Graduate Blog

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July 16, 2018

PhD Final Defense – Peng Zhou

Automated Energy Compliance Checking in Construction

Advisor: Professor Nora El-Gohary

Date: Wednesday July 25th, 9:30 am

Location: Newmark Lab Room 3350


July 13, 2018

National Science Foundation

Graduate Research Fellowship

Information Session

Friday, August 31, 2018

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Illini Union, Room 314


Students considering applying and faculty and staff wishing to learn more about the fellowship are invited.  

The NSF-GRF is one of the nation's premiere fellowships for graduate study.  Fellowships support US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the sciences, engineering, and social sciences.  Seniors and students in their first or second year of graduate study may apply.  The three-year fellowship provides a $34,000 annual stipend, a cost-of-education allowance, international research opportunities, and internship opportunities with federal agencies.

For details on the fellowship, visit the NSF-GRF listing in our Fellowship Finder database.

July 13, 2018

Please find attached information regarding The University of Tokyo's International Graduate Program in the Field of Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Studies. This offers advanced professional training and full scholarships (covering all tuition fees and living expenses) leading to the degrees of Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy (Civil Engineering).

We would greatly appreciate it if you could introduce our International Graduate Program to both undergraduates and post graduates in your department. Students expecting to complete Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees before the end of September 2019 are eligible to apply for 2019 September admission. Applicants are requested to register online between 3rd September 2018 and 15th November 2018. The due date for submission of applications is for 2019 September admission is 30st November 2018.

The admission information along with some general information is available at our web sites: 


Should you or your students have any questions concerning our program, please feel free to contact Foreign Student Office (FSO) by email:


July 9, 2018

Students planning to deposit theses or dissertations for August 2018 graduation are reminded of the following deadlines:

July 13: Last day to complete a doctoral dissertation deposit

July 20: Last day to complete a master’s thesis deposit

Because all corrections and all required deposit materials must be received by the Graduate College no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the deposit deadline, the Thesis Office strongly encourages students to submit the thesis for review several days before the deadline. For further information about the deposit process and links to downloadable deposit checklists, visit the Thesis Office web page.

July 6, 2018

The Graduate College invites nominations for the 2019-2020 Schmidt Science Fellows Program.  Now in its second year, the Schmidt Science Fellows Program offers an innovative 11-month postdoctoral experience for students from the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, and computing-oriented disciplines.  Targeting students who are near completion of their PhDs, the program offers training in fields outside of the student’s current area of expertise and allows students to engage with world renowned leaders in science, technology, business, and government.

The program is offered by the Schmidt Family Foundation, founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy Schmidt, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust.  As the Schmidt website explains, the program “aims to create a new generation of scientific leaders. Our goal is to give the world’s best aspiring scientific minds a broader perspective, the ability to engage in an interdisciplinary way, and the opportunity to make a lasting impact in society.”  To that end, the program seeks individuals “with a special degree of brilliance and inventiveness,” specifically those who demonstrate scientific curiosity, extraordinary achievement, intellectual spark, global ambitions, character, collaborative spirit, and use of innovative tools.  

Only students who expect to complete their PhDs by June 30, 2019 (but no earlier than May 1, 2018) are eligible.  The fellowship offers a $100,000 stipend, and it provides research experiences at some of the world’s leading academic institutions.  

The Schmidt Family Foundation has invited only select universities to participate in the fellowship program, and the University of Illinois is one of those universities.  We are allowed to submit seven representatives for consideration in the national competition, and the Graduate College will coordinate the competition to select those seven.  The campus competition will operate via departmental nomination, and eligible departments may submit up to two nominations each.  The deadline for nominations is August 16, 2018, and you may find details on the nomination process in the Schmidt listing in our Fellowship Finder database.