Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Undergraduate Advising

News & Notes


Join us for a Study Abroad Info session focused on programs in the UK and Ireland.  Kara Porter from the Study Abroad Office will be there to talk about the British Exchange Program and to answer questions, and this would be a great time for freshmen and sophomores to learn more about the process with a view to applying in the future. 

Thursday, September 25

4:00-5:00 p.m.

EB 259

Note that the deadline for applications to study abroad in Spring 2015 has passed, so this information session is really for those of you looking to apply to go abroad next summer or fall at the earliest (and for those programs you'd be looking at a February 2015 application deadline).  Even if you're not sure you'll ever be able to study abroad, I recommend that you come to this session to find out more about what it would entail; it can be easier and cheaper than you think! 


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites students to apply for the Tessa Oberg Writing Award.  Honoring the life of Tessa Oberg, a graduate of the English Department, the award is open to undergraduates who were enrolled in an LAS major as a freshman, sophomore or junior during the spring 2014 semester and who will continue in an LAS major for the fall 2014 semester.  Selection for the $500 Tessa Oberg Writing Award for 2014 will be based upon a submitted essay of between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length of an analytical and expository nature. 

Please note that the deadline is later this year than in previous years (but coming up very soon): September 22.  You can access the application here. Questions should be directed to Dr. Kirsten Bartels ("Dr. B."), Director of the LAS Honors Program.


The English Department will be administering a variety of brand-new internships for our English department majors this fall. Find out more about English Department Internships and how to apply. For more information, contact Dr. Kirstin Wilcox at

You still have time to apply for the following internships:

  • Smile Politely Writing Internship (deadline approaching! Apply by September 19)
  • Pygmalion Literary Festival Internship
  • ATLAS Newsletter Writer Internship
  • CU Music Editorial Internship
  • Human Kinetics Editorial Internship (deadline approaching! Apply by September 19)


I'd like to issue a warm welcome to all our new students, including first-semester freshmen and new transfers from on and off campus. We're thrilled to have you in the department and hope you'll find the work intellectually engaging, enjoyable, and relevant to your professional interests, whatever they may be. Feel free to ask questions, and be sure to talk to your classmates, your instructors, and your advisors about your interests so that you can pick up useful tips for success and development.



Congratulations to all of our recent (May and August) graduates. We are proud to recognize your accomplishments and we wish you much happiness and success in the future. Keep in touch!

Congratulations to recent English department graduate Yue (Sherry) Yuan, who has been awarded a Fulbright grant to participate in an English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan.



Following are the results of the Spring 2014 Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards. Please join us in congratulating all those who won awards or received honorable mention.

Fiction Award Winners: Maryam Ghafoor, Devin Borgman, Amanda Toledo, Dylan Knox.

Fiction Honorable Mention: Brett Benischek, Alyssa Davison, David Huettner, Dylan O’Hearn.

Poetry Award Winners: Jessica Sung, Natalie Declerck, Laney Ontiveros.

Poetry Honorable Mention: Scott Blinkensderfer, Sophia Ege, Maryam Ghafoor, Muriel Kenfield-Kelleher, Angela Nostwick.


Congratulations to Katrina Halfaker (poetry) and John Milas (prose), this year's Junior Quinn Award winners! The Junior Quinn Awards recognize achievement and potential in Creative Writing, and provide scholarship money to be applied toward the expenses of a summer writing workshop.


Congratulations to the winners of the English Department Awards for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching for 2013-2014:

Shawn Gilmore (Lecturer)

Patrick McGrath (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

E. Jordan Sellers (Graduate Teaching Assistant)

Congratulations to the winners of these 2013-2014 LAS and campus teaching awards:

E. Jordan Sellers, LAS Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award

Professor Dale Bauer, LAS Lynn Martin Award for Distuinguished Women Teachers and Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching