Graduate Blog

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September 12, 2016

The next Kent Weekly Seminar will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the ATREL Classroom, Angeli Gamez, PhD Candidate, University of Illinois, will present at 12:30 p.m., “INFLUENCE OF TIRE PARAMETERS ON ROADWAY STRUCTURES.” Please see the attached announcement for more details.

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided beginning at 12:00, and all are welcome to attend.

If you cannot physically attend, below is the information to view the seminar through YouTube live.

September 12, 2016

The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships is pleased to announce a new resource for your graduate students.  Our Fellowship Finder database is a tool designed to connect students to external funding opportunities.  It contains information on over 1,100 awards, and it features a newly-designed interface that allows for quicker, easier, and more targeted searches. 

For an extended introduction to the database, see our blog post, Grad School 101: How to Find Fellowships That Are Right for You. 

Fellowship Finder operates in conjunction with the grant writing workshops, proposal advising, and other services we offer. For details on those, visit our webpages.  If you have any questions about the database or about fellowships in general, feel free to contact us at


September 12, 2016

Ford Fellowship Program
Information Session
September 16, 2016
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Ikenberry Commons, Multipurpose Room (2025C)
Register here.

To enhance diversity in higher education, the Ford Foundation offers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships.  Ford Fellowships are among the most celebrated of awards available to doctoral students in the United States.  Students who demonstrate sustained personal engagement with underrepresented communities and who are members of the following groups are particularly encouraged to apply: Alaska Natives, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders, and Puerto Ricans.

The Graduate College’s Office of External Fellowships will hold an information session on the Ford Fellowship program, and it will feature Dr. Aixa Alfonso, the Ford Foundation’s Regional Liaison and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  Dr. Alfonso is also a former Ford recipient.  Students considering applying for a fellowship are strongly encouraged to attend.  

See attached flyer.  Contact: Colleen Vojak,


September 12, 2016

Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society, would like to invite you to become a member this semester.  This invitation has been extended to ALL graduate students.  

From 6:00pm to 7:30pm on the evening of Thursday, September 15th, Chi Epsilon will be hosting its semi-annual initiate Smoker at Firehaus on 4th Street, just South of Green Street, in Champaign.  It will give you a chance to find out more about the society, the benefits of joining, and the initiation requirements. Attending the Smoker is not absolutely necessary, but is strongly encouraged if you’d like to join.  Regardless of whether you can attend, if you would like to find out more about initiating into our society, please contact Miles Churchill, the chapter marshal, at or Jesus Flores, the graduate advisor, at More information can also be found on our website:  We look forward to seeing you at the Smoker!

If you are already a member of the Alpha Chapter of Chi Epsilon here at Illinois, we look forward to seeing you at our first general meeting. If you are a member from a different Chi Epsilon chapter and would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact us.



September 7, 2016

Title : Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) 1st General Meeting

When: Tuesday , September 13th, 5:00 PM
Where: 1311, Newmark Civil Engineering Lab

        Discover the benefits of EERI membership!         Learn how to get involved with the Seismic Design Competition!         Take a tour of the Smart Structure Technology Lab and the large-scale structural testing facility in the Crane Bay!

For more info contact: Tanmay Ramani