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! 




ESC is hosting a trivia and game night on Tuesday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. Pizza will be provided! Email to find out more. Like them on Facebook to stay in the loop!


Deadline:  October 31, 2014

Amount:  $2,000

Eligibility:  Any student with freshman standing at UIUC for the 2014-2015 school year and who has demonstrated an aptitude for and a skill in writing poetry.

Rules:  Students must submit 5 poems.  The complete manuscript should not exceed 5 pages.

Deadline for application:  October 31, 2014

Contact and Submission Information:  Jennifer Price, Department of English, 208 English Building, MC-718, 608 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL  61801.  Phone:  (217) 333-2390 (

The name, address, phone number, e-mail, and UIN of the writer are to appear on a title sheet that will be separate from the entry.  The writer’s name is not to appear on the entry itself.  Entries will not be returned.

This scholarship is made possible from an endowment by William and Donna Early in memory of their son Kevin, who would have been a freshman at UIUC.


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.