We are accepting nominations for the Yee Memorial Fund Fellowship. This program is made possible by a generous bequest of Drs. Warren and Ming Ting Yee. Dr. Warren Yee received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1943. Dr. Warren Yee was a partner in the Detroit firm of Harley, Ellington, Pierce & Yee Associates and later was the founder of Bio-Tech Research Laboratory, Inc. in Washington, D.C. He died in 1984.
Dr. Warren Yee was known for thinking of others, especially relatives in China, before he thought of himself. His wife has requested that income from the funds be used to support Chinese graduate students in the College of Engineering. Special consideration will be given to students from inner provinces or inner province universities (not coastal) in China. Each award will be $5,000. This will be paid in two payments of $2,500 in the fall and spring terms. We anticipate awarding four fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year in the College of Engineering.
We will use the following procedures to select the award recipients
_ Awards may be made to confirmed entering Chinese nationals (who have accepted the offer of admission) or continuing students who are Chinese nationals.
_ Applicants must not be graduating before May of the next calendar year (2018).
_ There is a maximum of one award per department per year.
_ Each department may nominate up to two students.
_ Nominations should be submitted by the CEE graduate office. Nominations can originate from any faculty member; however, departmental screening and evaluation are strongly encouraged.
The following items will constitute the application package:.
_ Application cover sheet (dept fills out this sheet).
_ Student vita/resume specifying previous education, work experience, research experience, publications, presentations and relevant service.
_ For current Illinois graduate students, please include unofficial transcripts with current GPA and a copy of GRE scores from their admissions file.
_ Essay of approximately one page by the student nominee. The essay should describe the student's career goals, how these goals will impact engineering education, research, and service to the field of engineering, and how the student's Ph.D. program will help accomplish those goals. In the event the nominee is a confirmed entering student, the student's application essay may be substituted.
_ Two letters of recommendation should address the student's demonstrated contributions and/or potential for making significant contributions to engineering education, research and service. In particular, the letters should address how the Yee Fellowship will help the student meet his/her career goals. For nominees who are entering students, the letters of recommendation used for applying to graduate school may be used.
The Yee Fellowship will be selected primarily using the criteria summarized below:
_ Special consideration will be given to those students from inner provinces or inner province universities (not coastal) in China.
_ Strong academic performance as demonstrated by coursework and grades, recommendations, and previous recognition (awards).
_ Demonstrated interest in engineering education, including teaching experience in the classroom, laboratory or as a tutor; extracurricular teaching, such as demonstrations to high schools or other outreach; service to the community which promotes technical awareness; and research or other outreach activities promoting engineering education.
_ Research accomplishments, ability or potential as evidenced by publications, presentations, letters of recommendation, and the student's essay.
_ Assessment of the student's commitment to and potential for contributing to engineering education based on the student's essay, letters of recommendation, and previous performance.