Undergraduate Blog

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February 13, 2020

Please see the following message from the Writers Workshop at Illinois


I'm writing to share some upcoming Writers Workshop events, which I hope you'll pass along to your students. We're offering two workshops for undergraduates next week:

"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

I've attached a flyer with our undergraduate events for this semester, and you can also check our calendar to stay up-to-date or follow us on social media: @WorkshopIL and Writers Workshop at Illinois.


As students are preparing application packages for job searches, study abroad, fellowships, ICTs, and more, please remind your students that the Writers Workshop isn't just for course papers. We can help with resumes, cover letters, and, in fact, personal statements are the top genre that students bring in for feedback.


February 13, 2020

Applications for the Summer 2020 I STAR position is now open. It can be found online via Handshake, the Illinois Job Board, or online here: go.illinois.edu/ISTAR. 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 teske2@illinois.edu, or Katie Wiles, Coordinator of New Student Registration, at kpoll11@illinois.edu.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 25th.

February 12, 2020

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: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_CTG

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

February 12, 2020

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: http://go.illinois.edu/OUR_RSG

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

February 12, 2020

The Illinois Student Government has recognized outstanding instructors for the past 5 years. If you have/had an instructor who stands out amongst others, consider nominating them for the ISG Teaching Excellence Award. Nominees who are selected will be honored at the Provost's Celebration of Teaching Excellence on April 9th.