Graduate Blog

To submit an item for the graduate blog, email Joan Christian.

April 23, 2020

Meg Griffin, Assistant Director for Graduate Programs, will be available for advising for the next two weeks.

April 20, 2020

The Graduate College presenst to you, One Story, a new video series featuring some of our amazing graduate students. These stories demonstrate the compassion that joins us together and the core of the spirit that drives us, each one singularly compelling as it reveals the many dimensions of the Illinois experience. We are proud of each and everyone of our 16,000+ graduate students and look forward to sharing some of your stories.

A Civil Engineering PhD student from Puerto Rico, Jose Rivera-Perez has wanted to help people and build better buildings for as long as he can remember.  His research gives him the opportunity to go back home and protect the island and the family he loves.

April 20, 2020

Exponent will be hosting a virtual information session next Tuesday, April 21st via WebEx in lieu of the traditional sessions typically held during the career expos.  I’m hoping to share the attached flyer regarding Exponent’s Infrastructure Information Session with the current CEE graduate students.  The information session will discuss Exponent’s civil engineering practices and work in scientific and engineering consulting.  Speakers include our Infrastructure Group VP and representatives from our Civil (geotechnical), Buildings & Structures, and Construction Consulting practices.  All CEE graduate students are welcome.


April 17, 2020

SKY Happiness Retreat is a total well-being training offered to thousands of university students, faculty, and staff across the country. Participants gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal evidence-based breathing and meditation practice, learn a short personal yoga practice, develop strategies for social connection and community building, and engage in peer-driven service initiatives. The SKY Happiness Retreat introduces SKY Meditation, an evidence-based meditation practice integrated with breath work that can significantly increase one's well-being and calmness, and significantly reduces anxiety and stress markers. The course features interactive group processes, experiential learning, emotional intelligence training, breath-work, yoga, evidence-based meditation, and service leadership. It's one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and, most importantly, have fun!

We're happy to share that the SKY Happiness Retreat is offered with a full scholarship for UIUC students, staff, and faculty members. There are limited spots available for this retreat, and they are filling up fast. Availability is first-come-first-serve, by registration only and requires attendance to all sessions. Please contact for any questions.

Location: Online via Zoom :)

-  April 24 (Fri): 6:00pm - 8:45 pm CST
-  April 25 & 26 (Sat & Sun): 11:00 am - 1:45 pm CST

Apply here:

April 16, 2020

Two CEE PhD students have entered the Image of Research photo contest, Punit Singhvi, Transportation and Antonio Zaldivar de Alba, Structures. Please go online and vote for your favorite photos and help CEE students bring home a win! Winners will be announced May 1.