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Weekly Grad Newsletter - 27 June 2019

Deadlines / Good To Know

No newsletter next week, July 4
July 1
: New fiscal year begins; LAS/Dept travel awards reset.
July 31: Deadline to submit to Grad Student Council Travel Award for travel between May 1 and July 31 (up to $275).
Sept 30: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in June, July, Aug, Sept (open to MAs).

Happening Soon @UIC

Aug 7: Instruction ends for Summer II
Aug 19: Graduate College New TA orientation (mandatory for new TAs) 1-3:30 pm, SES 250.
Aug 21: Comp Camp, 8:30 am-5 pm, location TBD (mandatory for new TAs)
Aug 21: Graduate College New Student Orientation, 9-1 pm, SCW Thompson rooms.
Aug 22: Department Orientation, 1 pm, 2028 UH (mandatory)
Aug 27: First day of Fall semester


Laura Jok's story "Subject Matter Experts" is now available to read online in the New Ohio Review.

Dez Brown's poem "For Mother #4, Who Dug Me From An Ocean Floor With Bare Hands" was published in Hobart.
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Seminars, Conferences, & Other Events

July 16: "Petrarch in His Own Hand" at the Newberry Library, 4:30-6:00 pm.
July 22: V21 Collective Summer Reading Group Series: The State
Aug 12-16: WriteOut! Retreat for grad students working on race and/or ethnicity. FREE structured writing time!
Aug 26: V21 Collective/Vcologies Summer Reading Group Series: The Planet
Sep 13: Department Open House
Oct 4-5: English Institute at University of Chicago.
Oct 24-25: The Refugee Crisis conference at the Institute for the Humanities.
Nov 1: Frontiers Workshop at the Institute for the Humanities, 9 am-5 pm. Full details TBA.

Funding & CFP Deadlines


**The UIUC Fellowship Finder lets you search for grants & fellowships by deadline, amount, and other categories/filters**
**Special resources for international students**

From Duke University: opportunities for DACA and undocumented students and for international students.
From Immigrants Rising: List of Graduate Scholarships That Do Not Require Proof of Citizenship Or Legal Permanent Residency.
Website for International Education Financial Aid (IEFA).
Website for International Scholarships.
Google doc compiled by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors, "Non-US Citizen Scholarship, Grant & Fellowship Opportunities."



**The UPenn CFP forum is a good place to search for CFPs, especially those in a specific subfield or for graduate students.**
July 1: Nowhere Magazine travel writing contest. $1000 prize.
July 8: Routledge Literature and Social Class project. Three themes: 1) History of the Intersections of Class, 2) Theory of Class (Invisibility) in Literature, 3)  New Trends in exploring through a Class Lens
. Contact Vicki ( for more details/full CFP.
July 15: Breakwater Review Peseroff Prize in Poetry. Winning prize: $1000 and publication in Breakwater’s fall issue. $10 entry fee.
Aug 16: Corridors--The Great Lakes Writing and Rhetoric Conference 2019. Near Detroit, no registration fee.
Oct 1: K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award nominations due. The award "recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning."
Oct 1: Belt Magazine LGBTQ Anthology  for creative nonfiction stories, essays, reportage, and poetry that tell LGBTQ stories, past and present, in the Midwest, Appalachia, Plains, and Rust Belt. Being queer does not have to be the central theme of the piece.
Ongoing: Submit to Hyped On Melancholy. 500-2000 words focalized by something discrete—a sound, a song, an album, a band—that meditates on the titular phrase.

Meet the New PhD Students: Katie Brandt Sartain

My name is Katie Brandt Sartain, and I received my BA in English from UIC in 2011 (Go Flames!) with concentrations in British Literature and Theory and Criticism. After graduating, I worked in service and marketing for several years before moving to the Bay Area and obtaining my MA in English literature in 2017 from San Francisco State University. I'm primarily interested in Victorian prose fiction with a specialized focus in the relationship between intoxication, addiction, and realism and the language of wellness and disease in 19th-century novels. I also take a hearty interest in the long 18th century/rise of the novel (and even more specifically, the "tragic" novel), particularly through the epistolary format, and I'm a die-hard Clarissa fan. I've been published in Interpretations and Portals, which are respectively SFSU's English and Comparative Literature graduate peer-reviewed journals, and I was recently featured on the UC Santa Cruz Dickens Project's podcast Dickens in a Minute

Currently, I am English Department Chair and Student Services Coordinator at ATS Institute of Technology Chicago where I teach English grammar, composition, reading comprehension, and study skills to adult students in an accelerated Licensed Practical Nursing program. I also tend bar and wait tables on weeknights downtown. 

When I'm not teaching or slinging drinks, I love cooking, gardening, seeing baseball games and live music with my husband Mark, and singing in a band. I look forward to beginning doctoral study at UIC and am excited to meet my fellow PhD candidates this August. 

DGS Office Hours, Summer 2019

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