Undergraduate Blog

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March 19, 2019

I am pleased to share a new feature available in Schedule Generator.  Students can now view reserved seat counts on a section via a Reserved Caps tag.  The tag is viewable at the course level on the Schedule Generator homepage and detailed information about the tag is viewable at the section level.  A quick guide is attached for your reference.  The vendor is currently working on a couple of bugs with the tag, but we are excited to offer this information to students.

March 19, 2019

2019 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Program

ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship

Exxon Mobil Corporation, the largest publically traded international energy company, has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create fellowship opportunities in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for Hispanic college students.

Through HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program, ExxonMobil seeks to nurture motivated college students across the country, with a passion for Engineering and Science.

Selected students will be exposed to a top-quality company by participating in this signature mentoring program. Each student will be paired up with an ExxonMobil engineer or scientist to learn how their knowledge and skills are applied in a corporate setting.

Fellowship Components

The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to ExxonMobil and career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

Fellowship Requirements

This opportunity is highly competitive and open to freshman, sophomores, and juniors, attending a 4-year college or university.

Fellowship applicants with the following majors will be given priority:

Civil Engineering Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering Geoscience Material Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering

Applicants with these majors will be considered also: Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mathematics, Petroleum Engineering, and Physics.

Other Requirements:

Must plan to pursue a career in the fields/majors listed above

Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher

Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security

Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their

valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).

For the 2019 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship
If you have questions please contact Julian@hispanicheritage.org. Please use "ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship" in the subject line.
The 2019 ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowship Application will close April 12, 2019, @11:59 p.m.

March 15, 2019

Please see the attached flyer for details on a Civil Engineering Position opening with the Upchurch Group in Mattoon, IL.


March 13, 2019

EISP @ Krannert: Les 7 doigts de la main: “Reversible”

-Date & Time: Friday, March 29, 2019 (7:30pm)

-Location: Krannert Center, Colwell Playhouse Theatre

-Sponsored by Engineering International Student Programs and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

-Request Engineering Group Tickets ($7) here


EISP @ Krannert: The Other Guys 50th-Anniversary Reunion

-Date & Time: Saturday, March 30, 2019 (7:30pm)

-Location: Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall

-Sponsored by Engineering International Student Programs and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

-Request Engineering Tickets ($3) here - GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING


EISP @ Krannert: UI Black Chorus Mom’s Day Concert

-Date & Time: Saturday, April 6, 2019 (7:30pm)

-Location: Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall

-Sponsored by Engineering International Student Programs and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

-Request Engineering Group Tickets ($7) here   


Join EISP @ Krannert! To request an Engineering group ticket:
1. Complete an Engineering Group Ticket Request for each event.  Engineering tickets reserved on a “first-come” basis.

2. A confirmation email will be sent with your reservation status and seating.  Limited seats available.
3. After confirmation, checks or money order ONLY (no cash), payable to “UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS” must be received at 206 Engineering Hall.

4. Pick up ticket(s) at 206 Engineering Hall or the Krannert Center Will Call counter. For more information, contact Lori West (loriwest@illinois.edu).


Engineering International Faculty & Student Roundtable

-Date & Time: Friday, April 12, 2019 (5:00-6:30pm) 

-Location: John Deere Pavilion (2005 Mechanical Engineering Lab)

-Sponsored by: Engineering International Student Programs

-RSVP-Register to Attend: https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/416105

Join the EISP Roundtable as Engineering faculty, students, and staff share life experiences and wisdom! International and domestic students welcome.




2019 LockIn China March 24 Beijing Job Fair

-Date and Time: March 24, 2019 (14:00-18:00 pm)

-Location: Fu Rong Hall of Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong (北京-长富宫饭店芙蓉厅), Beijing, China

-Learn more on Handshake: here


Most positions are required 2-year experience or below, which means the students who graduated from 2017-2019 fit for this job fair. The positions from more than 500 companies now open to apply online, and close to 50 companies will attend the landing job fair in Beijing. We strongly recommend the candidates to apply positions as early as better, and then we will match the best jobs to them once they complete the profile. Therefore, before they meet employers in the job fair, they will quite well understand who they should talk more and pay more attention to. Also, we will provide on-site service of CV polish for free. As the place is limited, please invite your students to book this service ASAP.  The landing Job Fair will take place on March 24 in Fu Rong Hall of Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong (北京-长富宫饭店芙蓉厅) from 14:00-18:00 pm in Beijing.  


Global Transfer Afterglow: Steven Sogo and Hope Street

-Date & Time: Friday, March 29, 2019 (9:30pm)

-Location: Krannert Center Lobby, Stage 5


Noche De Baile Latino / Latin Dance Night

-Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2019 (9:30pm)

-Location: Krannert Center Lobby



March 13, 2019

IDOT is looking to fill 92 positions for Full Civil Engineer Trainees.

The technical application for IDOT employment has been revised. Confirm you have completed the latest version which is attached. The technical application (PM 1080) for employment must be received by the Bureau of Personnel Management, Room 012 , 2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764 (Fax # 217/557-3134) or emailed to DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@illinois.gov by 4:30 pm on Friday April 5, 2019. Applications will not be accepted after this deadline.


Please include in your application(s) the address, daytime phone, and position(s) for which you are applying. If selected, applicants will be notified in writing to schedule interviews. If you have questions regarding the application or position, please contact the Bureau of Personnel Management at (217)782-5594.


To view this posting and other current vacancy listings please visit: http://www.idot.illinois.gov/employment


Positions are located in the following Districts:


District 1 Schaumburg District 2 Dixon District 3 Ottawa District 4 Peoria District 5 Paris District 6 Springfield District 8 Collinsville


Central Office (Springfield)


Aeronautics Bureau of Bridges & Structures Bureau of Safety Programs & Engineering Bureau of  Materials Bureau of Operations