Undergraduate Blog

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August 19, 2016

Dear CEE seniors,

After a successful first year, the Illinois Hyperloop team is excited and motivated to continue its run of innovation.  In support of the ongoing effort, the College of Engineering is offering a special interdisciplinary course, ENG 491 HYP, where seniors of all majors in the College of Engineering can earn credit for their involvement in the project.  The course will meet Thursdays from 4–6 pm in room 204 Transportation Building.  Course sessions will consist of formal team meetings led by instructors and team leaders.  Using the existing vehicle as a case study, the team will conduct lively brainstorming sessions to prepare for the upcoming competition.  Students will give regular updates on their progress as the team prepares to submit its vehicle design proposal to SpaceX.  If the team qualifies, it will build a fully-functional prototype to compete in the 1-mile long tube at SpaceX headquarters. 

We seek strong, motivated students to join the team.  Enrollment requires approval from the instructors.  Interested students should send their resumes and any questions to bejohnso@illinois.edu

Best regards,

Blake Johnson

August 19, 2016

The University of Illinois' campus-wide day of service, iHelp, will be taking place on September 24th, 2016. Join the campus and Champaign-Urbana communities by joining us as we volunteer with different organizations throughout the campus area. Registration will be open from August 21st through September 17th at illinisaa.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Marty Browne at mbrowne2@illinois.edu. All students are welcome!

August 19, 2016

Meet recruiters before the Engineering Career Fair!

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August 19, 2016

Illinois Abroad & Global Exchange, along with the Colleges of LAS, Education, and Media as well as various campus resources, will be on the Quad on Wednesday, August 31 from 11am to 3 pm.

Staff members will be available to educate students on how to study abroad and why studying abroad is an important aspect of your educational experience. Students returning from study abroad experiences will be available to talk about their programs abroad. Campus offices will provide resources on how to fund study abroad programming, how to use study abroad experiences to strengthen resumes, and more!

Questions? Contact Caroline Ewing at caewing@illinois.edu or stop by their office!


August 19, 2016

Support for two graduate students and one undergraduate student is being offered through the Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security (ACDIS) in conjunction with Illinois International Programs and a grant from the National Science Foundation. The graduate student support is at 50% time for four fall/spring semesters and two intervening summer months. The undergraduate support is for eight hours per week for 14 weeks in four fall/spring semesters and for 30–40 hours per week for eight weeks in the intervening summer. The focus areas offered are:

A. Climate change economics and politics
B. Nuclear materials (spent nuclear fuel management or nuclear materials security)
C. Social dimensions of information security (motivations for misuse and/or public policy)

Selected students will conduct research, help organize relevant campus events and website materials and a summer short course, and develop course materials and/or be teaching assistants for courses pertinent to a proposed new Graduate Certificate and Masters Degree Concentration in Technology and Security.

Applicants for selection should submit to Kathy Anderson-Conner <andconnr@illinois.edu>, with a copy to csinger@illinois.edu, an unofficial transcript, and a research plan or statement of areas of potential interest for research. Applicants who have at least 12 semester hours of credit from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for their UIUC courses. For help with preparing an application, contact ACDIS Director Clifford Singer at csinger@illinois.edu. Early application is advised, as applications will be reviewed in the order submitted and awards no longer made if and when suitable applicants for all of the positions have been chosen.

For graduate students, a recommendation from a faculty member in their home department should be included with the application. That faculty member must indicate a willingness either to serve as a reader on a Masters thesis in one of the above research areas or have the some of the results of research carried out through May of 2018 be incorporated in to a PhD thesis that the faculty member supervises. The faculty recommendation should note what, if any, additional means of support might be available to the applicant from 16 August 2016 through 15 May 2018.

An undergraduate application must either present a course plan that leads to graduation in May of 2018, or completion of at least 120 credit hours by then with a plan to graduate not later than December of 2018. The name of a faculty member who would be willing to provide a recommendation on request can be included in an undergraduate’s application. However, undergraduate applicants should not delay submitting an application if they do not get a prompt reply from a faculty member willing to be listed as a reference, since this can be requested later during the selection process if needed.

A. Climate Action Gaming Experiment: Methods and Example Results, Challenges 6, 202–228
    (2015), http://www.mdpi.com/2078-1547/6/2/202

B. ‘Plan D’ for Spent Nuclear Fuel (2009)

C. National Science Foundation’s Workshop on Trustworthy Computing (2010)