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Announcements for the week of September 13, 2020


One-on-One Support for Graduate Students

The Graduate College offers one-on-one coaching and support to graduate students as they navigate their time in graduate school. Students can schedule virtual appointments for academic problem-solving, career coaching, external fellowships advising, support for underrepresented students, and thesis process guidance. Learn how to meet with us here.

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Library Study Spaces Available

The University Library will begin offering individual quiet study spaces on Sept. 14 in the Undergraduate Library and Grainger Engineering Library Information Center. Spaces are limited. Students must make appointments in advance; no walk-up access is available. To make an appointment, visit these individual library homepages: Grainger Engineering Library and Undergraduate Library

Heather Murphy • University Library

Health and Wellness

COVID-19 Testing Updates for Graduate Students

See the recent email for information regarding COVID-19 testing requirements for graduate students, including the new once-per-week testing schedule and the exemption request process for students who are living locally (Urbana, Champaign, Savoy), are not coming to campus during the Fall 2020 semester, and believe that they may qualify for an exemption from the university COVID-19 testing requirements.

The Graduate College • University of Illinois

COV-Course: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Pandemic

This is the new normal, but what does it all mean? How much do you really know about this unprecedented public health crisis? Broaden and deepen your understanding of the pandemic in a free, multidisciplinary course taught by experts at the U of I. No matter what your area of interest is—education or history, economics or theatre—the pandemic is impacting your field and every facet of life on this planet. This is your opportunity to grasp the big picture. Next up - "Infection: Biology and Anthropology"

See the full schedule

covcourse@illinois.edu • University of Illinois

 This opportunity is available online.

Weekly update on COVID-19 from Chancellor Jones

Chancellor Robert J. Jones provides university updates, announcements and resources from the past week.

Chancellor Robert J. Jones • Office of the Chancellor

Running Illini Program Offered!

The Campus Recreation intramural Running Illini program will consist of four running groups: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and elite. Participants will self-select into their league by registering today (closes Sept. 30) on IMLeagues and joining a team. Individuals will strive to complete the mile total associated with their league over the course of five (5) weeks. The final day, October 17, is the start of the Future is Bright 5K. Participants are encouraged to participate in the 5K and use Running Illini as a way to prepare for the race. 

September 14–October 17

Erik Riha • Auxiliary Health & Wellbeing Marketing

 This opportunity is available online.

Student Insurance Enrollment Period: Opting Out

During the enrollment/change period - August 21, 2020 through September 25, 2020 - students have the option to opt-out of the UIUC's Student Health Insurance plan if they have been assessed the Student Insurance fee. Visit the Student Insurance website to complete the waiver form. Students opting out will need to show proof of a US State-based comparable insurance to be approved for the waiver. Please contact the Student Insurance office or visit the website for information and instructions.

August 21–September 25

Student Health Insurance • University of Illinois


Fall 2020 Upcoming Registration Deadline

September 18 is the last day to drop a Part of Term A course via Self-Service.

Admissions, Registration, & Enrollment Services • Graduate College

Funding and Fellowships

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF)

Illinois students have been very successful with NSF-GRFs – this year we have 93 fellows on campus. To learn more about applying for the NSF-GRF, including tips on how to craft a competitive application, we have recorded an information session at the link above. It features Dr. William Hahn, a former Director of the NSF-GRF program, as well as advice from Ken Vickery and two current NSF fellows. See our website for information about one-on-one advising for application essays and other services to assist students in applying for external fellowships.

Office of External Fellowships • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in the Social Sciences & Humanities

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 the humanities and social sciences, you will learn how to identify funding opportunities, strategize the components of an effective proposal, and think like a grantwriter. Register for the link to join this online workshop. 

September 25, 2–4 pm

Dana Johnson • Graduate College Office of External Fellowships

 This opportunity is available online.

Writing Personal Statements for Funding Proposals

Many funding agencies require a personal statement in addition to an applicant’s research proposal. Why?! What on earth are you supposed to talk about? If these questions have induced writer’s block, this workshop is for you. We will assess the range of personal statement prompts you may encounter and distill their shared essence. Participants will learn the qualities of a compelling statement and practice writing techniques to arrive at a complete first draft. Register for the link to join this online workshop. 

September 29, 2–4 pm

Dana Johnson • Graduate College Office of External Fellowships

 This opportunity is available online.

Career and Professional Development

On the Academic Job Market: Writing Diversity Statements

The Writers Workshop will review genre expectations for diversity statements and provide examples from a range of disciplines. We will share strategies for drafting and tailoring your own diversity statements. This event will be held through Zoom; please visit our calendar to register in advance.

September 15, 3–4 pm • Online (Zoom)

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Need Help with Faculty Job Applications?

Graduate College Career Development is ready to help you understand the search process, develop application materials (cover letters, research statements, diversity statements, etc.), prepare for interviews, and negotiate offers. We can also help you understand how COVID-19 has impacted the faculty job market. Schedule an online career advising appointment and attend our Faculty Job Search Workshop series.

Career Development • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.


Researchers and scholars in training, do you have what it takes to get started? A growing number of funding agencies, publishers, and professional associations around the world are requesting an ORCID iD at grant application, manuscript submission, and membership renewal. ORCID@Illinois provides an easy way to obtain an ORCID iD and to link it to your Illinois identity. Get connected at ORCID@Illinois!

Mark Zulauf • University Library

Faculty Job Search: Research Statements

What are the expectations for research statements on the faculty job market? What can make your statement stand out, and what are some common mistakes? This workshop will cover the purpose, structure, and content of research statements.

September 17, 4–5 pm • Online

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Building an Effective Web Presence: LinkedIn and Beyond

Want to build your professional online presence? You've got options! In this workshop, we'll discuss methods and strategies for your professional online presence including having your own website, using LinkedIn for a job search, or networking on Twitter.

September 16, 4–5 pm • Online

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Industry Job Search: Reading Job Ads

What skills does an employer want? What does "1-3 years experience" mean? What's the difference between "required" and "preferred"? Am I qualified for this job? In this workshop, you will learn strategies for reading and understanding job ads, as well as how to communicate your skills effectively in response.

September 15, 4–5 pm • Online

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

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 (Hint: there are some coming up this week and next!).

Emily Wuchner • Graduate College Thesis Office

Research and Teaching

Doctoral Research Support Program (DRSP)

The Doctoral Research Support Program (DRSP) is a campus-wide one-year pilot initiative that assists doctoral students enrolled at the University of Illinois. Funded by the University, the DRSP’s core service areas include general research support and consultation, information management training, assistance with literature reviews, peer-to-peer mentoring, writing, teaching support, publishing support. The DRSP Pilot Team is committed to creating a welcoming, stress-free, and supportive environment where doctoral students can reflect and thrive in their academic pursuits.

See the list of upcoming events.

DRSP • University of Illinois

 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 fall writing groups will be held on Zoom every Friday and every other Monday and Tuesday. Please visit our calendar to register in advance. 

Online (Zoom)

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Qualitative Data Analysis Workshops

Mark your calendar and register for these Savvy Researcher workshops on qualitative data analysis. The first workshop will help you prepare a plan for qualitative data analysis and choose a software that will meet your goals. The others focus on specific software: Taguette, Atlas.ti, and Nvivo. The full Savvy Researcher workshop calendar shows the University Library's offerings in a variety of other topics addressing advanced research and information management needs across disciplines.

Scholarly Commons • Scholarly Commons, Main Library

 This opportunity is available online.

Free Virtual Statistical & Data Consulting, Workshops, and Resources

Do you need help with data, troubleshooting your code, or understanding your analysis?  Consulting and training workshops are open to campus for the following software programs: Stata, SAS, ATLAS.ti, SPSS, R, Python. All services are free and offered in partnership with CITL, the Library Scholarly Commons, and Tech Services. For open hours and workshop registration, visit our website.

CITL Data Analytics Services • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

 This opportunity is available online.

Arts and Culture

iCU Intercultural Dialogue Series - Peru: Unknown Treasures

Wanting to learn amazing features beyond ceviche, Cusco and Machu Picchu? Join us for a night of discovering the unknown treasures of Peru with personal stories of diversity: new places, food and people. 

Wednesday, September 16, 7-8:30 pm, CST • Register for Zoom information

Yun Shi • International Education, La Casa Cultural Latina & PSA

Illini Union Art Gallery Seeking Submissions

The Illini Union Board is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for additional exhibition slots in the 2020-2021 Art Gallery season. The Art Gallery is open with safety in mind. Further, we are working to create virtual experiences for every exhibit. Please submit your app no later than Sunday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. CT at the link above.

September 9–20

Romi Dehler • Illini Union


Mental Health and COVID-19 Study

The Center for Social and Behavioral Science is seeking Illinois students (undergraduate and graduate), Illinois faculty/staff, and Champaign-Urbana community members to participate in a longitudinal mental health and COVID-19 research study. This study entails two main parts (inital onboarding survey and biweekly surveys) and an optional third component (download and use of the Safer Illinois app and the EARS app). After completing the 16-week study, participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card and a chance to win one of three Apple iPads.

Learn more about participating in this research study.

Kaylee M. Lukacena • Center for Social and Behavioral Science

Upcoming Events

Autumn Health Picks Webinar Series Launches September 23 - Register now!

With so much health information at our fingertips, it's hard to know where to begin. This fall, Illinois researchers will offer science-based strategies for improving your health & self-care routines. Join us for these highly interactive discussions on topics picked by the community. Register to attend weekly or pick programs based on your interests & needs. Learn more and register.   

September 23–November 18 • Wednesdays, from noon to 1pm CT • Zoom webinar

Kelsey Hassevoort • IHSI & University of Illinois Extension

 This opportunity is available online.

IU Board Illinites is back!

The first Illinites of the semester will feature Jyll Everman, a finalist on Food Network Star season 7. Jyll will lead you through some of her favorite recipes over Zoom, including Tuscan gnocchi soup, biscuits, and canoli dip. The night will also feature an Esports competition via Twitch. You can also come to the Illini Union and grab a snack and craft to take back to your room. Complete details.

September 18, 6–11:55 pm • Illini Union

David Mizell • Illini Union Board

 This opportunity is available online.

AACC Book Club- "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning"

The Asian American Cultural Center will be reading "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning" by Cathy Park Hong and hosting a virtual discussion every Monday from 11:30am-12:30pm CST starting on September 14 until September 28. We will also be hosting a virtual Meet and Greet with author, Cathy Park Hong on Friday, October 2 at 11:30am CST. Pre-registration is needed to attend the events.

September 14 - September 28, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Every Monday • Register

Christina Carpio • Asian American Cultural Center

 This opportunity is available online.

Dish It Up | New Americans: Supporting Immigrants in C-U

This Dish It Up, we will be joined by Gloria Yen, director of the New American Welcome Center at the University YMCA. She'll be reflecting on the Center's first year, how the pandemic has been affecting immigrant communities within our larger community and more. See you there! Register here: https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1179619950 

September 14, 12–1 pm • Zoom

Clare Conway • Women's Resources Center

 This opportunity is available online.

Infection: Biology and Anthropology

Infection: Biology and Anthropology will investigate how social factors such as race influence who gets sick and who dies of severe infections like COVID-19. This conversation will be led by Dr. Rebecca Smith, Dr. Jessica Brinkworth, and Dr. Neal Cohen. Infection: Biology and Anthropology is part of the COV-Course series designed to guide you through past, present, and future multidisciplinary perspectives of the pandemic. Tune in next Sunday 9/20 from 8-9 p.m. to learn about diagnostic technologies and COVID-19.

September 13, 8–9 pm • Register here

Cristina Alvarez-Mingote • Center for Social and Behavioral Science

 This opportunity is available online.

TIER-ED community meeting on Sept 17 @ 11 a.m.

Technology Innovation in Educational Research and Design is a campus-wide community of interdisciplinary researchers and designers interested in developing applications of new technologies to address critical issues in education and learning. Our next community meeting will be on Thursday, September 17 at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Email tier-ed@education.illinois.edu for the Zoom link. All are welcome to join.

September 17, 11 am–12 pm • Zoom

Tabassum Amina • Technology Innovation in Educational Research and Design (TIER-ED)

NCSA Center for AI Innovation Fall Seminar Series Kick Off on Mon. 9/14

CAII kicks off our fall seminar series on Mon. @ 11 a.m. via Zoom with IBM’s Rajaram Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. on a talk about AI adoption, challenges, & research opportunities in Enterprise. The series spans Sep. 14 - Nov. 16 & features speakers from academia & industry. Attend weekly & learn about how researchers and scientists leverage AI and collaboration to advance research across multiple disciplines to impact society & the world. Free to attend, registration preferred.

September 14, 11 am–12 pm • Every Monday, 9/14-11/16, 11a-Noon via Zoom • Zoom Event

Sophie Bui • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

C3.ai DTI COVID 9/17 Colloquium Featuring MIT Professor Saurabh Amin

C3.ai DTI's Digital Transformation Science Colloquium series features free weekly talks from researchers and scientists who accelerate AI research to mitigate COVID-19. Join us on Zoom this upcoming Thurs. (9/17) at 3:00 p.m. & hear from MIT Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor Saurabh Amin on the Impact of Mobility on Epidemic Spread: Some Lessons from NYC and India. Register + more info here!

September 17, 3–4 pm • Every Thursday @ 3 PM on Zoom • Zoom Event

Sophie Bui • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

Virtual Miniature Brain Machinery Retreat

The Miniature Brain Machinery Program will host its annual retreat on Zoom. Listen to plenary lectures by world-renowned scientists Alysson Muotri, Director of the Stem Cell Program at UCSD; Penny Burgoon, Director of Policy, Communications, and Education at NIH; Na Ji, Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley; and research presentations by MBM trainees. 

September 17, 8:30 am–2 pm

Anne McKinney • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

 This opportunity is available online.

Transnational Movements & the Diffusion of LGBTI Rights in Europe

In the last two decades, the LGBTI movement has gained momentum that is arguably unprecedented in speed and suddenness when compared to other human rights movements. Join the EU Center and Phillip M. Ayoub, Associate Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, for a talk on the recent history of this transnational movement in Europe and backlashes to it. Dr. Ayoub will focus on the diffusion of the norms the movement champions and the overarching question of why the trajectories of socio-legal recognition for LGBT minorities are so different across states. 

September 15, 4:30 pm • See details and Zoom link

Sydney Lazarus • European Union Center

 This opportunity is available online.

The Crochet Coral Reef: Intersections of Math, Science and Art

Margaret Wertheim is a writer, artist and curator whose work brings together art, math and science as evidenced in her Crochet Coral Reef, a worldwide project created through hyperbolic crochet. This talk launches the Urbana-Champaign Satellite Reef, Part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute for Figuring. Visit the project site at the link above for ways to get involved.

September 17, 5:30 pm • Join via Zoom

Jennifer Bergmark • School of Art and Design

 This opportunity is available online.