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November 2019

Preparing Students for Graduation
Graduation Checklist PDF 
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The December Hooding Ceremony will take place place at 10:30 a.m. on December 14, 2019 in the Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The ceremony provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of doctoral degree recipients with their faculty mentors.

Deadlines are approaching to order regalia and register.

Please share information about the hooding ceremony with graduating doctoral students.

For details about the ceremony, see: www.grad.illinois.edu/hooding/event-details

 Research Live 2019 Winners
 (left to right: Mary Lyons, Rebecca Andrus, Dean Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Lucas Buccafusca, Sana Saboowala)

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Research Live! competition. Research Live! is a fun, fast-paced competiton that celebrates the research of graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thirteen finalists competed in the public round of Research Live! on Tuesday, October 22, at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The winners are:

Rebecca Andrus, "Can We Reinvent the Toilet" (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Lucas Buccafusca, "The Tragedy of the Wind Turbine" (Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering)

Mary Lyons, "In an Era of Academic Rigor, Play in Kindergarten" (Curriculum and Instruction)

Sana Saboowala, "Investigating the Biological Effects of Historical Trauma in South Asia" (Integrative Biology) 


The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities announced they have been awarded a $2,000,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support Interseminars, an initiative designed to build communities of inquiry among graduate students and faculty at the University of Illinois around emerging research directions in the interdisciplinary humanities and arts.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences collaborated with the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Graduate College, and the Office of the Provost in 2018 to create the Distinguished Graduate Fellowships in the Humanities and Arts. The three-year competitive fellowships, offered to 16 graduate students per year, provide scholars with a $25,000 annual stipend and a waiver of tuition and mandatory fees.


Earlier this month, the Committee on Faculty Sexual Misconduct released its report outlining 65 recommendations to change policies, processes and practices addressing sexual harassment and misconduct. It is important that we build a culture that does not tolerate sexual misconduct and aligns with our values of respect and safety. As the university-wide implementation process begins, there will be opportunities for input from faculty, staff, and students on the recommendations.

Opportunities for Faculty and Students

Project proposals due November 22

Global Intersections is a Center for Global Studies initiative designed to encourage multicultural, international, transnational, and global perspectives in student research. This initiative invites collaborative proposals from faculty and students across disciplines that promote understanding and aid in solving global problems. Proposals may request up to $3,000 for project activities within the grant year (January 21 - May 6, 2020). 


November 14, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Lincoln Hall Theater (702 S. Wright Street, Urbana)

Join womxn change-makers as they examine our past and advocate for our collective futures at the inaugural State of Womxn event. Centering the needs of womxn today through artistic performances, awards, and a nationally recognized panel of womxn change-makers, we invite you to join us in building the next 10 years of gender equity advancement at Illinois.

For Your Students

Friday, November 15, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Beckman Institute, room 4269, Register

The third session of the Inclusive Lab Leaders Program, “Transforming Conflict into Collaboration,” will address how to work through conflict in the lab. A program of the 21st Century Scientists Initiative at the Beckman Institute, it will help graduate students and postdocs manage and engage with conflict and have the difficult conversations that are so important to mentoring, collaboration, and scientific advancement.


FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Information session for students interested in applying for 2020 - 2021 FLAS will be held in two sessions. Session I will be Monday, November 18, from noon - 1 p.m. in 1090 Lincoln Hall (702 S. Wright St., Urbana). Session II will be Tuesday, November 19, from 4 - 5 p.m. in 100 Gregory Hall (810 S. Wright St, Urbana).


Thursday, November 14, 3 - 5 p.m., 308 Coble Hall, Register 

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 STEM, you will learn how to identify funding opportunities, strategize the components of an effective proposal, and think like a grantwriter. Come with questions about this mysterious genre; leave with a template that you can adapt to become a competitive applicant for prestigious university, national, and international competitions.


This Friday, November 15, Graduate College Career Development will run this semester’s most popular faculty job search workshops again—all on one day! Attend one, some, or all three: CVs & Cover Letters (9 - 10 a.m.), Research & Teaching Statements (10 - 11 a.m.), Faculty Interviews (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.). The workshops will be available in person (Coble Hall 308) and broadcast live online at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace. Coffee, tea, and treats will be available all day for in-person attendees.


Still have questions about your industry or nonprofit job search? Graduate College Career Development will be running this semester’s most popular job search workshops again—all on one day on Friday, November 15! Attend one or both: Resumes & Cover Letters (1 - 2:30 p.m.), Interviewing in Industry & Nonprofits (2:30 - 4 p.m.). The workshops will be available in person (Coble Hall 308) and broadcast live online at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace. Coffee, tea, and treats will be available all day at the in-person workshops.

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.