Graduate Blog

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March 20, 2019

Please see the following message from the US Army Corps of Engineers


The Sustainment Management System with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Champaign is offering paid research internships this summer.  We would like to extend this opportunity to Civil and Environmental Engineering students who are interested in working collaboratively with a variety of engineering disciplines.  Interns will get hand on experience learning project and construction management skills, and any research conducted has the potential to grow into thesis and full time employment opportunities.  Interested students can find more information on Handshake:

March 20, 2019
Tutoring & Peer Advising is ready for the increased traffic after Spring Break! Tutor schedule by course, click here Private tutoring appointments are available again this semester.  CARE hosting “Super Review Sessions” for PHYS 211 & PHYS 212 after Spring Break.  We want to pilot this to see if we can help students who have grades that reflect they still have gaps in understanding from exam 1 & 2. See fliers attached for details & feel free to encourage any student you know would benefit.   DRES & Counseling Center-Continuing partnership with Engineering! Our students can schedule a 30 minute consultation with a Counselor from the Counseling Center in 206 EH Great Workshops still available click here Workshop topics will include but not limited to: Time Management, Test Anxiety, In focus Series, & Interconnect 5 Minute Facts with McKinley Health Educators, click here for details McKinley Health Educators will come one more time on April 10 for Stress Management Tips
March 19, 2019

I am pleased to share a new feature available in Schedule Generator.  Students can now view reserved seat counts on a section via a Reserved Caps tag.  The tag is viewable at the course level on the Schedule Generator homepage and detailed information about the tag is viewable at the section level.  A quick guide is attached for your reference.  The vendor is currently working on a couple of bugs with the tag, but we are excited to offer this information to students.

March 19, 2019

2019 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Program

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship

Exxon Mobil Corporation, the largest publically traded international energy company, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowship opportunities in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Hispanic college students.

Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students across the country, with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top-quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with an ExxonMobil engineer or scientist to learn how their knowledge and skills are applied in a corporate setting.

Fellowship Components

The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to ExxonMobil and career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements

This opportunity is highly competitive and open to freshman, sophomores, and juniors, attending a 4-year college or university.

Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority:

Civil Engineering Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Geoscience Material Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with these majors will be considered also: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Petroleum Engineering, and Physics.

Other Requirements:

Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above

Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher

Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security

Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their

valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).

For the 2019 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship
If you have questions please contact Please use "ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship" in the subject line.
The 2019 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Application will close April 12, 2019, @11:59 p.m.

March 18, 2019

PhD Final Defense – Cai Wang
Meaning, Measurement, and Field Application of Fully Softened Shear Strength of Stiff Clays and Clay Shales
Advisor: Professor Gholamreza Mesri
Date: Tuesday April 2nd, 9:00 am
Location: NCEL Room 2218