Undergraduate Blog

To submit an item for the undergraduate blog, email Greg Coughlin.

October 26, 2017

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is currently seeking two Transportation Engineers, located in Lansing, Michigan. 

One position performs as an Intelligent Transportation Systems Specialist, guiding the development and management of the MDOT ITS Program template.  You may view the job posting here: 

ITS Engineer Specialist

The other position performs as a Signal Operations Specialist developing, implementing and managing a statewide program to proactively monitor, maintain and optimize traffic signal operations.  You may view the posting here:

Signal Operations Engineer Specialist

Possession of a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering or in civil and environmental engineering is required.

October 25, 2017

EOH Central committee is looking for Marketing Subcommittee members!

The following is the link for the application:


The application is due this Friday, 27th by midnight.

October 24, 2017

NCSA’s Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) internship program will host the SPIN Open House on October 25 from 3-5pm in the NCSA atrium to promote the summer 2018 internship projects. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with our SPIN mentors who are NCSA research staff and faculty affiliates and learn more about the projects. See the attached flyer.


2018 SPIN summer session:

An 8-week summer session (June 4- July 27, 2018)

All NCSA SPIN interns are paid $12.50/hour

No restriction on year of study or major; international students are eligible


October 24, 2017

Date: Thursday, November 9th

Time: 11:00 – 11:50am

Place: Grainger Engineering Library, Room 335

What it is:  Evaluating different information sources, in order to determine their value and relevance to your research/assignment.

October 24, 2017

Please see the following message from Holly Herrera of Parkland College for information on transferring credit from Parkland College to UIUC:


University of Illinois students need to begin with the appropriate Parkland Concurrent Enrollment form (Domestic or International) and complete it in its entirety (including providing the course rubric, number and section, i.e. ENG 220 – 201). As always, students need to attach a PDF of their Academic History (not DARS audit) to ensure that course pre-requisites are met. For students receiving financial aid, they should also complete the Financial Aid Concurrent Enrollment form.

The Parkland spring schedule is now available online. Students/advisors can easily search for available courses at Parkland right from the home page by clicking “Search for Classes” on the left toolbar. Open registration for all students will begin on November 6. Please note: the last day to register for classes is a firm date. There are no late add petitions and no exceptions.

If a student wishes to take a math course, or a course that has math as a prerequisite (e.g. CHEM, CS or Physics), they must show proof of the prerequisite completed through their Academic History (not DARS audit) or a screenshot of their ACT/SAT score (test taken within the last two years). If they do not have either, they will be required to take Parkland’s ALEKS assessment test in person. The break down for the ACT/SAT requirement cutoffs follow (scores are valid for two years):



Parkland Course Placement



MAT 108 (STAT 100 equiv)



MAT 124 (MATH 112 equiv)



MAT 125, 141, 143, 145, 160, 200 (MATH 115, 124, 143, 125, and ECON 202 equiv)



MAT 128 (MATH 128 equiv)

The relationship between Parkland and the University of Illinois has been in place for 50 years and works very well, but if Illinois students do not apply and get admitted, they will receive no special treatment (e.g. priority or rush processing so that they can register). They should apply early in the case that they are even thinking of taking a course.

Spring Semester 2018 deadlines:

Registration for continuing students: October 30–November 5 Open registration begins: November 6 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of January 15: January 14 Full-semester and first 8-week classes begin: January 16 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of February 5: February 4 13-week classes begin: February 5 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of March 12: March 11 Second 8-week (midterm) classes begin: March 12 Last day of classes: May 10 Final examinations: May 11–17 Campus holidays and closures
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (college closed): January 15
Professional Development Day (no day or evening classes): February 22
Spring vacation: March 17–25
Spring holiday (college closed): March 23

I hold open, walk-in office hours in Parkland's Counseling and Advising Office on most Wednesdays from 9:00am – 3:00 so feel free to see me with questions or concerns.

Holly Herrera: holly10@illinois.edu