Graduate Blog

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April 2, 2018

Time is running out to order regalia for the May Hooding ceremony.

On April 12, representatives from Herff Jones will be on campus to assist with the ordering of regalia. They will be available to assist from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., in the Author’s Corner of the Illini Bookstore. For more details and to register to attend, visit our website. If you are unsure of your plans at this time, but are considering participating, please order academic attire for yourself and encourage your hooder to register for the event. All hooders must be designated by April 4.  The deadline to order your regalia is April 12 at 10 p.m. for student orders.  You will not be charged the rental fee if academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period.

April 2, 2018

Upcoming Academic Deadline: Dropping Courses

Friday, April 13 is the last day for graduate students to drop ALL Spring semester courses from their Spring registration without a grade of W and thus withdraw from Spring semester. Students need to complete a Withdrawal/Cancellation form and obtain their department’s signature and, in the case of International Students, a signature from International Student Scholar Services. Students considering this action are encouraged first to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program.

Friday, April 13 is the last day to drop individual full term Spring semester courses without a grade of W. Students need to submit a Late Course Change form to the Graduate College form to complete the process, but first are encouraged to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program. Dropping a course may affect progress toward degree completion, so the decision is best done in consultation with a student’s program.

Upcoming Academic Deadline: Credit/No-Credit

Friday, April 13 is the last day to change a course to the credit/no-credit grading option for a Spring semester course or to change from the credit/no-credit grading option to a regular grade. Adviser approval is required. Please consult with your program if you are considering this grading option for any course because course and department restrictions may apply.


March 30, 2018

Engineering graduate students — are you interested in getting more involved on campus and in the community? Are you looking for an opportunity to develop leadership skills? Join ENVISION, a group of graduate ENgineers Volunteering in STEM educatION, and run for a board position!

ENVISION elections for the 6 board positions (info on the positions below) are next Monday, April 2nd at 5pm in room 141 in CSL. If you are not able to attend elections, no worries! Just let Ashley ( know which position you would like to run for.

Learn more about our organization on our website.

Questions? Contact Ashley Armstrong (



Maintain general direction of the club. Main point of contact and assist other board members. Initiate securing activities for each semester Work with treasurer to ensure funding 


Keep records of expenditures Order materials for events Work with President to obtain funding

Event Chairs

Group of individuals to plan events for each semester (4 event chairs total, each responsible for 1 event) Develop, plan and implement events. Form a subcommittee to help plan and test out activities 

Logistics Coordinator

Send all emails to listserv (including monthly newsletter) Create sign up forms for each event Take meeting notes

Assessment Chair

Work with members and event chairs to set up assessment tools for events Keep track of student and volunteer stats at each event 


General upkeep of website Make posts about upcoming and past events (including photos)
March 29, 2018

Attached please find an upcoming lecture by Kumares Sinha on April 12-13


March 28, 2018

GradSWE 2018-2019 Committee Elections and Application
Tuesday, April 10th | 5:00-6:00PM | MEB 143

Interested in becoming part of the Graduate Committee for the Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE)? Apply to join the committee today and attend elections on Tuesday, April 10th!

You must fill out this brief application form by 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 5th. If you are not able to make the election meeting, no worries! Please let us know, and you will be added to the ballot. For absent candidates, your answers to the last two survey questions will be read on your behalf. The newly elected committee will be decided before the end of the meeting.

See testimonials from the current committee below for a few reasons why the GradSWE Committee is beneficial to your graduate and future professional careers:

“Being on GradSWE demonstrates 1) leadership abilities, 2) a commitment to diversity and service, and 3) the ability to manage your time across multiple domains (e.g., research, teaching, professional activities and service, etc.). These are good abilities to demonstrate regardless of whether you plan to go into academia or industry.”

Funding Coordinator - “Learn how to ask for money in a nice way!” Treasurer - “A good way to start getting involved. Help plan budget and keep track of finances! (Both very useful life skills!)” Secretary - “Learn more about the logistics and dynamics of the group. It is a stepping stone to taking on more involved positions without signing up for a big time commitment." Publicity Coordinator - “Maintain and build GradSWE's image on social media and our website.” Social Coordinator - “Bringing people together and making dreams come true!” SWE Liaison - “A chance to become a mentor and give back to your undergraduate self.”

Contact: Meredith Richardson (