Graduate Blog

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June 12, 2017

Correctly formatting the title page of your thesis can be a challenge. Let us help!

If you plan to graduate in August, submit your title page to the Thesis Office for review by June 30. We will check the formatting and your degree information to make sure that you are on track!

Just send a copy of your title page saved as a pdf or word file to: Make sure to include your name and UIN in the message. Note: The title of your document does not have to be final before submission. To learn more about the thesis process, check out the Thesis Office website.

June 12, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2 - 4:00 p.m., 308 Coble Hall  


Summertime = grantwritinting time! The Graduate College offers grant-writing workshops for graduate students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math). Dr. Karen Ruhleder, Assistant Director of External Fellowships, will outline how and where to search for funding, and will cover the fundamentals of the art of proposal writing from articulating a vision to structuring the research plan.

If you have questions, contact See the Graduate College website for more information and resources about finding and applying for external fellowships.

May 31, 2017

We are looking for a recent grad with a degree in civil engineering or construction management.   Schroeder Asphalt is a heavy-highway civil contractor specializing in new asphalt pavement construction, asphalt patching, mill and overlays of pavements as well as some excavation and grading.   We are looking to do more in the excavation side of the business.  This person would work closely with ownership and myself doing take-offs, estimating and project management.  Strong computer skills a plus as well as some possible field experience with trades related to our industry.   We are located in Huntley, IL which is Northwest of the Chicago area.  

In 2016 we completed $20 million dollars in construction projects and are looking to grow our business.  If you have any recent grads that may be interested in such an opportunity please have them forward me there resume for review.  

Darick L. Franzen- Business Development/Estimator

Schroeder Asphalt Services

815-923-4380 ext. 18

Cell 847-417-8169

May 30, 2017

The IDOT Central Bureau of Materials:

1.     Is on the cutting edges of development, implementation, and evaluation of new materials and building concepts for Illinois.

2.     Works closely with numerous universities in our region through the Illinois Center for Transportation as well as universities across the US on state-of-the-art and state-of-the-practice research projects.

3.     Collaborates with all states across the US to implement and improve testing and construction materials standards through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM).

4.     Provides expert advice and engineering judgement on numerous construction projects every year.

5.     Is responsible for and have written many of the specifications used by IDOT to build transportation infrastructure projects.

Those interested can view additional information about the job opening at:


May 30, 2017

To ensure that you receive Summer 2017 health coverage and benefits, please make sure you read the health coverage information online and take action as appropriate. 

The Enrollment / Change period for Summer 2017 is May 12, 2017 through June 2, 2017. During this time, students can go to the Student Health Insurance website and waive the Student Health Insurance fee. Students can also go to their MyAccount where they can add dependents online. Students who wish to reinstate back into the plan, must visit the Student Health Insurance Office located in McKinley Health Center, lower level Room 29 and fill out the appropriate paperwork, in person. For more information, contact (217) 333-0165 or