Graduate Blog

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

October 11, 2016

PhD Final Defense – Som Dutta

Bulle-Effect and its Implications for Morphodynamics of River Diversions

Advisor: Professor Marcelo H. Garcia

Date: 21st October (Friday), 10:00 am.  Location: 1518 Hydrosystems Lab


October 11, 2016

Intel is looking for highly motivated PhDs candidates with strong educational background and solid technical and problem solving capabilities. Successful candidates will work on researching and developing microprocessor fabrication process for Intel’s next generation microprocessors using state-of-the-art tools and methods. We are considering PhD candidates (with a minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0) majoring in the fields of EE, CE, ChemE, CompSci, MechE, MatSci, Optics, Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics, Mathematics, computational geometry or similar. For more info contact Gemma Comellas at


October 5, 2016

To help students prepare for the Research Live! competition and to improve their communication and presentation skills generally, we are offering a special workshop next week.

Presented by Carol Symes—associate professor of History and Theatre and professional actor—“Acting for Academics” will train students in powerful acting techniques that can help them present their research more effectively. It will be useful for students getting ready for Research Live! (50% of the 2015 winners attended a preparation workshop) or for any research presentation, including conferences and seminars. The workshop will take place next Wednesday, October 12, from 3-5pm in Illini Union 314B.

As a reminder, the deadline to register for Research Live! is October 26. Now in its second year, Research Live! asks graduate students from all disciplines to hone their presentation skills and highlight their work by giving a compelling 3-minute, 2-slide talk for a general audience. More information and links for registration can be found at

October 5, 2016

2017 Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship

The Structural Engineering Travel Fellowship is a $20,000 award that aims to foster an appreciation of the aesthetic potential in the structural design of buildings and bridges by enabling a gifted graduate to experience works of architecture and engineering first hand. The Foundation hopes that the Fellow will in turn influence the practice and teaching of structural engineering in the future. More information can be found at:

If you are interested in a nomination for this fellowship through the CEE Department please submit the below materials to Joan Christian (, by Friday, November 11.

We request that every student who applies for this nomination send us:

       CV/Resume        Short Passage about your travel Ideas        Graduation Date


October 5, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016
10:30 a.m. to noon
Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Join the Graduate College for the inaugural Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The focus of the ceremony is the formal "hooding" of doctoral degree recipients, often by their faculty advisers. Each year, approximately 500 students receive their doctoral degrees in August and December. This ceremony offers doctoral degree recipients, along with faculty mentors, an opportunity to celebrate their achievement closer to the time of degree completion.

Read more about the decision to pilot a Doctoral Hooding ceremony.


Doctoral students (PhD, EdD, JSD, DMA and AudD) are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony if they graduated in August 2016 or will finish the degree requirements for December 2016. Participants must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by the December doctoral deposit deadline (5 p.m. on Friday, December 2) in order to participate in the Doctoral hooding ceremony.

To register please go to