Undergraduate Blog

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April 30, 2020

NCSA has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduate students. The Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Material and Manufacturing, Data and Computational Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Digital Agriculture. The SPIN program is now accepting applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply, please visit our website, spin.ncsa.illinois.edu, and click on the “Mentors” tab to learn about the SPIN projects, and then click on the “Apply” tab. The application deadline is June 1, 2020.


SPIN Academic Year 2020-21 program details:

Program dates: August 24, 2020 – May 5, 2021 (Fall and Spring semesters)

Work 5 hours/week for 16 weeks each semester

SPIN interns earn $12.50 per hour and are paid as Undergraduate Hourly employees

Any UIUC undergraduate student in good academic standing and enrolled in 12 credit hours each semester

No restriction on year of study or major

International students are eligible

April 30, 2020

May 2020 graduates are encouraged to complete the Illini Success Survey, available at go.illinois.edu/MyIlliniSuccess. Responses to the survey provide valuable information about post-graduation pursuits of bachelor’s degrees recipients, and helps each department learn about the wide variety of paths taken by students after earning their degree. The Illini Success team is raffling off $50 Amazon gift cards to survey respondents!

April 30, 2020

Please see the following message from Illinois Solar Decathlon:




Illinois Solar Decathlon is seeking highly dedicated students to join the Build Team for both the Summer and Fall 2020 segment of The 2020 Build Challenge (https://www.solardecathlon.gov/2020/build/challenge-teams.html). The ISD Build Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in the design, coordination and actual construction of a Net-Zero House on campus. Currently, we are in the final quarter of the 2-year long challenge that was started in August 2018. We are building a 1200 square-foot modular home for a single family. The house will be tested and exhibited on our campus next summer and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Mall, Washington DC during the Summer of 2021.


The Build Team is comprised of 9 sub-teams:

Architecture Structure Construction Management Water Photovoltaics & Electric HVAC & Energy Analysis App Development Lighting, Automation, and Home Appliances Marketing, Finance, and/or Sponsorship

We are seeking students who are passionate about disciplines such as: sustainability, architecture, engineering, and business. Prior experience in disciplines such as HVAC, photovoltaics, plumbing, energy analysis, architecture, structural design, sustainability, etc. is taken into consideration. The following tasks will be undertaken this summer and the following semester:

Construction drawings: They will prepare revisions and upgrades to the existing document set, Project schedules, specifications, and bills of quantities: They will prepare revisions and upgradations to the existing document sets, Marketing package: They will develop project presentations, exhibition design, posters, photo & videography, Sponsorship: Working closely with the specifications team, they will reach out to market partners and manufacturers for product donations and follow up with the existing partners to assist in procurement. 

The success of our team's work during the past 1.5 years has strongly relied on dedicated individuals who are passionate about their tasks and are willing to learn from other members of the team. The teams will meet twice a week for 1.5 hours each and will need to dedicate 5-6 hours/week outside of their meetings to help work towards the project deadlines.


This is a great platform for students seeking to get some practical experience in building construction, marketing, and project management, and great for those vying for a career in modular housing, building technologies, building performance, and sustainable architecture. Since it is a student-run project, we are always excited to hear and execute proposals that enhance our design!


Students interested may fill out the application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_TMNmVNvZ3FgSI0zpVfgD1tG2i9S8...


Once it is filled out we will contact you shortly.


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April 24, 2020

Attached please find notice from the Structural Engineering Foundation on available scholarships.


April 24, 2020

Are you graduating in May 2020 or August 2020? Be a part of the CEE at Illinois virtual yearbook! Fill out the form at the link below to share your favorite college memories and your plans for the future (both short-term and long-term), as well as one or more photos. Submit your entry by Wednesday, May 6 at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/7246537