Graduate Blog

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June 19, 2019

Please see the attached flyer for information on a new course offered by the Urban Planning department: UP 199 SK: International Environmental Planning and Governance.

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June 18, 2019

Attached is an Outreach Notice for a Recent Graduate Hydrologist opportunity with the USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center.  This announcement is currently live on USAjobs.gov until June 28, 2019.

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June 18, 2019

Friday, July 5 is the last day for students to add themselves to the August 2019 Degree List via Student Self Service. If you intend to graduate in August 2019, make sure you are on the Degree List!  Please note that if you had your name on the May degree list and didn’t finish, you will now need to put your name on the August degree list.

 

June 18, 2019

Attached is an Outreach Notice for a Recent Graduate Hydrologist opportunity with the USGS Central Midwest Water Science Center.  This announcement is currently live on USAjobs.gov until June 28, 2019. 

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June 18, 2019

The Graduate College invites nominations for the 2020-2021 Schmidt Science Fellows Program.  Now in its third year, the Schmidt Science Fellows Program offers an exceptional one-year postdoctoral research and professional development experience for students in the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computing-oriented disciplines.  Targeting students who are near completion of their PhDs, the program offers training in fields outside of the student’s current area of expertise and allows students to engage with world renowned leaders in science, technology, business, and government. 

The fellowship is offered by the Schmidt Family Foundation, founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy Schmidt, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, home of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.  As the Schmidt website explains, the program “provides the world’s best emerging scientists with new skills and perspectives to develop novel solutions to society’s challenges, become scientific and societal thought leaders, and accelerate ground-breaking discoveries.” To that end, the program seeks individuals “with a special degree of brilliance and inventiveness,” specifically those who demonstrate a high level of scientific curiosity, scholarly achievement, intellectual spark, global ambitions, character, collaborative spirit, and use of innovative tools.  

This past spring, the University of Illinois was fortunate to have Daniel Raudabaugh, a plant biology student in Dr. Andrew Miller’s lab, as our first awardee of the fellowship. Daniel was one of only 20 students selected worldwide.  See details here. 

Only students who expect to complete their PhDs by June 30, 2020 (and no earlier than May 1, 2019) are eligible.  The fellowship offers a $100,000 stipend, and it provides research experiences at some of the world’s leading academic institutions. 

The Schmidt Family Foundation has invited only select universities to participate in this program, and the University of Illinois is one of those universities.  We are allowed to submit nine representatives for consideration in the national competition, and the Graduate College will coordinate the process to select those nine.  That process will operate via departmental nomination, and eligible departments may submit up to two nominations each.  The deadline for nominations in the department is July 18, 2019, and you may find details on the nomination process in the Schmidt listing in our Fellowship Finder database.  

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