Graduate Blog

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August 24, 2020
Fall 2020 10th Day Registration Deadlines

By the 10th Day of Classes, September 4, graduate students should be correctly registered for Fall 2020. It is important to check your registration before this date on Self Service to make sure your registration is correct. September 4 is the last day to submit a form to elect to audit a semester course, the last day to submit a form to elect to register "in Absentia," the last day to add a semester course via Self-Service, and the last day to drop a semester course and receive a refund if reducing assessment range.

August 24, 2020
Student Insurance Enrollment Period

The enrollment/change period will begin on August 21, 2020 through September 25, 2020. This is the time to enroll/add your dependents to the plan, which include spouses/partners and children. Students can opt-out of the student insurance with a US state-based comparable coverage. Continuation of coverage up to 90 days will be possible for graduating students not returning in the fall. Extensions are available for a non-registered semester if the student is returning in the spring. 

August 21–September 25 • Student Health Insurance

August 24, 2020

PhD Final Defense – Zhonghua Zheng
Coupling Data Science and Numerical Simulations to Empower
Atmospheric and Environmental Research
Advisors: Professor Nicole Riemer and Professor Lei Zhao
Date: Wednesday September 9th, 1:30 pm
Zoom Link:


August 21, 2020

We are excited to announce Terminal Live: UIUC v. Michigan, a $25,000 coding competition for talented undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students.

Taking place between October 5 - 12, the competition will be virtual and teams will be able to work remotely on their submissions for a week on their own schedules.




Terminal is a novel games-based AI challenge, where players code strategies to automate gameplay, battling team vs team for prize money and job opportunities. Check out this brief clip to see Terminal in action! Event Highlights include:

$25,000 in cash prizes! Opportunity to showcase your coding skills in a novel competition! Consideration for interviews with Citadel and Citadel Securities!

Admissions are made on a rolling basis and Round II applications are due 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 13th. 

Please direct any questions to


August 20, 2020
SKY Happiness Retreat

SKY Happiness Retreat is a powerful weekend retreat filled with evidence-based meditation and breath-work practices, social connection, self-development and stress-management skills which bring calm, clarity and happiness.


Recent research studies evaluated by Yale University shows that SKY Breath Meditation was the most powerful and beneficial program for student mental health and well-being. Students reported improvements in six areas of well-being: depression, stress, mental health, mindfulness, positive affect, and social connectedness. Here is the link to the Yale publication and the Press Release out of Yale.

   The Harvard study found that participants of the SKY program developed better sleep quality & resiliency against anticipatory stress. Here is the Press Release on the Harvard study.


 Some Benefits

✔️ Learn powerful evidence-based meditation that brings clarity and calm
✔️ Understand sources of stress and the power of breath-work
✔️ Gain the ability to effectively manage stress, energy and negative emotions
✔️ Experience tools to increase personal happiness!
✔️ Increase social connection, enthusiasm, and inspiration
✔️ Learn to deal with criticism and mistakes
✔️ Increase capacity and self-confidence
✔️ Develop greater equanimity

Join this special experience in the comfort of your own home/dorm!

August 28-30 (Fri-Sun)
Friday: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm cst
Sat & Sun: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm cst
Cost: Fully funded for UIUC students, staff, and faculty

Apply here ––  

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