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Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2016


Graduate Student Appreciaion Week

Graduate Student Appreciation Week celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of more than 10,000 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!


MONDAY, April 4


3:30 p.m., 304/308 Coble Hall

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. 

Illinois URM Graduate Student Recognition Ceremony and Reception

2 - 4 p.m., ARC Auditorium and room MP7.

The Educational Equity Programs Office in the Graduate College is pleased to host a reception, In Honor of Illinois URM Graduate Students: Recognizing Academic Excellence and Good Citizenship. Learn more.

Relaxation of the mind and body for Grad Students

Registration required. - This event is full.

6-7 p.m., ARC, room MP1

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.


TUESDAY, April 5

Steps Towards Investing

1 - 2 p.m., Illini Union, room 209

Stocks, bonds, and IRAs – oh my!  Where should a young investor start? University of Illinois Extension educator, Kathy Sweedler, will discuss how to begin thinking about investments. Learn about important investment concepts such as diversification, purchasing power risk, and market risk. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your money grow; learn how to invest while you’re young!

Succeeding in Grad School: A Panel

3:30 - 5 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1090

What does it take to succeed in grad school? What kinds of decisions do successful students make? What do students who are nearing graduation wish they had known when they started? Get answers to these questions (and your own queries) from our panel of students from a wide range of programs across campus. Sponsored by the Graduate College.



Proposal Writing Workshop - Humanities & Social Sciences


3 - 5 p.m., Coble Hall, Room 304/308

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.  

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.



Get Savvy Webinar: Love Your Loan

Noon - 1 p.m., Online

Register for the webinar.

Proposal Writing Workshop - STEM Fields


2 - 4 p.m, Coble Hall, room 304/308

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. 

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 8

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.


11 - 11:50 a.m. in MP2 - Registration required.

Yoga @ THE arc

Noon - 1 p.m. in MP7 - Registration required.




1:30 - 4 p.m., U of I Ice Arena (406 E. Armory, Champaign) No registration needed.

Enjoy a night of skating in the U of I Arena. Free admissions and free skate rental for University of Illinois graduate students and their families. Bring your i-card.

Calligraphy and the Four Treasures of the Scholar's Studio

1 - 4 p.m., Spurlock Museum, Zahn Leaning Center

Bring your family to Spurock Museum. During the ZLC Open Hours (ZLC OH), visitors can enjoy exhibit or cultural-related crafts, and access to teaching artifacts and books. $2 per crafter to cover materials. Weekend parking is free in non-metered, non-reserved spots in lot D 22, behind the Museum (enter lot on Oregon). On April 9, explore the Four Treasures of the Scholar's Studio (brush, inkstick, paper, and inkstone) with teaching artifacts and a visit to the Asian gallery. Try out your hand for calligraphy by practicing on the buddha boards, then make a black ink painting scroll and finish with a red ink chop stamp.


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

This annual exhibition represents the culmination of intense artistic development for graduate students in studio art and design. Refreshments will be served in the Link Gallery during the Public Opening Reception. The exhibit will be held in the Noel and Contemporary Galleries from April 9-April 23. For more information, visit the Krannert Art Museum website.