Graduate Blog

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November 10, 2017

We are looking for exceptional graduate students and postdocs to speak at the 13th Annual Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) Student Conference, scheduled for February 21-23, 2018 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The conference includes an opening plenary talk, technical sessions with keynote speakers from both academia and industry, invited speakers from other top universities, as well as student presentations from UIUC. There is also a poster session for those not wishing to present a talk, and a robotics session for researchers who wish to provide a live demonstration. Awards will be given to best presenters.

Speakers this year include Eric Horvitz (Director of Microsoft Research), Allen Tannenbaum (SUNY Stony Brook), Vivienne Sze (MIT), Avrim Blum (TTIC), and Esteban Real (Google Brain).  This year’s conference includes sessions on theoretical and applied machine learning, decision and control, and information processing in hardware. CSL is a multi- and inter-disciplinary research community and as such we invite and encourage abstract submissions from any topic related to the ones listed on the attached flyer. 

More information, as well as abstract submission page, can be found at If you would like to give a 15-20 minute talk at our conference, please apply by submitting a one-page abstract by December 11, 2017.

Don’t miss out this excellent opportunity for you to showcase your research and meet top researchers and students!

Please feel welcome to contact Tarek Sakakini ( or James Schmidt ( with comments or questions about the conference.


Tarek Sakakini and James Schmidt

General  Co-Chairs, CSL Student Conference 2018

November 10, 2017

November 16, 2017

12:00 – 12:50 p.m., 2312 Newmark Lab-Yeh Center

Everyone is welcome

Advancing biocatalytic technologies for treatment of perchlorate in drinking water

Justin M. Hutchison

Advisor:  Julie L. Zilles


Linking Ammonia Emissions from Chemical Fertilizers to Air Quality

Srinidhi Balasubramanian

Advisors: Sotiria Koloutsou-Vakakis and Mark J. Rood




November 9, 2017

A research team in the Department of Communication funded through the National Science Foundation is looking for participants in a project that seeks to help a diverse community of researchers to develop innovative research projects focused around the topic of food and water security.

They are reaching out to students in the College of Engineering who may have the expertise and motivation necessary to participate in this exciting research project. This research provides individuals with an opportunity to collaborate with people from other institutions, as well as work on creative solutions to major science issues. If selected, participants will work on projects with the intention of creating research proposals for submission to funding agencies.

More information, as well as a link to the application, can be found here.

If you have any questions about this research project, you may email Luisa Ruge-Jones at, or follow the contact information on the link above.

November 9, 2017

The Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference, which is a forum for graduate students (women and underrepresented groups especially,) to inspire one another to become leaders in their fields and to fuel their motivation to pursue their graduate degree in tackling the technological challenges of today’s society will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Illini Union.

Join the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at Illinois for the annual Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) Conference. STEM leaders in academia and industry alike will share their insights on pursuing diverse career paths beginning with a graduate degree. The conference includes panel discussions and breakout sessions to facilitate one-on-one interactions with these speakers and promote the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience. Come fuel your inspiration to excel in your field, motivation to complete your graduate degree, and passion for making an impact on the world.

Registration is filling up quickly and will close when we reach capacity, so register today to secure your spot. Please contact Erin Molloy ( with any questions. Learn more and register

November 9, 2017

The Engineering Education Research Group and AE3 invite you to a research presentation next week on women in engineering:

Fri. Nov. 17 | 2:00 - 3:00pm | 2407 Siebel Center