Graduate Blog

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August 29, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Illini Union, Rooms A & B


The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships will hold its annual information session on the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRF) on September 9. Students considering applying and faculty and staff wishing to learn more about the fellowship are invited.

The NSF-GRF is one of the nation's premiere fellowships for graduate study. Fellowships support US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the sciences, social sciences, and engineering fields. Seniors and students in their first or second year of graduate study may apply.

The three-year fellowship provides a $34,000 annual stipend, a cost-of-education allowance, international research opportunities, and internship opportunities with federal agencies. For details on the fellowship, visit the NSF-GRF listing in our Fellowship Finder database.

The information session will feature Dr. William Hahn, former Director of the NSF-GRF program; Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of Fellowships in the Graduate College; and two Illinois awardees: TeKisha Rice from Human Development & Family Studies, and Sarah Bonson from Chemistry.

Here is a flyer for the information session. Please share this with faculty and eligible students in your unit. If you have any questions about the fellowship or the session, please contact Ken Vickery at

Also, the Office of External Fellowships offers individualized advising for students applying for the NSF-GRF (and for any other external fellowship). For details, visit our proposal advising webpage.

August 28, 2019

Please join us at our Backpack to Briefcase Professional Development series. These talks will take place throughout the semester. Please see the following page for more details:

August 28, 2019

You are invited to attend Illinois Abroad Day, a campus-wide study abroad event that will be held on Wednesday, September 4 from 11AM-3PM. Five concurrent fairs will be hosted by various campus units at locations across campus (see below). At Illinois Abroad Day, students can explore programs, talk to returnees, and learn more about the study abroad process.

Campus-Wide Fair - Main Quad (behind the Union) College of ACES - ACES Library (Heritage Room) College of Education - 260A Education Building Grainger College of Engineering - Engineering Quad College of LAS - Lincoln Hall Lawn


August 28, 2019

Please see the attached flyers for information on upcoming Boeing Recruitment events on campus.


August 28, 2019

CARE has sent out the following update on the resources they will be offering for the Fall 2019 semester:

Tutoring & Peer Advising will be in full swing Aug 28! Click here to meet our tutoring team! Tutor schedule by course, click here Private tutoring appointments are available again this semester. 


Exam Review Session, schedule will post here closer to exam time Courses we will host exam review sessions for include: Math 220/221, 231, 241, 285,  PHYS 211, 212, 213, 214 & CHEM 102


DRES & Counseling Center-Continuing partnership with Engineering! Our students can schedule a 30 minute consultation with a Counselor from the Counseling Center in 206 EH Please note, this consultation is not with Dr. Ken.  Dr. Ricketts will come to 206 twice a week to help our students (see attachment) Our students can schedule a 30 minute consultation with a DRES specialist in 206 EH (schedule for this is pending & will be available within the next week Workshops schedules & details click here We will be advertising the schedule for workshops through the Counseling Center on the CARE website this semester.   Workshop topics will include but not limited to: Time Management, Test Anxiety, In focus Series, & RIO


5 Minute Facts & Mindful Mondays (NEW) with McKinley Health Educators, click here for details McKinley Health Educators will help our students learn about McKinley services and feature special topics such as Stress Management, Nutrition, & Fitness


FYI, CARE will maintain both the website I have linked to this email but also the Grainger Student Portal so you can direct students to either.