Graduate Blog

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September 15, 2016

Registration has just opened for the second annual Research Live! competition and to invite you to share this opportunity with your graduate students.

Now in its second year, Research Live! asks graduate students from all disciplines to hone their presentation skills and highlight their work by giving a compelling 3-minute, 2-slide talk for a general audience.

You know that students in your program are engaged in exciting, ground-breaking research and creative work. You know just how impressive and interesting they can be. Now you can encourage your students to show off all that hard work and creativity at Research Live!.

Graduate students can learn more, find resources to help them prepare, and register to compete on this page. Registration closes on October 26.

Last year, over 60 students competed in preliminary rounds and 12 took part in the finals. (You can view the finalists’ presentations here.) This year, we hope to have even more students participate from an even greater variety of disciplines.

The finals judges this year include:

Niala Boodhoo, Host & Executive Producer, The 21st, Illinois Public Media/WILL Antoinette Burton, Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and Professor of History Gene Robinson, Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and Professor of Entomology and Neuroscience Vishal Sachdev, Director of the Illinois MakerLab Daniel Simons, Professor of Psychology

Participants compete for four prizes: First Prize ($300), Second Prize ($200), Third Prize ($150), and People’s Choice ($100).


September 15, 2016

Current non-thesis MS students in CEE are encouraged to apply for the Global CEE program. Enhance your technical skills with global and professional experience.  

Who is Eligible?  First year domestic or international MS students in CEE.

Learn more:


Complete the online form at

Include a copy of your current resume and a Statement of Interest.

Application Deadline:  October 1, 2016


Hannah Christensen

Coordinator of International Programs in CEE

Prof. Jeff Roesler

Associate Head for Graduate Affairs 

September 14, 2016

Are you interested in engineering outreach, giving technical presentations, or developing public speaking skills? Do you want to help change the conversation about engineering? 

If so, you should consider joining Illinois Engineering Ambassadors!

Through outreach and technical presentations, we aim to change the conversation about what it means to be an engineer by giving presentations on how engineers are positively impacting the health, happiness, and safety of our world.

Engineering Ambassadors is not an RSO. It is an organization sponsored by the College of Engineering, advised by Dean Brunet and Bioengineering Professor Dr. Amos.

Engineering Ambassadors also partners with other organizations like Engineering Career Services and Engineering Open House to help with volunteering opportunities, advisory councils, tours, and more.

Sound interesting? Apply HERE by Sept 15th at 11:59 pm

Links not working?

Engineering Ambassador Website:

Application Link:

Questions? Email Katie Mummah, Recruitment Chair ( or Nick Cain, President (

In order to become an Engineering Ambassador, you will have to take ENG 198 Section EB in the second half of the fall 2016 semester. (2 credit hours, MW 9 - 10 am and W 7-9 pm)

September 13, 2016

The Lane Construction Corporation will be attending the Engineering Career Fair at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign on September 22nd. Lane recognizes the exceptional education students receive within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the faculty’s commitment to their success. Lane is the #1 Highway Contractor and a leading heavy civil construction corporation. Specializing in highways, bridges, mass transit, and airport systems, Lane is also one of the largest producers of Hot Mix Asphalt in the United States. There are several internship and full-time opportunities available at Lane for students majoring in Civil, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering as well as Construction Management.

Attached are two handouts that can be shared with your students. I may be contacted directly for any questions and look forward to meeting your students at the career fair.


Thank you for your time.



Shannon Tenney  |  University Relations Specialist


The Lane Construction Corporation  

90 Fieldstone Court  |  Cheshire, CT 06410


(: 203.439.2142 | 7: 203.439.0576 |


September 13, 2016

Co-sponsored by Academic Human Resources and the Graduate College, this orientation provides information for Teaching, Research, Pre-Professional, and Graduate Assistants regarding appointments and benefits.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Illini Union, Room 404

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate College at