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Announcements for the week of January 16, 2017

Deadlines and Policies
Spring Registration and Cancellation Reminders


Please make sure to register correctly at the beginning of the semester to avoid problems with registration and unwanted tuition charges later. Students are responsible for their own registration and for ensuring the accuracy of their schedules. Please refer to the Graduate College Handbook for details about requirements. If you have questions about requirements, please contact your department office.

For more academic and registration deadlines for Spring 2017, please visit the Graduate College Calendar.


Students may be released from their obligation to pay ALL tuition and fees by canceling their spring registration by January 16, 2017. You may cancel your registration through Student-Self Service or by submitting a Withdrawal/Cancellation form to your department office. Completed Withdrawal/Cancellation forms must be received in the Graduate College by 5 p.m. January 13, the last business day before instruction begins.

December Graduates

Please make sure that you are not registered for the Spring 2017 semester so that you do not face unwanted tuition and fee charges. If you are registered and are not continuing in another program, cancel your registration by the January 16 deadline.

Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Change Period

The Enrollment/Change period for Spring 2017 is January 13, 2017 through February 03, 2017. During this time students can go to the Student Health Insurance website and waive the Student Health Insurance fee. Students can also go to their MyAccount where they can add dependents online. Students who wish to reinstate back into the plan must visit the Student Health Insurance Office located in McKinley Health Center, lower level Room 29 and fill out the appropriate paperwork, in person. For more information, call (217) 333-0165 or e-mail

Your Finances
Taxation of Grad Level Waivers Workshops

Thursday, February 16 at noon OR 3 p.m., Illini Union, room 404

Registration is required

If more than 50% of your total employment at the University is as a Graduate Assistant, your tuition waivers totaling over $5,250 per calendar year are taxable and subject to withholding during the months of March, April, and possibly May of this semester. 

University Payroll & Benefits and USFSCO's Student Money Management Center has put together this workshop to help you: 

  1. determine how the taxability of tuition waivers effects your pay
  2. calculate how much of a reduction in your stipend you should expect
  3. identify ways of getting through the months of withholding
Fellowships and Funding
Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in STEM

Thursday, January 26, 2 - 4 p.m., Grainger Library, room 335 


Are you working on fellowship proposals this spring? The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships offers basic grant writing workshops for graduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math). Dr. Karen Ruhleder, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, will cover how and where to search for funding and will offer a nuts and bolts overview of the art of proposal writing.

Graduate Student Awards from the Beckman Institute

Application deadline for all awards: March 10, noon

Cognitive, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience (CLEAR) Graduate and Undergraduate Awards

The Beckman Awards Program in Cognitive, Lifespan Engagement, Aging and Resilience (CLEAR), supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, offers University of Illinois students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research in cognitive aging.

Nadine Barrie Smith Fellow (Graduate Students)

Fellowships for female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the general field of medical imaging (e.g., ultrasound, optical, magnetic resonance) at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Preference for shall be given to students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Graduate and Undergraduate Awards

The Neurotechnology for Memory and Cognition Awards, supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, offers University of Illinois students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research in neuroscience and technology development.

Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science (OrgInt) Graduate and Undergraduate Awards

The Beckman Awards Program in Organizational Intelligence and Computational Social Science (OrgInt), supported by funding from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, offers University of Illinois students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research in the study of social networks and large-scale social systems.

Thomas and Margaret Huang Award for Graduate Research

The Thomas and Margaret Huang Award for Graduate Research supports graduate students in the broad area of human-computer intelligent interaction, including research in computer vision, image compression and processing, pattern recognition, multimodal signal processing, human perception and performance, and artificial intelligence at the Beckman Institute.

For more information about any of these awards, and to apply, visit the Beckman Institute website.

Your Research and Teaching
New Thesis Writing Workshop Series

The Thesis Office is happy to announce a new series of workshops aimed at helping students while they work on their thesis. These workshops will equip you with tools to work through various stages of the thesis process and allow you to ask any questions that you might have. To find out more or to see the schedule, check out the thesis website.

Publishing Your Book: A Guide to the Humanities

January 20, 1 p.m., Levis Faculty Center, IPRH Lecture Hall

Join the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures for their workshop on "Publishing Your Book: A Guide to the Humanities" with Suzanne Ryan of Oxford University Press. 

Kaltura App Upgrade Makes it Even Easier to Teach with Video

Technology Services upgraded the Kaltura CaptureSpace Lite desktop recording application to full-featured CaptureSpace. This upgrade makes it easier to create and share videos with Kaltura on Kaltura is a media tool and platform that lets Illinois students, faculty, and staff create, host, and control access to videos. Click here for more information about Kaltura, instructions on how to use it, and help.

Career Center Professional Development Workshops for Your Students

If you are teaching your own class this semester and need to cancel a session, consider working with Career Center professional and paraprofessional staff members to provide a career development workshop for your students instead. Questions? E-mail Emma Andruczyk at to request a workshop.

Your Career Development
Spring 2017 Career Development Workshop Schedule

Mark your calendars! This semester, the Graduate College Career Development Office will offer more than 20 workshops on a range of topics. Our interactive workshops offer information and hands-on practice to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Our Spring 2017 workshop series includes:

  • GradMAP: What Do You Want to Achieve in Grad School?
  • Preparing for Faculty Interviews
  • Career Exploration Group (register here)
  • What Can I Do with a PhD in the Humanities? Group (register here)
  • Business Skills for Science Grad Students & Postdocs
  • Resumes & Cover Letters
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Immigration & Employment Options
  • Translating Your Skills
  • Blogging & Social Media for Professional Success
  • And more

 See the full schedule and learn more online.

IT & Bioinformatics Internships at Mayo Clinic

Deadline: Friday, January 27

Are you interested in learning about the human microbiome and metabolic models, big data technologies, bioinformatics algorithm development, natural language processing methods or developing tools and applications for complex data visualization and analytics? Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have a long-standing research alliance, and are offering internships to provide Illinois students a unique opportunity to work with the most talented and experienced research, biomedical informatics and IT specialists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Urbana campus students will be given priority consideration for these positions by sending their CV to Saurabh Sinha at Please include Mayo Illinois Internship in the subject line. Student's CV should include GPA, computer science courses taken or currently registered for, and any computer science projects underway or completed.

The applications will be reviewed at Illinois and recommendations will be made to the Mayo Clinic hiring manager. To be fully considered for these positions, students must also submit an application through the Mayo Clinic job board (job posting number: 76714BR).

Proposals Now Accepted for Illinois Art History Graduate Student Symposium

Deadline: January 20

Graduate students in art history and related disciplines are invited to submit a current CV and a 250-300 word abstract for a 20-minute presentation at the Art History Graduate Student Symposium, which will be accompanied by a corresponding exhibition and artist round-table. Scholars of any media and time period are encouraged to apply. This symposium will interrogate representations of the everyday—the banal and the vernacular— in order to create new zones of engagement with the visual field, project alternative archives, and critique dominant modes of representation that structure power through normativity. Send submissions to the Society for Art History and Archaeology (SAHA) at

Information Session: Office of Technology Management Internship Program

January 23 - January 27, times vary

The Office of Technology Management (OTM) is seeking MBA, JD, and PhD candidates to join its paid commercialization analyst internship program, starting Summer 2017 and lasting through Spring 2018. Interns will develop an understanding of intellectual property law, market and industry analysis, and introductory licensing methods and strategies. Interested in learning more? Visit the OTM website for a full schedule of information sessions and internship details.

Animals across the Disciplines

Deadline: January 30

The Animals & Society Institute and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for the first annual Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute program for advanced graduate students and early career scholars pursuing research in Human-Animal Studies. The theme of the inaugural institute is “Animals Across the Disciplines.” Information about the program, Summer Institute Directors, and application materials can be found on the ASI website.

Upcoming Events
The Play of Adam: The Cloisters’ Production Restaged at Illinois

Thursday and Friday, January 19 and 20, 7 p.m., The Chapel of St John the Divine, 1011 S. Wright Street
Saturday, January 21, 3:30 p.m., The Chapel of St John the Divine, 1011 S. Wright Street

The Met Cloisters and the Program in Medieval Studies & Illinois Theatre present the world premiere of The Play of Adam, a medieval comic drama in a new English verse translation by Carol Symes, directed by Kyle A. Thomas, with musical direction by Drew Minter (George A. Miller Visiting Professor). Composed in colloquial rhyming verse, with passages of Latin plainsong, The Anglo-Norman Play of Adam is the oldest European play in any vernacular: in this case, an early dialect of the language we know as French. Updating the story of humanity’s fall and redemption, it comically and poignantly addresses timeless issues: ambition and desire, sibling rivalry, social mobility, and the uncertainties of political and cultural upheaval. All performances are free and open to the public.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Allerton

Saturday, February 4 - Sunday, February 5, Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Purchase tickets

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Allerton’s Lunar New Year celebration, in collaboration with the University of Illinois’ Asian American Cultural Center. Start the evening in the Mansion’s Library with a presentation on the history of the Lunar New Year, as well as an overview of Asian influences in Allerton artwork. Then, enjoy a short festive performance from the Champaign-Urbana Chinese Folkdance Club before dinner in the Carriage House with guest Chef Kit Lee. Overnight accomodations optional. 

Good to Know
Telnet and VNC Connection Changes On January 30

On Monday, January 30, customers using VNC and Telnet to connect to the Illinois network from off campus will need to connect through the University’s VPN service. This action is part of a planned response to off-campus attacks against our network and data. Due to these persistent attacks, Technology Services is limiting the use of certain connections from off campus. For more information on these changes, visit the Technology Services website.


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