Undergraduate Blog

To submit an item for the undergraduate blog, email Greg Coughlin.

January 10, 2017

The Bajo Maiz Community Bridge Project is a 4-week bridge construction project, taking place in Panama and beginning on June 3rd and ending on July 2nd, 2017. The Bridges to Prosperity chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUCB2P) is seeking students to participate in the design (Spring 2017) and/or the construction of the bridge (Summer 2017).

Note: Applying to participate in design/travel does not necessarily require previous design/travel experience. We are looking for a combination of more and less experienced team members to develop future project leaders.

To be considered during the travel team selection process, submit a completed application here [https://goo.gl/forms/06oTltO6bVbpnBzi2] by the end of the day on Friday, January 20th, 2017. 

See the journals and pictures from our past tag-along project with University of Toronto (UofT B2P) at Patzula, Guatemala (Summer 2016) on our website [https://bridgestoprosperity.cee.illinois.edu/our-projects/patzula-guatem....

January 9, 2017

BergerABAM has listed a number of entry-level engineering positions on their website. The openings can be found here: http://www.abam.com/careers/current-openings. If you are interested please send your resume to Santiago Aguilar, project engineer at BergerABAM: santiago.aguilar@abam.com

December 13, 2016


The National Science Foundation-sponsored Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) are recruiting undergraduate students with disabilities into programs for Summer 2017. Apply now!

ERCs are located at universities all across the United States, each in close partnership with industry. Each ERC provides an environment in which academe and industry collaborate in pursuing strategic advances in complex engineered systems and systems-level technologies that have the potential to spawn whole new industries or to radically transform the product lines, processing technologies, or service delivery methodologies of current industries. Activity within ERCs lies at the interface between the discovery-driven culture of science and the innovation-driven culture of engineering.

For more information and to apply, follow the links at the URL above.

Each ERC has unique opportunities to engage in research and discovery.

December 9, 2016

Please see the below message from Holly Herrerra of Parkland College regarding enrollment in courses at Parkland:

As students are beginning to think about spring and summer courses at Parkland, I hope you will join me in encouraging all interested students to apply for non-degree admission to Parkland now. Then, when they are admitted, they should complete the appropriate Parkland Concurrent Enrollment form: http://provost.illinois.edu/programs/advising/ConcurrentEnrollment.html. For students receiving financial aid, they should continue to also complete the Financial Aid Concurrent Enrollment form: http://provost.illinois.edu/programs/advising/Parkland%20Concurrent%20En....

Students/advisors are now able to easily search for available courses at Parkland right from the home page: http://www.parkland.edu/ and click “Search for Classes” on the left toolbar.

If a student wishes to take a math course, or a course that has math as a prerequisite (e.g. CS or Physics), they must show proof of the prerequisite completed through their Academic History (not DARS audit) or ALEKS scores (a screenshot suffices). If they do not have either, they will be required to take Parkland’s math placement test. The break down for the Parkland ALEKS cutoffs follows:

65 places into Trigonometry 80 places a student into Calculus with Analytic Geometry

The relationship between Parkland and the University of Illinois has been in place for almost 50 years and works very well, but if Illinois students do not apply and get admitted, they will receive no special treatment (e.g. priority or rush processing so that they can register). They should apply early in the case that they are even thinking of taking a course.

Spring deadlines follow:

Start date                         Tuition due*                  Last day to register                   Last day to drop with no W and 100% refund
01/17/2017                      12/13/2016                      01/12/2017                                      01/22/2017
02/06/2017                      12/13/2016                      02/02/2017                                      02/12/2017
03/13/2017                      12/13/2016                      03/09/2017                                      03/19/2017

*Or the date of registration if after 12/13/2016 and before the last day to register

I hold open, walk-in office hours in Parkland's Counseling and Advising Office on most Wednesdays from 9:00am – 3:00pm, so feel free to have students see me with questions or concerns. You can also give out my email address to every student who even mentions Parkland :)

December 9, 2016

The CEE Undergraduate Scholarship Application 2017 is now available at: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/8452151. The deadline to apply is January 22.  Please note this scholarship application is online, it requests a resume for upload, and is open to all undergraduate students in CEE,  including seniors graduating in May 2017.  We encourage students to apply, the online application should take no longer than 15 minutes.  If you have any questions please contact Becky Stillwell, rborden@illinois.edu .