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Announcements for the week of September 20, 2020


Last Chance to Apply for the Graduate Student Leadership Award

September 27 is your last chance to apply! Sponsored by the Graduate College, the Graduate Student Leadership Award recognizes graduate students who have exhibited outstanding service that has positively impacted the campus or wider communities. The winner will receive a $500 award for professional development. 

Mike Firmand • Graduate College

The Graduate College has Moved!

We are excited to announce that the Graduate College is now at 507 East Green St., Suite 101, MC-434, Champaign, 61820. Please also note our new fax number: 217-244-0621. Our phone number remains the same: 217-333-0035. Although we have moved, we are open to visitors by appointment only. For appointments, deliveries, or documents that cannot be submitted electronically, call us or email grad@illinios.edu.

Charlotte Bauer • Graduate College

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students

Both the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students are now available at go.illinois.edu/lotrae. The Spring 2020 list will be printed in The Daily Illini on Monday, September 21 and the Summer 2020 list will be printed there on Thursday, September 24.

ICES • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Funding and Fellowships

Workshop: Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in STEM

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 to help you become competitive for prestigious fellowships. Register through our calendar for an upcoming session.

Two upcoming sessions: Sept 23 and Oct 2, both 3:00-5:00.

Ken Vickery • Graduate College Office of External Fellowships

 This opportunity is available online.

Want Assistance with Your NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application?

The Office of External Fellowships offers one-on-one advising on fellowship proposals, and we have slots still available for NSF-GRF applicants. The protocol is that applicants must first submit both essays to their advisor for review. Once you have made all the revisions recommended by your advisor, you may email the essays to us at ExtFellowships@illinois.edu. We will then provide a comprehensive review of your application.

Office of External Fellowships • Graduate College

Health and Wellness

Student Insurance Enrollment Period

The enrollment/change period will be ending on September 25, 2020. This is the time to enroll/add your dependents to the plan, which include spouses/partners and children. Students can opt-out of the student insurance with a US State-based 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 spring. 

August 21–September 25 • Student Health Insurance

Student Health Insurance • Student Health Insurance

National Voter Registration Day - Couch Party

As part of the Big 10 Voter Challenge, help us register every Illini. Join us for the “ALL IN” Voter Registration Couch Party. A Couch Party is an opportunity for volunteers to come together (virtually) and help their friends and peers vote. Our first Couch Party will be on September 22nd at 6pm. Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1852961813  and  Join us on the 22nd at https://bit.ly/32VLQ9O  

September 22, 6–8 pm • Map

Eugena Lee-Olukoya • Student Success and Engagement

 This opportunity is available online.

Light the Night 2020

The 13th annual Light the Night (LTN) event is meant to improve safety on campus and in the community by providing bike lights to students, faculty, staff, and community members. This year the event will be hosted at Alma Mater, Hallene Gateway, and Campus Bike Center. 

September 24, 4–7 pm

Sarthak Prasad • Facilities & Services

Free flu shots

FREE flu shots are now available to all U of I students who have paid the Health Service Fee. A University of Illinois ID card must be presented at the time of service. McKinley Health Center encourages all students to get their flu shot. Visit link for other outreach sites and information. Note: McKinley Health Center is NOT a location for flu shots this year.

September 18–December 31 • Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. • CRCE (1102 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana)

Jennifer Carson • McKinley Health Center

Virtual 5k - Future's So Bright

Campus Recreation and the Illini Union Board are proud to bring you a 5k Run/Walk from October 17-23. Join us for the brightest virtual 5K on campus! Complete the 5K by Friday, October 23 and record your time, use hashtag #ActiveILLINI, and post your pictures for additional prizes! Entry fee is $5 with $1 going to the Tony Clements Scholarship through Campus Recreation. Register today!

October 17–23

Erik Riha • Auxiliary Health & Wellbeing Marketing

Campus Safety Study: Focus Group for Vision Zero (UIUC)

As part of Vision Zero study, an initiative designed to reduce traffic fatalities, a survey was sent out to collect data about problematic locations within campus. To collect further data and gain insights, we are conducting a focus group. Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending the focus group. The focus group would be held over zoom and would be an hour long. The link to the zoom meeting will be sent in a later email. 

Jacob Mathew • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 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

Career and Professional Development

Industry Job Search: Interview Strategies

What are interviews like for jobs in industry and nonprofits? What are interviewers looking for? What kinds of questions will they ask? What do I wear? In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of the interview process and have a chance to practice answering questions.

September 22, 4–5 pm • Online

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Faculty Job Search: Teaching & Diversity Statements

Going on the academic job market? You'll likely need a teaching statement and diversity statement. In this informative workshop, you will learn what goes in each of these documents, how they should be formatted, and how to use them effectively in your job search.

September 24, 4–5 pm • Online

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Are You Rethinking Your Career Goals?

Are you feeling unsure about what comes next? Graduate College Career Development offers individual career advising to help you explore careers, identify options that work for you, and take your next steps. We can also support you during an active job search with application material review and interview prep. Visit https://grad.illinois.edu/careers/advising to make an online appointment.

Career Development • Graduate College

Thesis Tips

Workshops: Strategies for Staying Productive While Working from Home

This workshop, hosted by the Writers Workshop and the Graduate College, will offer tips for staying productive while working from home, including strategies for setting goals, creating work routines, and coping with stress. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with workshop participants in themed breakout groups. This event will be held through Zoom. Please register with your University of Illinois email account by 11:59pm on 9/21, and we will send an email with the Zoom link and password on the morning of the event.

September 22, 3–4:30 pm • Registration: https://calendars.illinois.edu/detail/3695?eventId=33388407

Emily Wuchner • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

For Postdocs

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Events

This week is National Postdoc Appreciation Week! A week-long schedule of virtual programming for postdocs has been prepared by institutions across the country. Events include professional development, career, and social opportunities. Find the full schedule and registration information at this link.

Derek Attig • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Research and Teaching

Inclusive Lab Leader Workshop Series

Grad students and postdocs are encouraged to register now for this semester’s Inclusive Lab Leaders seminar series to become a more productive and effective lab member. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions (via Zoom) on Wednesdays from 2-3:20 p.m. CST beginning September 23.The program is hosted by the 21st Century Scientists working group at the Beckman Institute.

2-3:20 p.m. Sept. 23, Oct. 7 & 21, Nov. 4 & 18, and Dec. 2 • Online

Kate Clancy • 21st Century Scientists

 This opportunity is available online.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Online Conference

"Fostering Responsible Conduct of Research in Time of Crisis" is a free, two-day virtual conference on October 14 - 15 that explores how research is rapidly evolving in response to the pandemic health crisis through the critical lens of research integrity. This conference is intended to build upon themes to give you a comprehensive professional development experience, which may also partially fulfil RCR education requirements of federally-funded grants. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on NIH grants will find participation beneficial. 

October 14–15

Christopher Lehmann • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

 This opportunity is available online.

REDCap Workshops: Collecting Research Data

Mark your calendar and register for these Savvy Researcher workshops on REDCap. In the introductory workshop learn the basics of Illinois REDCap and how it can be used for the collection of research data, including how to create projects, instruments, and surveys and how to start collecting research data. Build on your knowledge in the Advanced Capabilities of REDCap workshop. 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.

Conflict of Interest and Commitment

The Beckman Institute will host the next session in its Responsible Conduct of Research series, which is aimed at student researchers and postdocs. Linda Lee Drozt, of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, will discuss “Conflicts of Interest and Commitment."  Registration is required for Zoom access.

September 22, 12 pm • Online

Patty Jones • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

 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.

Arts and Culture

Bring Your Own BookClub +

Have you been reading a book you can't wait to share with the world? Are you looking to get book recommendations from other readers? Look no further than Bring Your Own Book Club+! Hosted by the UI Residence Hall Libraries and the UGL, come together with others and discuss the books you've been reading recently. Not into books? No problem! We want to hear about video games you couldn't stop playing, TV shows you binge watched, and movies that stuck with you well after they ended! 

September 23, 6 pm • Wednesday, following months to be determined

Simone Stone • Library

 This opportunity is available online.

Hong Kong Identity and Migration: Past, Present, and Future

Hong Kong has throughout most of its history been a place full of "people from elsewhere," from China and from all over the world, often in transit to somewhere else. Until the 1970s, and 1980s few people identified Hong Kong as their cultural home." With the passage of the National Security Law in 2020 and dramatic new Chinese control over Hong Kong, is Hong Kong identity coming to an end? Will we see a new surge in emigration as Hongkongers flee their city? Or can Hong Kong identity continue as a distinctive identity within China, but taking new, presumably apolitical forms?

September 24, 10 am

Yuchia Chang • Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

 This opportunity is available online.


One-year Master of Science in Technology Management

Gies College of Business’ one-year Master of Science in Technology Management (MSTM) will offer a Spring 2021 start this year only due to COVID. This degree prepares you for a career in areas like supply chain, marketing, consulting, or data analytics. This is a general management degree with a focus on innovation—it is not a technical degree. The first application deadline for Spring 2021 is October 10. $10,000 tuition discount for dual-degree graduate students.

Katrina Hagler • Gies College of Business

Beckman Café Open for Online Orders, Contactless Pickup

The Beckman Café, located in the west atrium of the Beckman Institute, is open with a limited menu and new hours. Orders must be placed online. Café hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., although the online order form closes at 1:45 p.m. Lunch specials are featured beginning at 11 a.m. Enter through the southeast (tower) doors to pick up your order. 

Beckman Cafe at the Beckman Institute, 405 N. Mathews, Urbana

Doris Dahl • Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

 This opportunity is available online.

Upcoming Events

Safer Illinois: Privacy and Technology During a Pandemic

To help universities manage the COVID-19 pandemic on their campuses, researchers at the University of Illinois developed the Safer Illinois app to support the important strategy of contact tracing. How did developers of the app account for privacy? How transferable is this technology and approach developed at Illinois to EU countries? Join the creators of the app and a representative from the EU Delegation to the U.S. for a panel discussion, “Safer Illinois: A Transatlantic Conversation on Privacy and Technology During an Epidemic.” More details and link to register here.

September 25, 12 pm

Sydney Lazarus • European Union Center

 This opportunity is available online.

C3.ai DTI COVID 9/24 Colloquium Featuring Illinois Professor Sanmi Koyejo

C3.ai DTI's Digital Transformation Science Colloquium series features free weekly talks from researchers and scientists who accelerate AI to mitigate COVID-19. Join us on Zoom & hear from Illinois Computer Science Professor Sanmi Koyejo on utilizing AI to develop healthcare applications to analyze medical images & detect disease. Free to attend, registration required. Register + more info here!

September 24, 3 pm • Every Thursday • Zoom Event

Sophie Bui • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

Global Engagement Lounge (GEL): How to Effectively Job Search Online

This session will help students develop strategies for online networking and job/internship search. Learning about cultural aspects in online job search and networking will be useful for students who are not familiar with online tools. How to prepare for virtual interviews will be covered in this session. Students interested in Residential Life Paraprofessional employment opportunities will also learn how to apply for RA/MA positions. Registration at link above.

Wednesday, September 23, 7-8:30 pm, Central Time

Yun Shi • International Education, AACC, The Career Center, and University Housing

Microbial Profiling Analysis Workshop

Do you have or plan to have Illumina-sequenced 16S, 18S, ITS, or similar amplicon data that needs to be analyzed? HPCBio, with the support of the OVCR, is hosting a Microbial Profiling Analysis Workshop. This workshop consisting of six 2-hour sessions over Zoom, will teach attendees how to analyze rRNA amplicon (e.g. 16S, 18S, ITS...) microbiome datasets for the purpose of investigating the presence and diversity of microorganisms through hands-on exercises (QIIME2 software will be utilized). Knowledge of Linux CLI/bash is required. Please email for self-guided learning of Linux.

September 23–October 9, 1–3 pm • Every Wednesday & Friday for 3 weeks, 1 - 3pm

Jessica Holmes • Biotechnology Center

NCSA Center for AI Innovation Fall Seminar Series

Join CAII via Zoom with Illinois MechSe Professor Mattia Gazzola on a talk about Design and Control of Soft Musculoskeletal Architectures. The series spans Sep. 14 - Nov. 16 with speakers who are experts in academia and industry. Attend weekly & learn about how researchers use AI & collaboration advances research across multiple disciplines to impact society & the world. Free to attend, registration preferred. Register + more information here!

September 21, 11 am–12 pm • Every Monday until November 16, 11 a.m. - noon • Zoom Event

Sophie Bui • National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

 This opportunity is available online.

COV-Course: COVID-19 Diagnostic Technologies

This session will focus on UIUC’s experience developing and deploying on-scale our new saliva diagnostic test. The session will also introduce current state of the art COVID-19 diagnostics and future technologies. Guest speakers include Dr. Neal Cohen, Dr. Paul Hergenrother, and Dr. Rashid Bashir. "COVID-19 Diagnostic Technologies" is part of the COV-Course happening every Sunday from 8 - 9 p.m. CST.

September 20, 8–9 pm • Every Sunday • Register here

Cristina Álvarez-Mingote • Center for Social and Behavioral Science

 This opportunity is available online.