Graduate Blog

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July 11, 2016

Attention all students on the UIUC campus. Here is a link to a short survey about a Bike Sharing System. The Survey takes about one minute to fill. 



July 8, 2016

We are seeking drivers to conduct a traffic experiment on Tuesday, July 19th from 7am-11am. Participants will drive on a circular track to study traffic patterns. All drivers will be compensated $50 for their time in the experiment.


We will provide rental cars for all drivers.


To be able to participate you must be:


-At least 21 years old by July 19

-A student at the University of Illinois (no department preference)

-In possession of a valid drivers license

-Available from 7am-12noon on Tuesday, July 19 and the same times on Wednesday, July 20th as a backup in case of bad weather

-Available to pick up a rental car in Champaing-Urbana the day before the experiment


If you are interested, please use the link below to sign up.


This research is being supervised by Dr. Dan Work in Civil Engineering.

If you have any questions, please contact Raphael Stern at


July 7, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Erin Leigh Dillon Sibley

Drained Cyclic Preshearing Effects on the Liquefaction Resistance of Sands

Advisor: Associate Professor Scott M. Olson

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 9:00 am

Location: Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, Room 2218



July 5, 2016

Effective July 25, 2016, the deposit fee for master’s theses will increase from $15 to $25. Students depositing by the July 22 deadline for August 2016 will not be affected. The master’s deposit fee pays for processing and preservation of these documents and has been unchanged since 2010. The deposit fee for doctoral dissertations will remain $50.

July 5, 2016

Students planning to deposit theses or dissertations for August 2016 graduation are reminded of the following deadlines:

  • July 15: Last day to complete a doctoral dissertation deposit
  • July 22: Last day to complete a master’s thesis deposit

Because deposit deadlines are firm, students are strongly encouraged to submit the thesis or dissertation to the Graduate College at least one week before the deadline in order to allow sufficient time to make and re-submit all requested corrections. For August graduation, any corrections requested by the Graduate College and all required deposit materials must be submitted to the Thesis Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deposit deadline.

Visit our website for further information about the deposit process and links to downloadable deposit checklists.