Graduate Blog

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May 30, 2017

It is important to remember that there are many different summer deadlines (cancellation, withdrawal, credit/no credit, add/drop classes, etc.) because students may attend different sessions of the summer term. If you are considering making changes to your summer registration, please check the registration deadlines for the parts of term in which you are registered.

For academic and registration deadlines for Summer 2017, visit the following websites:

Summer 2017 Refund Schedule
Summer 2017 Withdrawal Schedule 
Summer 2017 Academic Calendar

May 24, 2017

The ECE Department is now accepting applications for the Siebel Scholars Program Class of 2018. Applications are due by 5 pm on Monday, June 12, 2017.

To be eligible candidates must have completed at least one (1) year at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is reasonably expected to have only one (1) year remaining in the PhD program.

The Siebel Scholar receives a merit-based award of $35,000 in the final year of his or her graduate studies. The prize is disbursed without consideration for any additional funding—such as financial aid, assistantships, fellowships, loans, or other awards—that you have already received, or are eligible to receive.

In addition to the monetary prize, winners join the Siebel Scholars community (, which includes access to a variety of opportunities and events.


1) Time-to-degree-completion, as discussed in the paragraph above.

2) Outstanding academic performance.

3) A track record of distinguished research focused on energy science.

4) Demonstrates excellence, in terms of leadership qualities, in the school community and in experience prior to the graduate program.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically to Pascal Youakim at

1) CV or resume: Please make sure that this includes expected graduation date, citizenship status, employment, and lists of any research publications, leadership positions, and/or entrepreneurial activities.

2) Research statement: (2 page limit, 12 point font). Please discuss past, current, and planned research. In addition, describe your motivation to do research. Where appropriate, please discuss the intellectual merit and the broader impacts of your research (that is, discuss the actual/likely/possible scientific and broader societal contributions of your research).

3) Excellence/Leadership Statement: (2 page limit, 12 point font). This should discuss any notable achievements and/or activities that demonstrate your excellence, but especially those that show your qualities and contributions as a leader. For example, volunteer/community service contributions, student leadership contributions, artistic contributions, and/or involvement in business-related or entrepreneurial activities. (This discussion should include all such activities, not just activities at Illinois.)

4) Your biography: This should be a short statement, 100-150 words in length, written in the third person, and at minimum, describing your research and employment history. (It may be best to think of the biography like a short abstract or executive summary of your case – it will duplicate information from the CV, research statement, and excellence/leadership statement.)

5) Your photograph: A digital, high resolution, color photograph suitable for print publication; preferably a head-shot that is at least 1 megapixel.

6) Complete and return the “Contact Info” spreadsheet (attached).

7) A letter of recommendation from your adviser or a faculty member who knows you well. The letter should be submitted directly from the letter-writer to Pascal Youakim via email. This letter should attempt to address as many of the following as possible: (a) your research accomplishments, (b) your leadership, (c) your academic performance, and (d) your communications/presentation skills. We recommend that you request this letter as soon as possible since many faculty are, or will be, traveling.

Please provide your materials (1-6) each as a separate document/file, and include your NetID in the filenames (e.g., YourNetID_cv.pdf). The deadline for submission of all materials is Monday, June 12, 2017 at 5 pm.

Be aware that finalists’ materials will be submitted to the Siebel Foundation for a review, and winners’ submitted materials (especially pictures and biographies) may be used as a part of news stories and other publicity related to the award, through both the University of Illinois and the Siebel Foundation.

The target date for the winners to be notified is the beginning of August 2017.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically to Pascal Youakim at


May 23, 2017

 NPRE 498/598  Advanced Risk Analysis - Fall 2017


May 18, 2017

PhD Final Defense-Mei-Cheng Shih

Capacity Evaluation and Infrastructure Planning Techniques for Heterogeneous Railway Traffic Under Structured, Mixed, and Flexible Operation

Advisor: Christopher P.L. Barkan, PhD

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 4:00 p.m.

Location: Newmark Civil Engineering Building, Room 1220H



May 18, 2017

Whether it is your first or last year as a graduate student or somewhere in between, summer is often a great time to work on materials to help you prepare for the coming year.


The Graduate College offers a series of workshops to help graduate students and postdocs apply for fellowships, explore broad career options, conduct effective job searches, make connections in their chosen fields, and prepare for thesis deposit.

Our summer programs include:

Personal/Professional Goals Statements Thesis Format Review and Deposit Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals Talking About Your Research Faculty Job Search Retreat (learn more) And more

In addition to workshop programming, the Graduate College Career Development unit and Graduate College Fellowship unit  offer individual advising for students.

Please visit the links above for more details.