Graduate Blog

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April 25, 2017

The Hispanic Access Foundation, a national nonprofit that works to connect Latino communities with resources and opportunities, would like to announce a new internship program this summer with the US Bureau of Reclamation for engineering students.

We would like to ask for your help in sharing this opportunity with talented Latino/a engineering students interested in paid summer internships that cultivate a strong understanding and appreciation of natural and cultural resources. Interns will work with senior engineers and scientists on ongoing design, research and or testing and gain valuable knowledge and professional skills to develop and maintain Reclamation resources. This program aims to prepare the next generation of enthusiastic and diverse stewards of American resources.

For more information regarding our internship program, benefits and time-frame, please review our promotional flyer attached or visit our website.

Bureau of Reclamation Internship Program: Next Generation Latino Stewards

Application Deadline: April 27, 2017

Program Manager: Michelle Neuenschwander -



April 25, 2017

I’m the president of a nonprofit called Basic Dignities (  We’re working to raise money for a clean water project in Uganda right now.  We’re designing a water storage tank, deep well, and chlorination system for a community of 2,000 people on Kisima Island, Uganda.  I am holding a fundraiser 5k race on Saturday, June 24th in Crystal Lake Park in Urbana to raise money for the project.  Would you mind helping me spread the word about the event?

I’ve attached a flyer with the event details. The website to register for the event is 

For more info:

Brittany N. Sterling
815.603.2896 /


April 24, 2017

With final exams and graduation looming, this time of year can be very stressful for students. If you or somebody you know is having difficulty coping, the University has resources available:


2nd Floor, Turner Student Services Building

7:50 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 333-3704


3rd Floor, East Building

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 333-2705


300 Turner Student Services Building

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 333-0050


The Counseling Center collaborates with the Champaign County Crisis Line to provide support and referrals for individuals needing mental health support after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Please contact the Crisis Line at 217-359-4141 (TTY: 217-352-4217) to speak with a counselor.

April 24, 2017

Dear Graduate or Professional Student,

This email contains important information about Summer 2017 health coverage for all graduate students.   

To learn more about Summer 2017 health coverage and benefits, please visit our Summer Health Coverage for Graduate Students webpage.  If you would like health coverage over the summer, you should identify the student category that applies to you, read the relevant information, and take action as appropriate.

Note: Student Insurance, McKinley Health Service, and Dental/Vision Insurance each have a particular coverage period, which may vary from the dates of the academic term or from the dates of any summer appointment a student may hold. 

The 2017 summer academic term is defined as the period between May 15 and August 5. 

Important Summer 2017 coverage dates are as follows:

Student Health Insurance:  May 13 – August 25

McKinley Health Center: Spring coverage ends May 27. Summer coverage ends August 26.

Dental/Vision Insurance: June 1 – August 31

For more information, please see also the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions not addressed in the FAQ, please contact the Graduate College at

April 21, 2017

PhD Final Defense – Victoria Boyd

Fate of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Associated with Coal Tar, Asphalt, Charcoal, and Soot in Urban Lake Sediments

Advisor: Professor Charles Werth

Date: Monday May 1st, 10:00 am

Location: Grainger Library Room 329