Graduate Blog

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August 15, 2017

The Builders Foundation Scholarship application is available online!  Application Deadline – October 31, 2017.

The Builders Foundation supports future construction leaders by offering renewable scholarships to qualified college students studying construction engineering or construction management.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

Be a sophomore or junior at time of application Be a graduate of a Chicagoland area high school (16 counties in Illinois, southeast Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana) Be majoring in Construction Management or Construction Engineering (civil/environmental/mechanical)

For more information about the scholarship, go to our website. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for promoting this to your students!

August 15, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Lauren Valentino


Development and Physicochemical Characterization of Thin-Film Composite Nanofiltration Membranes With Covalent Organic Framework Active Layers

Advisor: Professor Benito Mariñas

Date: Monday August 28th, 10:00 am

Location: 1000 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL)


August 14, 2017


Please make sure to register correctly at the beginning of the semester to avoid problems with registration and unwanted tuition charges later. Students are responsible for their own registration and for ensuring the accuracy of their schedules. Please refer to the Graduate College Handbook for details about requirements. If you have questions about requirements, please contact your department office.

For more academic and registration deadlines for Fall 2017, please visit the Graduate College Calendar.


Students may be released from their obligation to pay ALL tuition and fees by canceling their fall registration by August 27, 2017.  You may cancel your registration through Student-Self Service or by submitting a Withdrawal/Cancellation form to your department office. Completed Withdrawal/Cancellation forms must be received in the Graduate College by 5 p.m. August 25, 2017, the last business day before instruction begins.

August Graduates

Please make sure that you are not registered for the Fall 2017 semester so that you do not face unwanted tuition and fees charges. If you are registered and are not continuing in another program, cancel your registration by the August 27 deadline.

Change in Curriculum Deadline

Friday, October 27 is the last day to change your curriculum for the current term. This includes adding or dropping a campus approved minor or concentration. Please check your student program information in Student Self-Service to verify your program information is listed correctly.

Information on how to change your curriculum is available online. Please contact with any questions.

Register in Abstentia

September 11 is the last day to elect “in Absentia” registration for the Fall term. “in Absentia” is an alternative registration type available for students who plan to be studying or away doing research for at least one semester and at least 50 miles away from campus. Find the “in Absentia” registration form in our forms directory.

August 11, 2017

“Illinois Business Consulting is a self-sufficient university-owned consulting firm for students from any background that want an upper hand in their professional career search. IBC has 300 graduate and UG students working with Start-Ups to Fortune 100 companies and is very well known by major employers because of its 21-year history. The application is highly competitive, but by being a member of IBC, you receive exclusive access to recruiters and networks from top technology and consulting companies!  Although there are limited leadership positions, Graduate students have an excellent track record of rising the ranks every semester, which provides invaluable experiences for resumes and interviews. Furthermore, IBC is an excellent place to perfect your presentation, public speaking, and communication skills. Applications are rolling admission and end on 8/25/17, thus, the sooner you apply, the better! If you are interested, Apply through this portal: and reach out to for any questions.

August 9, 2017

Sign up today

Handshake @ Illinois is the new career services platform for University of Illinois students and postdocs. Handshake is used by over 230,000 employers around the world, giving you access to more employers and job postings than ever before. Starting in August, you will need a Handshake account to request an appointment with the Graduate College Career Development Office. So create one now to avoid a delay later. Your account will be made for you within 3 business days.