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Announcements for the week of February 16, 2020


Student Insurance Enrollment/Change Period

The enrollment/change period will be coming to a close on February 21, 2020. This is the time to enroll/add your dependents to the plan, which include spouses/partners and children. Reinstatement is available if a student requires health coverage. Students can opt-out of the student insurance with comparable coverage. Continuation of coverage up to 90 days will be possible for graduating students. Extensions are available for a non-registered semester if the student is returning for summer. 

January 17–February 21 • Map

Angie Embry • Student Health Insurance

Report Any Collision, Near Miss, or Problematic Location On-campus

Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. This survey is designed for the UI community to take into consideration the safety concerns of all students, faculty, and staff members. If you have any question, contact Professor Ray Benekohal at rbenekoh@illinois.edu. Use Chrome, Firefox or Opera browser.

February 13–20

Sarthak Prasad • Facilities & Services

 This opportunity is available online.

Funding and Fellowships

NEW Positions Added: Illini Science Policy Fellowship

Additional positions have been added to the Illini Science Policy Fellowship, now accepting applications through March 16. Prospective applicants are encouraged to revisit full details and attend an online information session. Fellows work with hosts in government agencies and legislative offices in Illinois on substantive and emerging issues of public concern. Eligible applicants for 2020 must complete an advanced degree from UIUC between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Applications due March 16

Deborah Seiler • University of Illinois Extension

NSF Nanomanufacturing Node Broadening Participation Fellowship

The Nanomanufacturing Node (nanoMFG) of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce its nanoMFG Broadening Participation Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship aims to broaden participation in the Center. The award consists of up to two years of support ($25,000 per year, plus full tuition waiver), to start from the Fall 2020 semester. Additional details regarding the application process, elligibility, and about the node and its mission can be found at the nanoMFG website.

Elif Ertekin • Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering

 This opportunity is available online.

Grad Fellowships and Research Opportunities at Beckman

The Beckman Institute offers several fellowships and awards for Illinois graduate students. From summer research opportunities to one-year fellowships, grad students can gain critical research experience while supporting Beckman’s research mission. Applications are due 5 p.m. CST March 10. More information and application guidelines are online. 

Beckman Fellowships and Awards • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Career and Professional Development

Managing Large Projects Workshop

In this interactive workshop, you will learn about project management concepts then apply them in a practical case study to help you think strategically about difficult projects. Snacks and coffee provided or bring your own lunch. This workshop is a part of the Graduate College's Professional Development Week. Check out the full list of events at go.grad.illinois.edu/Pro-Dev-Week

February 18, 12–1 pm • Coble Hall 304/308

Student Success • Graduate College

Intercultural Communication Workshop

In this workshop, presented by International Student & Scholar Services, you'll build the global skills that lead to more effective and enjoyable intercultural communication. Snacks and coffee provided or bring your own lunch. This workshop is a part of the Graduate College's Professional Development Week. Check out the full list of events at go.grad.illinois.edu/Pro-Dev-Week

February 19, 12–1 pm • Coble Hall 304/308

Student Success • Graduate College

Professional Development Resource Fair

Come learn about services and resources available to help you succeed in grad school and beyond. Ask questions and engage with representatives from over 20 campus units. Need a professional head shot? Stop by anytime during the fair to have your picture taken and receive a free web resolution image courtesy of Memory Lane Photography. This event is a part of the Graduate College's Professional Development Week. Check out the full list of events at go.grad.illinois.edu/Pro-Dev-Week

February 20, 12–2 pm • Illini Union B&C

Student Success • Graduate College

Student Leaders Panel Discussion

Curious about gaining leadership experience in grad school? In this informal discussion, you'll hear from and have the opportunity to ask questions of peers with leadership experience in a variety of student and community organizations. Snacks and coffee provided or bring your own lunch. This workshop is a part of the Graduate College's Professional Development Week. Check out the full list of events at go.grad.illinois.edu/Pro-Dev-Week

February 21, 12–1 pm • Coble Hall 304/308

Student Success • Graduate College

Data Analysis with Excel Workshop

Want to learn best practices for managing data with Excel? In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn tips to more efficiently use Excel in your work, no matter how you use it. Be sure to bring a laptop. Snacks and coffee provided or bring your own lunch. This workshop is a part of the Graduate College's Professional Development Week. Check out the full list of events at go.grad.illinois.edu/Pro-Dev-Week

February 17, 12–1 pm • Coble Hall 304/308

Student Success • Graduate College

Thesis Tips

Use a Citation Manager to Help Organize Your Thesis Work

Are you looking for a new way to organize your thesis notes or citations? Programs like Evernote will allow you to store your notes, photos, web clippings, and files in one place. Citation managers, like Mendeley and Zotero, can help organize your citations into bibliographies and store notes and PDFs. You can learn more about these resources on the Library’s website or at a Savvy Researcher workshop.

Emily Wuchner • Graduate College Thesis Office

Research and Teaching

Finding and Using U.S. Census Data (Including 2020 Data)

U.S. Census data can be difficult to find due to the Census Bureau's idiosyncratic vocabulary and data structure. Learn how to navigate Census datasets and how to use several interfaces to search for and download data.

February 20, 2–3 pm • 314 Main Library

Scholarly Commons • Scholarly Commons, Main Library

Savvy Researcher Workshops

Check out the schedule and register online for this week’s library workshops on: Choosing a Citation Manager, Creating Your Citations with Zotero, Enriching Your Research with Multimedia, Research and Documentation Tools, and Introduction to Research at the Library LEVEL I & II.

Most Savvy Researcher workshops are in 314 Main Library.

Scholarly Commons • Scholarly Commons, Main Library

Classroom Management Q&A

Curious about Classroom Management? Join this conversation featuring an instructional coach from Champaign Unit 4 schools who will present general tips and then take questions.

February 20, 4–5 pm • Education Building, room 162

Amanda Heinsman • College of Education Administration

Writers Workshop Productivity Writing Groups

Join the Writers Workshop to meet your writing goals in a distraction-free setting. These are productivity writing groups, whose purpose is to provide structure, build community, and foster effective writing routines. Groups meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings this semester. Check out our calendar for times and locations.

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

Health and Wellness

UIUC Bachata & Brazilian Zouk

Come learn to dance Bachata Sensual & Brazil Zouk with us! All levels welcome, no partner required. Free. Classes always fun and new so that people of all levels have fun. Come! 

February 17, 7–9 pm • Every Monday at La Casa Cultural Latina 7 - 9 p.m. • Map

Brando Miranda • UIUC Bachata Sensual & Zouk

Arts and Culture

A Poetry Reading by Angie Estes

Angie Estes will be giving a reading of her work as part of the European Union Center's 18th annual EU Day celebrations. Estes is the author of six poetry collections, including Enchantée (winner of the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award) and Tryst (a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize).

February 20, 4 pm • Illini Union Bookstore Author's Corner

Sydney Lazarus • European Union Center

18th Annual EU Day

Wolfgang Moessinger, Consul General of Germany in the U.S. Midwest, will be giving a keynote address, "'The New Cold War': Liberal Democracy vs. Authoritarianism — Why the EU is Today More Important Than Ever," as part of the European Union Center's 18th annual EU Day celebrations. Everyone is invited to the consul general's keynote address and the pre-keynote reception. 

February 21, 10:30 am • Reception at 10 AM • Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, IL 61801

Sydney Lazarus • European Union Center

Michael Barenboim and The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, led by the orchestra’s concertmaster Michael Barenboim, draws upon players of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. As the orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary, Michael Barenboim founds this ensemble to spread the ideas behind the West Eastern Divan Orchestra even further and to give the public an opportunity to experience the musicians’ unique artistry and personality up close. Free performance, but tickets required.

February 25, 7:30 pm • Foellinger Great Hall at KCPA

Susie Lee • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Interested in Science Policy and Advocacy?

The university is sponsoring three graduate students to attend the 2020 Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop on March 29 - April 1 in Washington, D.C. The workshop is hosted by American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS). Cost of travel, lodging, registration and meals will be covered for selected students. To nominate yourself for consideration, please complete this online form.

Nominations are due by Friday, February 21.

Graduate Dean • Graduate College

MS Financial Engineering Information Sessions

Looking for a Master's Program?  Interested in Finance, Mathematics, or Computer Science?  Financial Engineering may be for you!  Join program staff at an information session for the MS Financial Engineering Program - applications open now for Fall 2020!

Marsha Hatchel • Masters in Finanancial Engineering Program

Upcoming Events

Immersive Teaching, Learning, and Research (ITLR) Symposium 2020

Join VR@Illinois for the Immersive Teaching, Learning, and Research Symposium at the Grainger Engineering Library IDEA Lab. Proposals are invited for lightning talks, posters, or live tech demos to showcase work in higher education using immersive technologies (virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality). Proposals due Feb. 28: https://go.illinois.edu/CFPITLR2020

April 10, 8:30 am–3:30 pm • Grainger Engineering Library IDEA Lab, 1301 W. Springfield Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

Elisandro Cabada, Assistant Professor • VR@Illinois

American Slang

What are some of the latest slang expressions and idioms in English?  Have a hard time understanding conversations because of slang? Come to this interactive workshop and learn more about American idiomatic expressions. Share experiences and learn new phrases from experienced instructors of the Intensive English Institute to make your conversational English more native-speaker like! 

February 19, Wednesday, 5:30 - 7 p.m. • Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 West Nevada Street, Urbana

Yun Shi • Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations


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.


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