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Announcements for the week of February 28, 2021


Last Chance to Enter Research Live!

Calling all graduate students! You're engaged in fascinating, ground-breaking research. But can you get a general audience interested about what you do in only 3 minutes? That's the challenge offered by Research Live! Want to learn more? See details, including how to enter, videos of previous winners, prize information, and resources to help you prepare on our website.

Enter by 5 pm (CST) on March 5 • Online

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Illinois Migrating to Canvas LMS

Preparations are underway for Illinois' rollout of the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), with course migrations starting this summer. The new unified system, recommended by Student Success Initiative working groups, will improve the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students. Currently, CITL and Tech Services are working with college educational technology experts to ensure that tools, resources, and training workshops are in place for the migration.

Canvas Advisory Team • Office of the Provost

Resources for Working Remotely

Technology Services Launches New Ticketing System

On February 26 Technology Services and AITS implemented a new Help Desk ticketing system. This change will facilitate better information sharing between organizations using the same application. You will notice changes to the emails you receive and the email address from which notifications are sent. For full details visit the Go-Live announcement on the Tech Services website. Contact methods for the Tech Services and AITS Help Desks will not change.

Help Desk Ticketing System

Technology Services • Technology Services

Thesis Tips

Thesis Review and Deposit

Get a head start with the thesis submission and deposit process by attending our workshop! You’ll learn about the top formatting mistakes that are made and how to prevent them. We’ll go over deadlines and the required deposit items to help you create a timeline so you can stay on track. And we’ll discuss the visibility of your thesis after it is deposited. This workshop will be broadcast online at

March 3, 9–10:30 am • Online

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Your Finances

Webinar Recording - Tackling Taxes

Taxes are complicated, whether you’re a first time filer or have been filing for years. How do you know if you’re required to file? What are deductions and credits? Why are there so many forms, and what are they for? Watch our recorded webinar from January 27th to prepare for tax-filing this year. NOTE: This video is meant to be educational and will not offer individual tax advice. 

Student Money Management Center • University of Illinois System Student Money Management Center

 This opportunity is available online.

Career and Professional Development

PhD & Master's Virtual Career Expo

Don't miss out on the Graduate Career Consortium PhD & Master's Virtual Career Expo! Interact in live chat sessions with a range of employers specifically seeking advanced degree candidates from all disciplines for full-time, internship, fellowship and postdoc opportunities. Register and learn more on the PhD & Master's Virtual Career Expo website.

March 3, 8 am–6 pm • Online

Career Development • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Womxn's Career Institute

The Womxn's Career Institute is back, and this time we're going virtual! Join the WRC and the Career Center for a day of virtual workshops and discussions around the topics that matter to you. Registration closes March 3, and the first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary swag bag! Register at link above.

March 13, 10 am–3 pm

Amanda Cox • The Career Center

 This opportunity is available online.

2021 Research Park Career Fair

Are you interested in working for a company in the Research Park? Join us for the 15th Annual Research Park Career Fair to learn more about what companies are doing in the Park and what internship and full-time employment opportunities are available.

March 2, 3–7 pm • Zoom

Jenny Kim • University of Illinois Research Park

 This opportunity is available online.

ISSSTRAINS Intercultural Workshops and Spotlight Series

ISSS invites you to our Spring 2021 ISSSTRAINS Intercultural Training and Spotlight series! In our interactive 1.5-hour Workshops, participants gain intercultural knowledge, perspectives, and skills. In our 1-hour Spotlight panels, we learn about the cultures and experiences of international students and scholars in their own words. More information and registration here: Workshops Spotlights. Questions? Email

March 9–April 20

Nicholas Dunn • Office of International Student and Scholar Services

 This opportunity is available online.

Virtual Coffee Hour with Design Researcher Allyce Moncton

Are you interested in design, psychology, and/or technology? If so, come learn about the field of design research, which incorporates all of these disciplines. The speaker, Allyce Moncton, is a U of I alum has worked in the field of human-centered design for 8 years. She currently works for the United States Digital Service, a group of federal government technologists based out of the White House who work to improve government services through human-centered design and technology. Learn more about the event and register here!

March 5, 10–11 am

Sydney Lazarus • European Union Center

 This opportunity is available online.

Health and Wellness

Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Change Period

The enrollment/change period will be closing on March 5, 2021. This is the time to enroll/add your dependents to the plan, including 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 15–March 5 • Student Health Insurance

Student Health Insurance • Student Health Insurance

Weekly update on COVID-19 from Chancellor Jones

Chancellor Robert J. Jones provides university updates, announcements and resources from the past week. Take a look at the COVID-19 dashboard which has been updated to further enhance transparency. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign COVID-19 dashboard now includes even more data points and greater detail.

Chancellor Robert J. Jones • Office of the Chancellor

Intramural Activities and Sports

Looking for ways to be active and socialize with your friends? Check out the Spring 2021 intramural schedule! Register for in-person individual activities, such as soccer darts and tennis singles, or virtual activities, such as FIFA 21 and trivia. Take the competition to the next level and register a team for basketball and volleyball! Visit the intramural wepage for a list of all Spring activities, as will as information about registration deadlines and fees.

Intramural Activities • Campus Recreation


BE WELL is a virtual fitness class with McKinley Health Center, instructed by the Athletic Trainer and Fitness Health Educator. BE WELL will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. via ZOOM. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join! Class starts on March 2 and lasts for 8 weeks. Contact to get enrolled.

March 2–April 22, 1 pm • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm

Felicia Fordyce • McKinley Health Center

Research and Teaching

Writing Effective Personal Statements

Attend this workshop to learn how to write an effective personal statement. This Writers Workshop presentation will review successful strategies and help you develop a plan for your own personal statement, whether it’s for graduate school, professional school, or a fellowship or scholarship application. This event will be held through Zoom; please visit our calendar to register by 11:59 p.m. CT on March 2.

March 3, 4–5 pm

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Making a Revision Plan: Integrating Critical Feedback

Feeling overwhelmed by the feedback you're receiving from your professors, advisers, and/or reviewers? This Writers Workshop presentation will help graduate writers assess feedback and create a revision plan. It will also offer tips for responding to critical feedback, including strategies for writing the resubmission letter for revised journal manuscripts. This event will be held through Zoom; please visit our calendar to register by 11:59 p.m. on March 3.

March 4, 1–2 pm

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Writing in the Life Sciences

The Doctoral Research Support Program announces "Writing in the Life Sciences," the latest installment in our series "Writing in the Disciplines." This series gives doctoral students an opportunity to hear from a panel of scholars and journal editors who share methods and advice on scholarly writing. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. Our panelists for "Writing in the Life Sciences" will be Andrew Suarez, Mark Hauber, Katy Heath, Paola Mera, and Eva Fischer.

March 11, 3–4 pm • Please register in advance

Geoffrey Ross • Library

 This opportunity is available online.

Savvy Researcher Workshops

This coming week we are offering Savvy Researcher workshops on a variety of topics, including: research metrics, designing infographics, optical character recognition (OCR) and making searchable PDFs. Check out our calendar for all of our workshops.

A zoom link will be emailed to you after you register.

Scholarly Commons • Scholarly Commons, Main Library

 This opportunity is available online.

TA Talks Virtual Happy Hour: Student Engagement

Missing conversations with other graduate teachers? Connect and share ideas at the fun and informal TA Talks: Virtual Happy Hour hosted by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning. Topics of interest to grad instructors and TAs every month, from managing relationships with your course instructor to keeping students motivated. Meets first Wednesdays of the month at 4 p.m.. Beverages optional. Join us March 3 to talk about getting students engaged. Register to receive the Zoom link, and join as many or as few sessions as you like.

March 3, 4–4:50 pm • The first Wednesday of each month, 4-4:50 PM CST • Map

Leanna Duncan and Ava Wolf • Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

 This opportunity is available online.

Writers Workshop Productivity Writing Groups

Looking for a productivity boost? Join the Writers Workshop for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. Our virtual writing group aims to provide community and accountability. Each session begins with a short conversation about goals and ends with a wrap-up of 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. Please visit our calendar to register in advance. 

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Arts and Culture

Conversations with Mark Morris and Guests, Hosted by Paula Zahn

Join Emmy award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris, and special guests Peter Sellars (March 4), Nico Muhly (March 11), and Alice Waters (March 18) for this free series of live conversations about the arts, music, and food. More information and registration links will be posted on after March 1. 

March 4–18 • March 4, 11, and 18 at 7:30pm • Online; registration links available after March 1

Maureen Reagan • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

 This opportunity is available online.

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture by Felix Cowan

Join us for a lecture by Felix Cowan (PhD Candidate in History, University of Illinois) entitled "Narratives of Backwardness and Modernization in the Late Imperial Russian Penny Press" that explores how late imperial Russia's kopeck newspapers constructed images of Russian backwardness and Western modernity, and how they instrumentalized those images to argue that Russia's future lay in imitating the West.

March 2, 12 pm • Zoom

Stephanie Porter • Russian, East European and Eurasian Center

 This opportunity is available online.


Nominations Open: 2nd Annual Strive Awards

It's time to submit your nominations for the WRC's 2nd Annual Strive Awards! There are so many Illinois students, staff, and faculty doing incredible gender equity work on our campus, and we hope you will join us in celebrating them. Read about the awards and nominate someone at the link above. Register for the virtual awards ceremony here.

March 30, 6–7:30 pm

Clare Conway • Women's Resources Center

 This opportunity is available online.

Spring 2021 Campus Student Elections

The Campus Student Elections Commission (CSES) is accepting applications for the following elected positions: Student Trustee, Illinois Student Government (ISG) Student Body President & Student Body Vice President , Student Senators: ISG & UC Senate (Senate of the Urbana-Champaign Campus), Student Organization Resource Fee (SORF) Board. Deadline for candidate applications is 8 p.m, March 3, 2021. Candidate Guidlines and Election Code, can be found at the link above. Questions can be submitted to the CSEC at  

February 26 •

Eugena Lee-Olukoya • Student Success and Engagement

Join Volunteer Programs for Research of Different Kind!

The Office of Volunteers is looking for Spring volunteers to help us research local cemeteries, agriculture in the state of Illinois, the impact of COVID19 on small business outlook, resources for military families or assistance for families of fallen service members, and youth civic education programs. Opportunities are in-person and virtual. You can conduct your own research or be on team or lead a project. Check out our volunteer sign-up today. Contact with questions.

March 1–May 7

April Garrison • Student Success and Engagement

 This opportunity is available online.

Upcoming Events

Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Graduate Forum

Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) is hosting a graduate forum that will showcase graduate students who have received research funding from WGGP to support their fieldwork. Full speaker and talk information in the link above.

March 5, 1–4 pm • via Zoom. Registration required

Anita Kaiser • Women & Gender in Global Perspectives

Psychology Professor to Discuss Neural Communication Research

Sepideh Sadaghiani, a professor of psychology, will present her research at the next Beckman Director’s Seminar. Her talk will discuss how combining fMRI with scalp or intracranial EEG, especially when recorded concurrently, paints a rich picture of neural communication across the connectome in the brain. A speaker bio and abstract is online. Registration is required for Zoom access.

March 4, 12 pm • Online

Doris Dahl • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

 This opportunity is available online.

Plastic Free Challenge

iSEE is hosting a campuswide Plastic Free Challenge throughout March! Participants will track their plastic use until March 28 using a predetermined grid and point system. The goal is for campus and community members to reduce their plastic consumption and refine their waste reduction skills. Tips and resources will be provided throughout the challenge, with the chance for prizes upon completion! 

March 1–28 • Interest Form

Meredith Moore • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

 This opportunity is available online.

Author Talk with Mikki Kendall, Author of Hood Feminism

We are thrilled to host author and Illinois alumna, Mikki Kendall for a (virtual) author talk and share what led her to write Hood Feminism and more. You won't want to miss it! Register now at link above.

March 2, 6–7 pm • Zoom Webinar

Clare Conway • WRC, BNAACC, WGGP, GWS, LAS, LAS Alumni Council, Residence Hall Libraries

 This opportunity is available online.

Women@NCSA March Event: Let's Talk About Pronouns

Women@NCSA presents Let's Talk About Pronouns, an expert panel discussion that intends to provide insight into the use of pronouns outside of he/him/his & she/her/hers to create a more inclusive environment. Join us for an open conversation about gender identities, pronoun & name use, what to do when you're unsure, and how to avoid assumptions about gender & identity based on presentation & appearance. Click here & add it to your calendar.

March 3, 2 pm • 1st Wednesday of Every Month @ 2 p.m. • Zoom Event

Women@NCSA • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

Free DTI Spring Colloquium Series - March Speakers DTI's Spring Colloquium Series features weekly talks from researchers who leverage AI and digital transformation science to benefit society. Join us on Zoom each Thursday at 3 p.m. to hear from a variety of experts and outside thought leaders. This March, we feature WU ECE Prof. Lillian Ratliff on March 4, UC Berkeley Prof. Stefano Bertozzi on March 11, and Carnegie Mellon Prof. Zico Kolter on March 18. Free to attend, register for all upcoming talks here.

March 4–18, 3 pm • Every Thursday @ 3 PM on Zoom • Zoom Event, Registration Required.

Sophie Bui • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

NCSA Center for AI Innovation Spring Seminar Series - March Speakers

NCSA's Center for Artificial Intelligence Innovation is hosting a Spring Seminar Series featuring free weekly talks from researchers and industry leaders on various topics focused on AI research, professional development, and more. This month, we feature distinguished IBM Research Staff Peter Hofstee on March 1, Research Fellow & Head of AI at AbbVie Brian Martin on March 8, JPMorgan Chase AI Lead & VP Daniel George on March 15, Cambridge University Sr. Research Fellow Sebastian Ahnert on March 22, and UIUC Site Leader Srinivas Sridharan on March 25.

March 1 • Every Monday until 4/19 • Zoom Event

Sophie Bui • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

AACC Food for Thought: Relationships and Heritage

In collaboration with the South Asian American Leadership Conference 2021, join us for a discussion on the topic of "Being in a bi-racial relationship and preserving and passing down a strong South Asian identity" presented by Lakshmi Lakshmanan- Immigration Attorney & Illinois Alum. Register in advance at: . You will receive Zoom meeting information after registering. Have questions? Contact Jennifer at

March 2, 12–1 pm • Every Tuesday • Virtual Event

Jennifer Mendez, Assistant Director • OIIR/Asian American Cultural Center & SCPF

 This opportunity is available online.

International Women's Day 2021

This annual event brings together faculty, staff, students, and community members to recognize people who have made a difference in academia. Each speaker will have five minutes to tell the story of a woman in their discipline that changed the field in important ways. This year we're excited to include video remarks from Senator Tammy Duckworth in the program! Register to join us.

March 8, 3:30–5 pm • Zoom (Please register in advance)

Erin Ciciora • Humanities Research Institute/Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program

 This opportunity is available online.

Illini Union Bookstore Spring Cleaning Special

The Illini Union Bookstore is doing a little spring cleaning so the entire store is 25% OFF from March 4 - 7. Shop in-person or online and receive 25% off your purchases. This is the perfect time to stock up on orange and blue as the postseason approaches for Illinois basketball, wrestling, and more!

March 4–7 • Illini Union Bookstore

Erik Riha • Auxiliary Health & Wellbeing Marketing

 This opportunity is available online.

AI Infodemic Reading Group Session 3

Artificial intelligence is shaping information seeking, discovery, and curation. The third session of AI Infodemic: Interrogating Algorithms of Information Seeking will include a discussion of the politics of data collection and issues in global COVID-19 data collection efforts. View the program website and join our mailing list to receive the link to the Zoom meeting.

March 9, 4 pm

Sarah Appedu • Library

 This opportunity is available online.

The Student Sustainability Committee Coffee Hour

The SSC invites you to a virtual Energy Working Group Coffee Hour. This event will be an excellent chance for students, staff, faculty, and community members to discuss their own views on campus and the community world when it comes to energy. We hope you'll be there! Likewise, if you are interested in joining future working groups events for the Coffee Hour, please see the attachment.

March 1, 7 pm • Zoom Event: Energy Working Group Coffee Chat

Student Sustainability Committee • Student Engagement

 This opportunity is available online.


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