahili, and English as a Second Language. Open to everyone; not for credit, just for fun! Classes meet January 2-11. Take advantage of the new early-bird registration discount.


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.