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November 9, 2020
Academic Dates & Deadlines

November 13:

Last day to withdraw from the current term without a grade of W Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a semester course or to change from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade Last day to drop a semester course without a grade of W and without approval Last day to take final exam for December doctoral degree Last day to drop a POT B course via Self-Service

November 21-29: Fall vacation for students

November 30: Instruction resumes

December 2: Spring 2021 registration begins

December 10: Registration for Spring 2021 semester begins

December 14: Registration for Spring 2021 semester begins for non-degree students

January 25, 2021: Spring 2021 instruction begins

For up-to-date information on deadlines, please refer to the Graduate College Dates & Deadlines calendar and the Illinois COVID-19 Website. 

November 9, 2020
Fall 2020 Credit/No Credit Registration Deadline

November 13 is the last day to change a course to the credit/no-credit grading option for a Fall semester course or to change from the credit/no-credit grading option to a regular grade. Adviser approval is required. Please consult with your program if you are considering this grading option for any course because course and department restrictions may apply. Students need to submit a Credit/No Credit Form to the Graduate College to complete the process.

Admissions, Registration, & Enrollment Services • Graduate College

Fall 2020 Semester Registration Deadlines

November 13 is the last day to drop an individual course or withdraw from ALL semester courses from your Fall registration without a grade of W. To drop a course, students must submit a Late Registration Form to the Graduate College. To fully withdraw from the term, students need to complete a Withdrawal/Cancellation Form and obtain their department's signature and, in the case of International students, a signature from International Student and Scholar Services. Students considering these actions are encouraged first to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program.

November 6, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Phillipe Alves
A Generalized Finite Element Method for Three-Dimensional Fractures in Fiber
Reinforced Composites
Advisor: Prof. C. Armando Duarte
Date: Friday November 20th, 8:00am
Zoom ID: 815 4552 2061 - password: 698693


November 5, 2020

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University invites applications from highly motivated individuals who can complement the mission, expertise and current strengths of the department in teaching, research and service. Applicants from all areas of civil and environmental engineering are encouraged to apply, however the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate training sufficient to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in reinforced concrete and bridge design. The candidate will be also expected to develop a nationally recognized research and teaching program. All areas of research specialization will be considered, but preference will be given to those that are complimentary to existing strengths, and there is a special interest in uncertainty, risk analysis and reliability. The CEE department has an overall research focus on sustainability and current faculty members have interests in: resilient materials and infrastructure; transportation systems and safety; water resource systems; environmental health; and water quality engineering.

The position announcement and the process to apply can be found in the attachment.


November 5, 2020

SKY Happiness Retreat is a 9-hour total well-being training offered to thousands of university students, faculty, and staff across the country. Participants gain foundational stress-management skills, develop a personal evidence-based breathing and meditation practice, learn a short personal yoga practice, and increase social connection and leadership skills. The SKY Happiness Retreat introduces SKY Meditation, an evidence-based meditation practice integrated with breath work that can significantly increase one's well-being and calmness, and significantly reduces anxiety and stress markers. The course features interactive group processes, experiential learning, emotional intelligence training, breath-work, yoga, and evidence-based meditation. It's one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and, most importantly, have fun!

We're happy to share that the SKY Happiness Retreat is offered with a full scholarship for students, staff, and faculty members. There are limited spots available for this retreat. Availability is first-come-first-serve, by registration only and requires attendance to all sessions. Please contact for any questions.

Location: Online via Zoom :)


November 14 & 15th (Sat & Sun): 2 pm - 5 pm cst

November 16th (Mon): 6 pm - 9 pm cst  

Apply here: