Graduate Blog

To submit an item for the graduate blog, email Joan Christian.

February 2, 2017

We are accepting nominations for the Yee Memorial Fund Fellowship.  This program is made possible by a generous bequest of Drs. Warren and Ming Ting Yee.  Dr. Warren Yee received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1943.  Dr. Warren Yee was a partner in the Detroit firm of Harley, Ellington, Pierce & Yee Associates and later was the founder of Bio-Tech Research Laboratory, Inc. in Washington, D.C.  He died in 1984.

Dr. Warren Yee was known for thinking of others, especially relatives in China, before he thought of himself.  His wife has requested that income from the funds be used to support Chinese graduate students in the College of Engineering.  Special consideration will be given to students from inner provinces or inner province universities (not coastal) in China.  Each award will be $5,000.  This will be paid in two payments of $2,500 in the fall and spring terms. We anticipate awarding four fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year in the College of Engineering.

General Information:

We will use the following procedures to select the award recipients

_      Awards may be made to confirmed entering Chinese nationals (who have accepted the offer of admission) or continuing students who are Chinese nationals.

_      Applicants must not be graduating before May of the next calendar year (2018).

_      There is a maximum of one award per department per year.

_      Each department may nominate up to two students.

_      Nominations should be submitted by the CEE graduate office.  Nominations can originate from any faculty member; however, departmental screening and evaluation are strongly encouraged.

Application Package:

The following items will constitute the application package:.

_      Application cover sheet (nominated by dept).

_      Student vita/resume specifying previous education, work experience, research experience, publications, presentations and relevant service.

_      For current Illinois graduate students, please include unofficial transcripts with current GPA and a copy of GRE scores from their admissions file.

_      Essay of approximately one page by the student nominee.  The essay should describe the student's career goals, how these goals will impact engineering education, research, and service to the field of engineering. In addition, how the student's Ph.D. program will help accomplish those goals. 

_      Two letters of recommendation should address the student's demonstrated contributions and/or potential for making significant contributions to engineering education, research and service.  In particular, the letters should address how the Yee Fellowship will help the student meet his/her career goals.  For nominees who are entering students, the letters of recommendation used for applying to graduate school may be used.

Selection Criteria:

The Yee Fellowship will be selected primarily using the criteria summarized below:

_         Special consideration will be given to those students from inner provinces or inner province universities (not coastal) in China.

_         Strong academic performance as demonstrated by coursework and grades, recommendations, and vita/resume (previous recognition/awards).

_      Demonstrate interest in engineering education, including teaching experience in the classroom, laboratory or as a tutor; extracurricular teaching, such as demonstrations to high schools or other outreach; service to the community which promotes technical awareness; and research or other outreach activities promoting engineering education.


February 2, 2017

Please see enclosed flyer about the upcoming Atlas Pipe Student Day on Feb 28 in Chicago. For more info, please contact:

Jim Erhart, Associate Marketing Manager

227 West Monroe, Suite 2600

Chicago, IL 60606

Office: 312.275.1608

Cell: 312.771.8379


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