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Announcements for the week of March 20, 2017

Opportunities from the Graduate College
Graduate College Seeks Applications for Graduate Student Advisory Board

The Graduate College seeks applications from graduate students to serve on SAGE

SAGE is a student advisory board and leadership opportunity for graduate students on the Urbana campus that fosters active engagement with the Graduate College. SAGE board members enrich graduate student community, build leadership skills, and strengthen Graduate College services and programs. It also contributes to the graduate student community at Illinois by providing varied perspectives that enhance the academic, professional, and social experience of graduate students at the university.

Applicants should be graduate students during the 2017-2018 academic year and in good academic standing. Participants will be required to attend monthly meetings. Applications are available online and must be received by Monday, April 3, 2017.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the Graduate College at

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2017 is April 3 - 8. This week celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of more than 11,000 graduate students on the Urbana campus. That’s roughly one quarter of the entire student population spread out over 91 doctoral programs and 156 master's programs. We'll have more information in next week's GradLINKS, but for now, view the the schedule for the week online. Additional events will be added as we get closer to the date.

Get Help Negotiating a Job Offer

Are you expecting a job offer? Need to figure out what and how to negotiate? The Graduate College Career Development Office offers online resources to help you evaluate job offers and engage in productive negotiations. Learn more online.

Coping with Anxiety and Stress

The Counseling Center provides services to help students address many academic, relational, social, and emotional concerns. Staff members are trained and prepared to help you through whatever issues you may need assistance with, whether it be mental health issues like depression and anxiety, or academic issues such as time management and studying skills, or adjustment issues such as transition to college, work-life balance, or homesickness. If you feel that it's time to talk to someone, contact the Counseling Center to make an appointment

The Counseling Center is partnering with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to host a drop-in space for those in our community who are dealing with anxiety and stress as a result of uncertainty around recent proposed changes to immigration policy. For details and to see resources for how to manage stress, visit the Counseling Center's blog

Thesis Tool: Take Time to Relax during Spring Break

Spring Break is a great time to relax, recharge, and gear up for the end of the semester. If you can’t get away for the entire week, plan a day trip—maybe to Chicago, Springfield, St. Louis, or Indianapolis. Changing your normal surroundings and physically distancing yourself from your work might be just what your writing needs. If you only need a short break, check out an art exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum, go bowling at the Illini Union, take a walk at the Arboretum, or cheer on the UI baseball team. To learn more about the thesis process, check out the Thesis Office website.

International Badminton Day

Tuesday, March 21, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., ARC, Gym 3

If you are staying on campus during Spring Break and planning to work out with other fellow students, consider attending International Badminton Day at ARC. Lunch will be provided.To secure your spot, RSVP (please respond) to Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations – International Education and Campus Recreation.

Glass Half Full: Creating & Fostering a Positive Mindset

Tuesday, March 28, 7 - 9 p.m., Illini Union, room 406

This event is part of the Tuesday @ 7 Workshop series presented by the Counseling Center Paraprofessionals - Students Helping Students. See the website for additional workshops.

Relaxation of the Mind and Body for Grad Students

Thursday, April 6, 6 - 7 p.m., ACES Library, Heritage Room

Long days of graduate school mixed with little energy and lots of work is a stressful combination for anyone to handle. Learn to simplify your stress during this interactive workshop including time management tips and relaxation exercises to help reduce the tension in graduate school. This workshop will leave you feeling ready to take on the next day of higher education. Co-sponsored by McKinley Health Center and the Graduate College.

Your Research and Teaching
Digital Scholarly Publishing Workshop

Monday, April 10, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Levis Faculty Center, Suite 400


Join Publishing Without Walls (PWW) for a one-day digital scholarly publishing workshop. Conceived as a digital makerspace meets writers’ workshop, this event is geared toward faculty and advanced-level graduate students who are interested in a hands-on introduction to digital publishing tools and platforms.

Host a Workshop for your Class with Illinois Leadership Center

The Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) provides a series of workshops that cover a variety of topics like communication, teamwork, strategic planning, motivation and conflict management. These sessions are traditionally 60-90 minutes in length. Whether you are a part of a RSO, or a TA for a class, or simply a room full of people coming together, the ILC will come to you and deliver inspiring & engaging leadership development. To request a workshop for your class, project team, or organization fill out the following Workshop Request Form. If you would like to learn more about a specific workshop or have general questions about the workshop series, please email

Upcoming Opportunities from CITL

Workshops: Create Your Own Online Course 


April 3, 4, and 6, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.,

CITL will be hosting the second iteration of "Create Your Own Online Course" series of consecutive, typically 30-minute workshops. This is open to all instructors and TAs who want to learn best practices for creating an online course. 

Get a Certificate in Science Communication

The new Certificate in Science Communication is offered jointly by the 21st Century Scientists Working Group and CITL. The ability to communicate with others about your research is an important part of being a scientist today. Understanding your audience and presenting your work in a way that resonates with them will help you interact more successfully with members of the press, members of the public, and grant committees. It may also enable you to engage directly with your audience through your own writing, videos, podcasts, or other media. Questions? E-mail

View the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) calendar for more events and workshops.

Research Poster Templates Available

Preparing to present a poster at a conference? The university has Illinois templates for research posters. The editable template for printed reserch posters is available online. You can also order your poster through the Facilities and Services Printing Department and they will print and laminate the poster and provide a mailing tube for transportation. 

Thomas Jefferson Fund

Deadline: April 9

To encourage and support cooperation among the most promising young French and American researchers and foster forward-looking collaborative research projects, the French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation invite applications to the Thomas Jefferson fund. Each selected French-American project will receive a maximum of $20,000 over a period of two years.

Apply to Serve on Academic Senate Committees

Apply by Thursday, March 30 at 5 p.m.

There is a Senate committee that needs your voice. Senate committees are responsible for making decisions on educational offerings, athletics, inclusiveness, financial affairs, admissions, and general university policies. Serving on Senate committees can be an enriching, exciting experience that enables you to develop new partnerships, advance your leadership skills, and become more engaged with the campus. You need not be a senator to serve. There are many committees to choose from that will fit your interests and expertise.

Applications Now Accepted for IPRH Research Clusters

Deadline: April 7

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) Research Clusters initiative enables faculty and graduate students in the humanities and arts from the University of Illinois campus to develop questions or subjects of inquiry that require or would be enhanced by collaborative work. For 2017–18, IPRH will award funding to a maximum of six Research Clusters on a competitive basis. One Research Cluster award will be reserved for applicants whose work intersects with the public arts and humanities mission of Imagining America, and they will be encouraged to attend the Imagining America conference. 

The Research University at 150

Deadline: April 28

In celebration of the University’s Sesquicentennial, the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research are now accepting proposals to fund 4 - 6 research symposia that tackle big-picture topics with clear societal impact and that showcase the university’s research strengths. The symposia, the culminating research events of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, will occur simultaneously, April 10-12, 2018.

Topics should appeal to researchers in a number of disciplines and proposed presentations should invite the exploration of new or innovative approaches to pressing societal issues. Funding of up to $20,000 per symposium is available. Funding for this program is made possible through the generous support of the David Dodds Henry Lectureship Fund.


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