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Announcements for the week of November 15, 2020


Virtual Celebration of Doctoral Graduates

To recognize the achievements of our doctoral graduates, we will hold a virtual celebration on Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. Please share the link with your family and friends so they can help celebrate your accomplishments! We look forward to inviting you to attend an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so.

Student Success • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Single-Use Face Covering Recycling

Ready to throw away your used disposable face coverings? Approximately 50 collection boxes are on campus to help you recycle these face coverings. The program is free thanks to the Student Sustainability Committee. See this list of participating facilities and locations: https://go.fs.illinois.edu/singleusemask. Questions and requests, contact recycling@illinois.edu

Morgan White • Facilities & Services

Resources for Working Remotely

UIUC AnyWare Service Provides Virtual Access to Software and Desktops

UIUC AnyWare is a free service that provides optimized virtual access to over 100 software applications for students whether working on campus, remotely, or in class. It also offers a remote desktop environment allowing users to access software securely, from their own device (Windows, MacOS, and Linux). Once connected, users can save files to and from their local computer. Available apps include Adobe CC 2020, ArcGIS, Mathematica, MatLab, Office, R and RStudio, SAS, SPSS and more! Visit the link above for more information.

Technology Services Help Desk • Office of the Chief Information Officer

 This opportunity is available online.

Thesis Tips

Have You Reviewed Your Thesis Release Options?

Make sure to carefully consider the thesis release options, which determine the visibility of your work in IDEALS—the University’s digital repository. When you submit your thesis to the Graduate College, you will be asked to select a release option. Check out our website to learn more. Remember, no matter which release option you choose, the abstract of your thesis will be visible in IDEALS. Talk with your adviser about these release options and contact the Thesis Office with any questions.

Emily Wuchner • Graduate College Thesis Office

Copyright and Your Thesis

Do you have questions about copyright and your thesis? Check out the online resources developed by Copyright Librarian Sara Benson. In addition to copyright reference guides, she's also developed the videos "Four Copyright Tips for Graduate Students" and "Fair Use." You might also check out our blog, Grad School 101: Copyright and Your Thesis, to read answers to frequently asked questions.

Emily Wuchner • Graduate College Thesis Office

Career and Professional Development

Getting Ready for an Industry Job Search: Ask Us Anything

Looking for a job in industry, non-profits, or government but not sure where to start? This informal session will give you the chance to ask your biggest job search questions to career advisors at the Graduate College. Join the workshop online at https://go.grad.illinois.edu/eventspace.

November 18, 4–5 pm • Online

Career Development • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Career Advising for Postdocs

The Graduate College's Career Development staff work regularly with postdocs and understand the unique challenges and opportunities you face in an academic or industry job search. They are ready to help you develop and refine application materials, prep for interviews, explore career options, negotiate offers, and more. You'll meet one-on-one with an advisor who can offer support, guidance, and feedback as you plan your next steps. Learn more about how to make an appointment here.

Career Development • Graduate College

 This opportunity is available online.

Funding and Fellowships

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. 

November 25, 10 am–12 pm

Dana Johnson • Graduate College Office of External Fellowships

 This opportunity is available online.

Health and Wellness

Increased COVID-19 Precautions

It is a critically important time period for the safety of our entire community, with a need for everyone to be more diligent than ever. Faculty, staff, and graduate students are asked to take additional safety precautions, including increased testing, working from home if possible, participating in essential activities only, and limiting travel and gatherings. View more details for graduate students

Chancellor Robert J. Jones • Office of the Chancellor

6th Annual Fall Break Cooking with Chefs – Virtual Event via Zoom

Are you interested in learning to cook a holiday dish with the chefs at University Housing Dining Services? Our chefs are also interested in learning to cook a traditional dish from your home country, region and culture! Zoom in from wherever you are! Groceries and dishes are available (while supplies last) for pick-up if you are in the campus community. This program is paid for by the Student Cultural Committee. Register at link above. 

Monday, November 23, 9 am- 12:30 pm (US Central Time)

Yun Shi • OIIR International Education and University Housing

Weekly update on COVID-19 from Chancellor Jones

Chancellor Robert J. Jones provides university updates, announcements and resources from the past week, including fall break policies, COVID-19 response update briefing video, and support resources to assist you during these challenging times.

Chancellor Robert J. Jones • Office of the Chancellor

Grads UNWIND | Financial Freedom

Grads UNWIND (Understanding Wellness IN Discussions), a workshop series focused on mental health and self-care in graduate school, is excited to host Alicia Jones, Doctoral Student in Kinesiology & Community Health. Alicia will speak on Financial Freedom, covering low-stress ways to manage your finances, get out of debt, and invest while in grad school. 

November 18, 5:30 pm • Zoom


 This opportunity is available online.

Research and Teaching

Beckman Hosts Online Seminar on Research Data Management

Student researchers and postdocs are encouraged to register for the next Responsible Conduct of Research seminar sponsored by the Beckman Institute. Heidi Imker, director of Research Data Service, will discuss data management. Registration is required for Zoom access.

November 17, 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 Semester writing groups will be held on Zoom every Friday and every other Monday and Tuesday. We will not host writing groups over Fall Break. Please visit our calendar to register in advance. 

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Writing a Literature Review

The Writers Workshop will discuss the literature review's purpose and provide tips for writing an effective one, either as a stand-alone piece or part of a larger project. Writers from any discipline are welcome. This presentation will be most useful to advanced undergraduate and graduate writers. This event will be held through Zoom; please visit our calendar to register by 11:59 p.m. CT on Nov. 17.

November 18, 3–4 pm

Carolyn Wisniewski • Writers Workshop

 This opportunity is available online.

Arts and Culture

The Queen, the Book, and the Medieval French Royal Court

Join the RBML for a live virtual peek into the Ordo, a resplendently illuminated 14th century French manuscript chronicling the coronation of the last Capetian queen in word and image. This presentation led by Paula Carns, Head of the Literatures and Languages Library, will focus on the woman figured in the manuscript, her relationship to the book, and her and her royal relatives’ book collecting habits. Free and open to all; registration is required.

November 19, 2–3 pm • Map

Carrie Lingscheit • The Rare Book & Manuscript Library

 This opportunity is available online.


Map the System 2021 Social Innovation Challenge

Call for individuals and teams to participate in Map the System 2021, a competition that challenges students to explore a social or environmental issue using systems thinking and to identify new levers for change. Develop systems thinking, research, and changemaking skills. Receive guidance, coaching, and support via workshops/office hours. Gain insight for social ventures and pitch ideas for cash prizes and a chance to compete in the Global Final. Sign up to receive updates about info sessions, workshops, and key deadlines.

Valeri Werpetinski • Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Gies Business

 This opportunity is available online.

Applications Open for the Illinois Impact Incubator (Dec 18 Deadline)

The Illinois Impact Incubator is a co-curricular incubation program for students (all majors, levels) who have a passion to develop an idea or early-stage venture focused on social or environmental impact. All types of ventures are welcome (e.g., nonprofits, social enterprises, social businesses). Includes workshops, coaching, curated resources, peer feedback, access to mentors and expert advisors. Members are eligible for micro grants and seed funding to support stakeholder discovery, prototyping, and pilot projects. Individuals or small teams may apply. Apply early.

December 18 • Application Deadline

Valeri Werpetinski • Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Gies Business

 This opportunity is available online.

Call for Applications for App Development Opportunity

Join forces with the Rokwire community and Alchemy to develop a Smart Cities Digital Application for the City of Aurora, Illinois! Rokwire is an open-source cloud initiative founded at the University of Illinois to help create smart campuses, communities, and cities. Rokwire is the framework upon which the Illinois and the Safer Illinois Apps were developed. Gain valuable technical and collaborative experience. Course credit is available.

Deadline to apply is December 1.

Bradly Alicea • Provost/VCAA Admin

Senate Committee on Equal Opportunity and Inclusion Listening Session

The Senate Committee on Equal Opportunity and Inclusion is working to revise the Diversity Values Statement, EQ.13.01, Resolution on Diversity Values Statement, and will be holding a Listening Session for students on November 18 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm via Zoom to collect feedback.

Barbara Lehman • Office of the Senate

 This opportunity is available online.

Seeking Community-based Projects for Summer 2021

The Community-Academic Scholars Initiative is seeking research project submissions for summer 2021. Research projects must involve a faculty member & community partner, and address a need in the areas of health, poverty, or social inequality. Eligible projects will be matched with an undergrad scholar whose interests & abilities best fit the project. Scholars receive training, support, & a $3500 stipend. Does your lab need an undergraduate to help accelerate your research? Learn more.

Deadline: December 1

Kelsey Hassevoort • Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute

Upcoming Events

Women in Entrepreneurship Lunch & Learn Seminar with Stacey Edgar

“Building Inclusive Value Chains: Lessons from Partnering with Women Artisans Worldwide.” Guest speaker Stacey Edgar spent 17 years leading Global Girlfriend, a fair trade company she founded in 2003 as a way to provide economic security for women artisans in developing countries by creating a sustainable market for their handcrafted products. Global Girlfriend grew from a $2,000 personal investment into a multi-million dollar brand partnered with over 200 women-led artisan enterprises in over 30 countries with products selling through premier retailers. Open to ALL. Register.

November 16, 12–1 pm

Valeri Werpetinski • Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Gies Business

 This opportunity is available online.

Burning Stuff: Fossil Fuels: Consuming the Past, Powering the Present

Society primarily uses fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas) to power industry, agriculture, lighting, transportation, communication, and computers. How did these energy sources come into existence, what technologies are now used to extract them, and why has it proved so difficult for society to switch to other sources, despite the negative impact of using these fuels on climate? This free event is part of iSEE's three-part fall lecture series: "Where Stuff Comes From: Earth's Resources & Sustainability," presented by Prof. Emeritus Stephen Marshak. RSVP on Facebook here.

November 17, 12–1 pm • Zoom Webinar | Password: 952086

Jenna Kurtzweil • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

 This opportunity is available online.

Illini Union Bookstore Holiday Event

As a thank you for all the hard work this semester, the Illini Union Bookstore is offering a Home for the Holidays Sale. Now is the time to grab your Illini holiday gifts! Receive 25% OFF your purchase of over $100, plus a FREE plush teddy bear ($25 value, while supplies last), until November 25. Don't miss out on this incredible holiday sale in-store and online (use promo code: HOME)

November 12–25 • Illini Union Bookstore

Erik Riha • Auxiliary Health & Wellbeing Marketing

 This opportunity is available online.

Science Policy Virtual Coffee Chat

Come chat with Prof. Klara Nahrstedt about augmented reality systems, video 360, & teleimmersion, all very timely as we try to understand potential consequences of working remotely. We will also disscuss the AAAS Science Policy Fellowship & computing research in federal agencies.Register here and join the virtual chat here. Meeting ID: 991 6891 8573 and Password: 2441139

November 16, 4 pm • Map

Grant • Science Policy Group

 This opportunity is available online.

COV-Course: Food Insecurity

This session will address how the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States and abroad. Prof. Craig Gundersen and Prof. Alex Winter-Nelson will provide an overview of the food insecurity landscape pre-COVID-19 and how this is likely to change in the near-term, domestically and in developing countries. This week’s speakers will be introduced by Prof. Brent Roberts. 

November 15, 8–9 pm • Every Sunday • Register

Cristina Álvarez-Mingote • Center for Social and Behavioral Science

 This opportunity is available online.

Advanced R: Variant Analysis Workshop

With the support of the OVCR, HPCBio is offering a Variant Analysis workshop to be held on Dec. 2 & 4 from 1-3pm each day. Through hands-on exercises and lecture over Zoom, attendees will learn how to read, filter, and interrogate variant calls that are in VCF (Variant Call Format) format with Bioconductor packages in R. Knowledge of basic R programming is required to take this workshop. Please see the FAQ on the registration page for alternative ways to fulfill this pre-requisite. 

December 2–4, 1–3 pm • First Wednesday & Friday of December

Jessica Holmes • Biotechnology Center

 This opportunity is available online.