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Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates

Please see the university's COVID-19 webpage for the latest campus updates. 

We are here for you.

Online Workshops

Our career, thesis, and fellowship workshops have moved to hybrid and virtual spaces to ensure you are able to benefit from these resources.

Individual Advising Appointments

If you are ready to take the next steps, we are happy to provide individual support through fellowship advising and career advising. Schedule an appointment for video a chat to meet face-to-face with advisors who are ready to help. 

Reach out to Us

Please feel to reach out to us at or 217-333-0035 if you have any questions or visit our need help page.

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Your well-being is important.

We know that the uncertainty of the pandemic is challenging for everyone in different ways. Our goal is that you will be able to focus on your studies, your work, your wellness and your life, and we will provide the support and resources to protect you and our entire community. We are confident that together we can continue to find innovative ways to address this and any other challenges we face, and we remind you to take care of yourself and to support each other in the coming weeks.

Health and Wellness

The health and safety of you and your family members is of paramount importance. We recognize that in the coming weeks and months members of our community may become unwell and will not be able to come to the university. The university has posted detailed guidance about how to respond to health challenges and how to seek assistance. Graduate Students are encouraged to reach out to their department or the Graduate College if they are in need of support or if they are unsure of what to do. Additional information is available online at the Graduate College Need Help webpage and on the campus COVID-19 webpage.

Coping with Anxiety and Stress

The Counseling Center provides services to help students address many academic, relational, social, and emotional concerns. Students in need of services should be encouraged to contact the Counseling Center to make an appointment. The Mental Health Clinic at McKinley Health Center offers a variety of services to students seeking assistance with stress, including educational resources for strategies and relaxation techniques.

Visit the campus Mental Health and Wellness website for a full list of campus resources.


If you feel you need to reach out to a counselor or health care provider, here are some ways to do so: