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Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2016

Graduate Student Appreciation 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 100 graduate programs. Our graduate students come from all 50 states and more than 102 countries around the world. They are smart, passionate, hardworking, and dedicated. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be in grad school!


TUESDAY, April 4

Proposal Writing Workshop - STEM Fields


2 - 4 p.m, Coble Hall, room 308

The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships is offering a grant writing workshop 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 present a nuts and bolts introduction of the art of proposal writing.

Gradmap: making Plans in Grad School

3:30 - 5 p.m., Coble Hall, room 304

What do you want to achieve in graduate school? The skills and experiences you gain in the coming years will impact your success in graduate school and beyond. In GradMAP, you will develop a personalized development plan so you can get the most out of your time in graduate school and make use of campus resources for graduate students. In this hands-on program, you will identify goals and make a plan to achieve them, with a focus on developing skills in areas like leadership, research, teaching, and professionalism. GradMAP is open to graduate students at any level, but it is especially useful for students in the first several years of their programs. Sponsored by the Graduate College.



Writing effective fellowship proposals in the social Sciences & humanities


3 - 5 p.m., Coble Hall, room 308

The Graduate College’s Office of External Fellowships will offer a grant writing workshop for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Dr. Ken Vickery, 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.  

Thesis Review & Deposit

2 - 3 p.m., Coble Hall, room 304/308

Do you have questions about depositing your thesis or dissertation? The Thesis Office and the University Library are here to help! This presentation will take you step-by-step through the thesis submission process, discuss the deposit requirements, and go over the things to consider before your document is published in IDEALS, the university’s document repository. 

The Image of Research and Graduate Student Leadership Award Reception

4 - 6 p.m., Illini Union, Room 104

Vote for the People's Choice Award at The Image of Research exhibit of semi-finalists. Award winners for the Image of Research and the Graduate Student Leadership Award will be announced.



Krannert Uncorked

5 - 7 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Join SAGE members for an evening of live music and socializing with graduate students from across campus.


FRIDAY, April 7

Getting Ready for Next Year's Faculty Job Search

Noon - 1 p.m., Online at:

In a few short months the academic hiring cycle will begin. The summer before the search is a crucial time to get organized and prepare application materials. Join us for this webinar to get tips on how to make the most of the summer to improve your job search this fall.




5 - 7 p.m., Krannert Art Museum Main Level, East Gallery, Free

This annual exhibition represents the culmination of intense artistic development for graduate students in studio art and design. Marking a meaningful step further into the art world, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the artists’ exceptional creativity and inventiveness. Sponsored in part by John and Alice Pfeffer and Krannert Art Museum. The exhibit runs from April 7 through 22. See details on the Krannert Art Museum website.