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December 2, 2015
In This Week's Issue
Town Hall Meetings for New-Campus-Wide Design Center
AHS Colleagues, now is your chance to provide input for the new Campus Design Center to be located directly south of Huff Hall. This facility will facilitate undergraduate research and projects in design and technology. Please try to attend one of these meetings to provide input. Alternatively, if you cannot make a meeting, provide input to our representative Dr. Jan (

The campus has recently announced a major gift commitment (donor to be announced later) to fund the construction of a new building that will house a campus-wide multidisciplinary Design Center. This will be a central facility for undergraduate students to experience design thinking, making and learning by addressing a wide variety of human needs in project-based collaborative teams. Conceived in 2009, the Design Center has been the subject of great effort over the course of the past year—with broad participation from across campus.  We are now seeking collective input on this new facility from all campus stakeholders. There will be a series of town hall meetings, held by a core committee charged with overseeing the effort, to give faculty, staff and students an opportunity to provide input on this new facility. These will be held:

Friday, December 4
Lincoln Hall, 3:00 - 4:00pm

Tuesday, December 8
B02, Coordinated Science Lab, 3:00 - 4:00pm

Thursday, December 10
Room 62, Krannert Art Museum, 10:00 - 11:00am

In preparation for the town hall meetings, campus members are invited to review the following explanatory project materials, available at the Design Center Website.

 Quick Facts

  • Square Footage: 40,200 square feet of program space (total of 59,300 sq. ft.)
  • Location: Located in the green field between the School of Art and Design and the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Architecture Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Public Engagement Symposium 2016

This is a friendly reminder that the proposals for Public Engagement Symposium 2016 are due by Friday, December 4, 2015. We have received some proposals and if you are interested in sharing a community engaged project (research/teaching/service) at the symposium we encourage you to click HERE to complete the form for proposals. For questions, contact Bhavna Hirani in Office of Public Engagement. 

The Office of Public Engagement invites you to submit proposal(s) for poster at the Public Engagement Symposium 2016. The theme for 2016 symposium is 'Building bridges between campus and community'. The symposium will be held from 3-6 pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.

The Public Engagement symposium features posters and displays by faculty, staff and students from campus and partners from the community on community-based projects as part of research, teaching and service at the University of Illinois. The symposium provides ground for sharing and celebrating the scholarly works of a community that is engaged in addressing and solving challenges facing the society through mutually-beneficial partnership. The event hopes to promote culture of engagement across campus by bringing together a large variety of ideas and approaches to community-engaged projects.

Federal Statistical Research Data Center at Illinois- Informational Sessions

IHSI is hosting two opportunities to learn about the campus-wide application for a Federal Statistical Research Data Center at Illinois. These sessions are open to all researchers. Session One will be held on Monday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in Room 1005 of the Beckman Institute. Session Two will be held on Tuesday, December 8 at 4 p.m. in the Heritage Room at the ACES Library. Light refreshments will be served at both sessions.

Julian Reif (economics) will introduce the campus-wide application. Attendees will learn how they can take advantage of such a center in order to catalyze health sciences research.

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Celebrating the Work of Graduate Students

Image of Research         

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Illinois Graduate and professional students from all disciplines are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the scholarly or creative work. Images can represent research either concretely or abstractly and should tell a narrative that captures the attention and imagination of both specialists and general audiences.

Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel for connection between image, text, and research; originality; and visual impact. Prizes will be awarded for top submissions including a $500 prize for the first place entry. Please consider encouraging your students to submit to the contest. Previous winning submissions can be found online.

Research Live! Competition

The Graduate College is excited to announce the winners of the 2015 Research Live! competition. Twelve finalists competed in the first ever Research Live! competition on Wednesday, November 11 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

  • 1st Place: Ipek Tasan, “Finding the Partners in Crime Causing Colon Cancer” (Biochemistry)
  • 2nd Place: Marc Ryan Gancayco, “Sublancin: An Antibiotic with a Sweet Side” (Chemistry)
  • 2nd Place: Vahid Mirshafiee, “Targeted Delivery of Anticancer Drugs to Tumors” (Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering)
  • People's Choice: Robin Holland, “Taking Down the Powerhouse” (Pathobiology)

The 65 entrants in the competition were tasked with presenting on one research topic using two slides for just three minutes. Presentations were scored on delivery, clarity, effectiveness of visual material, and accessibility of language. Interested in more of the Research Live! story? Check out the #ILLINOISResearchLive hashtag on twitter and view photos on Facebook. Videos of the final presentations are available online


Graduate College Workshops for Your Students

Spring Graduate College Career Development Schedule

Encourage your students to mark their calendars! Next semester, the Graduate College Career Development Office will put on more than 20 workshops. Our interactive workshops help students get from where they are to where they want to be, offering information and a chance to practice important skills. Our Spring 2016 workshop series includes:

  • Preparing for Faculty Job Interviews
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • CVs to Resumes Group
  • Do I Really Have to Network?
  • GradMAP
  • Getting Started on the Academic Job Market
  • What Can I Do with a PhD in the Humanities?
  • And many more

See the full schedule and learn more online. We are also happy to offer customized workshops in classes, research groups, proseminars, or other venues in your department. Email to set something up.

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals Workshops

The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships offers grant writing workshops for graduate students in the humanities & social sciences and in STEM. Graduate College staff will cover how and where to search for funding and will offer a nuts and bolts overview of the art of proposal writing. All workshops will be held in Coble Hall, room 308.

  • Humanities & Social Sciences: Wednesday, December 2, 3 - 5 p.m.  Register
  • Humanities & Social Sciences: Wednesday, December 9, 2 - 4 p.m.  Register
  • STEM: Friday, December 11, 10 a.m. - noon

If you have questions, contact:


FLAS Fellowship Information Sessions

Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 4 - 5 p.m., GSLIS, room 126

Application Deadline: February 5, 2016

Two FLAS information sessions will be offered for graduate students. 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. Academic and Summer FLAS Fellowships are both available. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities.


IPRH Faculty and Graduate Student Campus Fellowship

Deadline: December 4

IPRH grants fellowships to Illinois faculty and graduate students, who spend the year engaged in research and writing. Faculty Fellows are provided with one semester of release time and research funds. Graduate Student Fellows are given a stipend and a tuition-fee waiver for the academic year of the award. All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the Illinois campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar.

Phased Innovation Award for Mechanistic Studies to Optimize Mind and Body Interventions in NCCIH High Priority Research Topics (R61/R33)

APPLICATION DUE DATE: January 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement .

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects to Improve Lives of Aging Americans

Awards in 2015 ranged from $7,500 to $214,000

The Retirement Research Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for local and national projects designed to improve the quality of life for older Americans.

Grants will be awarded in support of projects that provide direct services, advocacy, and education and training for professionals working with elders, as well as for research that investigates causes of and solutions to significant challenges faced by older adults.

Applicants who want to discuss a project before submitting a full proposal should send a brief Letter of Inquiry to the foundation at least three weeks prior to each deadline.

See the RFF Web site for eligibility and application guidelines, as well as examples of previously awarded grants and grant amounts: Complete RFP.

Deadlines: February 1, 2016, May 2, 2016 & August 1, 2016

$50,000 for Educational Projects that Benefit, Serve, and Enhance the Quality of Life of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury/Disease, Their Families and Caregivers

Paralyzed Veterans of America advocates for better health care and benefits for paralyzed veterans, aids them in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provides them with a path to adventure through adaptive sports. Through its charitable arm, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education and Training Foundation, the organization supports educational projects that benefit, serve, and enhance the quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury/disease, their families, and caregivers.

The foundation has five topic categories for funding consideration: consumer, caregiver, and community education; professional development and education; research utilization and dissemination; assistive technology; and conferences and symposia. Projects in any of these categories should be designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with SCI/D, educate consumers about the consequences of and complications associated with SCI/D, improve the knowledge and skills of SCI/D healthcare professionals, and aim to prevent the occurrence and complications of new SCI/D.

The foundation supports one-year projects with a maximum of $50,000; conferences and symposia are supported with a $15,000 maximum award.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of grant recipients from previous years, see the PVA Education and Training Foundation website.

Deadline: February 1, 2016 @ 11:59 p.m.

Impact of the Use of Glucose Monitoring and Control Technologies on Health Outcomes and Quality of Life in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) (DP3)

APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 3, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


Fellowship opportunities for graduate students interested in disability policy research

I am pleased to announce that Mathematica Policy Research has released a request for applications for two fellowship opportunities for graduate students conducting research related to disability policy. These opportunities are funded via the Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium.

The summer fellowship program is an opportunity for students in Master’s programs or early in doctoral programs (pre-dissertation phase) to spend the summer of 2016 at Mathematica’s Washington, DC office to learn more about conducting an independent research project related to disability policy. The last two years of this program have been highly successful, and we are looking forward to another fantastic experience for this year’s fellows.

We are also pleased to offer a new opportunity this year. The dissertation fellowship program will offer financial support via a $28,000 stipend to students conducting doctoral dissertation research on topics related to disability policy. This program is geared to more advanced graduate students, and in contrast with the summer fellows program, dissertation fellows will remain at their home institution.  This fellowship program will run for one year and will begin in or around May 2016.

Applications for both programs are due on February 12, 2016. I have attached a descriptions of each to this email. They contain information on each program’s eligibility criteria and application submission guidelines, as well as contact information for students who may have additional questions. This information can also be found at

You are receiving this email because your university has a graduate program in an academic discipline that routinely conducts disability policy research (including but not limited to: economics, sociology, psychology, public policy, public administration, special education, or counseling) or has a concentration in disability studies. We ask that you distribute this flyer to department chairs or other relevant contacts within your institution who may be able to share this opportunity with interested graduate students.