Graduate Blog

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February 13, 2018

The PCI Student Education Committee is inviting entries from students to participate in the Engineering Student Design (Big Beam) Competition for the 2017-18 academic year. Each student team must work with a PCI Producer Member to build a precast/prestressed concrete beam that is 22 ft long. The beams will be tested and prizes awarded for best performance in the stated areas. Students must discuss both the structural design and the concrete mixture proportions for the beam.

The contest begins August 15, 2017, and ends June 15, 2018. All beams must be fabricated and tested within this time frame. Results are due by June 15, 2018, at PCI Headquarters. The winning team will be recognized at the 2018 PCI Committee Days and Membership
Conference in Chicago, Ill.

More info: See attached


February 13, 2018

We will celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018 with “12 Women Who Changed The World: Untold Stories” campus event.

12 Illinois faculty tell the 5 minute story of a woman in his or her discipline that changed the field in important ways.

International Women's Day

March 8, 2018

4-5:30 pm

210 Illini Union


February 13, 2018

CEE students are invited to attend the annual gathering of alumni in Chicago, featuring a social hour, formal dinner and awards presentation for honored alumni at Union League Club. Please see attached for more info.


February 13, 2018

Ms. Bethany Lavelle of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, coordinator of the NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program, will be on campus Thursday, April 12 from 6-7:30pm in 105 Noyes Lab to conduct an information session for graduate students in nuclear, chemical, civil, mechanical, and materials sciences to garner further interest in the NNSA program.

Please RSVP for this info session at Handshake@Illinois Refreshments will be provided.


The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is building the next generation of leaders for national security. During their year-long, salaried (plus benefits) positions, Fellows receive specialized training, career development, and professional networking, while directly supporting NNSA’s nuclear security mission, the State Department, or Department Of Energy’s- (DOE) Intelligence mission. Fellows work alongside experts in hands-on policy or technical placements at NNSA locations nationwide. Fellows make powerful programmatic contributions that help shape the technologies and decision making for nuclear materials detection and the security of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile among other missions. Eligibility requirements for NGFP are as follows: Candidates must be currently enrolled in or have graduated from a graduate degree program at some point between April 3, 2017 and October 3, 2018 with a minimum 3.20/4.00 cumulative GPA in graduate studies. Additional requirements include current US citizenship, ability to obtain a DOE Security Clearance, and ability to work full-time for the duration of the fellowship term (June 2019 to June 2020). Typical policy candidate backgrounds include international relations, security or nonproliferation studies, political science, public administration, economics, and related fields. Typical technical candidate backgrounds include engineering programs, physics, radiochemistry, chemical sciences, and other STEM fields. A combined policy and technical background is highly desirable. Knowledge of a foreign language is a plus. Students with backgrounds in safety and health, infrastructure and operations management, or finance/accounting are also encouraged to apply.  Applications will be accepted from March 19, 2018 through October 3, 2018 for positions beginning the following summer. Visit to learn more and apply.

February 12, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2 - 3 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1027

Registration Required

Preparing your thesis or dissertation for Graduate College review can seem tricky, but the Thesis Office is here to help! This presentation will give an overview and explanation of the Graduate College format requirements, including commonly made mistakes and tips for making formatting and proofreading your document a breeze. To learn more about our workshops, check out the Thesis Office website.