Graduate Blog

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February 13, 2017
   Dissertation and Master's Project Travel Grant Applications due to Joan Christian in department March 10   Master's Project Travel Dissertation Travel  
February 13, 2017

We are accepting nominations for the Yee Memorial Fund Fellowship.  This program is made possible by a generous bequest of Drs. Warren and Ming Ting Yee.  Dr. Warren Yee received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1943.  Dr. Warren Yee was a partner in the Detroit firm of Harley, Ellington, Pierce & Yee Associates and later was the founder of Bio-Tech Research Laboratory, Inc. in Washington, D.C.  He died in 1984.

Dr. Warren Yee was known for thinking of others, especially relatives in China, before he thought of himself.  His wife has requested that income from the funds be used to support Chinese graduate students in the College of Engineering.  Special consideration will be given to students from inner provinces or inner province universities (not coastal) in China.  Each award will be $5,000.  This will be paid in two payments of $2,500 in the fall and spring terms. We anticipate awarding four fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year in the College of Engineering.

General Information:

We will use the following procedures to select the award recipients

_      Awards may be made to confirmed entering Chinese nationals (who have accepted the offer of admission) or continuing students who are Chinese nationals.

_      Applicants must not be graduating before May of the next calendar year (2018).

_      There is a maximum of one award per department per year.

_      Each department may nominate up to two students.

_      Nominations should be submitted by the CEE graduate office.  Nominations can originate from any faculty member; however, departmental screening and evaluation are strongly encouraged.

Application Package:

The following items will constitute the application package:.

_      Application cover sheet (dept fills out this sheet).

_      Student vita/resume specifying previous education, work experience, research experience, publications, presentations and relevant service.

_      For current Illinois graduate students, please include unofficial transcripts with current GPA and a copy of GRE scores from their admissions file.

_      Essay of approximately one page by the student nominee.  The essay should describe the student's career goals, how these goals will impact engineering education, research, and service to the field of engineering, and how the student's Ph.D. program will help accomplish those goals.  In the event the nominee is a confirmed entering student, the student's application essay may be substituted.

_      Two letters of recommendation should address the student's demonstrated contributions and/or potential for making significant contributions to engineering education, research and service.  In particular, the letters should address how the Yee Fellowship will help the student meet his/her career goals.  For nominees who are entering students, the letters of recommendation used for applying to graduate school may be used.

Selection Criteria:

The Yee Fellowship will be selected primarily using the criteria summarized below:

_         Special consideration will be given to those students from inner provinces or inner province universities (not coastal) in China.

_         Strong academic performance as demonstrated by coursework and grades, recommendations, and previous recognition (awards).

_      Demonstrated interest in engineering education, including teaching experience in the classroom, laboratory or as a tutor; extracurricular teaching, such as demonstrations to high schools or other outreach; service to the community which promotes technical awareness; and research or other outreach activities promoting engineering education.

_      Research accomplishments, ability or potential as evidenced by publications, presentations, letters of recommendation, and the student's essay.

_      Assessment of the student's commitment to and potential for contributing to engineering education based on the student's essay, letters of recommendation, and previous performance.

February 13, 2017

Proofreading is one the most important parts of the thesis process.. The primary goal in completing this task is to insure there are no typographical errors or mispellings in you’re document.

Brush up on your proofreading skills at the Thesis Tools workshop on February 15 at 2 p.m. in Noyes Laboratory room 161. During the workshop, we’ll go over strategies to help you format your document based on the Graduate College guidelines and discuss proofreading strategies to help you polish your prose. To find out more, check out the Thesis Office website.

February 13, 2017

Next Step Ministries have Construction Manger and Construction Team Member positions available


February 10, 2017

Here is an exciting summer internship opportunity to work in the Federal government. On February 15th, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General will be seeking applicants on for Management and Program Analyst, Auditor, and Investigative Analyst Pathways Interns with an annualized salary beginning at $44,941. As the vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close early if that limit is reached, it is imperative that any interested candidates apply as soon after the opening as possible.

Current students seeking a degree in a related field of study, such as public policy, law, political science, business administration, finance, public administration, Engineering, Criminal Justice, Accounting are eligible to apply. Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.  Students seeking a Master's degree are desired.

This is for a summer internship. Interns will be expected to work during the Summer of 2017 (not to exceed September 30, 2017 unless extended). This is a student internship opportunity under the DOT Pathways Program. After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may be converted to a permanent appointment, though there is no guarantee of conversion. Extensions to this appointment may occur, though there is no guarantee of extension.

The Office of Inspector  General (OIG), works within the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and prevent or stop waste, fraud and abuse in departmental programs. We do this through audits and investigations. OIG also consults with the Congress about programs in progress and proposed new laws and regulations. The Inspector General Act of 1978 gives the Office of Inspector General autonomy to do its work and independence. OIG carries out its mission by issuing audit reports, evaluations, management advisories, investigations, and other products with findings and recommendations to improve program delivery and performance. Pathways Interns will be entry-level analysts and work with audit teams in a developmental capacity to conduct reviews of the efficiency and effectiveness of Department of Transportation programs. They will make key contributions to a variety of possible products, including assisting with audit reports, briefings to DOT leadership or congressional stakeholders, management advisories, congressional testimonies, and other duties as assigned.

More info:

Jennifer Gale

Department of Transportation

Office of Inspector General

Office of Human Resources

1200 New Jersey Ave, SE W71-119

Washington, D.C.  20590

(202) 366-9682 (V)

(202) 366-2003 (F)