Undergraduate Blog

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April 1, 2019

The DFI Educational Trust, the charitable arm of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), announces the availability of scholarships in 2019 under its At-Large Scholarship Program.


Applicants must be enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. college or university; be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in civil, geotechnical engineering or other related deep foundations curriculum; or an undergraduate degree in construction management; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.   In addition, they must demonstrate interest in the deep foundation industry and financial need.  There are several scholarships available ranging from  $2,000 to $5,000 each.   Applicants need to submit only one application and they will be considered for all available scholarships.   The awards can be used for tuition, fees, books and/or educational living expenses. 


The application period is open now.    The deadline for submission is May 15, 2019


To apply, go to At Large Scholarship Application    Application, essay, and resume, are accepted online only.     Transcript and letters of recommendation must be sent by mail.   All materials must be received by the above deadline.


For more information on the DFI Educational Trust, visit www.dfitrust.org.


March 29, 2019

NCSA’s Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program will host the SPIN Open House on April 9 from 3-5pm in the NCSA Atrium to promote the academic year 2019-20 internship projects. Students will have an opportunity to meet with our SPIN mentors who are NCSA researchers and faculty affiliates and learn more about the projects. See the flyer attached.


March 28, 2019

Please note the following upcoming events from Engineering International Student Programs (EISP)

Engineering International Student “Meet and Greet”

Meet Engineering international and domestic students, faculty, and staff! Stop by between classes for snacks and refreshments. Expand your network, and meet new friends! Learn about Engineering and campus-wide resources!  Deadline for FREE food: March 31.

-Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

-Time: 12:30-1:30pm

-Location: 212 Engineering Hall

-Sponsored by: Engineering International Student Programs

-FOOD RSVP DEADLINE: March 31. Register to Attend: here


Engineering International Faculty & Student Roundtable

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

Special Guests: Dr. Deming Chen (Electrical and Computer Engineering),  Dr. Pinshane Y. Huang (Materials Science and Engineering), Mrinaal Mittal (Computer Science), and Katrina James (Computer Science).

-Date & Time: Friday, April 12, 2019 (4:30-6:00pm) 

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

-Sponsored by: Engineering International Student Programs

-Networking Reception. RSVP-Register to Attend: 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


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   


Engineering International Student Programs (EISP):  Learn more here

March 28, 2019

Please see the following message for upcoming Study Abroad Info Sessions

SPAIN - January 2020 Winter Break
Thursday March 28th, 7pm, Bevier Commons / Bevier Hall
This program will focus on the healthy diet and lifestyle of the Spaniards. Led by Toni Burkhalter, Food Science & Human Nutrition. Open to all majors.


SOUTH AFRICA - January 2020 Winter Break
Wednesday April 3, 4:30pm, 305 Mumford Hall
Led by Jan Brooks, Human Development & Family Studies; this program is titled "Service Learning, Child, Family, Health, and Agriculture."


SIERRA LEONE - January 2020 Winter Break or Spring 2020 Semester
Wednesday April 3, 5pm, 426 Mumford Hall
Programs in Sierra Leone are directed by Dr. Paul McNamara, Agricultural and Consumer Economics. Focus is on international development, global health & nutrition, and history/culture/agriculture. Open to all majors and options for winter break and spring semester.

March 28, 2019

This upcoming 2019 Fall semester, Prof. Mohaghegh will offer the NPRE 461 Probabilistic Risk Assessment course. This NPRE 461 course targets and would benefit students from various departments, including CEE. Please see the attached flyer for more details if you are interested.