Undergraduate Blog

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October 7, 2019

October 22 | Noon to 1 pm | Bardeen Quad in front of Grainger Library. Join the Office of Graduate, Professional and Online Programs on Tuesday, October 22 for a pizza lunch. Bring your friends for photo opportunities with some fun Grainger Engineering props. Connect with your colleagues and celebrate the awesome achievements of our Grainger Engineering graduate students. Pizza will be served until gone.

You’re also invited to participate in the first-ever Grainger Engineering Graduate Student Scavenger Hunt. The Scavenger Hunt will start on Monday, October 21 and conclude at 5 pm on Friday, October 25. Teams will be challenged to find unique landmarks on campus and capture photos or short videos of each location using their phone. Department teams who submit all required quests will be entered into a drawing to win a large candy jar for their home department’s Graduate Programs Office. We’ll also give awards for our most creative photo and video submissions. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, October 29 by 5 pm. Sign up today at go.illinois.edu/graingergradhunt.

October 7, 2019

Dear students,


Are you a sophomore or junior in a STEM discipline that aims to pursue a Ph.D. in your field?

Do you already have research experience and strong academic performance? 


If so, you may be interested in applying for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.  


The National and International Scholarships program will be hosting a two-day informational event for students to learn more about this opportunity. On October 17th, attendees will receive an overview of the scholarship as well as have a chance to talk with a former Goldwater Scholarship recipient from Illinois.  On October 18th, the Scholarships Program will offer a workshop on how to write a competitive scholarship packet.  We encourage you to attend both events:


Goldwater Information Session

This session will include advice from a previous Illinois Goldwater recipient

Thursday, October 17th, 2:00-3:00 pm

514 Illini Union Bookstore


Goldwater Writing Workshop

Friday, October 18th, 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 http://www.topscholars.illinois.edu

We hope you’ll join us!


October 7, 2019

We (Debra Korte and Shelly Schmidt) are offering for the first time a second eight-week 1 hr course focused on helping students learn how to learn (CRN: 62294). The course designed to help students apply what they are learning to improve their academic performance. It meets on MW 3:00 to 3:50PM  in 103 Bevier Hall. Attached is a summary sheet and a slide to post or send to students.

Section Information: No matter what you want to do with your life, if you want to be successful one of the most important and useful skills you can acquire is mastering the ability to learn. In Learning How to Learn Bootcamp we will teach you how to implement research-based learning strategies and ways of thinking that will transform your study practices, making them more effective, efficient, and focused. Through a variety of assignments and activities, you will have the opportunity to apply what you are learning to improve your scores in your current courses. Don’t let yourself fall behind, be proactive and set your sights on learning how to learn! Recommended for students with Freshmen and Sophomore standing.

Some Key Topics: Growth Mindset, Mindfulness, Metacognition, Taxonomies of Learning, LSU Study Cycle, Time Management, Test Taking, Stress Reduction, Emotions and Learning.


Text: Teaching Yourself How to Learn (2018) by Saundra McGuire with Stephanie McGruire


Any questions let me know!  Regards, Shelly


October 4, 2019

The Graduate & Professional School Fair is right around the corner on Wednesday, October 16 from 12-4 pm in the Illini Union ABC and Pine Lounge. We will have over 130 booths with a variety of universities and graduate/professional programs represented. Below is a list of programs that plan to be in attendance that your students might be interested in speaking to. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Students and advisors can check out the full list of programs at: https://app.careerfairplus.com/uieng_il/fair/2286/employer/216020 or they can download the Career Fair Plus app for their phone.

October 3, 2019

All current CEE students have been assigned a CEE faculty advisor. I've attached a spreadsheet to this post with all of the faculty advising assignments. This information should also be visible in Enterprise Self-Service. Your faculty advisor can be an excellent resource, particularly to discuss career or grad school plans.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at gcoughli@illinois.edu.