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  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Events

    The annual celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. every January is a reminder of the fervent belief in a dream that who we can and should be as a nation depends upon recognizing the full humanity of each person, a dream rooted in honest examination of history and the work for racial justice when inequity exists.

    It is our community’s commitment to the dream of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that we will celebrate this month with a series of events, beginning with the MLK Advocacy for Justice Virtual Celebration on Sunday, January 17 at 3 pm Central.

    This year's keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, one of the leading voices for equality and social justice in our nation today, who will speak live from North Carolina.

    More information about this virtual event is at A link to watch the Sunday, January 17 celebration will be posted on this page and is open to the public.

    The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival. Rev. Dr. Barber is also the architect of the Moral Movement, which began with weekly Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013 and recently relaunched again online in August 2020 under the banner of the Poor People's Campaign, which was begun by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968.

    This year’s University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign celebration will also feature nearly three weeks of presentations, activities, and discussions reflecting on what it means to speak from a position of conscience. Due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements, this year’s events will be virtual and open to all through online platforms. A full calendar of events is available online. Pre-registration may be required to receive links to some events.

    During a year defined by COVID-19, the pandemic has directed a new light on the persistent and insidious twin crisis of systemic racism and generationally embedded racial disparities afflicting our society. This year’s celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a common and shared call to action for everyone in the community to commit to the hard work necessary to end racism and social injustice.

  • Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship

    The Creative Writing Program would like to announce the 2020-2021 academic year's Kevin T. Early Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible from an endowment by William and Donna Early in memory of their son, a poet, Kevin T. Early. It awards $2000 to a student with freshman standing at UIUC for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline for application is January 28, 2021.

    For consideration, students must submit 5 poems via email to John Dudek, the Associate Director of Creative Writing at: The complete manuscript should not exceed 5 pages (so 1 poem to a page). Submissions should be attached to the email as .docx (Word) files.

    The subject line of the email should read: “EARLY PRIZE SUBMISSION: Last name.”

    The body of the email should include your name, address, phone number, e-mail, UIN, and the titles of your poems. Your name is not to appear on the entry file itself. Complete guidelines are included in the attached document.

  • Guide to Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit Decisions

    Should I elect Credit/No Credit this semester?

    This is a complicated question and there are individual answers. I will try to provide a thorough guide below to help you make decisions. If you want to discuss your situation in a one on one meeting after reading this, please make an appointment via the appointment scheduler, please make sure you do so before January 5th.

    Why consider electing credit/no credit?

    • If you only need the course for elective, Gen Ed, minor, or major credit and you will pass with a C-, C, C+, or B- but don’t want that grade to impact your grade point average.
    • If you are in a course that is preparing you for the next level of a subject (i.e. Chem 101 preparing for Chem 102) and you want to continue to be enrolled and learning in that prep course but don’t want the grade to factor into your GPA.

    Why lean toward keeping the course for a grade (rather than electing C/NC)?

    • If you are going on to a professional school, such as Law, Pharmacy, Medicine, etc. you should be checking with those schools to see how they will interpret a CR/NC grade, particularly a NC grade, before you make a decision.
    • If the course is a requirement of some sort (you need the credit), you never want to re-take the course and/or do not have time to re-take in a future semester before your internship, and it is not preparing you for the next level of a course (i.e. Chem 101 preparing for Chem 02) and you will pass the course with a D-, D or D+.
    • If you will pass a course with a B+ or higher, I would recommend taking the grade you have earned for the semester.

    When is it tricky?

    If you’ve got a B is probably the trickiest. A “B” is not a bad grade at all and I would probably recommend in most cases you take the grade, but there might be situations where it might be the right decision.

    You also need to take into consideration any requirements related to your Financial Aid award. Information about that can be found here:

    How do I elect CR/NC?

    The Registrar’s Office is creating a form for students to elect Credit/No Credit. Beginning Saturday, you can go to or on the MyIllini student dashboard

    If you have ANY questions, please reach out to me and we can e-mail or set up an appointment to discuss your situation.

    Happy Holidays and Enjoy your break!

  • Credit/No Credit Policy Changes for Fall 2020

    The deadline to elect the Credit/No Credit grade mode has been extended to 11:59 p.m. CST Jan. 5, 2021.

    A link to the Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit form will be located HERE starting Dec. 19th

    You can find more information about the Credit/No Credit Policy Modification on the Provost web page.

    Just a few highlights we want you to be aware of:

    There is no limit to the number of courses for Fall 2020 that can be taken CR/NC.
    Courses taken for CR/NC in Fall 2020 will count toward completion of major, minor, and general education requirements.
    Grades of C- or above are required to earn credit.
    If CR/NC is elected, grades of D+, D, D-, and F for courses do not earn credit.
    CR/NC does not impact cumulative Illinois GPA.
    Social Work students do not need to meet with an advisor to elect CR/NC. 
    Students must complete the Registrar’s form and submit themselves.
    Students cannot do Grade Replacement for courses taken for CR/NC. 
    Electing CR/NC will rescind previous grade replacement requests. 
    For example, if a student has failed Math 220 last semester, is retaking the course this semester for GR...if they elect CR/NC, the GR is rescinded.
    Students on academic probation may elect CR/NC for any course.
    Students may elect CR/NC for POT A courses.
    Although NC grades will not impact GPA, they may impact academic standing.  For instance, students earning multiple NC grades may be placed on academic probation after Fall 2020 or considered for dismissal.
    Earning CR for courses will most likely NOT remove a student from academic probation.

  • Spring 2021 Hourly Job Opportunity

    We are looking for undergraduate students to annotate emotions in text. This is currently a remote position. Anyone who is hired will be compensated approximately $15/hour.To apply, please complete this survey We will contact you within 1 week of your application.

    Capturing and Understanding Emotions in Text

    Analyzing data to capture various emotions is very important for a wide number of applications, such as consumer engagement, experience in healthcare, advertising, etc. Also important is exposure to, or strong motivation to learn about emotions in text communication. This undergraduate opportunity will be part of a larger project in our lab that investigates new and better ways for people to interact with machines as well as with one another.

    The selected candidate will:
    -Not be expected to have previous experience
    -Work with a faculty mentor and/or graduate students with experience in Language and Emotion.
    -Annotate/code textual data to capture important affective information;
    -Learn about the challenges and opportunities of processing user-generated data (i.e., social media) and learn about the role of emotions in human-computer and human-human interaction.

    To apply, please complete this survey We will contact you within 1 week of your application. If you have any questions, please contact Jose at

  • COVID-19 Research at Bradley University

    Dear college students,

    Hello, my name is Henry Keller. I am currently attending Bradley University in Peoria Illinois as an undergraduate Social Work major. I am hopeful that you may assist in my independent research. Under the guidance of my sponsor and Co-PI, Dr. Patricia Saleeby, I am exploring mental health needs of undergraduate students during COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning through an anonymous online survey. This study has received IRB approval from Bradley University. I am requesting that you complete the survey using the link below if you are a college student and 18 or older. Your participation is voluntary but there is no compensation for completing this survey. Your participation will help universities across the country better adapt to the current situation of remote learning and provide a better college experience for future semesters. If you have any questions, please contact me or Dr. Saleeby. Please click the link below to access the survey and the full informed consent.

    Thank you very much for your time,

    Henry Keller
    Bradley University

  • Join the Community Learning Lab Team!

    Dear BSW and MSW students,

    The CLL is hiring! If you are interested in working in a position that gives you the opportunity to learn more about local community partners while helping to meet the needs of the community, please consider applying to this part-time position. Send application materials to Deadline is Friday, December 11.

    Thank you!


  • Seeking Applicants for Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program

    The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is looking for motivated and personable first- and second-year undergraduates who are excited to introduce and support peers through the Illinois research experience. If you have participated in a research project, be it through coursework, assisting faculty, research staff, or graduate students, or conducting a project of your own, you can become an Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassador and help other students along their research journeys.  Ideal candidates should demonstrate at least one semester (or 1 full summer semester) of engagement in research/creative inquiry and exhibit excellent communication skills. Such candidates should be reliable, organized, personable, and respectful.

     How do you know if you have research experience? You probably have experience if you have:  

    Conducted research as part of laboratory or team Participated in a research-based course (e.g., research methods)  Participated in a research program (e.g., URAP, IPRH Bio-Humanities, Ethnography of the University Initiative)  Are currently pursuing a thesis, capstone project, or independent study  Under the supervision of a graduate student, faculty, or research staff member:   Conducted lab work Conducted literature reviews  Conducted textual analysis of different literature  Analyzed primary sources   Conducted interviews, surveys, focus groups  Wrote or produced a story based on some of the previous steps   

    Apply now!

    If you are interested but unsure that you have research/creative inquiry experience, reach out to us! The actual practice of research/creative inquiry varies across disciplines. We can help you figure it out if the IURA Program is right for you!

    Link to application: deadline to apply is December 20, 2020 at 11:59pm.

  • Writers Workshop Upcoming Events

    As we head into the last few weeks of the semester and final paper season, the Writers Workshop will offer several activities to support students.

    We have upcoming interactive presentations that may benefit students as they prepare their final course projects and professional materials. Students can learn about "Avoiding  Plagiarism," gain "Revision Strategies for Structure and Argument," or learn how to "Write an Effective Literature Review." All events are held via Zoom. Please visit our calendar to register in advance and learn about more upcoming events. 

  • New Drop Deadline and Credit/No-Credit Deadlines

    There are two new academic deadlines that I want to share with you.

    First, the deadline to drop a course is now, Friday, December 18th. If you want to drop a course (you will have a "W" on your transcript, you can do so until the 18th.

    The Credit/No-Credit Deadline is now January 5th. There will be a different form to utilize for this option, though it has not been created by the Registrar's Office yet. You can elect credit/no-credit for major (now CSWE approved!), minor, or general education credit, though you will still need to earn a C- or higher to earn this credit.