Graduate Blog

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April 10, 2017

Students planning to deposit theses or dissertations for May 2017 graduation are reminded of the following deadlines:

April 21: Last day to complete a doctoral dissertation deposit April 28: 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.

April 10, 2017

Dropping Courses

Friday, April 14 is the last day for graduate students to drop ALL Spring semester courses from their Spring registration without a grade of W and thus withdraw from Spring semester. 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 Scholar Services. Students considering this action are encouraged first to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program.

Friday, April 14 is the last day to drop individual full term Spring semester courses without a grade of W. Students need to come to the Graduate College, 204 Coble Hall, to complete a Late Course Change form to complete the process, but first are encouraged to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program. Dropping a course may affect progress toward degree completion, so the decision is best done in consultation with a student’s program.


Friday, April 14 is the last day to change a course to the credit/no-credit grading option for a Spring 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.

April 10, 2017


USGS is seeking summer interns to evaluate hydrologic cycle models and observational data across the United States.  A prototype tool has been developed that allows exploration of observations and model results at several spatial and temporal scales.  During the summer, a team of students will engage in rigorous application of this tool to identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing models of the hydrologic cycle.  Students will also have the opportunity to improve the tool and add functionality.  Through frequent interactions with developers of hydrologic models within USGS, interns will be challenged to think critically about the representation of hydrologic processes used in models and to consider alternative strategies towards model development and evaluation.  Students will be encouraged to think of their work as culminating in a presentation or scientific publication highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of hydrologic process representation.  

This unique summer session will be held at the USGS offices in the Denver Federal Center.  Applications are due through USAJobs by April 14. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Project leads for this summer session are William Farmer, Lauren Hay, and Julie Kiang.  Please contact William Farmer with any questions (, 303-236-4981).


April 7, 2017

Are you interested in learning about other cultures? Interested in sharing about your own? Enjoy delicious food?

Come and celebrate CEE’s vibrant international cultures and the diversity of our student body... Join CEE International Programs, GSAC, and Civil China for:

CEE International Lunch 2017!

Bring a potluck dish from your culture/country of origin to share with CEE friends, and enjoy food and company from around the world.  Team up with friends or on your own.  CEE International Programs will provide a few main dishes from local restaurants with international flavors.

Go green and bring your own reusable plate, fork, and cup.  Some disposable plates, forks, and cups will be provided.

When? Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm

Where? Crane Bay

Please RSVP at the following link so that we can get an idea of how many folks to expect. We look forward to seeing you there!

Other events happening around campus as part of International Week 2017:

International Week 2017 will take place from April 9-15, 2017. Join the campus community as we celebrate 150 global years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign!

From long-standing traditions like the "Travel Around the World" Fair to cultural demonstrations, there are a number of events for the campus and local community to enjoy. View the full International Week calendar.

April 4, 2017

The Cline Center welcomes graduate students to a small group session with Prof. Scott E Page, who is giving the 2017 Linowes Lecture. Page is the Director of the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems, and Professor of Political Science and Economics. 

One of the world’s foremost experts on complexity theory, decision science, and modeling heterogeneous social systems, Page’s book “The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies” has more than 2000 Google Scholar Citations. In addition to political science and economics, his scholarly work—which utilizes agent-based models, game theory, as well as statistical techniques—encompasses an array of disciplines including physics, computer science, management, urban planning, geography, and public policy.

The session is scheduled for Wednesday 11AM-12PM in 115 David Kinley Hall. Interested students can RSVP using this online form, and also use it to let us know if they are seeking an opportunity for a one-on-one meeting. We do our best to accommodate meeting requests for graduate students with relevant research interests. Questions or more detailed requests should be directed to Dan Shalmon at the Cline Center:

There will be a moderated discussion as well as an open Q & A. Some topics in his work of interest to engineering scholars include: modeling complex, heterogeneous and path-dependent systems, theories of decision-making under uncertainty, agent-based systems, and the consequences of strategic information-seeking in formal models. In past years, some of the most interesting discussions have been about broad topics—the origins of important ideas, paths to success in and outside of academia, etc. We think Page’s perspective on these issues will be particularly interesting, since he has impressive achievements in multiple disciplines and also is a public intellectual—he gives TED Talks and works as a consultant for businesses (including Motorola, Sandvik, and Google) the government and non-profits,

The lecture itself is free and open to all — it is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 3:30PM in 213 Gregory Hall. You’ll be able to find all the event details on our Facebook page: