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  • The School of Social Work Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research (JUSWR) - Deadline Extended (June 15th)

    The Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research (JUSWR) is an annual publication showcasing peer-reviewed undergraduate research and related works from social work and related disciplines.

    In Fall 2020, JUSWR will publish Volume 4. If you have written work, or projects relevant to the advancement of social and economic justice that you are proud of, consider becoming a part of this exciting venture by submitting your work to JUSWR.

    Submission deadline for Fall 2020 Volume 4: EXTENDED to JUNE 15, 2020

    Email submission files (including any supplementary materials) to JUSWR

    Submission categories considered for publication include:

    •Original research article
    •Policy Analysis
    •Literature review
    •Poster presentation
    •Creative piece (artistic expression or multimedia presentation)
    •Materials developed for Social Work and other social science classesthis academic year or in the previous academic year will beconsidered.

    An email attachment sent to the BSW student listserv and Social Work Faculty listserv contains specific submission procedures and details listed below as well as other important information:

    •Submission Procedures
    •Manuscript Preparation Formatting
    •Rights for Authors and Copyright Statement

    Contact Dr. Rachel Garthe, for additional information

  • Community Blood Services of Illinois Student Survey

    Hello, my name is Ellen Elghammer and I am doing my internship this semester with Community Blood Services of Illinois. One of my projects is developing a survey to identify some barriers and motivators that college students may have when it comes to blood donation. If you could take ten minutes and fill this survey out, that would be so helpful! Your answers will help Community Blood determine what they can do to get more blood donors, which in turn can help the entire community. 

  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    This April, the Women’s Resources Center (WRC) is highlighting Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) digitally. Every week, we will be sharing content that inspires and/or sustains us. Content will be released daily through our social media and then posted on our website at the end of each week. Follow and share via @IllinoisWRC.


  • Ideas for Working at Home

    A number of students mentioned this/last week that they're struggling a bit at doing homework from home. This is not unusual and many in the work force are dealing with this new paradigm as well. I found this article on Forbes that might help you think of ways to combat this challenge of "working" from home.

  • Registration Timeline

    The University has shifted the timeline for registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 classes by two week. Time Tickets will be e-mailed on Monday, April 6th and registration will begin on Monday, April 20th. Remember to schedule your advising appointment today to avoid a registration hold from being placed on your account! Call 217-244-5246 to schedule your appointment today! Meetings will be held via Zoom unless you are unable to access wifi (or unlimited phone data) at the time of your appointment. Aaron will send an email with the link to join your appointment shortly before it begins.

  • Credit/No Credit Policy Changes for Spring 2020

    You received an e-mail from the Provost sharing some changes to the Credit/No Credit Policy this semester. Program Director, Dr. Jan Carter-Black reiterated these changes last week. I am going to post them one more time with some thoughts and commentary.

    The deadline to elect a course to be graded Credit/No Credit is now April 30th. This is true for full semester and 2nd 8 week courses. 

    You can now utilize this option for major, minor, and general education courses and they will fulfill these requirements. The grading criteria for Credit/No Credit and process has not changed.

    If you wish to elect to take a course Credit/No Credit, you will need to fill out the appropriate form (e-mail Aaron and he can get you an electronic version) by April 30th. At the end of the semester your instructor will submit whatever grade you earned. Upon their submission your letter grade will be changed to either CR for Credit or NC for no credit. If you earned a C- or higher, your grade will be CR and you will have earned credit for the course. If you earned a D+ or lower your grade will be NC and you will not earn credit. Regardless, CR and NC grades do not affect your GPA, but some graduate and professional school may recalculate your GPA with their own method if you utilize this options.

    If you want to discuss this option further you can e-mail me or if you haven't had your fall advising appointment, we can have this discussion in conjunction with your fall advising. 

    Also, while it is good to be thinking about this option now, it is likely better to wait until the last week of April to make your final decision and evaluate where your grades are at that point. If you want to elect the Credit/No Credit option, we can fill out the form. 

  • Calendar changes for Dropping a Class, Credit/No Credit, and Grade Replacement

    You received an e-mail from the Provost last week outlining deadline changes for full semester and 2nd 8 week courses. The deadline to drop a class without a W, elect to take a course Credit/No Credit, or elect or rescind a decision to utilize Grade Replacement is now Thursday, April 30th. If you have questions about whether or not this policy would be appropriate for you, please call 217-244-5246 to schedule a Zoom meeting or e-mail Aaron.

  • Turning Inward with yoga

    March 31st, LSC student Annalisa Hammeleff will guide students through a mindful movement yoga class that focuses on posture and breathing.

  • HEALS Conference Canceled

    Unfortunately, per university policies and CDC guidance the HEALS Cannabis in Illinois event scheduled for March 27, 2020 has been cancelled. Thank you for your interest and support!

  • Virtual Suggestion Board

    If you have suggestions about how the School of Social Work can do anything better or facilitate anything through the next few weeks, please submit a suggestion to the Virtual Suggestion Box

  • Things to keep you occupied

    If you're looking for something to do, here are some of the resources that you can utilize during your social distancing.

    Harry Potter Digital Escape Room

    Digitally visit a zoo or aquarium

    Virtually visit a famous museum

    Pick up a new hobby or even better, pick up a hobby from your past that you've enjoyed in the past and lost time for.

    Read a book, or a book series that you've never read before.

    Contact your favorite advisor and help him find articles on higher education policy changes regarding international students after 9/11.

    Finally, if you just need to just unwind, find a new tv show or movie that you've never seen before and watch an episode or two (probably not a whole season in a couple of days).

  • Fall/Summer 2020 Advising Appointment

    Fall/Summer 2020 Advising Appointments will still be happening, though as you'll see below, we have a bit more time than normal after spring break for everyone to have their appointment. Please call the office at 217-244-5246 and you can schedule an advising appointment. You will have the option to have a Zoom advising appointment or a phone advising appointment. You'll all get very comfortable with Zoom over the next few weeks, but it is very easy to use, especially on your end and due to the ability of me to share my screen with you, this would be my preferred method so that you can take a screen shot of your planning sheet and have a copy of it. I would strongly encourage you to be on WIFI during a Zoom meeting as I'm pretty confident it would use a decent amount of data. You can join a Zoom meeting and not utilize your camera if you'd rather not be seen. With my new fancy headset, you'll get to see me ready to take on dozens of Middle Schoolers at Call of Duty. If you can't get to WIFI or if you have issues with Zoom we can do a phone appointment, but this would be a secondary option. When you call to schedule your appointment, you'll be asked if you prefer a Zoom or phone appointment. If at all possible I'd prefer to proceed with Zoom. 

  • COVID-19 Resources and Website

    The University has created a COVID-19 website with resources and information for all students. If you're looking for information start here and if you can't find the answer that you are looking for please contact the School of Social Work and we'll help you find the answer. 

  • Change in Academic Calendar

    The University has made 2 significant changes to the Academic Calendar. You now have until Friday, March 27th to drop a course, elect Credit/No Credit, or Grade Replacement for a full semester Spring 2020 course. 

    Also, Fall 2020 time tickets will be delayed two weeks until April 6, 2020, and Summer/Fall Registration for current students will begin on April 20, 2020.

  • March 11th Wellness Wednesday

    Restorative Exercise: Moving Better for Students. CU Movement, Wednesday, 3/11,
    12-12:50 & 5-5:50 pm, Rm 2018

  • Career Week & Job Fair, 3/23-4/3

    Career Week & Job Fair, 3/23-4/3, attend all of the following events and earn a Career Readiness Certificate!

    Career Closet: Room 2003(Skills Lab), free gently used professional clothing. Contact Laura Graven ( or Sharva Hampton-Campbell ( for a personal, professional attire consultation and access to the career closet or stop by during the following hours:

    Monday, 3/23: 11 am – 2 pm & 5 pm - 6 pm
    Tuesday, 3/24:  10 am - 12 pm & 5 pm - 6pm
    Thursday, 3/26: 10 am - 12 pm & 5 pm – 6 pm
    Friday, 3/27:  11 am – 2 pm
    Monday, 3/30: 11 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 6 pm
    Tuesday, 3/31: 11 am – 12 pm & 5 pm – 6 pm
    Wednesday, 4/1: 11 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 6 pm
    Thursday, 4/2: 11 am – 2 pm & 5 pm – 6 pm

    Resume and Cover Letter Review, Tuesday, 3/24 , 12 -12:50 pm and Thursday, 3/26, 5-5:30 pm, room 2015, facilitated by Monica Cherry.

    What Not To Wear (to an interview and work), Wednesday, 3/25, 12 pm, and 5:30 pm, room 2019, facilitated by Monica Cherry, Laura Graven, and Sharva Hampton-Campbell.

    Interviewing and Professional Attire Review, Friday, 3/27, 2:30 pm – 5 pm, room 2015. The session will cover how to prepare for a job fair and the difference between interviewing and networking.

    Job Fair, Friday, April 3, 10 am – 1 pm, Rosecrance, 2302 Moreland Ave, Champaign. Bring your resume and come prepared to talk with social service agency representatives about current openings.

  • NASW-IL Lobby Leader Training Program

    Wednesday, 4/1, from 10 am – 4 pm, Hilton Garden Inn, 3100 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield. NASW-IL is seeking social work students to help educate and lead social workers through the capitol to scheduled meetings with their senate and house legislators. You will attend a full day of training on 4/1 and lead groups during Advocacy Day on 4/2.  Lodging, breakfast and lunch will be provided on 4/1 and your registration for Advocacy Day will be waived.  Apply for the one-day training at

    If accepted, the SSW will provide a $25 stipend for travel to Springfield. Contact Sharva Hampton-Campbell at for more information.

  • NASW-IL Advocacy Day at the Capitol

    Thursday, 4/2, 9 am – 3 pm. The SSW has chartered a bus to transport students to Advocacy Day.

    This year’s Advocacy Day attendees will meet at the staging location before heading over to the Illinois State Capitol building for a day of lobbying and observing legislative action with peers. Attendees will be split up by their senate and house districts and lead by a trained NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leader (LL) to meetings with their elected officials—lobby leaders have been trained in effective lobbying and have a familiarity with the capitol. Lobby leaders will serve as the point person for your legislative visits and will assist the group in effective lobbying practices. After lobbying, all social workers will gather by the Lincoln Statue in front of the Illinois State Capitol building for a rally (weather permitting) with invited elected representatives.

    Registration to attend Advocacy Day is $10.00, and the deadline to register is Friday, 3/27. Register HERE.

    Register HERE for the SSW chartered bus. Registration is open until the bus reaches capacity.

  • National Social Work Month Trivia Answers and Winners

    March is National Social Work Month! How much do you know about social work? On 3/5, 3/12, and 3/26, you will receive an emailed link to trivia questions, and you have until 11:59 pm to reply with your answer.  Each correct answer will provide you with an entry into the weekly drawing for some social work swag. The winners will be announced in the weekly newsletters on 3/9, 3/23 and 3/30. 

    There were no BSW entries last week. You can't win if you don't enter!


    The National Association of Social Workers is the source for the student code of ethics for becoming a professional social worker.  True

    You must complete 3000 hours of supervision before you can take the Licensed Clinical Social Work exam. True

    Winners: Jennifer Abell, Ashley Alexander, Iliana Barragan, Maribel Belen, Nicole Cantoni, Molly Conn, Samantha Fragale, Markie Gentry, Rachel Gonzales, Natalie Kos, Vicky Li, Katelyn Moser, Zoe Piedra, Erin Rooney, Melissa Smith, Ashley Wilson-Bell.

  • HEALS Conference

    The Social Work Health Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) are hosting a free educational event on Friday, March 27 at the I-Hotel titled “Cannabis in Illinois: Policy and Practice from Social Work Perspectives.” The morning event will involve roundtables, a panel, and a keynote speaker where we can all come together and learn more about the recent law legalizing and regulating cannabis in the state of Illinois. Two BSW and two MSW students have worked with HEALS affiliate faculty to plan an event that is by students and for students. We hope you can join us. Please register using the following link or the QR code on our flyer

  • The School of Social Work Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research (JUSWR)

    The Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research (JUSWR) is an annual publication showcasing peer-reviewed undergraduate research and related works from social work and related disciplines.

    In Fall 2020, JUSWR will publish Volume 4. If you have written work, or projects relevant to the advancement of social and economic justice that you are proud of, consider becoming a part of this exciting venture by submitting your work to JUSWR.

    Submission deadline for Fall 2020 Volume 4: Friday, May 1, 2020

    Email submission files (including any supplementary materials) to JUSWR

    Submission categories considered for publication include:

    • Original research article
    • Policy Analysis
    • Literature review
    • Poster presentation
    • Creative piece (artistic expression or multimedia presentation)
    • Materials developed for Social Work and other social science classes this academic year or in the previous academic year will be considered.

    An email attachment sent to the BSW student listserv and Social Work Faculty listserv contains specific submission procedures and details listed below as well as other important information:

    • Submission Procedures
    • Manuscript Preparation Formatting
    • Rights for Authors and Copyright Statement

    Contact Dr. Rachel Garthe, for additional information

  • Job Opportunity - Respite for You

    We understand you may only feel comfortable with a family member or close friend caring for your loved one. We can train and pay a family member/close friend or someone else you trust who does not live in the same home and is over 18 years of age. Or we can help find someone for you. Hours are flexible, training is provided and back ground checks will be conducted. We currently pay $12.50/hour.

    For more information and to answer any question you may have about the Illinois Respite Coalition's in-home respite program please email:  ilrespitecoalition@gma or call 630.207.8479

  • Seats Open in 2nd 8-week Leadership Courses

    LEAD 140: Harnessing Your Interpersonal Intelligence

    Section C (CRN 70628) – Online – 2nd 8 weeks (3/16/2020 – 5/6/2020)

    2 credit hours

    Who Should Take This Class:  Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior students in ANY college/major interested in developing their self-awareness, self-management, and interpersonal communication skills to be effective team members and leaders.

    Course Description: Students will expand their capacity for communication, collaboration and team leadership to navigate the complexities of the university and beyond. In this course, students will learn communication strategies to work with others and practice self-awareness, self-management, and interpersonal communication skills in a supportive setting to reach their personal potential as emerging leaders.

    LEAD 170: Leading Student Organizations

    Section A (CRN 70626) – Online – 2nd 8 weeks (3/16/2020 – 5/6/2020)

    Section B (CRN 70629) – In Person – Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:20 p.m. – 2nd 8 weeks (3/16/2020 – 5/6/2020)

    2 credit hours

    Who Should Take This Class: Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior students in ANY college/major interested in developing their organizational leadership skills to be effective leaders in student, university, or community organizations in which they are involved.  

    Course Description: Students will develop their capacity for leadership in university and volunteer organizations. In this course, students will learn about organizational structures, elements of effective organizations, strategies for leading other people, and applications beyond formal student organizations.

  • Voting & Civic Engagement Dinner Dialogue

    Tuesday, March 10th from 6-7:30pm
    Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center(1212 W. Nevada St., Urbana) 
    RSVP Encouraged –

    The Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) is hosting a Dinner Dialogue series, inviting students from across campus to come together and dialogue about YOUR perspectives on critical issues around us. Hosted by the centers and units of OIIR, students will sit down over a shared meal to learn and share new perspectives to understand one another. Our first Dinner Dialogue will focus on the upcoming 2020 elections and how we connect our votes with our voices. The OIIR Dinner Dialogues are paid for in part by Student Cultural Programming Fee. To learn more about the Dinner Dialogue series, future programs, and to RSVP, visit

  • Spanish Majors & Minors Informational

    Interested in majoring or minoring in Spanish?  Come learn more:

    Monday, March 9th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    Foreign Language Building (FLB)
    Room 1080-Lucy Ellis Lounge (Behind the elevators)

    Followed by an interactive workshop by Jeff Yacup, Associate Director, Recruiting & Admissions Graduate Programs from Gies College of Business.  Jeff will talk about how to learn necessary networking skills for leveraging your Spanish education in  your career journey.

  • National Social Work Month Trivia

    March is National Social Work Month. Students will be given an opportunity to participate in Social Work Trivia each week, except during Spring Break. They will receive a link each Thursday which will provide them with trivia questions. All who answer the questions correctly by the 11:59 pm deadline will be entered into a drawing for some social work swag on the following Mondays (3/9, 3/23, and 3/30).  The winners will be announced in the BSW, MSW and PhD weekly newsletters.

  • AAS Major-Minor Luncheon - 3/11/2020

    Join the Department of Asian American Studies for their biannual Major-Minor Luncheon on March 11! Learn about majoring or minoring in Asian American Studies, meet other AAS students and faculty, and enjoy a delicious lunch from Maize! Students from all disciplines are welcome to attend.

    12:00-1:00 pm
    Asian American Cultural Center
    1210 W Nevada St, Urbana

  • Research and Writing (RAW) Consultations

    Get Research and Writing (RAW) advice from experts at the Undergraduate Library and the Writers Workshop.

    Writing consultations will help you refine your writing skills, develop arguments, learn about expectations for academic writing, and save time by creating a writing plan.

    Research Consultations will help you locate sources to support your paper, define and focus research questions, and plan effective strategies to explore research materials available in the library system.

    Book a ConsultationBook a Library Research ConsultationBook a Writers Workshop Consultation

    Want both? Use either link above and mention in your request that you want a Research and Writing Consultation.

    Location: RAW consultations are held at the Consultation Corner, located on the Upper Level of the UGL next to the Writers Workshop.

    Spring 2020 Walk-up Hours (both services)Sunday – Thursday 4 pm – 9 pm

    Writing walk-up consultations begin January 26. You may schedule an appointment beginning on January 22. Research consultations begin on February 2.

  • Register Now for the 44th Annual NAPSW Conference

    Register Now for the 44th Annual NAPSW Conference — Securing the Good in the Second City: Perinatal Social Work for All.

    The 44th Annual National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW) Conference will be held in Chicago, IL, April 29-May 2, 2020. Perinatal social workers from across the United States and Canada will be gathering to learn about best practices, network, see old friends and make new ones. Click here to download the conference brochure. Click here to learn more about the conference and register. Click here to learn more about the benefits of NAPSW membership and to get a discounted conference rate. We look forward to seeing you this year in Chicago!   

  • Spring 2nd-half semester EPSY 203 Dialogue classes now open

    Students may now register for EPSY 203 Dialogue on Social Issues classes for Spring 2020.

    These one-credit hour courses focus on different social identity issues, and help prepare students to think more critically and interact more successfully in socially diverse groups and settings. They are experiential and collaborative, and support students in understanding the complexity of power, privilege and oppression. They can be very useful for developing clearer communications, small group/team skills, and knowledge about fairness and social justice in organizations and the larger society.

    The courses emphasize collaborative sense-making, where students and instructors work together to understand issues associated with intergroup relations. Instead of lectures, the dialogue approach invites learners to share their own experiences and perspectives on issues, in order to create deeper understanding among learners.

    The following courses are available:
    Exploring Race/Ethnicity (Mondays, 1-2:50)
    Liberal/Conservative dialogue (Mondays, 3-4:50)
    Exploring Disability (Mondays, 5-6:50)
    Socio-economic Class dialogue (Tuesdays, 2-3:50)
    Being White in a Multicultural Society (Tuesdays, 6-7:50)
    Exploring Race/Ethnicity (Wednesdays, 3-4:50)
    Resisting Marginalization (Wednesdays, 6-7:50)

  • Senior 100 Honorary

    Senior 100 Honorary is a ceremony and reception held in April that recognizes the most outstanding graduating seniors. This event recognizes not only the most successful students academically, but more heavily focuses on campus involvement and service. This highly prestigious award allows hard-working seniors to be acknowledged for their commitment to the University of Illinois throughout their four years here on campus. 

    Apply now at
    Deadline for application: March 15th at 11:59 PM

  • RISE Act Application Workshops

    The Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act allows eligible undocumented students and transgender students who are disqualified from federal financial aid to apply for all forms of state financial aid. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides a pathway for these qualified students to apply for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, the state's largest need-based grant program for low-income college students.

    Click the link above for dates and time for the workshops.

  • School Social Work Week Celebration - Wednesday March, 4th

    Cake and Punch will be available in room 2000P from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

  • Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship for Cause-Driven Leaders

    Please note that this opportunity CANNOT be used in conjunction with your SOCW 470 internship required for graduation. It can only be used for internships that are not required for graduation.

    Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders offers academic scholarship to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who will complete an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student. All undergraduate students regardless of academic program or citizenship status are encouraged to apply.


    Summer 2020/Fall 2020 (For internships that occur between May 16, 2020- December 31, 2020)

    Applications Open: February 24
    Application Deadline: April 7

  • In Her Shoes Domestic Violence Simulation

    On Friday, March 27th from 12 pm- 2 pm in room 2018. This is an interactive activity that brings awareness to the additional struggles domestic violence victims/survivors face due to poverty. Lunch will be provided, and registration is required due to the limited capacity. Register at by Wednesday, 3/25.

  • Now Accepting Applications to Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program (IURA)

    Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (IURA) are a collaborative cohort of accomplished and experienced students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ambassadors will promote undergraduate research on campus and help the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) develop and maintain student-focused programs that represent the U of I's diverse array of disciplines. If you would like the opportunity to join this prestigious and dynamic team, the deadline to apply is March 16, 2020 at 11:59pm.

    What do ambassadors do?

    Illinois Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (IURAs):

    1. Represent and promote the mission of OUR to current and prospective students. This includes on-campus recruiting & outreach events, classroom presentations, and other informational events at the discretion of OUR staff.
    2. Hold one-on-one meetings to mentor students through the undergraduate research experience at the University of Illinois. This includes helping students get started, locate opportunities, and develop individualized research plans
    3. Serve on one of three specialized committees (workshops, outreach & promotion, program development - more information below)
    4. Serve as a student advisory board and provide critical feedback about OUR programs and initiatives.
    5. Publicize undergraduate research via social media.
    6. Support OUR with the planning and coordination of the Undergraduate Research Symposium.
    7. Ambassadors earn a $200 stipend per semester for their service.

    Click the link above for requirements and more information.

  • McKinley Health Center's 27th Annual Health Fair - DIVE DEEPER INTO YOUR HEALTH

    Wednesday, April 8th, at the Illini Union Rooms A, B, and C from 10 AM to 3 PM. The major goal of the event is to promote general wellness among the University of Illinois diverse student populations. This event is open to everyone in the community. There will be a variety of free screenings provided by local health care providers as well as from the university.

  • Financial Planning for Young Adults

    Financial Planning for Young Adults (FPYA), developed in partnership with the CFP Board, is designed to provide an introduction to basic financial planning concepts for young adults. The FPYA course is organized across eight separate modules within a 4-week window. Topics covered include financial goal setting, saving and investing, budgeting, financial risk, borrowing and credit. Because financial planning is such a personal topic, you will be encouraged to define your own financial goals and objectives while we discuss concepts and provide tools which can be applied in helping you reach those goals.

    Within each module, you will view a combination of traditional lecture style videos along with video vignettes that introduce financial topics for discussion among participants. The video vignettes provide a unique and exciting component to this course. Each vignette introduces a real-world scenario where financial decisions must be made and financial planning concepts can be applied. You will be challenged to think critically about each scenario and decide how you might come to a resolution if ever faced with a similar situation.

    Finally, the course also includes material throughout which is focused on career opportunities in financial planning, including video interviews with actual CFP® professionals and other professionals working in this exciting and growing career area. The final module in the class is devoted to the topic of financial planning as a career.

  • Writers Workshop Upcoming Events

    Preparing for the Job Search: Cover Letters and Resumes" on Tuesday, 2/18, from 4:00-5:00pm in Gregory Hall, room 113

    "Proposal Writing in Undergraduate Research" (co-sponsored with the Office of Undergraduate Research) on Thursday, 2/20, from 3:00-4:30pm in Lincoln Hall, room 1002

    See the flyer with more undergraduate events for this semester, and check the Writer's Workshop calendar to stay up-to-date or follow them on social media: @WorkshopIL and Writers Workshop at Illinois

  • Diversity and Inclusion Networking Exchange 4.1.2020

    April 1 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.Illini Union, Room BConnect with employers that value diversity and inclusionPractice networking in a casual settingHear what employers look for in new hiresLearn what questions you can ask to determine if an organization meets your needs

    Sponsored by: Career Services Community, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Illinois Promise, Disability Resources & Educational Services, Division of General Studies & Chez Veterans Center.

  • Summer 2020 I STAR Position

    The application for the Summer 2020 I STAR position is now open. It can be found online via Handshake, the Illinois Job Board, or online here: Students working with us over the summer will help facilitate our Campus Visit and New Student Registration programs.

    We are looking for students who are articulate, flexible, reliable, and energetic, and who have a positive attitude and are enthusiastic about Illinois. I-STAR positions will include assisting with check-in, navigation of campus for various parts of the program, course registration, speaking with new students and parents/guests, giving campus & classroom tours, and other tasks associated with Campus Visits & New Student Registration programs for prospective students and incoming freshmen & transfer students. Students must be available to work Monday-Friday during the hours of 7:30am-4:30pm, though you will not work all hours each day. Students can expect to receive near full-time hours, and around 28 hours/week if you are taking a class(es).

    Any questions regarding this position can be sent to myself at, or Katie Wiles, Coordinator of New Student Registration, at

  • Undergraduate Research Grants - Spring 2020

    Research Support Grant (RSG)

    Research Support Grant (RSG)  This grant provides students from all disciplines with the funds necessary to conduct research or creative projects during the academic year both on and off campus (including summer terms). Awards will be up to $2,000 and are meant to cover research travel costs, living expenses incurred during academic breaks (i.e., winter break and summer terms, NOT regular semester living expenses), and materials or other ancillary costs. We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the types of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.

    For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit:

    The deadline for applications is March 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

    Conference Travel Grant (CTG)

    Conference Travel Grant (CTG) This grant provides awards of up to $350 for undergraduate students to travel to professional conferences to present their research posters, papers, or creative works. Please note, the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide funds for conference travel for attendance only; grants are meant for students who will present their work.

    For details, eligibility requirements, and link to the application please visit:

    The deadline for applications is February 26, 2020 at 11:59pm.


  • Apply to Volunteer in Greece!

    Apply for a Life-Changing Experience!

    Applications are open more than 60 spots in our summer 2020 Greek America Corps volunteer programs in Greece.

    We're offering five programs ranging from one week to one month long. Locations include Athens, Thessaloniki, Karpathos and Kasos islands and Chios island.

    Scholarships are available for applicants with financial need. Applicants without financial need may also cover their own expenses. Regardless of application type (scholarship or paid), applicants must first complete the application process and be accepted in order to participate.

    Click here for more information!

    DEADLINE MARCH 7, 2020

  • 2020 Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards

    The English Department announces its annual undergraduate literary competitions in Short Fiction and Poetry. Depending on available funding, there will be 2-3 prizes in Fiction and 2-3 in Poetry this year. Past prizes have ranged from $100 to $1000. Stay tuned to for further information and any reminders/updates.

    Contest rules are as follows:

    Short Fiction:  no contestant may submit more than one unpublished story (7500 words, maximum length)

    Poetry:  no contestant may submit more than 200 lines, as a single unpublished poem or a group of unpublished poems

    Only UIUC undergraduate students are eligible to compete. To be considered for a prize, submissions must adhere to the following rules. All submissions must be sent to the following email address: Depending on your entry (poetry or fiction), the subject line of your email message must read as follows: UNDERGRAD POETRY or UNDERGRAD FICTION (not both). If you enter in both categories (poetry and fiction), you will need to send separate emails. Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, net id, status (undergrad), and UIN number must appear in the body of the email. Your fiction OR poetry entry is to be contained in one attachment (doc, docx, or rtf only), the name of which must be as follows: contest category followed by your last name, such as FICTIONJONES or POETRYJONES. Your name should not appear in the attachment itself.

    Deadline: Noon, Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Bailey International Service Travel Scholarships Now Open for Summer/Fall 2020

    The FRED S. BAILEY INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR CAUSE-DRIVEN LEADERS offers scholarships of $600-1800 dollars to University of Illinois undergraduate and Master's level graduate students leading international service projects who plan to travel within the specified period.  Recipients will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to the project/program, long-term career goals in international development or related fields, the trip’s potential impact on the student’s learning and professional development, potential for positive impact on the host community and financial need. If selected, all recipients must participate in a 7-week online pre-departure course.  

    Upcoming Info Sessions: 

    Monday, February 10 @ 4 PM, University YMCA Board Room

    Applications will be reviewed by the Bailey Scholarship committee during two application periods:

    Application Period 2(For trips that occur between May 1, 2020 - January 17, 2021)Applications Open: January 21, 2020Application Deadline: February 24, 2020

    To learn more and apply,

  • SKY Happiness Retreat

    SKY Happiness Retreat is a total well-being training offered to thousands of university students, faculty, and staff across the country. Participants gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal evidence-based breathing and meditation practice, learn a short personal yoga practice, develop strategies for social connection and community building, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives. The SKY Happiness Retreat introduces SKY Meditation, an evidence-based meditation practice integrated with breath work that can significantly increase one's well-being and calmness, and significantly reduces anxiety and stress markers. The course features interactive group processes, experiential learning, emotional intelligence training, breathwork, yoga, evidence-based meditation, and service leadership. It's one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and, most importantly, have fun! We're happy to share that the SKY Happiness Retreat is offered with a full scholarship for UIUC students, staff, and faculty members. There are limited spots available for this retreat, and they are filling up fast. Availability is first-come-first-serve, by registration only and requires attendance to all sessions. Please contact for any questions.

    Location: Illini Union (on-campus)
    Timing:   -  February 21st(Fri): 6:00pm - 10:00 pm -  February 22nd and 23rd (Sat & Sun): 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Apply here:

  • Urbana Park District Summer Job Opportunities

    Click the link above for information about summer job opportunities with the Urbana Park District's Anita Purves Nature Center and Nature Day Camps.

  • Greece Study Abroad Application Deadline Extension and Zoom Information Meeting

    Interested in Studying Abroad in Greece? The application deadline for the trip has been extended to February 9th! Hellen McDonald (MSW Field Faculty and native of Greece) will be hosting two online, ZOOM information sessions on Monday, February 3rd, and Tuesday, February 4th. Please join for any questions you might have before applying! Two former students will be attending the Tuesday session including, Michaela Hillen, MSW alum.

    Monday, Feb. 3 at noon:

    Tuesday, Feb. 4 at noon:

  • Illini Hillel Presents: Social Justice Committee

    Hillel is known as a Jewish organization, but the hope is for the committee to be made up of diverse students since the aim in this work is to increase solidarity on campus.

    Do you believe we should all have the chance to build the lives we want for ourselves and our loved ones, no matter who we are, where we come from, or who we love?

    If you answered yes, plese join for an interest meeting!

    Cafe Sababa at Illini Hillel
    503 E John St.
    Wednesday, February 5th
    5:30 - 6:30 PM
    Snacks provided

  • Volunteers are Headed to Los Angeles- Spring Break 2020 Service Surge

    The Office of Volunteer Programs will travel (by plane) with a group of students to Los Angeles, California this Spring. Travel dates are Sunday, March 15 through Friday, March 20, 2020. We'll forge community partnerships with Homeboy Industries, Project Angel Food, and the Los Angeles Mission. Arrangements for a bonus volunteer site are in the works!

    There will be TWO mandatory pre-trip meetings on Saturdays, February 22nd & 29th to prepare for the trip, one will include a volunteer experience with Salt and Light in Urbana, IL to fortify our team. Meetings times will be made available in advance of dates. Trip cost is $250/person. 

    February 22 - $150 nonrefundable free fee, February 29 - remaining $100 deposit.

    To appy for this opportunity, visit: