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Deadline EXTENDED Sept 25 – President’s Diversity Travel Award

President’s Diversity Travel Award

Application Deadline: Sept. 19th SEPT 25, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for the President’s Research in Diversity Travel Award, with an application deadline of Thursday,September 19, 2013. There will be ten deserving students selected to receive this award. These conference travel awards will support student candidates who will be presenting papers, posters, or creative work at conferences related to issues of diversity or identity, such as those involving race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and national origin. This competitive award will provide a certificate and funding, up to $600, for graduate/professional students (UIUC and UIC) and for graduate/professional or undergraduate students (UIS) to travel to aprofessional conference between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. =”color:>=”color:>=”color:>=”color:>=”color:>=”color:>=”color:>=”color:>
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Full details and the application form are posted on the website of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at:


Apr 13 – Public Mtg for Student Debt Relief

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Hey all,
Roots of Justice, in coordination with our allies in the IIRON Student Network, a network of grassroots social justice organizations based at universities across Chicago, is holding a public meeting on Saturday, April 13th from 2 PM to 3:30 PM at the Chicago Temple (77 W. Washington St) to address the mounting student debt and unemployment crises affecting recent college graduates.
Total student debt in the United States has recently passed the $1 trillion mark, making student debt the second largest consumer debt burden, only exceeded by mortgage debt. To make things worse, unemployment and underemployment for recent college graduates was reported as 53.6%. Recent graduates are entering a job market with limited opportunities, already hampered by large debt burdens. To top it off, climate change threatens our way of life.
To address this crisis, IIRON Student Network is holding a public meeting, bringing together 500 students and their families with legislators and university officials to sign onto our platform focused on providing public jobs to make our infrastructure environmentally friendly, student debt forgiveness, and decisive action on climate change. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Danny Davis will be attending and signing on.
Please join us to support student solutions to this crisis and show our elected officials and university officials that these issues are important. The flyer for the event is also attached. If you wish to attend, please reply to this email and/or RSVP on Facebook:
-Aneesh Nandam

Aneesh Nandam BS, BA –
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2013

MPH Candidate – Health Policy & Administration

Got Student Debt??


Dear NAGPS Members,

Our newest Federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (,) recently announced an initiative to help students manage their loans. As part of this drive, CFPB has requested that NAGPS members communicate to CFPB the impact of unmanageable student debt. Submit your stories and comments here: .For more details, contact Angela Peoples:

NE Regional Conference Recap

Last weekend, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted the largest Northeast Regional Conference in NAGPS history. Seventeen (17) campuses sent delegations of leaders representing 100,000 graduate and professional students. Thank you to all of the participants, our keynote speaker, Greg Lukianoff, and members who presented during the concurrent sessions. Special thanks to Brian Spatocco and the MIT Graduate Student Council  and Ngan Diep, NAGPS’ Northeast Regional Chair, for your tireless commitment to making this event a huge success!

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2013 (April 1-5, 2013)

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week starts next Monday! As you celebrate the week through various activities on your campuses, we encourage you to include NAGPS in the week’s festivities. We will send you daily emails announcing exciting changes in the organization and to unveil plans for the rest of the spring semester as well as summer and fall. If you have specific questions about any announcement, please do not hesitate to send us an email at .

If you have not planned an event for Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, it is not too late. Here is a snapshot of what other member institutions are doing:

The Graduate Student Senate at Case Western University has a full week of activities planned. Graduate Students will receive discounts on entry to select events and at selected merchants. They will also have daily events across the campus. The week will culminate with a Nautical Dinner Cruise on April 5th.

At University of Missouri, the Graduate Professional Council (GPC) will host a full week of activities including their annual“Esteemed Legislator Awards” to recognize and commend four state legislators who have made positive contributions to higher education through their legislative efforts. Then, GPC will partner with the Graduate School for  “Adventures in Graduate Education” to reach out into the community to showcase graduate students research to Kindergarteners through 6th graders. This event includes interactive booths where graduate students will explain their research and discuss their academic discipline to the children.

The Congress at Graduate Students at The Florida State University also has a number of activities planned, including the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence, an award ceremony that will recognize outstanding graduate students and teaching assistants. COGS has also sponsored a Kid Zone at the University’s Spring Fling, making the event more family friendly to encourage graduate and professional students to take their children along to this event.

If you have any questions about the information in this e-mail or wish to share your stories for Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, reach us at .


Jared Voskuhl

President & CEO


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Mar 18 & 20 – UIC Budget Townhall Mtgs

From the Chancellor

Dear faculty, students and staff,

We are in a time of extraordinary change in public higher education – especially in Illinois. As a result of the State’s continuing financial challenges, it appears that public higher education will face yet another year of declining State support.

We have been forewarned that GRF funds will be cut, starting at 4%, possibly more. We also anticipate a portion of institutional responsibility for pension sustenance. There is talk of another GRF cut in FY2015. With the Illinois Truth in Tuition Act and the Board policy and practice that tuition rate recommendations be compared to the average annual rate of inflation, the Board approved a 1.7% increase in tuition for AY2013-14 for the incoming freshmen class. This increase rate coupled with other declining resources require us to be prudent about our budget decisions.

Although the campus budgeting and planning process is well underway, at my request, Provost Lon Kaufman will host two campus-wide town hall meetings regarding the FY2014 budget outlook. An open question-and-answer session will follow short presentations by David Merriman, Professor and Associate Director, The Institute of Government and Public Affairs and Frank Goldberg, Vice Provost for Resource Planning and Management. Provost Kaufman and Saul Weiner, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Medical Education and Vice Provost for Planning and Programs, will join Vice Provost Goldberg and Professor Merriman in answering your questions.

Please note: The March 18 meeting will be webcast live.

After the presentation, a recording will be available to view. The March 20 presentation is identical in content and will not be webcast or recorded.

The budget town hall meetings will take place on:

Monday, March 18, 2013
1:00p – 2:30p
SCW – Michele M Thompson Rooms A/B

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
1:00p – 2:30p
SCE – Illinois Rooms A/B

I hope you will make every effort to attend and participate in these important meetings.


Paula Allen-Meares
John Corbally Presidential Professor

Resource: Funding opportunities!!!

Hello Students,

In going through old(er) fellowship literature that we have the Graduate
College, I came across several handbooks put out by Reference Service
Press. Sorted by general disciplines, these resources provide a listing of
and information related to various funding opportunities, including
websites and contact information. The books are all slightly outdated
(2007-2009), and I don’t want to purchase the current editions right now,
as new versions are slated to come out this fall. Therefore, I scanned then
all and wanted to make them available online to you all; the documents are
large (each is close to 300 pages) so I am sharing them in public Google
Drive folder:

Due to their size, you can’t view them in Google Drive or run Google’s
virus scan on them. You need to download them instead (you’ll be prompted
to select the “download anyway” option), which takes about 30 seconds for
each file. Hopefully these will be of some help, to anyone looking for
funding ideas. Have a good Friday!

~Marie Khan

Marie Khan

*External Fellowship and Financial Aid Coordinator
University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate College
*633 University Hall

312-355-3456 (direct line)
312-413-0185 (fax)

Mar 7 – UIC Budgeting for Students

Dear Graduate Students:

According to a 2012 Sallie Mae report, ‘How America Pays’, 35% of students borrowed education loans to pay for college and, although credit card ownership has decreased recently, 35% of undergraduates have a credit card. Do you have student loans and/or credit card debt from your undergraduate degree?  Trying to avoid debt now?  Attend one of these workshops at the Commuter Student Resource Center to limit the impact debt can have on your post-graduate lifestyle by learning about budgeting, credit, debt, identity protection, student loan management and more!  Attendees will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $500 scholarship at each session!


We also have these as events on our facebook page:

This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate College and the Commuter Student Resource Center.


Sincerely yours,

Andrea Pellegrini, Visiting Assistant Director

USFSCO – Providing Solutions

P: 217.333.6228


University of Illinois

Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield

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Feb 6 – Taxation of Waivers Workshop for Graduate Assistants

UIC Graduate Students,

The Student Money Management Center and the Graduate College will be
hosting two informational workshops on UIC taxation withholding for
Graduate Assistants.  These sessions will be especially pertinent for UIC
Graduate Assistants.  Both sessions will cover the same material.

Option I

What:  Taxation of Waivers Workshop for Graduate Assistants

When:  Wednesday February 6, 2013

Where:  West Campus, CSN 303 (GEMS Suite Classroom)

Time:    12:30 – 1:30 PM

Option II

What:  Taxation of Waivers Workshop for Graduate Assistants

When:  Wednesday February 6, 2013

Where:  East Campus, 650 University Hall, Graduate College Conference Room

Time:    4:00 – 5:00 PM

RSVP for either workshop:  Make sure to register at

Limited space is available please make sure to register.

Campus Maps:

West Campus:

East Campus:

If you have any questions or require any special accommodations, please
contact Theresa at