Undergraduate Blog

To submit an item for the undergraduate blog, email Greg Coughlin.

March 19, 2018

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is recruiting tutors for Engineering courses (in all levels). Our current outstanding tutor requests range from CS 105, ECE 211, IE 310, MATH 285/286, ME 300, MSE 206, and TAM 251. If you know of any of your students that would be interested in earning a little bit of extra money and helping out other students on campus, please have them fill out our application at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/8792291. Our pay rate is $10 per hour for undergraduates, and $12 per hour for graduate students.   Apply by April 1, 2018.

March 16, 2018

Parkland Summer and Fall Registration


Admissions and Registration

Continuing University of Illinois students need to begin with the appropriate Parkland Concurrent Enrollment web form (Domestic or International) and complete it in its entirety (including providing the course rubric, number and section, i.e. ENG 220 – 201). As always, students need to attach a PDF of their Academic History (not DARS audit) to ensure that course pre-requisites are met. For students receiving financial aid, they should also complete the Financial Aid Concurrent Enrollment form.


Academically dropped students and those stepping away from the University are to apply as degree-seeking students and do not complete any concurrent enrollment forms.


The Parkland summer and fall schedules will be online soon. Students/advisors can easily search for available courses at Parkland right from the home page by clicking “Academics” and then “Find a Class”. Open registration dates are as follows:

Summer –April 2, 2018 Fall – April 9, 2018


Meeting Prerequisites

If a student wishes to take a math course, or a course that has math as a prerequisite (e.g. CHEM, CS or Physics), they must show proof of the prerequisite completed through their Academic History (not DARS audit) or a screenshot of their ACT/SAT score (test taken within the last two years). If they do not have either, they will be required to take Parkland’s ALEKS assessment test in person. The break down for the ACT/SAT requirement cutoffs follow (scores are valid for two years):




Parkland Course Placement



MAT 108 (STAT 100 equiv)



MAT 124 (MATH 112 equiv)



MAT 125, 141, 143, 145, 160, 200 (MATH 115, 124, 143, 125, and ECON 202 equiv)



MAT 128 (MATH 128 equiv)


If the course requires “successful completion of high school chemistry” and the student hasn’t taken chemistry at the University, then the high school transcript is required for Parkland’s review.


Tentative Summer Semester 2018 deadlines:

Instruction begins May 21, June 18, and July 16 and ends no later than August 9. Final exams will be held during the last class meeting Early registration for continuing students: March 26–April 1 Open registration begins: April 2 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of May 21: May 20 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of June 18: June 17 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of July 16: July 15 Campus holidays and closures
Memorial Day (college closed): May 28
Independence Day (college closed): July 4
College offices closed: Fridays, June 22–August 10

Tentative Fall Semester 2018 deadlines:

Registration for continuing students: April 2–8 Open registration begins: April 9 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of August 20: August 19 Full-semester and first 8-week classes begin: August 20 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of September 10: September 9 13-week classes begin: September 10 Last day to register for classes that begin the week of October 15: October 14 Second 8-week (midterm) classes begin: October 15 Deadline to petition for fall graduation: November 9 Last day of classes: December 7 Final examinations: December 10–14 Campus holidays and closures
Faculty and Staff Development (offices closed 8–10 a.m.): August 13
Labor Day (college closed): September 3
Thanksgiving recess (begins at 5 p.m. on November 21; college closed): November 22–25
Winter break (college closed): December 22–January 1 

I hold open, walk-in office hours in Parkland's Counseling and Advising Office on most Wednesdays from 9:00am – 3:00 so feel free to have students see me with questions or concerns. You can also give out my email address to every student who even mentions Parkland or another community college.





Holly Herrera, M. Ed.

Coordinator of Transfer Advising

Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

807 S Wright Street, Floor 5, MC-317

Champaign, IL 61820

p: 217-333-4710   f: 217-244-4851


Illinois Academic Advising Association (ILACADA) President, 2017-2018


March 16, 2018

The Chicago Chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) is proud to announce its  Scholarship Program.  Our desire is to help students attain their goal of receiving an undergraduate degree.  The focus of our Scholarship Program are students with a desire to learn more about and work in concrete, concrete repair, construction, or related technologies.


Applications and the guidelines for  ICRI Chicago Chapter Scholarship Program are attached to this email.  Application responses must be received by 5:00 pm on April 27th, 2018.  The Scholarship Committee will make its decision by May 4th, 2018 and will notify applicant who is chosen.  The Scholarship will be awarded at our annual ICRI Chicago Chapter Annual golf outing on June 7th, 2018. 


This year the Scholarship Committee has decided to increase this scholarship award to $5,000.00.   


March 15, 2018






Below is the list of current and remaining 2018 position openings for your students.  If you have students who are looking for Kiewit opportunities (full-time, intern, or co-op) staring in June, August or December please forward this email to them or have them complete the Kiewit Student Recruitment Interest Form so the Kiewit recruiters can reach out to them.  


The Kiewit University Relations Faculty Advisory Board (FAB) was established in 2015 to provide guidance to Kiewit leadership on areas of partnership with university faculty and administration.  The FAB is made up of diverse faculty and administrators from universities across North America who are committed to enhancing construction education.



Field Engineering Openings for 2018: 
100 - June Start
150 - August Start
150 -  December Starts


As a field engineer, you bring your big ideas, a commitment to top quality and an unwavering work ethic. In return, we offer adventure and career opportunities, along with the satisfaction of building the next big thing from the ground up. There’s a reason Kiewit attracts the best: we offer fast-paced excitement and fulfillment you won’t find anywhere else.

“Every day is something new. There is always a new challenge to overcome and new problems to solve each day. You are never bored in the field!”

Relocation required – Kiewit covers expenses for students to relocate. Our successful Field Engineers are young leaders who thrive on tackling new opportunities and facing challenges head on.



Civil/Structural or Electrical Design Engineering 2018: 
20 - June Start
20 - August Start
20 - December Start


Kiewit has an immediate opening in its Civil Engineering Department for a civil design engineer Does the chance to change a skyline excite you? Do you consider yourself high-performing? Creative? Committed to high-quality work? Is adventure your middle name? You may have a future in construction design engineering at Kiewit. We’re known for creating innovative, world-class projects throughout North America and beyond, some of them are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

As an electrical engineer on our team, you will have the opportunity to see more and do more than you have ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you the satisfaction of a job well done, but will help propel you forward into your career. We’ll train you, develop your skills and allow you to take on power projects that will impact millions across North America. 

“The thing I like most about being a design engineer is being able to watch an idea start out as a scribble on a piece of scratch paper and eventually become a real world object that thousands of people use every day. Being able to point to something, whether it’s a parking lot or a freeway, and say ‘I designed that’ is why I enjoy coming to work every day.” 

Relocation not required – with offices in Denver, Kansas City, and Houston Kiewit covers expenses for students to relocate/move to office locations.  Our successful design engineers are young leaders who recognize how the quality of their work establishes a strong partnership and foundation for our construction operations teams to be successful.




Student Interest Form




Student Referral Form




The Kiewit Jobs Website







March 15, 2018

The Undergraduate Image of Research is a multidisciplinary competition celebrating the diversity and breadth of undergraduate student research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. All undergraduate students are invited to submit entries consisting of an image and brief text that articulates how the image relates to the research. Entries will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel for:


·         Connection between image, text, and research

·         Originality

·         Visual Impact


All images submitted will be included in IDEALS, hosted and archived by the University Library for long term preservation.


Accepting submissions from February 23, 2018--March 27, 2018.


All entries will be on display at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in April.


For more information: http://publish.illinois.edu/imageofresearch/undergraduate-image-of-resea...



Chris Holmes, Programs Coordinator


5th Fll, Illini Union Bookstore Building

807 S. Wright Street, M/C 317

Champaign, Illinois 61820

Office phone: (217) 300-5453