Graduate Blog

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January 10, 2017

This Spring, the Graduate College Career Development Office will offer more than 20 workshops on a range of topics. Our interactive workshops offer information and hands-on practice to help students get from where they are to where they want to be. Our Spring 2017 workshop series includes:

GradMAP: What Do You Want to Achieve in Grad School? Preparing for Faculty Interviews Translating Your Skills Negotiation Strategies Blogging & Social Media for Professional Success Career Exploration Group What Can I Do with a PhD in the Humanities? Getting the Most out of an Academic Conference The ACLS Public Fellows Competition And more

See the full schedule and learn more online

January 10, 2017

Graduate and professional students on the Urbana campus are invited to submit entries to the fourth annual Image of Research competition. Images can represent research, scholarly, or creative work either concretely or abstractly. Entries must include a one-paragraph narrative that articulates the connection between the image and research and that captures the attention and imagination of both specialists and general audiences. See details.

Semi-finalists will be displayed at a reception on April 5, 2017 in conjunction with the annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Finalists will be announced at the event. Semi-finalists will also compete for a People’s Choice award which will be voted on by attendees of the reception. Prizes include:

First prize: $500 Second prize: $300 Third prize: $200 Honorable mention(s): $100 People’s Choice award: $100


January 10, 2017

To: Engineering Graduate Students

Date: January 10, 2017

From: Computation Science and Engineering (CSE)

Subject: Apply for TA Positions for the CSE Training Program

Application Deadline: January 13, 2017


The CSE training program seeks qualified applicants for the spring semester who are interested in teaching workshops on technical subject.  We are particularly searching for TAs experienced in MATLAB, Python, Fluent, Abaqus, cluster usage (HPC/MPI), and similar topics. 

To apply, please send a your CV and a brief notice of interest to  by Friday, January 13, 2017.  When sending your application via email, please use the subject line "TA Application".  Complementary skills will also be considered, so please mention them as appropriate.


Application Checklist:

Send CV to Send CV by Friday, January 13, 2017 Add “TA Application” to the Subject Line Add complementary skills




Kind Regards,


Elizabeth Stull

Assistant to Narayan Aluru, CSE Director

January 10, 2017

Gwinnett County, Georgia is looking for candidates for an applied research engineer position they have open.  They are looking for someone to oversee two pilot plants (that they own and plan to use continuously), help conduct research projects, and become a key team member in our growing research program. 

Ideal candidates would be a chemical or environmental engineer with a PhD and perhaps some post-doc research experience. This person would need to have analytical instrument and lab experience.  Ideally, this engineer would have background in drinking water processes.  Salary is up to $75 or 80k depending upon experience.

Here’s a link to the job posting, but please let candidates know that the salary listed in the very minimum and definitely not the full range available:

January 4, 2017

The Sandeigo Pure water Project is looking to hire a number of graduates in Spring 2017. Graduates must have a masters degree in water or wastewater engineering, preferably with an undergraduate degree in civil or mechanical engineering. If you have an exceptional candidate, we would be anxious to consider their resume. We are looking for graduates who are hardworking and understand the need to stay on a steep learning curve for the next 10 years to be successful as an engineering consultant. These individuals will be working with and mentored by some of the industry’s best in ozone, reverse osmosis, microfiltration, ultraviolet radiation, and biologically active filtration and will have the chance to work on the exciting Pure Water Project in San Diego. For more info, please contact Patrick White at