Graduate Blog

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October 21, 2019

The Graduate College Office of External Fellowships is now accepting departmental nominations for the 2020 Google US/Canada PhD Fellowship Program.  The fellowship supports outstanding PhD candidates in computer science and related disciplines.  The fellowship offers two years of support, with a third year extension possible at Google's discretion.  Benefits include a $35,000 annual stipend, full coverage of tuition and fees, and the opportunity to work with a Google research mentor.

This year’s program targets students conducting research in the following areas: Computational Neuroscience; Human-Computer Interaction; Machine Learning; Machine Perception, Speech Technology, & Computer Vision; Market Algorithms; Mobile Computing; Natural Language Processing (including Information Retrieval & Extraction); Privacy & Security; Programming Technology & Software Engineering; Quantum Computing; Structured Data & Database Management; Systems & Networking; and Operating Systems.

Applicants must be on track to complete all coursework by the beginning of the fellowship term (Fall 2020).

Applicants must be nominated by their departments, and departments may generally nominate up to two students each.  However, an additional two nominations may be submitted if the two nominees are members of a group traditionally underrepresented in the field of computing.  For details on the fellowship and the nomination process, visit the Google PhD Fellowship listing in our Fellowship Finder database.

Nominations are due in the Graduate College by 5:00 p.m. on November 18, 2019 but should be submitted to Joan Christian in the CEE dept by Friday, Nov 15.  A campus review panel will select up to four finalists for consideration in the national competition.  Those applications will be sent to Google, and Google will determine awardees. 

October 21, 2019

Friday, October 25 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.

Sunday, October 27, is the last day for students to add themselves to the December 2019 degree list via Enterprise Student Self Service, or for departments to add students unable to add themselves.

October 17, 2019

One 25% TA position is available for CEE202 for Spring 2020. Candidate must be able commit for at least one more semester, i.e., Fall 2020, with preference to candidates who can further continue for Spring 2021. Candidate’s advisor needs be aware and agree to duration of commitment. Duties: coding and testing of problems for Prairie Learn and CBTF and regular TA duties, as needed. Skills: python, R, html, ability to work with others, follow instructions and pay attention to detail. Background in probability and statistics at CEE202 level or above is desirable. Send resume and transcripts to

October 16, 2019

Intel is specifically looking for Ph.D. and M.S. students majoring in EE, EE&CE, ChemE, Chem, CS, MechE, Mat. Sci., Physics, Biophysics, Math, CivilE, Aerospace, DS, statistics or similar. Information Session will be held on 10/24 at 12pm in 117 RAL.

All interested students should go to Handshake @ Illinois link to RSVP for the tech talk,  Please note that interviews are being held in 105 Noyes Lab, the Chemistry Building.  Additional interview candidates will be chosen from Tech Talk attendees. Questions can be directed to Gayle Nelsen at

October 16, 2019

SKY Happiness Retreat is a three-day workshop focusing on benefiting student well-being. It's a mental health resource that many students, staff, and faculty can greatly benefit from.

SKY Happiness Retreat

The SKY Happiness Retreat is a 20-hour immersive, innovative life-skills training and self-development program offered to thousands of students at more than 40 universities across the country, including Stanford, Ohio State and MIT. Students gain foundational stress-management and leadership skills, develop a personal daily breath-meditation practice, develop strategies for social connection, and engage in peer driven service initiatives. Taught over 3 consecutive days, the retreat introduces the SKY meditation technique, a scientifically validated breathing practice that significantly increases one's well-being and calmness and reduces anxiety and stress markers. It's one of the coolest places to connect with yourself, make awesome friends, and have the most fun!

We're happy to share that the SKY Happiness Retreat Workshop is offered with a full scholarship for UIUC students, staff and faculty members. There are limited spots available for this retreat and they are filling up fast. Availability is first come-first serve, by registration only and requires attendance to all sessions. Please contact for any questions.

Location: Illini Union (on campus)

-  November 1st(Fri): 6:00pm - 10:00 pm
-  November 2nd and 3rd (Sat & Sun): 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Apply here:

SKY Happiness Retreat offers evidence-based breath-meditation technique (SKY meditation), which has shown to greatly reduce anxiety, depression, and improve mental well-being. You can read more about this here