Graduate Blog

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August 21, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2 - 4 p.m., Ikenberry Commons, multipurpose room


Are you a US citizen/national/permanent resident in your 1st or 2nd year of graduate school in the sciences, social sciences, engineering, or math? If so, you may be eligible for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. One of the most prestigious of fellowships nationwide for graduate students, the NSF-GRF offers three years of funding, with a $34K annual stipend, tuition coverage, and access to international research opportunities. 

Presenters include Dr. Bill Hahn, former Director of the NSF-GRF program; Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of the Graduate College’s Office of External Fellowships; and student awardees Cybelle Smith and Ritu Raman.  Students considering applying are strongly encouraged to attend. If you have questions, contact

August 21, 2016

Student Health Insurance Enrollment/Change Period is August 18, 2016 through September 09, 2016. During the Enrollment/Change period, you can add dependents and/or opt out of the health insurance online. To reinstate back into the plan, please go to the Student Health Insurance Office located at McKinley Health Center.

Adding Dependents: How To

In order to add a spouse/child(ren) to the student’s coverage, the student must FIRST ‘early enroll’ using the enrollment form. If this is the first time adding dependents, the student will fill out a paper enrollment form. They would then mail both the completed form and a check or money order to United Healthcare Student Resources. The address is found on the bottom of the form.

If the student is continuing the coverage for his/her dependents, then student may then add dependents and make the payment for their coverage premium using their MyAccount. The process of adding dependents must be accomplished prior to the expiration of the enrollment/change period date.

August 21, 2016

By the 10th Day of Classes, September 2, Graduate Students should be correctly registered for Fall 2016. It is important to check your registration before September 2 on Student Self Service to make sure your registration is correct. If necessary, make corrections by adding and dropping courses to your schedule before the 10th day of classes, September 2.  

In addition, the 10th day of classes, September 2, is the last day to do the following:

Drop courses to reduce your number of credit hours you are registered for to a lower tuition range and receive a refund between the two ranges Add a semester course without permission Submit forms to Audit a semester course Add a first half-session course

Students should be registered appropriately no later than September 2 in order to avoid possible issues with: 

Tuition/Fee assessment           Financial aid Loan deferment Health Insurance Academic Record/Graduation issues

Auditors: Auditors are listeners in classes and not class participants. Graduate College policy states that students should take the Auditor’s Permit form to the first class meeting and ask the instructor to sign the form indicating approval. These forms must be received in the Graduate College by the 10th day of classes, 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 2.  

Please Note: Students attending courses should either be registered for credit or registered as Auditors by the 10th day of class.

August 19, 2016

Illinois Solar Decathlon designs and builds net-zero solar homes to participate in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competitions. We are a team of graduate and undergraduate students passionate about furthering the innovation and design of residential homes. Students interested in being apart our project teams can find more information, including our project team applications, at our website:


August 19, 2016

Here are the slides from the recent CEE Grad Student Orientation on August 19