Graduate Blog

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September 18, 2017

Applying for fellowships and grants? Check out these upcoming workshops on the fundamentals of proposal writing.

Friday, September 22, 10 a.m. – noon, Coble Hall, room 308: Register  Tuesday, September 26, 2 – 4 p.m., Coble Hall, room 308: Register

We offer a basic grant writing workshop for graduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math). Dr. Karen Ruhleder, Assistant Director of External Fellowships in the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships, will cover how and where to search for funding and give an overview of the art of proposal writing, from articulating a vision to laying out the details.

September 18, 2017

With the start of the school year, stress and anxiety usually increase – especially if you are working on your thesis. Listen to the recent Ask ACES podcast to learn some tips for combatting stress. For more stress management help and to learn some relaxation techniques, you might check out the McKinley Health Center website. Looking for more thesis help? Visit the Graduate College Thesis Office.

September 18, 2017

The Student Health Insurance Fall 2017 enrollment change period begins August 24, 2017 and ends on September 26, 2017. During this time students may early-enroll into the plan, add dependents, reinstate into the plan, and opt out. Visit the Student Health Insurance website for more information. 

September 18, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 3 - 4 p.m., Illini Union, room 406

Registration requested.

If more than 50% of your total employment at the University is as a Graduate Assistant, your tuition waivers totaling over $5,250 per calendar year are taxable and subject to withholding during the months of October, November, and possibly December of this semester.

The session will help you:

determine how the taxability of tuition waivers effects your pay calculate how much of a reduction in your stipend you should expect identify ways of getting through the months of withholding

This event is offered by University Payroll & Benefits and USFSCO's Student Money Management Center and is co-sponsored by the Graduate College.

September 15, 2017

UIUC Student Fall/Spring Job Opportunity
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineering Research and Development Center
Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
2902 Newmark Dr. Champaign, IL 61822
The potential student employees will be conducting sample preparation, materials characterization testing, and data analysis on polymers, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites (including glass and carbon fiber), and novel paint/coating systems used for the construction, repair, and maintenance of Civil Works infrastructure, such as locks and dams, on inland navigation waterways. Material samples will be exposed to various weathering conditions to include immersion, atmospheric exposure, UV exposure, etc. Weathered samples will then be characterized using a 1M lb and 50K lb tension/compression load frames. Other characterization testing will include adhesion, impact resistance, and abrasion resistance. A 3D laser scanning microscope will be utilized to image abraded samples. Students will use engineering graphing and modeling software to analyze testing data and assist in writing presentations and publishable documents such as technical reports and papers. The potential student employees will need to properly prepare material samples which may include working with concrete, coatings, polymer resins, solvents and adhesives. Previous experience with sample preparation, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), materials testing methods and laser microscopes is preferred. Attention to detail is important relative to safe laboratory practices. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and training will be provided as necessary.
Potential student employees may also be assisting in researching best practices for qualitative and quantitative non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection techniques of polymer composite materials (glass and carbon fabric) using digital tap hammer, ultrasonic, thermographic, and photogrammetry amongst other possible tools including laser shearography and x-ray. Research of best repair practices of glass and carbon fiber composite materials as well as design and implementation of large hydraulic structures such as lock valves, lock gates, and dam gates may also be conducted.
Please email resume for consideration to the following POC’s no later than September 29, 2017.
Point of Contact
Jeffrey Ryan, 217-373-3479,
Jonathan Trovillion, 217-373-4551,