Graduate Blog

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March 8, 2019

The College of Engineering offers the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) Program to senior PhD students who are interested in pursuing a faculty position.  This program is designed to facilitate the training of the next generation of great engineering professors.  To learn more about the MF3 Program, please visit

Mavis Fellows will register for a one credit hour seminar course, ENG 591, both the fall and spring terms.  The seminar will be on Fridays (both semesters) from Noon to 1 pm.    The Mavis Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic will receive a $2,000 fellowship, which is paid in two installments if all MF3 milestones are met.  To be eligible for the MF3 Program, student must:   

be a current PhD student within the College of Engineering,  have passed their qualifying exam,  be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2019-2020 academic year, and be interested in pursuing a faculty position

To learn about the application process and to apply, please visit   If interested, it is important to consult with your home Department’s Academic Office as applicants need a letter of support from their department. 

The application deadline to Joan Christian in 1108 Newmark is 5 pm on March 27, 2019.   MF3 Fellows are admitted on a competitive-basis.  Decisions will be announced by April 15, 2019.  

March 8, 2019

Hanson Professional Services has an internship available – or we are looking for someone interested in both structural and geotechnical engineering and intends to pursue a master’s degree? - The title says St. Louis but the top of the page says St. Louis or Springfield.  We can add Peoria to that list.

March 8, 2019

Dear Colleague: 

The Office of Undergraduate Research invites you to serve as a judge at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) to be held on Thursday, April 18, at the Illini Union. The day-long signature event of Undergraduate Research Week, the URS brings together hundreds of undergraduate students from all academic disciplines to share their research through oral panels, poster presentations, and performances. Every year, student participation in the URS grows and this year we anticipate close to 1,000 undergraduates will take part. 

Students will be given awards in a variety of disciplinary categories. As a judge, you will be asked to identify the best research presentation, categorized both on the merit of your domain expertise and on the student’s general presentation skills. We will do all we can to partner you with other judges to ensure interdisciplinary combinations as part of the review process. We hope you will find value in helping us foster a culture of discovery on this campus and participating in this celebration of student innovation and excellence.  
At your earliest convenience, please indicate your availability to serve as a judge using the link below. Prior to the URS, we will both confirm your participation and send judging instructions. 

March 6, 2019

Please see the attached flyer for information on FREE ESL Grammar Workshops being offered on campus.