Graduate Blog

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June 2, 2016

The Grad College has launched its  professional development workshop series for summer. Beginning in June and running through August, they will offer 13 workshops to help graduate students and postdocs apply for fellowships, explore broad career options, conduct effective job searches, and make connections in their chosen fields. Our summer programs include:

  • GradMAP: What Do You Want to Achieve in Grad School?

  • Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in the Social Sciences & Humanities

  • Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in STEM

  • Talking About Your Research

  • Career Exploration Group

  • Faculty Job Search Retreat (learn more)


June 2, 2016

Each summer, the Graduate College Career Development Office offers the Faculty Job Search Retreat, a special half-day event for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars preparing for the academic job market. The retreat can be a great first step in the faculty job search, getting attendees ready to produce strong applications that they can then discuss and revise with faculty in their fields.

This year’s retreat will be held on Tuesday, July 19, from 12:30pm-5pm in the Illini Union. (Registration is required.) The program will include:

  • An overview of the faculty job search process

  • “Behind the Scenes with a Search Committee,” a panel with faculty from a range of fields and institutions

  • A hands-on activity on preparing effective application materials

  • Sessions on writing research statements and teaching philosophies

The full schedule and registration link can be found here.

June 2, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Daniel I. Castaneda

Freeze-Thaw Environment of Precast Concrete Crossties and Effect of Vibration on Fresh Materials

Advisor: Professor David A. Lange

Date: Friday, June 17th, 8:00 am

Location: Quade Conference Room

June 2, 2016

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May 9, 2016

Credit: 3 OR 4 hours.

Description of physical, chemical, and biological characteristics in streams and rivers including an integrated treatment of the environmental factors affecting the composition and distribution of biota; emphasizes the application of ecological principles in aquatic ecosystem protection and management.

Same as IB 450. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours.

Instructor: Professor Rafael Tinoco-Lopez