Graduate Blog

To submit an item for the graduate blog, email Joan Christian.

November 7, 2016

The College of Business is offering an MBA-level course on Technology Strategy and Innovation Management (BADM 543) in the Spring semester (as below). This is the second time this course has been opened to engineering graduate students, and I had a very good experience with a mixed engineering-business-law class last year. More generally, this initiative is in line with the goal set forth by Dean Cangellaris and Dean Jeff Brown to foster greater collaboration between our two Colleges. Can you help spread the word with students in your program (both M.S. and Ph.D.)?

I enclose a brief summary to explain what the course is about. In particular, BADM 543 would be an invaluable course for those interested in the business of technology. The registration process is by application to me (with a brief CV and a short statement (3-4 sentences) of the reason for their interest). Send to Deepak Somaya at


November 4, 2016

Of possible interest to those involved in food, agriculture, and/or development.

The ACES International Seminar series showcases international engagements and is an extension of the greater International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI) initiative.

USAID-Sponsored Research and Programs: Experiences of ACES Investigators

Thursday, November 10, 2016

12 - 1 p.m.

ERML 350-B

A light lunch will be provided.

Panel Presentation by: Peter Goldsmith (Director Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab); Paul McNamara (Director Integrating Gender and Nutrition in Extension and Advisory Services and Strengthening Agriculture and Nutrition Extension in Malawi); KC Ting and Tim Rendall (Co-PI and Program manager of Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium)

Through the Feed the Future Program, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has increasingly emphasized research for development in food and agriculture. Funding from USAID to universities and research institutes for work in food and agriculture more than doubled between 2010 and 2015.

Click here to see this online

November 3, 2016

MDOT is currently recruiting for two Transportation Engineer position. See below for positions in Kalamazoo and Mount Pleasant


Mt. Pleasant:

Thanks for considering a career with MDOT!

The Michigan Department of Transportation: 
Providing the highest quality integrated transportation services for economic benefit and improved quality of life.  |  contact MDOT  |  

November 2, 2016

Dropping Courses

Friday, November 11 is the last day for graduate students to drop ALL Fall semester courses from their Fall registration without a grade of W and thus withdraw from Fall semester. Students need to complete a Withdrawal/Cancellation form and obtain their department’s signature and, in the case of International Students, a signature from International Student Scholar Services. Students considering this action are encouraged first to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program.

Friday, November 11 is the last day to drop individual full term Fall semester courses without a grade of W. Students need to come to the Graduate College, 204 Coble Hall, to complete a Late Course Change form to complete the process, but first are encouraged to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program. Dropping a course may affect progress toward degree completion, so the decision is best done in consultation with a student’s program.


Friday, November 11 is the last day to change a course to the credit/no-credit grading option for a Fall semester course or to change from the credit/no-credit grading option to a regular grade. Adviser approval is required. Please consult with your program if you are considering this grading option for any course because course and department restrictions may apply.

For additional dates and deadlines, see the Graduate College calendar. 

November 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, noon - 2 p.m., Illini Union, room 104

Please encourage your graduate students to attend the first Health and Wellness Resource Fair specifically for graduate students. We define health and wellness broadly and are inviting units that address mental, physical, emotional, and financial health to participate in this event. We hope to provide a comprehensive look at the incredible wellness support network available to our graduate students.