Graduate Blog

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September 23, 2019

Student Insurance Enrollment Period

Enrollment Period August 23- September 27, 2019

During the enrollment period (which closes this week!), you may:

Enroll into the health plan Add a dependent, partner, and /or spouse Opt Out of the student Health Insurance Plan if you have comparable coverage Reinstate if you’ve lost coverage after opting out Extension for insurance coverage through the fall
September 23, 2019

Ford Foundation Fellowships


Information Session

Friday, September 27
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Illini Union room 314A

The Ford Foundation offers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships, all with the goal of enhancing diversity in higher education. To help students apply for these prestigious awards, the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships will hold its annual Ford Fellowship Information Session.

Ford Fellowships are open to US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents, as well as DACA students. Students who demonstrate sustained personal engagement with underrepresented communities and who are members of the following groups are particularly encouraged to apply: Alaska Natives, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native US Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans. All research oriented disciplines are eligible.

The information session will feature as our keynote speaker: 

Dr. Aixa Alfonso - Ford Foundation Regional Liaison and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

We will also feature two current Ford Fellows: 

Kevin Cheng - Biophysics ArCasia James-Gallaway - Education

Students considering applying are strongly encouraged to attend the information session.

Ford’s application deadlines are in mid-December.

If you have questions, please contact Dana Johnson, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, at

September 19, 2019

Attention University of Illinois graduate students! You're engaged in fascinating, ground-breaking research. Your archival work, ethnographies, and textual analysis are transformative. You can analyze a data set like nobody's business. You design, choreograph, sculpt, compose, and create works that can change the world.

But can you get a general audience interested and excited about what you do in only 3 minutes? Enter Research Live! to take the challenge.

Dates to Remember

September 30, 2019 - Registration closes October 7-8, 2019 - Preliminary rounds October 22, 2019 - Final round & announcement of winner





A panel of judges will award three prizes in the final round. Audience members will vote for the People's Choice Award:

First prize: $300 Second prize: $200 Third prize: $150 People's Choice: $100
September 18, 2019

Please see attached position info from Atlas Engineering


September 18, 2019

Exelon is looking for CEE students to interview for internships. Please see attached.