Undergraduate Blog

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September 1, 2020

Central IL Builders of AGC – Industry Advancement Foundation would like to let you know that we fund two scholarships for students who are studying construction management or engineering and attend Bradley University, University of Illinois or Illinois State University. Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 academic year by AGC Education and Research Foundation who administer both scholarships on our behalf. We ask that you distribute the information on how to apply for the scholarships to your qualified students using the best method for your respective academic institutions.


Scholarship Information:

William M. Kuhne Scholarship ($2,500) Richard “Jake” Jakowsky Scholarship ($2,500)


Application Process starts here.

Deadline: November 1, 2020


For questions regarding the application contact:

        Melinda Patrician, Director, AGC Education & Research Foundation – melinda.patrician@agc.org

        Courtney Bishop, Associate Director, AGC Education & Research Foundation – courtney.bishop@agc.org


We appreciate your assistance in notifying your students of the opportunity to receive these scholarships. Our Foundation is committed to supporting the education of students interested in advancing their lives into the fascinating and ever changing world of construction.

September 1, 2020

Please see the following message regarding the TDC-MIT Transportation & Infrastructure Virtual Summit


Dear all,


My name is Rubén Morgan and I am a dual degree candidate in the Master of Science in Transportation and Master of City Planning at MIT. I am writing to announce details regarding the TDC-MIT Transportation & Infrastructure Virtual Summit on Monday, October 12, 2020. I am emailing you because students in your academic programs may be interested in attending this conference, featuring keynote presentations from Anthony Foxx (current Chief Policy Officer at Lyft and former US Secretary of Transportation) and Craig Cipriano (Acting President of MTA Bus Company), as well as panel discussions addressing this year’s theme of “Navigating Transportation Challenges and Opportunities in a New Era.” Students can register for FREE at https://bit.ly/3jcc6D4.


At the conference, hear experts from regional agencies and companies representing all modes of transportation speak on:


1.    Navigating Political and Funding Structures

2.    Mitigating Transportation Workforce Challenges


We would appreciate you distributing the information included in the attached save-the-date flyer to interested students in transportation and related disciplines at your university.


Thank you and please feel free to contact Rubén Morgan at rumorgan@mit.edu or John Moody at jmood@mit.edu with any questions or comments. We hope to see many of you there!




Rubén Morgan

M.S. Transportation Candidate

Masters of City Planning Candidate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


September 1, 2020

Tools & Tips for the Virtual Experience
Date: Thursday, September 3, 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Zoom (link to be sent one day prior to event)
CEE Alumni & Corporate Relations Coordinator, Keely Ashman, along with Engineering Career Services Lauren Stites, will talk about tips and tools for this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic: how to stand out in a virtual setting, how to prepare for virtual job fairs, and what platforms will be used by CEE and ECS.

Registration closes Thursday at 10am!

August 31, 2020

Lorne Mlotek will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:
September 12 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT
September 30 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT
October 17 2020 – 1:00PM – 5:00PM EDT  
October 25 2020 – 2:00PM – 6:00PM EDT -   OR   -
November 7 2020 – 3:00PM – 7:00PM EDT
November 19 2020 – 5:00PM – 9:00PM EDT
The above options are all identical.
You can register here for a webinar - https://leadinggreen.com/webinars
Online – Start today - Self-paced recorded workshop
Or take the on-demand recorded course completed at your own pace here - https://leadinggreen.com/online
This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!
Cost: $200 - Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)
Save Your Seat by registering here - https://leadinggreen.com/webinars
Or online on-demand here -  https://leadinggreen.com/online
Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at info@leadinggreen.com
Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M
Head LEED Trainer at LeadingGreen
B740 Sandford Fleming Building
10 King's College Road, Toronto, M5S 3G4


August 28, 2020

Students interested in learning research techniques and are looking for EITHER an in-person OR online course may want to consider:


CHLH 429 Research Techniques (4 cr hrs)

taught by Dr. Chung-Yi Chiu, Mondays 2:00 - 4:20 PM.

No pre-requisites are required. To accommodate the pandemic and students who may need in-person courses, the class will be in-person and broadcast at Zoom at the same time.


After learning comprehensive and essential topics listed below, students will be able to know and apply:

Where and how to initiate a research study; How to be an ethical, influential scientist;   What a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods methodology is and how to design them; How to develop and perform a good quality of a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods study; How to evaluate the quality and validity of a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods study; How to implement and manage a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods study;  How to analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data; How to write up a proposal for a pilot study.


Learning topics include:

Research development and science philosophy; Research ethics practice and analyses; Fundamental research issues; Measurement development, quality and psychometric analysis, and design; Reasoning, sampling, and data collection for a quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods study; Quantitative research design and analysis, and data quality and validity; Qualitative research design and analysis, and data quality and validity; SPSS hands-on practice; A mock proposal writing practice.


Previous students’ comments and experience are:

“CHLH 429 Research Techniques with Dr. Chu has been an essential building block during my graduate career at U of I. This course introduced me to essential components of research that have been extremely useful in my PhD program (i.e study designs & methodology, grant proposals & power analysis, analysis techniques). Early in my career I was intimidated by just basic statistics and analysis but after this course I have been able to run power calculations and basic stat functions on SPSS.”  


"CHLH 429 - Research Techniques was one of, if not the, most informational graduate-level courses that I've taken as a pre-med student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From the first day of class, students are effectively introduced to the fundamentals of scientific research (design, ethics, statistical analysis, etc.) and are encouraged to think critically. The material, assignments, and exams in this course are very manageable whether you are new or experienced with research techniques. Dr. Chiu is a very optimistic and engaging professor. She is always willing to listen to the concerns of her students and to provide them with the necessary assistance for them to be successful. Upon finishing this course, I felt well prepared to apply the knowledge in a professional setting. I highly recommend this course to any student with aspirations to partake in research throughout their academic and/or professional careers."