In advance of Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares’ five-year review, the UIC Graduate Student Council is looking for input from UIC graduate students regarding their quality of life and education at UIC. The answers are confidential and will be used to address any questions or issues UIC students have and how UIC can be improved. You can access the survey here, and feel free to circulate it amongst your UIC colleagues:

The review will also be open to UIC students, so if you’re able to make it and would like to address items in person, this would be a great opportunity to do so. It will be held this Wednesday, October 2nd from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the UIC Student Center West, in Michele M. Thompson Room C, open to anyone on campus who would like to participate.

The Student Money Management Center and the Graduate College will be
hosting two informational workshops on UIC taxation withholding for
Graduate Assistants (not Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants). These
sessions will be only pertinent to UIC Graduate Assistants (GA’s). Both
sessions will cover the same material.

Option I

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Where: 650 University Hall, Graduate College Conference Room

Time: 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Option II

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013

Where: 650 University Hall, Graduate College Conference Room

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM

RSVP: Make sure to register at


“The UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy seeks a graduate research assistant with strong writing skills to support communications about federally funded public health research. The successful candidate will implement an established communications strategy, curating content and writing messages for Twitter and Facebook; maintain and update a WordPress website; track audience benchmarks (Web traffic and social interaction); monitor trends in use of emerging media, marketing and advertising for health; and write and edit content for the website and a blog.

We’re looking for someone with a warm and witty yet professional writing voice who is very interested in the intersection of media and public health, especially tobacco control. This position will be an excellent introduction to both the academic research environment and professional health communications.


•     Strong writing skills, with a clear, engaging style
•     Social media experience, preferably in the workplace
•     Ability to handle several priorities at once and see projects to completion
•     Strong interest in tobacco control and the use of social media to improve public health and reduce health disparities

Strongly preferred:

•     Availability for the weekly team meeting on Mondays from 11 to 12:30
•     Familiarity with WordPress and social media management tools like Tweetdeck or SproutSocial
•     Experience writing for the public
•     HTML knowledge
•     An understanding of social or health science research methods

This position includes a tuition waiver and the possibility of using research data for capstone or dissertation research.

To apply, forward as soon as possible (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter describing your skills and experience, and (3) PDFs of 2 writing samples to:

Veronica Johnston
Director of IHRP Communications

To ensure prompt consideration, write “Research Assistantship” in the subject line.
No calls, please.”