Graduate Blog

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April 16, 2020

McKinsey would like to invite graduate students from University of Illinois who anticipate completing their program or degree in 2021 or 2022 to learn more about McKinsey’s upcoming opportunities for advanced professional degree candidates (PhD, postdoc and non-MBA masters who expect to complete their master's program four years from the time they have received their bachelor's degree).


New Spring and Summer Virtual Events


Continue exploring our work, our people, our locations and our firm networks by joining upcoming virtual sessions for students pursuing advanced degrees. Topics include Sector Spotlights, Women at McKinsey, Parenting at McKinsey and 15+ sessions highlighting Diversity at McKinsey!


Sector Spotlight

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 5pm ET: Cybersecurity

Our Cybersecurity experts help organizations measure their digital resilience, identify and prioritize critical assets for protection and investment, build leadership capabilities to neutralize threats, and make cybersecurity build-or-buy decisions.

Tuesday, April 28th, 5pm ET: Oil & Gas

McKinsey brings an unparalleled depth of experience from decades of work in the world’s major energy hubs. We have led projects in a variety of topics, including portfolio strategy, regulatory and policy making, commercial excellence, contracting and trading, capital productivity, organization, and digital and advanced analytics.

Wednesday May 6th, 4pm ET: Healthcare Systems and Services 

The HSS practice serves private and statutory health insurers, hospitals, large physician groups, employers, national health systems, government entities, and large employers on topics that will provide opportunities for our clients to achieve substantial, lasting improvement in their performance.

Tuesday, May 12th, 5pm ET: Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

The PMP practice serves leading global institutions on the most critical challenges they are facing in the pharmaceuticals, medical products and biologics industries, whether it be by maximizing commercial value, helping to build R&D capabilities, driving opportunities across the value chain for generics, or helping clients to transform their medical affairs function. 


AMA (Ask Me Anything): Parenthood at McKinsey

We are very proud of our firm's commitment to supporting parents - including family planning resources, flexibility programs, and top-notch health & leave benefits. If you're interested in learning more, please join us on Thursday, May 7th for an "Ask Me Anything: Parenthood at McKinsey" virtual session. Consultants will discuss how they leverage the above, and make parenting work in their own homes.  Whether you're already a parent or thinking about the future, we have a lot to share!

Sign up here for this AMA

April 16, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Aditya Kumar
Nucleation and Propagation of Fracture and Healing in Elastomers
Advisor: Prof. Oscar Lopez-Pamies
Date: Friday May 1st, 8:30 am

Zoom Meeting ID: 913 1514 6958 (Password: 020885)


April 14, 2020

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL has a Summer Intern position open. The full description is in the link.

UIUC handshake announcement at:

April 13, 2020

Please join the Director of Grad Studies, Jeff Roesler, on Thursday, April 23 at noon for an update on the graduate program-- summer and fall plans as of now, Grad College academic deadline extensions, travel info, and time for Q&A from students.

Zoom Meeting link  

Meeting ID 939 1288 9675

Password 926765


April 13, 2020

The Structural Engineering Institute – St. Louis Chapter offers a scholarship every year to a graduate student (currently enrolled or enrolled in grad. program in fall of 2020) whose emphasis is structural engineering.