Undergraduate Blog

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

February 7, 2018



Please share with undergraduate students interested in interdisciplinary research. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in a degree program leading to baccalaureate or associates degree, and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2018. The program will run from May 28 – July 27, 2018 in Blacksburg, VA on the Virginia Tech campus.


We aim to provide intellectually challenging, interdisciplinary research and extension experiences for diverse undergraduates from across the US. During the summer program, our undergraduate fellows will:

1)      Develop a detailed and nuanced understanding of the complexity of anthropogenic influences and stakeholder needs within mixed-use watersheds;

2)      Gain appreciation for the disciplinary diversity required to address critical, complex water resources issues;

3)      Improve their ability to communicate scientific findings to audiences of varying backgrounds in formal and informal situations;

4)      Acquire a foundation in technical, social, and collaborative skills to help them succeed in future research and professional activities; and

5)      Form a professional network that can support future careers in water management (e.g., graduate degrees, agricultural/industry careers, public service, etc.).


This REEU will catalyze interactions between students from widely varying disciplines by focusing on research questions that require innovative approaches to scientific collaboration and data visualization, as well as communication to and engagement with an array of local stakeholders. Our diverse team of experienced mentors includes environmental scientists, social scientists, engineers, and computer scientist will both guide individual student efforts as well as collectively model successful interdisciplinary collaboration. To promote a unifying context for research: Fellows and mentors will be members of interdisciplinary teams; We will learn from and interact with a range of stakeholders across multiple land use issues; and Activities will be place-based within the Virginia Tech StREAM Lab, with a view towards its relationship with the larger New River basin.


For more information: https://vtconfluence-reeu.weebly.com/    Deadline to apply February 28.

February 2, 2018

This is a temporary seasonal position (40 hours/week) reporting to the Senior Project Engineer, responsible for assisting the Engineering Department in various projects.

Essential Job Functions:


Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

▪ Represent the Engineering Department as a field inspector for capital improvement projects to ensure work is performed in accordance with approved plans and specifications

▪ Assist project engineers with surveying and construction layout

▪ Perform computer-aided drafting utilizing the AutoCAD program


See attachment for all details


January 31, 2018

International Student Legal, Tenant, Safety, and Success Resources!

Learn about student legal services, campus safety, housing resources, and U.S. laws. Prepare for successful academic and professional transitions! -RSVP to attend. 

-Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

-Time: 5:00-6:00pm

-Location: 106B8 Engineering Hall

-Sponsors: Student Legal Services, The Tenant Union, the Division of Public Safety, Engineering International Student Programs, and IPENG-Study Abroad

-RSVP: https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/4133129


International and Domestic Student “Meet and Greet”

Meet Engineering students, faculty, and staff!  Gain valuable resources, and get involved! FREE food RSVP by 2/17/2018. 

-Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

-Time: 12:30-1:30pm

-Location: 212 Engineering Hall

-FOOD RSVP by 2/17/2018: https://surveys.illinois.edu/sec/9096504

January 30, 2018

This spring, Engineering Career Services and Engineering Council  (Expo) are joining forces to host the inaugural combined Engineering Spring Career Fair!   The three-day spring fair will also include a Startup Career Fair, being hosted by Founders, a student entrepreneurship organization. The combined efforts of Engineering Career Services, Engineering Council (Expo) and Founders,  now offers Illinois Engineering students access to nearly 260 companies recruiting for internships and full-time employment, the largest Spring Career Fair in our College’s history!

Engineering Career Fair

Date:  February 6th – 8th  

Time:  1:00pm – 6:00pm

Place:  Illini Union  

*Startup Career Fair on February 8th


For more details about the career fair, listing of companies and a floor map, download the mobile interactive app found in the App Store and Google Play Store: Career Fair Plus. If you prefer, you can also click here to access this information online.

January 29, 2018

We are happy to announce the kick off of our Simpson Strong-Tie® Student Scholarship for Structural Engineering, Architecture, and Construction Management students for the upcoming Fall 2018/2019 school year.


The Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship program assists students who are pursuing undergraduate study in Structural Engineering, Architecture or Construction Management to support education and encourage the design and building of safer structures in our communities. Your school has been selected to participate in the program. The scholarship award is $2000. The deadline to submit the application and required materials online is March 25, 2018. Information along with link to the online application is available on our website at: www.strongtie.com/scholarships


Please help us spread the word to your students so they can take advantage of this opportunity to apply. Pass the information on via email to students and professors and post to Dept.  bulletins boards where the staff and students frequent. I have attached the program poster to help promote the scholarship. If you are no longer the person handling scholarships or are not interested in participating in the program, please let me know.


This program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. For more information about the program, please call Kim Rice at Scholarship America: (507) 931-0428.