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Announcements for the week of May 9, 2021


Congratulations to our Graduates!

To all our May 2021 graduates, we are proud of you and your accomplishments! The virtual celebration of doctoral graduates will be on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m,. and we hope you and your families will be able to join.

Student Success • Graduate College

Applications Sought for Graduate Student Advisory Board

The Graduate College invites graduate students enrolled in on-campus or online programs to apply to serve on SAGE (Students Advising on Graduate Education) in 2021-2022. SAGE members build leadership skills and provide varied perspectives that enhance the academic, professional, and social experiences of graduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Monthly meetings will take place via Zoom. Applications are due by Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (11:59 p.m. CT).

Charlotte Bauer • Graduate College


Pass COVID/No Pass COVID Grading Option Deadline

Students will be able to elect the Pass COVID/No Pass COVID (PZ/NZ) grade mode for Spring 2021 courses between May 22 and May 27. The request form for this option will be available on the Registrar’s website. Departmental and adviser approvals are not required, but we strongly encourage you to have conversations with your advisor and/or department before the end of the term to determine if the PZ/NZ grading is your best interest. Additional details about this grading option can be found on the Provost website.

Admissions, Registration, & Enrollment Services • Graduate College

Attention May Graduates

Please make sure you are not registered for the Summer or Fall 2021 semester so that you do not face unwanted tuition and fee charges. If you are registered and are not continuing in another program, cancel your registration by the May 16 deadline.

Admissions, Registration, & Enrollment Services • Graduate College

Summer 2021 Refunds

May 14 is the last business day to cancel summer registration and receive a 100% refund (Withdrawal/Cancellation Form required); May 16 is the last day to cancel registration via Self-Service and receive a 100% refund. The refund schedule for Summer 2021 can be found on the Registrar's website

Admissions, Registration, & Enrollment Services • Graduate College

Summer 2021 Curriculum Changes

July 2 is the last day to change your curriculum for the current term. This includes adding or dropping a campus approved minor or concentration. Please check your student program information in Self-Service to verify your program information is listed correctly. Information on how to change your curriculum is available online

Admissions, Registration, & Enrollment Services • Graduate College

Resources for Working Remotely

Zoom for Outlook Plug-in Change in May

Later this month, Microsoft will retire the Zoom for Outlook Plug-in. There is a Zoom for Outlook Add-in to replace the Outlook Plug-in. View the Zoom Plug-in Change announcement to identify which Zoom Outlook tool you are using and steps to make the switch before the change takes effect.

Technology Services • Office of the Chief Information Officer

Thesis Tips

Congratulations Graduates!

This spring, the Thesis Office deposited 276 doctoral dissertations and 204 master's theses. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

Emily Wuchner • Graduate College Thesis Office

Career and Professional Development

Making the Most of Summer

Summer is a great time to make progress on more than just your tan. This summer, you have the opportunity to advance your research, your job search, or your broader career goals. In this workshop, get specific advice and strategies to help you relax this summer while accomplishing what you need to succeed. You will leave the workshop with a concrete plan for achieving a major goal you have for this summer. Access this webinar at

May 13, 3:30–5 pm • Online

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Funding and Fellowships

American Connection Corps - Broadband Fellowship, Applications due May 15

The American Connection Corps will be the nation's largest fellowship program focused on bridging the digital divide. Fifty American Connection Corps Fellows will serve in select states in a two-year pilot initiative. ACC Fellows will have access to premiere national training on community organizing, broadband and digital inclusion, and a network of homecomers nationwide. Host communities will be featured in national news outlets and will help inform the work of the American Connection Project Policy Coalition. Learn about this program and apply right here. Applications due May 15, 2021.

Stephen Wald • Cooperative Extension Service

Health and Wellness

Weekly update on COVID-19 from Chancellor Jones

Chancellor Robert J. Jones provides university updates, announcements and resources from the past week. Beckman, CRCE, Illini Union and State Farm Center testing locations will be open for Summer 2021 with updated hours beginning May 17. View the testing locations page for the full list of hours.

Chancellor Robert J. Jones • Office of the Chancellor

Learn to Swim

Member and non-member registration is open for summer Learn to Swim. Classes are offered for swimmers of all ages and skill levels, including parent/child, youth, adult, and private lessons. The deadline to register is Thursday, June 3. Visit the Campus Rec website for descriptions of each class and instructions on how to register online.

ARC and CRCE Pools

Cody Demas • Campus Recreation

Donate your Used Bike to the Campus Bike Center

Donate your bike! Campus Recreation’s Campus Bike Center (CBC) accepts used bikes. If you are leaving campus and you have a bicycle that you do not need, please donate it to the Campus Bike Center at 51 E. Gregory Dr, Champaign. CBC refurbishes bikes and cleans them up for reuse. Please consider donating your used bike before leaving campus! Call us at (217) 333-0241 for more information. FREE water bottle while supplies last.

51 E. Gregory Dr, Champaign, IL 61820

Sarthak Prasad • Facilities & Services

Research and Teaching

Writers Workshop Productivity Writing Groups

Wrap up your end-of-semester writing goals with the the Writers Workshop! Our virtual writing group aims to provide community and accountability. Each session begins with a short conversation about goals and ends by recognizing accomplishments. Our Spring Semester writing groups are held on Zoom every Monday from 1 - 4 p.m. and every Friday from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and they will end on Friday, May 14.

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Maintaining Momentum: Sticking to a Thesis and Dissertation Writing Routine

Join the Writers Workshop to gain tips for maintaining a writing routine, cultivating effective habits, and forming a successful writing group. 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 May 11.

May 12, 12–1 pm

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Writers Workshop Graduate Writing Retreat

Start your summer the "write" way! The Writing Retreat provides advanced graduate students with dedicated time to make progress on thesis or dissertation writing in a supportive atmosphere. Participants should commit to writing from 9am - 12:30pm CT each day. In the afternoons, the Writers Workshop and campus partners will provide optional presentations on topics like: goal setting, scheduling strategies, revision strategies, and mental health and wellness in the writing process. Please register by 11:59pm CT on Friday, May 14.

May 17–21

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Arts and Culture

Professor Kimiko Gunji showcases wagashi-making for Mother's Day

Join Japan House today at 4pm for Japan House Shares Nerikiri on Parade, featuring Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji and Japan House Pastry Chef Lisa Akins. Lisa explains the process of making shiro-an (white lima bean paste), followed by Gunji Sensei and Lisa creating a virtual parade of nerikiri, a special type of wagashi (Japanese sweet). You won’t want to miss this fun Japan House Shares!

May 9, 4–4:30 pm • Map

Michael Darin • College of Fine and Applied Arts

 This opportunity is available online.


ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program

U of I graduate-level students interested in energy technology are invited to apply to participate in the 2021 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. This is a unique opportunity for student energy leaders to engage with companies looking for new talent, as well as learn about new energy initiatives. Selected students receive complimentary registration to attend the Summit and will have access to speakers, participate in student-focused panel sessions and network with corporate recruiters. 

Register by Monday, May 17

ARPA-E • U.S. Department of Energy

 This opportunity is available online.

Make the Most of Your Summer with We CU Community Engaged Scholars

Make a positive impact in the community, build your resume, and fulfill your passion for helping others this summer with We CU. Whether you track the service hours you are already doing, choose from our virtual volunteer opportunities, or develop your own community-based project, We CU provides recognition, support, and training to enrich your service and expand your professional skillset. Learn more during a short info session. Register even if you cannot attend to receive a link to the recording, next steps, and priority notification for service and leadership opportunties.

June 2, 4 pm • Register for Zoom details

Emily Stone and Katie Shumway • We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program

 This opportunity is available online.

Fall Internships at the Women's Resources Center

It's that time of year again! The WRC is currently accepting applications for Advocacy, Programming, and Marketing & Communications interns. Links to applications are below, and they will remain open until all positions are filled. Please note that applications are only open to current Illinois students. Advocacy Intern Application: Programming and Marketing & Communications Intern Application:  

Clare Conway • Women's Resources Center

 This opportunity is available online.

Upcoming Events

Register for the 2021 Virtual Computational Genomics Course by June 7

Learn the basics of computational genomics while integrating the latest technologies and computational methodologies. Mayo Clinic & Illinois faculty lecture and conduct lab exercises in genome sequencing and assembly, polymorphism and variant analysis, regulatory genomics, and systems biology. Open to students, faculty, & staff; fees apply. Hosted by the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance. 

June 21–25, 8:30 am–5 pm

LeaAnn Carson • Mayo Clinic and Illinois Alliance

 This opportunity is available online.

Women in Science Lecture Series: Dr. Ruby Mendenhall

Join us for the University of Illinois Archives’ monthly Women in Science Lecture. Dr. Ruby Mendenhall, Associate Professor in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Social Work, will discuss her interdisciplinary work that focuses on issues of social inequality and economic mobility. Please register to receive the zoom link.

May 11, 12–1 pm

Kristen Allen • Library

 This opportunity is available online.

Graduation Sale at the Illini Union Bookstore

The Illini Union Bookstore is holding a Graduation Sale, featuring 20% OFF your entire purchase, including diploma frames. This is a great way to stock up on apparel, grab alumni gear, or pick up graduation gifts. The sale will be held from May 9-17 and is availabe in-store or online.

May 9–17 • Illini Union Bookstore

Erik Riha • Auxiliary Health & Wellbeing Marketing

 This opportunity is available online.


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