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Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2018

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October 21-27, 2018

Celebrate the contributions of over 14,000 graduate students, each one changing the world!

University of Illinois graduate students are almost one-quarter of the entire student population, come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries around the world.

Illinois graduate students inspire us every day with their passionate curiosity, visionary research and bold innovations as they redefine the word impossible! #ILLINOISgradlife


MONDAY, October 22

Café Coble

Noon - 2:00 p.m., Coble Hall, 1st Floor, Reception 

Start your week right with FREE coffee and cookies at the Graduate College. All graduate students are invited to stop by Coble Hall for a midday pickup and a chance to take a selfie with Alma. 

Scavenger hunt begins

Pick up your FREE Scavenger Hunt clue card at the 1st Floor, reception desk in Coble Hall anytime during the week. Return your clue card by 5 p.m. Friday and win a prize!


TUESDAY, October 23

Golden Ticket Winner Lunch with the Dean

Graduate students who won Golden Tickets at the prize drawing at the Welcome Reception will have lunch with the dean.

Research LIVE!

4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Stage 5. 

Cheer on finalists at our annual Research Live! competition, where graduate students share their research in 3 minutes or less. Stick around for the reception, featuring live jazz music, FREE appetizers and People's Choice Award voting.


WEDNESDAY, October 24

Celebrate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion! 

Wear an Illini t-shirt or your Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) program t-shirt and stop by Coble Hall’s front porch at 3 p.m. for FREE donuts and apple cider. At 3:45 p.m. a photographer will take our group photo on the front steps of Coble Hall. All participants, affiliates, and alumni of Aspire, COS, SROP, SPI and Sloan UCEM are invited. Let’s pack the steps!

Graduate Student Networking Event

5:30-7 p.m., University of Illinois Research Park, EnterpriseWorks atrium.

Network with fellow graduate students and research park companies. Hear from interns, visit with companies who are hiring graduate level talent and enjoy FREE food and drink.


FRIDAY, October 26

Scavenger Hunt Ends

Return your completed Scavenger Hunt clue card to Coble Hall by 5 p.m. Friday and win a prize!


SATURDAY, October 27

Family-Friendly Skate

1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Ice Arena

Enjoy an afternoon of skating in the Illinois Ice Arena. FREE skate rental and admissions for University of Illinois graduate students and their families. Bring your i-card.