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Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2018

In 2018-2019, Grad Student Appreciation Week is moving to the fall!

Mark your calendar for October 21-27, 2018.

Stay tuned for campuswide events and opportunities as the celebration gets closer. Below is information about last year's line-up.


Alma Mater

Join us in celebrating the contributions of our 12,000 graduate students enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. That’s roughly one-quarter of the entire student population. Our graduate students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries around the world. They inspire us every day with their passionate curiosity, visionary research, and bold innovations. 

We invite you to show the world on social media how Illinois graduate students redefine the word impossible using the hashtag #ILLINOISgradlife


MONDAY, April 2

Café Coble

Noon - 2:00 p.m., Coble Hall, Lobby

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

Steps to Investing

Offered twice: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Coble Hall, Room 304-308

Mutual funds, compounding returns, market risk: would you like to learn more about what this all means and why you should care?  If so, join us as we discuss “Steps towards Investing” and learn how you can invest for your future financial life. Bring your questions! Offered in partnership with University of Illinois Extension.


TUESDAY, April 3

Depositing Your Thesis

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Lincoln Hall, Room 1027

Preparing your thesis or dissertation for review can seem tricky, but the Thesis Office is here to help! This presentation will guide you step-by-step through the submission process and outline submission requirements and deadlines to make sure you stay on track.

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in STEM

2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Coble Hall, Room 308

STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) students learn how and where to search for funding and the art of proposal writing from Dr. Karen Ruhleder.



The Image of Research and Graduate Student Leadership Award Reception

4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Main Library, Room 220

See an exhibit of the 25 The Image of Research semi-finalists and vote for the People's Choice Award! Winners of the Image of Research and the Graduate Student Leadership Award will be announced. Offered in partnership with Scholarly Commons of the University Library. Check out all the semi-finalist images on Instagram!



Sustainability and the Productive Life—Pursuing a ‘Deep Work’ Practice

9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Coble Hall, Room 304-308

Do you feel constantly stressed and fatigued? Do you wish you had more energy and a stronger sense of purpose? This workshop, which draws on the latest scientific and academic literature on productivity and sustainability, will address these questions and more in the pursuit of finding and sustaining meaningful and effective work practices. All are welcome.

Job Market Success Panel

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Coble Hall, Room 304-308

What does it take to make it through a job search?  How can you best prepare for survival--and even success? Come to this panel to hear from current graduate students and postdocs who have just landed jobs. They'll have stories, advice, and can answer questions you have as you get ready to apply.

Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in the Social Sciences & Humanities

1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Coble Hall, Room 308

Humanities and social sciences students learn how and where to search for funding and the art of proposal writing from Dr. Ken Vickery.


3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Coble Hall, Room 304-308

Where do you want to be in 2019? In GradMAP you’ll make a make a map and learn how to stick to it. From today to someday, start here.


5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Lobby / Stage 5 / Stage 6

Stage 5 is the crossroads to gather, make connections, hear live music, and try a new wine. In celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Krannert Center is partnering with the Graduate College, Students Advising on Graduate Education (SAGE) and Music Graduate Students Association (MUGS) for this week's FREE Uncorked event. 

5:00 Joey Glassman Trio
5:30 Crystal Rebone Combo
6:00 Reginald Chapman Quintet
6:30 Noel Wan, Harpist


FRIDAY, April 6

Getting Ready for Next year's Faculty Job Search

Noon - 1:00 p.m., Wohlers Hall, Room 166

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 workshop to get tips on how to make the most of the summer to improve your job search this fall.

UI Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall, $4 STU, UI & YTH

Come hear fellow graduate (and undergraduate) students perform in the premier orchestra at the University of Illinois.


9:30 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Lobby / Stage 5 / Stage 6

Mingle and dance the night away at Krannert Center! Come enjoy a FREE Latin Dance Night in the Krannert Center Lobby, co-sponsored by La Casa Cultural Latina. Celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week with rhythms from Latin America and the Caribbean—reggaeton, bachata, cumbia, salsa, merengue, and more! Free garage parking. Cash bar available. iVengan a bailar! Please join us!



Family-Friendly Skate

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

Enjoy a night 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.


7:30 p.m., Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall, $4 STU, UI & YTH

Come hear fellow graduate (and undergraduate) students perform in this world preeminent ensemble, led by conductor Stephen G. Peterson: Paul Dooley's Coast of Dreams; Paul Dooley's Masks and Machines; Steven Bryant's Nothing Gold Can Stay, and John Mackey's The Frozen Cathedral.