Graduate Blog

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October 8, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 3 - 4 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1024 

This workshop discusses best practices for large writing projects, including tips for getting and staying on track, cultivating effective writing habits, and forming a successful writing group. Dissertation and thesis writers from any discipline and at any stage in the writing process are welcome.

October 8, 2018

Upcoming Fall Registration Deadline: Friday, October 19 is the last day for graduate students to drop a semester course online through Self-Service

Change in Curriculum Deadline: Friday, October 26 is the last day to change your curriculum for the current term. This includes adding or dropping a campus approved minor or concentration. Please check your student program information in Student Self-Service to verify your program information is listed correctly. Information on how to change your curriculum is available online. Please contact with any questions.

October 4, 2018

The Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute is seeking two undergraduate or graduate students to collaborate with team members of the Energy Research & Development, Petroleum Geology, and Hydrology & Geophysics groups at the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) and in the Department of Geology, University of Illinois, to collect, catalog, and interpret microseismic data from central Illinois near the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP) location.

Attached is a position announcement, which includes instructions on how to apply (application materials should be forwarded to the hiring supervisor (not to me)).


October 4, 2018

CEE202: Teaching Assistant needed for Spring 2019. Desirable that student can continue in the position for Fall 2019. Applicants should submit a resume, as well as a brief (a paragraph) personal statement describing how their background is relevant to the position, and how this background and teaching skills will support the students taking the class. Applicants must have had previous coursework in probability and statistics. This is a 25% appointment. A note is needed from research advisor stating that advisor is aware of the time commitment and agrees to the student taking the appointment for 2 semesters. First time TAs need to attend a TA training workshop. International student applicants to be eligible, must have received a 24 or higher on the TOEFEL IBT Speaking Section or have passed the EPI Exam. For full consideration, applicants should submit their materials as a single .pdf file by Oct. 12, 2018. Please, send student materials and advisor’s note to

October 3, 2018

The Graduate College invites nominations for the 2019 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. Each year, MAGS recognizes outstanding scholarship at the master's level in two of four categories that alternate every year.

For the 2019 cycle, MAGS seeks nominations for the Distinguished Thesis Awards in the two broad categories of:

Social Sciences Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering

To be considered, a thesis must contain original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. The effective date of degree award must fall between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018.

Each recipient of a MAGS Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award will receive a $750 honorarium. In addition, the awardee will receive travel support to attend the MAGS Annual Meeting, March 20-22, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.

More info: