Graduate Blog

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January 31, 2017


 Please join us on Wednesday, March 8th for the Alumni Dinner
and site visit to Fermilab in Chicago, Illinois!

 Register here. Space is limited and available on a
first come, first served basis. Cost is $20 per person to attend.
(Professional attire is encouraged at Fermilab, and required at the Union League Club. Students who choose to dress casually for the Fermilab tour must change into their suit on the bus after the tour, or they will not be allowed into the Club.)


8:45 a.m. Load charter bus at NCSA circle drive

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
1205 West Clark Street
Urbana, IL 61820

9:00 a.m. Departure time

**Boxed lunches will be provided on the bus. Please bring your own drink.**

12:00 p.m. Arrive at Femilab.

Students are able to leave backpacks, clothes, laptops on bus.

3:00 p.m. Depart Fermilab and travel to Union League Club (ULC) This will be a 1 ½ hour bus ride.

Union League Club
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Coat check available on the 1st floor

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Arrive and help set-up and greet alumni at ULC
Students will be expected to greet alumni and help set-up as necessary. This is a great networking opportunity!

5:00 p.m. Cocktail reception (sodas and juice for students at bars, or cash bar), 5th floor Crystal Room

6:00 p.m. Dinner begins, 6th floor Main Dining Room

Around 8pm or 20 mins. after end of event Gather in the ballroom (where dinner is held) along the back wall to load bus. Bus will drop off in Urbana at NCSA circle drive and at Illini Union. These are the only stops that will be made. **Please be aware of the time and be ready to go when students start gathering at the registration desk to leave.**

11:30 pm arrive back at NCSA/11:45pm arrive at Illini Union 

Questions or Concerns?

Contact Keely Ashman or 217-333-6454

January 30, 2017

Enclosed is a scholarship application from the Quad Cities Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.  They will be giving $14,000-$15,000 in scholarship funds this year.

Both men & women are eligible and applications are due March 31st.  Students can also download a copy or learn more about their organization at


January 30, 2017

Deadline: February 20 to Joan Christian in dept

The Graduate College provides awards of up to $350 for students to travel to professional conferences to present papers, posters, or creative work. Awards may be offered as reimbursement for recently-completed travel or for upcoming travel. Award amounts vary depending on the distance from Champaign to the conference.

Application is by department nomination only. In other words, students do not apply directly to the Graduate College. Instead, students submit materials to their department, then the department selects applications for submission to the Graduate College. For more information, reach out to your department and visit the Graduate College website

Application form

January 30, 2017

Urban GIS plans to hire a Pavement Engineer for an ongoing project. Please see attached description for more info. Contact Miranda Yan at with questions.


January 30, 2017

The Chicago Chapter of CMAA is announcing five scholarships of $1,000 that will be awarded in 2017 to undergraduate and graduate students in a construction program.  I would appreciate it if you could forward this message to the students in your program at UIUC. 

The deadline for application is April 1.  The awards will be presented at the May meeting of the Chicago Chapter.  I encourage all construction students at UIUC to apply.  Below is a link that applicants can use to apply online:

If applicants have problems uploading files and submitting their application online, they can always use the paper form attached to this email.  They can email the completed form and its attachments to me ( or mail the documents to my postal address below.