Graduate Blog

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July 7, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Erin Leigh Dillon Sibley

Drained Cyclic Preshearing Effects on the Liquefaction Resistance of Sands

Advisor: Associate Professor Scott M. Olson

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 9:00 am

Location: Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, Room 2218



July 5, 2016

Effective July 25, 2016, the deposit fee for master’s theses will increase from $15 to $25. Students depositing by the July 22 deadline for August 2016 will not be affected. The master’s deposit fee pays for processing and preservation of these documents and has been unchanged since 2010. The deposit fee for doctoral dissertations will remain $50.

July 5, 2016

Students planning to deposit theses or dissertations for August 2016 graduation are reminded of the following deadlines:

  • July 15: Last day to complete a doctoral dissertation deposit
  • July 22: Last day to complete a master’s thesis deposit

Because deposit deadlines are firm, students are strongly encouraged to submit the thesis or dissertation to the Graduate College at least one week before the deadline in order to allow sufficient time to make and re-submit all requested corrections. For August graduation, any corrections requested by the Graduate College and all required deposit materials must be submitted to the Thesis Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deposit deadline.

Visit our website for further information about the deposit process and links to downloadable deposit checklists.

June 29, 2016

Are you planning to apply for an academic position? The Graduate Society of Women Engineers is offering its program to help engineers and scientists prepare faculty position application materials. During the the fall semester, participants learn about the application process including the cover letter, letters of recommendation, and the teaching statement; whereas the spring semester will be devoted to the research statement. Both semesters will consist of seminars and peer review sessions. The program is open to all PhD candidates in STEM as well as postdocs. Graduate women in engineering with advanced standing in their program and postdocs are especially encouraged to apply. To learn more about iFEAT and the schedule for the upcoming academic year, click here. The deadline to apply is Monday, 25 July 2016 by 5:00 pm CT. Contact: 

June 28, 2016

Sandia National Laboratories is beginning its ad campaign to attract qualified candidates for its President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering. The deadline for proposal submission is November 1, 2016.  

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking candidates for the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering, a three-year appointment allowing recipients to pursue independent research that supports Sandia's national security mission.  We ask that you encourage your top PhD students in science or engineering to apply.  Please share this information with those top PhD students, deans, department chairs, faculty, research center directors, graduate studies offices, fellowship offices, and professional societies.  We are proud to have selected Truman Fellows from Caltech, Georgia Tech, Stanford, University of Colorado-Boulder, and University of Texas-Austin, among others. 


Truman Fellowship candidates are expected to have solved a major scientific or engineering problem in their thesis work or will have provided a new approach or insight to a major problem, as evidenced by a recognized impact in their field. Fellows may work at either principal location, Albuquerque, NM or Livermore, CA.  The salary is $111,200. Candidates must be able to obtain a security clearance and be seeking their first national laboratory appointment. They must have been awarded a PhD (with strong academic standing) within three years at the time of application or will have completed all PhD requirements by commencement of the appointment. Applications are due November 1, 2016.  


For questions on the application process, please contact Carmen Hagin at 505.845.8255 or For research mentor or technical questions, contact Yolanda Moreno at 505.284.2106 or Complete application information is available at: