Undergraduate Blog

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October 5, 2018

In order to ensure that you are prepared to succeed in your courses, prerequisites and concurrent registration requirements will begin to be enforced for College of Engineering courses through the Enterprise/Self Service System in addition to checks that your department conducts. Please note that this falls within the boundaries of the Student Code. Enforcement will start for a few courses offered in Spring 2019 with additional courses phased in across the College over the next few semesters. We encourage you to work with your academic advisor to plan accordingly.


Attempts to register for courses without having met prerequisites will yield the following message:

“Course Prerequisite and/or Test Score Error –Contact Course Department”


If you receive this message, first check Course Explorer (https://courses.illinois.edu/) to ensure you have satisfied the prerequisite(s) for taking the course. If you have satisfied the prerequisite(s), please complete the online form (https://go.engineering.illinois.edu/Prerequisite) to request an override. If you have not taken the prerequisite course(s), please contact your academic advisor in your home department to discuss an academic plan that will satisfy the prerequisite(s) in the upcoming semester.


Finally, please note that if you are taking a course this semester, which is a prerequisite for a course you plan to take next semester, you will be allowed to register for that course. However, if you do not pass the prerequisite course this semester, you will be removed from the course in which you do not meet the prerequisites prior to the start of the semester. In the event you are removed from a prerequisite course, it is your responsibility to adjust your semester accordingly within the 10-day add-drop period at the beginning of the term, while maintaining at least 12 credit hours.


Additional details available here:  https://go.engineering.illinois.edu/PrerequisiteWIKI

October 5, 2018

Preference for students who have taken CEE 202 and received at least an A-. Applicants should send resume and copy of transcripts to sotiriak@illinois.edu, by Oct. 12, 2018.

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


October 3, 2018

Engineering International and Domestic Student “Meet and Greet”

Meet Engineering international and domestic students, faculty, and staff! Stop by between classes for snacks and refreshments. Expand your network, and meet new friends! Learn about Engineering and campus-wide resources! Register by October 6th for FREE food.

-Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

-Time: 12:30-1:30pm

-Location: 212 Engineering Hall

-Sponsored by: Engineering International Student Programs

-Register to Attend by October 6th for FREE food.: here


Undergraduate Research Opportunities for International Students Learn about undergraduate research opportunities for international students! Special Guests: Dr. Natasha Mamaril, Coordinator of Engineering Undergraduate Research, and Engineering Research Students

-Date: Monday, October 22, 2018

-Time: 5:00-6:15pm

-Location: 106B8 Engineering Hall

-Sponsored by: Engineering International Student Programs; Engineering Undergraduate Research

-Register to Attend: https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/5716766


Applying to U.S. Graduate Schools! Learn about U.S. graduate school opportunities, application, resources, and funding!  Special Guests: Meg Siebenhar, Associate Director, Admissions, Registration, and Enrollment Services, Graduate College

-Date: Monday, November 12, 2018

-Time: 5:00-6:15pm

-Location: 106B8 Engineering Hall

-Sponsored by: Engineering International Student Programs; The Graduate College

-Register to Attend: here
October 3, 2018

Please see the following message for details about the Harry S Truman Scholarship Program:


Dear Illini who want to change the world: 

Are you concerned about issues facing your community, campus or country, and are you actively working to make change?  The prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is looking for the academically strong student who has a passion for public service.

Evaluators look for leadership ability, potential for influencing public policies, community service and extracurricular involvement, strong academic performance, and potential to perform well in a graduate school program. It awards $30,000 merit-based scholarships to U.S. citizen college students who wish to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in public service.  Public service includes a wide array of career possibilities, such as public health; local, state, or federal government; educational policy; international relations; conservation; and environmental protection. Candidates should be able to demonstrate leadership experiences in campus and community service activities.

Truman Scholars have pursued many fields of study, such as agriculture, engineering, economics, education, government, history, international relations, law, political science, public administration, and public health. Scholars are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving funding. 

The University of Illinois may nominate up to four students for the Truman Scholarship.  If you are interested in applying, please plan to attend our informational sessions: 

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Thursday, October 11th, 3:30-4:30 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore


Truman Scholarship Writing Workshop

Friday, October 12th, 3:00-4:00 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore


For more information, contact the scholarships office at topscholars@illinois.edu or visit our website at www.topscholars.illinois.edu 


We hope you’ll join us!



Suzanna Challen, Ph.D. | Scholarships Coordinator
University of Illinois National and International Scholarships Program
Illini Union Bookstore, 5th Floor, MC-317 | (217) 333-4710 | topscholars.illinois.edu