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April 6, 2018

Fulbright Scholarship Workshops: Spring 2018


All events sponsored by the National and International Scholarships Program.  
Full event descriptions are in the attached document titled: Fulbright Meeting Schedule.


The US Student Fulbright website is:  https://us.fulbrightonline.org
Facebook UIUC Fulbright Events page is here.

Tuesday, April 10
Kickoff Fulbright Information Session – 3:30-5:00 pm, 180 Bevier Hall.
Recent Fulbright award winners will be present to share their experiences, an introduction to the Fulbright application process will be shared, and then pizza will arrive as we continue informal conversations!  Please come and bring someone with you.

Friday, April 20
Personal Statement Workshop – 3:30-5:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
A key part of the Fulbright Application is the Personal Statement, a one-page essay. Come learn how to create this document and tell your unique story.

Webinars for those off campus:
If you are not currently on campus to take advantage of our Fulbright Information Session, join us remotely for these webinars!  The same detailed overview will be provided for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including: eligibility, grant types, and application advice.  There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Wednesday, April 25
Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 8:30-9:30 am CST

Thursday, April 26
Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 12:00-1:00 pm CST


Friday, April 27
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Application Workshop – 2:00-3:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
The Fulbright ETA application includes a one-page essay on your case for Why the Fulbright program should fund You to Teach English to students in ____________ (insert your host country).  We will discuss how to approach this essay and more during this workshop.

Friday, April 27
Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal Workshop – 3:30-5:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright research grant, join us for this workshop to learn how to craft this important two-page grant request, how to secure a letter of affiliation, and how to select your reference letter writers.

The US Student Fulbright website is:  https://us.fulbrightonline.org
Facebook UIUC Fulbright Events page is here.


April 5, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar for the Zhejiang-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI)


Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethenes: pH Effects, Novel Dechlorinators and Decision-Making Tools


Dr. Yi Yang

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Marine Sciences

University of Georgia


Monday, April 9, 2018

12:00 p.m.

3310 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

205 N. Mathews, Urbana



Chlorinated solvents have been widely used in different areas of modern society. Improper handling and disposal of these chlorinated hazardous compounds caused a variety of environmental problems and continues to affect human health. Among the available treatment technologies, bioremediation shows great promise as a cost-effective corrective strategy for a variety of environmental pollutants. Prerequisites are that the microbiology involved in contaminant degradation and geochemical factors, such as pH, are understood, so that bioremediation technologies can be confidently implemented. In this research we investigated chemical and microbiological factors affecting chlorinated ethenes biodegradation, and developed an Excel-based tool to guide remedial practitioners to select suitable remediation strategies. The research findings advance understanding of the microbial reductive dechlorination process and will improve the implementation of in situ bioremediation.




Dr. Yi Yang received his double bachelor’s degrees (Environmental engineering and law, 2007) and Master of Engineering Degree (2009) from Wuhan University. Then he had been studying in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in environmental biotechnology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, supervised by Dr. Frank Löffler. There he earned his MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2012 and 2016, respectively. His main interests were biotic and abiotic processes that contribute to contaminant degradation in anoxic environments (e.g., microbial reductive dehalogenation). He continued his postdoctoral training in Dr. Samantha Joye’s lab at the University of Georgia, Athens, working on characterizing petroleum hydrocarbons and enriching microorganisms capable of anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation. He has authored and co-authored research papers published in ISME, Environmental Science & Technology, and Nature Chemical Biology.


April 5, 2018

Faculty Candidate for the Zhejiang-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI)


Quantifying and Managing Infrastructure Resilience: A Structural Health Monitoring Solution

Binbin Li, University of Liverpool,


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

12:00 p.m.

2312 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

205 N. Mathews, Urbana


Civil infrastructures, e.g., water, energy, waste and transportation systems, are essential to modern life and central to the security and stability of the nation. Modern societies demand civil infrastructures to be ‘resilient’ to disasters – natural and man-made hazards, e.g., earthquakes, floods, storms, terrorist attacks. Resilience measures the vulnerability and adaptability of infrastructures to extreme events. There are methodologies to quantify the vulnerability and adaptability of civil infrastructures. However, they are mainly based on empirical procedures due to lack of sufficient data. With integrated sensor networks in structures and infrastructures, structural health monitoring has shown its applicability in operation maintenance and emergency management, taking advantage of both the engineering knowledge and field data. This talk summarizes recent research and proposes approaches to resolve challenges of quantification and management of infrastructural resilience from the perspective of structural health monitoring to envision a promising future with resilient and intelligent civil infrastructures.



Dr. Binbin Li is currently a research associate in the Institute of Risk and Uncertainty at the University of Liverpool, UK, working on quantifying and managing uncertainties in ambient vibration test. He obtained his Ph.D. (2016) in Civil Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley and his B.S. (2009) in Civil Engineering and M.S. (2012) in Structural Engineering both from Dalian University of Technology, China. His research focuses on developing innovative statistical methods to address safety, resilience and sustainability issues of the built civil infrastructures. His specific interests include operational modal analysis, Bayesian system identification, infrastructural network modeling and field test, for structure and infrastructure health management and resilience assessment.


April 5, 2018

The Economics Minor is approved!   http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/las/academic-units/economics/#...


Please share the information I have provided below my signature with students and encourage them to complete the ‘interest form’ so they receive details on the minor as soon as it is available (only students should complete this form). We will share all updated information through AdvisL and have more on our website when ready (hopefully by the end of the semester or early summer).


We are always happy to answer your questions (just not about the Minor, yet). CS+ECON has also been approved, and our B.S. in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics is in the final stages of approval (hopefully in the summer)-- we will have more information on those as soon as possible. We are also renumbering ECON courses (ECON 490s are finally moving into new courses!), so stay tuned for updates on those as well.


Course Information (ECON Restrictions, Overrides, 400-level Course Updates, Syllabi, etc.), may be found on our ECON Course Website: http://go.economics.illinois.edu/CoursesUndergrad and other information found on our Economics Website: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/undergrad/info/. We meet with any student interested in the ECON B.A. Major, so please have them make an advising appointment: http://go.illinois.edu/EconAppointment (unless they are interested in the Minor, CS+, or BS~ then please refer to the info above).


I will be in contact with more information soon, happy registration advising in the meantime!


Melissa Newell

Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Department of Economics, LAS

Email: menewell@illinois.edu | Office: 217.333.2682 | Web: http://www.economics.illinois.edu/programs/undergrad/


Information for Students (images attached for social media or email distribution):


Students interested in the *NEW* Economics Minor:

We have created an ‘Economics Minor Interest Form’ students may complete if they would like to receive emails with details about the minor (application process, course registration, etc.) as soon as it is available: http://go.economics.illinois.edu/MinorInterest

We hope to have more information in the early summer, if not before. We are not currently meeting with students to discuss the minor, so please complete the form so you may receive all of the updated information when available. Overrides into courses are not currently provided, and we are not accepting applications yet. In the meantime, general information may be found here.


April 3, 2018

Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders offers undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who receives an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization is eligible to apply. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student.


Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 (For internships that occur between May 16, 2018 - December 31, 2018)
Application Deadline: April 12

​Got questions? We have answers.  Stop by Office Hours at the University Y: 

Monday, April 9 from 2-4 pm Wednesday, April 11 from 4-6 pm



Kasey Umland
Associate Director

University YMCA
1001 S. Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 337-1514 


Apply or nominate a student for a 2018-19 Bailey Scholarship!






Tori Spring
Assistant Director, Experiential Learning
The Career Center
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
715 S. Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820