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Announcements for the week of February 11, 2019.

Announcements and Deadlines
Upcoming Spring Registration Deadlines

Friday, February 22 is the last day to drop a Part of Term A course without a grade of “W” recorded.

Friday, February 22 is the last day to submit a form to elect credit-no-credit option for a Part of Term A course or to change from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade.

For additional deadlines, view our calendar. 


Student Health Insurance enrollment/change period is open until February 15. During this period, you can do the following: 

  • Reinstate if you’ve previously waived out of the Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • Enroll into the health plan 
  • Add a dependent, partner, and /or spouse. 
  • Opt Out of the student Health Insurance Plan if you have comparable coverage.

To leverage emerging technologies, the Illinois Data Bank is moving to the cloud. As part of the transition, from February 16 - 18, the Illinois Data Bank will not be able to accept new datasets or any changes. Full functionality should return by February 19, though very brief service interruptions may be experienced.

Thesis Tips

Tuesday, February 12, noon - 1 p.m., Main Library, room 106

Am I able to include published works in my thesis? Do I need to request permission to include my own work in my thesis? If you have questions regarding copyright and your thesis, look no further! Copyright Librarian Sara Benson will address common questions student have about copyright and author’s rights and provide guidance on what further steps students can take to navigate copyright concerns.

Your Career and Professional Development

Thursday, February 14, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Engineering Hall, room 106B1

Join the Graduate College for a session designed to help graduate students communicate with the media to enhance their research profile and make a bigger impact. Campus News Bureau life sciences editor Diana Yates will talk about how to identify your audience, write about research and become a credible media source. See the full listing of Graduate College workshops.


Tuesdays, February 26 - March 12, 3 - 5 p.m.

Registration required

Curious about career paths? Not sure how to decide what careers are right for you? Join the Career Exploration Group! Participants will work with a career advisor through a guided process of discovery to help identify career paths that fit their skills, interests, and values. The group is a unique opportunity to share and learn about exploring careers through open dialogue with peers. Sponsored by the Grad College. 


Wednesday, February 20, 5 - 6 p.m., Gender and Women's Studies House, 1205 W. Nevada

The workshop will provide practical information on how to prepare a job letter, c.v., and other application materials for graduate teaching positions in the GWS Department. Sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.

Health and Wellness
Expressive Arts Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

Wednesdays starting February 13, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center

The Counseling Center and Women's Resources Center will run an expressive arts support group for survivors of sexual misconduct (sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment and exploitation) starting February 13. The group will focus on the creative writing process along with other expressive arts modalities, and it is open to all genders. There are a few openings in the group, and individual info sessions with potential group members will be held during the regularly scheduled group time on Wednesdays. To set up a meeting to learn more about group, email Theresa and Molly at and


Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m., ARC MP7

Join the Counseling Center paraprofessionals for Tuesday at 7, a series of weekly workshops on a health and wellness topic. View the full calendar for Spring 2019 online. 


Friday, February 15, 2 - 4 p.m., Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada Street

Learn how to meal prep a well balanced warm lunch and cut down on eating at restaurants during the week. This event is part of the Friday Global Engagement Lounge (GEL). 

Fellowships and Funding
Workshops: Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals

Want to learn how to craft a competitive fellowship application? If so, register for one of the Graduate College’s upcoming proposal writing workshops. Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of Fellowships, will cover how and where to search for funding and will offer a nuts and bolts introduction to the art of proposal writing.

  • For Social Sciences & Humanities: Friday, February 22, 3 - 5 p.m., Coble Hall, room 308. Register 
  • For Sciences, Technology, Engineering, & Math: Monday, February 25, 3 - 5 p.m., Coble Hall, room 308. Register
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Applications due in the Graduate College by March 12, 2019.

The Department of Education welcomes applications for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship program, and applications are due in the Graduate College by March 12. These fellowships support doctoral students conducting overseas research in modern foreign languages and area studies. Only U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents are eligible, and projects must focus on one of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories). For details, visit the Fulbright-Hays listing in the Graduate College’s Fellowship Finder database.

DFI Fellowships for Underrepresented Students

Applications due in the Graduate College by February 15, 2019.

The Illinois Board of Higher Education is offering Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowships for 2019-20. These fellowships support underrepresented graduate students who intend to teach or become administrators in higher education in the state of Illinois following graduation. Students in any discipline are eligible, and students in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. Visit the DFI listing in the Graduate College’s Fellowship Finder database for details. 

Fellowships and Grants with Upcoming Deadlines

There are several prestigious graduate fellowships and grants with upcoming deadlines. Check out the Graduate College’s Fellowship Finder database for a complete list. Here’s a sample:

Search the database to find fellowships right for you. Consult the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships’ webpages for additional resources.


Submission Deadline: Friday, March 8, 5 p.m.

Technology Innovation in Educational Research and Design (TIER-ED) Fellowships will be awarded to graduate students working on a research project in a TIER-ED focused area. Selected TIER-ED Fellows will receive $20,000 for one academic year. Please submit required documents and reference letters by email to


In this special "Meet Our Fellows" post, SAGE member Meera Zukosky interviews Busra Karagobek, a PhD student from Turkey, who is currently studying at the University of Illinois under a Fulbright Scholarship. Read the interview with Busra.

Your Research and Teaching

Monday, February 11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wohlers Hall, room 174 
Friday, February 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Undergraduate Library, room 251

Join the Writer's Workshop to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting. These are 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.

This Week's Savvy Researcher Workshops

Check out this week's Savvy Researcher Workshops:

  • Drowning in Citations and PDFs? EndNote Can Help!: Tuesday, February 12, 11 a.m. - noon, Main Library, room 314
  • Data Visualization in Excel: Tuesday, February 12, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Main Library, room 314
  • ATLAS.ti I: Qualitative Data Analysis: Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Main Library, room 314
  • Create scholarly and promotional digital materials with CANVA: Wednesday, February 13, 11 a.m. - noon, Main Library, room 314
  • Social Media Macroscope: a comprehensive web platform for social media data research and visualization: Wednesday, February 13, 2 - 3 p.m., Main Library, room 314
  • Managing Your Citations with Zotero: Thursday, February 14, 2 - 3 p.m., Main Library, room 314
  • Managing Your Citations with Mendeley: Friday, February 15, noon - 1 p.m., Main Library, room 314
Arts and Culture

Tuesday, February 12, 4 - 6 p.m., Main Library, HPNL, room 246 

Celebrate Lincoln's 210th Birthday at the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library. Enjoy light refreshments, try your hand at Lincoln-themed trivia, view a pop-up exhibit of rare and unique items, de-stress with Lincoln coloring pages, and explore library resources related to the life and legacy of our 16th president.


Wednesday, February 13, 6 - 7 p.m., Asian American Cultural Center 1210 W. Nevada Street

Interested in performing? Show other students what you’ve got: dancing, singing, stand-up comedy, playing musical instruments from around the world! This event is part of the Intercultural Dinner-Dialog Series. 


February 21 – 22, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall (TBH)


The Resilient Urban Futures symposium examines these issues in detail, bringing together scholars, designers, and experts from diverse fields to analyze present-day conditions and recommend how future urbanisms can emerge and thrive in our communities. Highlights of the symposium include keynote speeches by journalist Ben Austen and urban policy and health scholar Dr. Mindy Fullilove. Four panels led by faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts will address themes related to urban policy, landscape, health, housing, research, and design, reframing urbanism in 21st-century Illinois and offering new possibilities for collaborative, interdisciplinary engagement.


Saturday, February 16, 9 a.m. - noon, Spurlock Museum

Join the Spurlock Museum for an educator workshop Integrating Tribal Sovereignty and American Indian History into the Classroom by Dylan Jennings (Bad River Band, Lake Superior Ojibwe). The workshop is appropriate for K12, university, and community educators of all disciplines. Learn about the importance of enriching your classroom with relevant American Indian values, language, and culture. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact Kim Sheahan at or 217-244-3355 with your questions or registration requests.


Saturday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall 

Music for 18 Musicians is widely recognized as one of the most influential pieces of the 20th century, and every hearing - and seeing - of it offers a new perspective to the listener. Two Grammy-winning ensembles, Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, join forces to create Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich’s “kaleidoscopic soundworld.”

Opportunities and Resources

Apply to be come a student senator

The Senate of the Illinois Student Government (ISG) is the core of the student government. It is made up of 54 Senators from each college or equivalent unit. Graduate students can be members of the Senate and are elected either from the Graduate College, the College of Law, or the College of Veterinary Medicine. To become a Senator, a student must either win their college’s seat in the Academic Senate during the Spring semester, or fill a vacant seat in the Senate of the ISG. Senators work to pass resolutions to help benefit the student body. 


Wednesday, April, 17, 2019, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

All interested students are invited to this free symposium. Registration is not required. The keynote speaker is Corby Martin, PhD from the Pennington Center for Biomedical Research. The title of his talk is: “Challenges in measuring food intake, energy balance, and dietary adherence: The quest for clinically relevant solutions.” There will also be a faculty mini-symposium and student oral and poster presentations.

Animals and Society Institute

Apply by February 28

The Animals & Society Institute and the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications for the third annual Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. This interdisciplinary program, inaugurated in 2017, is focused on graduate students and those in the first few years post-PhD or other terminal degrees, and will enable 20-30 participants to work on their dissertations or publications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosted by the Center for Advanced Study, for one intensive week. The 2019 Institute will take place from July 14-20, inclusive.

Loanable Tech from the Library

Did you know that the Undergraduate Library has a substantial amount of loanable tech from laptops to cameras to cell phone charging cords? See the web for policy information as well as a listing of what is available.


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.