Graduate Blog

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June 16, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Ruijie Zeng

Assessing climate and terrestrial water storage controls on evapotranspiration variability: Towards improved understanding of watersheds as coupled nature-human systems

Advisor: Professor Ximing Cai

Date: Thursday June 29th, 8:00 am

Location: Newmark 2312


June 14, 2017

The deadline for the Robert Ferber Dissertation Award and the Seymour Sudman Dissertation Award has been extended to Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

We would appreciate it if you would kindly forward this e-mail to those who might be eligible to apply for these awards.

Both of these awards are for excellence in survey research as part of a doctoral dissertation. Eligible dissertations will involve either methodological research related to surveys (including the broader area of cognition that can be applied to survey research) or will be based on primary survey data collection on any topic.

An award of up to $2,000 will be given to the winner of each of these two awards. All doctoral candidates whose dissertations meet the above criteria are eligible provided, (1) they are currently enrolled on, or recently graduated from, the UIUC campus, and (2) they successfully defended their dissertation proposal between May 28, 2016, and May 28, 2017. This refers to defense of the proposal, not the final dissertation.

The link below has additional information about the awards and instructions for applying.        

June 14, 2017

Please see attached announcement about SE412--Fundamentals of Nondestructive Evaluation


June 12, 2017

Correctly formatting the title page of your thesis can be a challenge. Let us help!

If you plan to graduate in August, submit your title page to the Thesis Office for review by June 30. We will check the formatting and your degree information to make sure that you are on track!

Just send a copy of your title page saved as a pdf or word file to: Make sure to include your name and UIN in the message. Note: The title of your document does not have to be final before submission. To learn more about the thesis process, check out the Thesis Office website.

June 12, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2 - 4:00 p.m., 308 Coble Hall  


Summertime = grantwritinting time! The Graduate College offers grant-writing workshops for graduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math). Dr. Karen Ruhleder, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, will outline how and where to search for funding, and will cover the fundamentals of the art of proposal writing from articulating a vision to structuring the research plan.

If you have questions, contact See the Graduate College website for more information and resources about finding and applying for external fellowships.