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Weekly Grad Newsletter
8 August 2019


Aug 27: First day of Fall semester
Sept 2: Labor Day--no classes
Sept 6: Add/Drop Deadline
Sept 12: Last day to waive or change Campus Care coverage
Sept 13: Last day to Apply to Graduate this semester
Sept 13: Apply for LAS/Department Travel funding for Fall 2019 (up to $500).
Sept 30: Deadline for Student Presenter Award (Grad College; $100-$300) for travel in June, July, Aug, Sept (open to MAs).
Oct 31: Graduate Student Council Award (up to $275) application due for travel in Q3 (8/1-10/31).

Save The Date

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 TAs)
Aug 21: Graduate College New Student Orientation, 9-1 pm, SCW Thompson rooms.
Aug 22: Department Orientation, 3 pm, 2028 UH (mandatory for new students)
Aug 22: Social Hour for new and continuing students, 5 pm, Ambassador Public House; RSVP.
Sep 13: Department Open House, 3-5 pm, 2028 UH.
Share your news!

Coming Up: Events & Deadlines in the Next 7 Days

Aug 12: Book Launch for Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theater by Mark Larson. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. 6-8 pm.
Aug 15: Rush University's "Preparing for Perfect Interviews" workshop, open to interested grad students. This interactive workshop will review various interviewing methods, along with strategies and techniques, for different employment sectors including academia, industry, government, and non-profits, and will help you think about questions you can ask employers during the interview process.
9-10:30 am. RSVP required.

NEW This Week!

Sept 19: U of I Press Fall Publishing Symposium at the Institute for the Humanities, 8:30-4 pm.


**NB: GAships, TAships, and RAships above 25% carry a tuition and partial fee waiver!**
: 25% RAship for UIC Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Initiative to assist on a variety of data analysis projects related to better understanding the demographics, college experiences, trends, and outcomes of Asian American students at UIC for the 2019-20 academic year. Responsibilities include quantitative data analysis and writing data reports.
Required skills: Fluency in Excel and SPSS (knowledge of SAS and Tableau a plus). Detail oriented, experience in quantitative data analysis.  Critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential.  Ability to work independently and experience working with large datasets. Strong written and oral communication skills, collaborative nature.
Preferred skills:  Experience with UIC data systems and platforms including the EDW (data warehouse) and Banner (student information systems) as well as analyzing survey data.  Understanding of Asian American student issues, particularly related to ethnic differences in college access, experiences, and outcomes.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Corinne Kodama, AANAPISI Research Specialist, at
Aug 7 (ASAP!): 25% TAship in Global Asian Studies (GLAS) with Mark Chiang for GLAS 100: Introduction to Global Asian Studies in Fall 2019.
Responsibilities include grading, attending course lectures, holding office hours for students, and occasional meetings with the instructor. TAs will not be teaching their own section. 
To apply: Submit a letter of interest, resume, a copy of their graduate school transcript (unofficial is acceptable), and the names and email/phone contact information of two referees, at least one of whom should have knowledge of the applicant’s teaching abilities/experience, to Dr. Anna Guevarra,

Aug 9: 50% RAship in Global Asian Studies (GLAS) to provide support on the Mapping Asia in Chicago Visualization and Public History Project. Must be a US citizen to apply. Required Qualifications:
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-directed 
  • Ability to work with deadlines and collaborate with a research team
  • Strong written and communication skills 
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office (word, excel, powerpoint), google drive (google docs, sheets, forms), and UIC Box
  • Knowledge of Zotero 
  • Proficiency in conducting library research and familiarity with UIC’s library resources and interlibrary ILIAD
Email CV, brief cover letter, and email & phone info of two referees to Dr. Anna Guevarra,

Funding & Fellowships

In addition to any opportunities shared here, you can find more information, including the UIUC Fellowship Finder, on the MA Funding and PhD Funding pages.


In addition to any CFPs shared here, check the UPenn CFP forum.

Meet the New PhD Students: Nestor Gomez

I earned MFA degrees in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry from Saint Mary's College of California. During my time in the MFA program, I fostered a passion for literary translation especially literature from the country of El Salvador. As a Salvadoran-American, I was surprised and disappointed in every bookstore I visited because I could not find any Salvadoran literature available, whether in Spanish or English. There are many large clusters of Salvadorans living in the United States and around the world, why then has our literature not come along with us? Why is our literature not easily available in the English language compared to literature from Mexico, Spain, and Argentina?

In my free time, I go running (though I'm very much a beginner), play Dungeons & Dragons, voice act and narrate literature. I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of my life. This is my first time in Chicago. I hope to love it here.


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