Graduate Blog

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January 19, 2017

Dear Engineering Graduate Students,

I am Shreya Rao, the president of the Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering (PURE) Committee for the Spring 2017 semester. I would like to invite you to take part as graduate mentors in the PURE program. PURE is a student-run organization that aims to provide research experience to underclassmen in engineering. As graduate students, you will have the opportunity to mentor up to 3-4 undergraduate students for a semester-long project.

There are numerous benefits to becoming a mentor in the PURE program. As PURE mentors, you would be able to gain mentoring/teaching experience, share your experiences in graduate school with undergraduates, obtain help with your own research/projects and claim independent study credit(s). Moreover, extra research funding is available upon request for purchasing software and equipment for PURE research projects.

The most commonly mentioned aspect of PURE that met or exceeded past mentor expectations was that the undergraduate students were motivated, intelligent, and excited about research. The vast majority of past PURE mentors say that they want to be PURE mentors again because being a PURE mentor provided valuable teaching experience, helped them get part of a research question answered and provided them inspiration while benefiting mentees from the research experience. Most of them also considered mentoring in the PURE program as a fun experience. For more information on the program please visit:

To apply for PURE, please send the following information to us:

1) A picture of yourself

2) A brief summary for your research

3) Possible Projects for mentees

4) Prerequisites/ Extra Information for mentees

5) Up to three Additional question(s) for mentee

Please put information 2) - 5) in ONE Word Document, and attach it along with 1) in an email with the subject of {NAME HERE}-pure-2017 to me at

Your information will be used to create a “Mentor Profile” similar to previous semester. If you have doubts about information to be included in your application, please refer to the following link:

The [new] deadline for applying is 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 25th. Please understand that mentees are typically freshmen and sophomores with little experience. Please try to tailor appropriate project(s) for them.

For more information, contact Shreya Rao


January 17, 2017

Green Metro Planning, LLC is an engineering consulting firm located in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois which specializes in modeling, planning, and design of municipal water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Green Metro offers the opportunity to work on municipal wastewater collection system projects through our internship program. Candidates will receive valuable on-the-job experience in the civil/environmental engineering industry with the possibility to be hired as full-time employees for outstanding performance.

Qualifications and Experience:

- Open to graduate and undergraduate students (of junior level and above)

- Previous coursework and/or experience in hydraulics, hydrology, ArcGIS, and water resources engineering are preferred but not required

- Applicants should be motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented

Interested applicants should contact Claire He at the following address:

January 17, 2017

The Enrollment/Change period for Spring 2017 is January 13, 2017 through February 03, 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, call (217) 333-0165 or e-mail

January 17, 2017


Please make sure to register correctly at the beginning of the semester to avoid problems with registration and unwanted tuition charges later. Students are responsible for their own registration and for ensuring the accuracy of their schedules. Please refer to the Graduate College Handbook for details about requirements. If you have questions about requirements, please contact your department office.

For more academic and registration deadlines for Spring 2017, please visit the Graduate College Calendar.


Students may be released from their obligation to pay ALL tuition and fees by canceling their spring registration by January 16, 2017. You may cancel your registration through Student-Self Service or by submitting a Withdrawal/Cancellation form to your department office. Completed Withdrawal/Cancellation forms must be received in the Graduate College by 5 p.m. January 13, the last business day before instruction begins.

January 17, 2017

The Diffenbaugh Fellowship Fund, established in 1976 by Harry J. Diffenbaugh, supports graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who are or were residents of the State of Missouri.