Undergraduate Blog

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April 10, 2018

The US Army Corps of Engineers has a student contractor position available for work at the UIUC-CERL lab. Please see the attachment for a complete job description and contact information.


April 6, 2018

Students interested in the joining the Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) Program are invited to attend the Town Hall Information Session this Wednesday, April 11th, at 5pm in Room 1310. This session will include an overview of the program, requirements for admission, discussions with current GLCM students, and how prospective students can prepare for application. Students interested and unable to attend this session can contact EJ Ignacio (eignaci2@illinois.edu) for the presentation slides or more information.

April 6, 2018

The Counseling Center is offering RIO (which stands for recognition, insight, and openness) trainings, and has a few sessions open for the remainder of the semester. The two-part course is designed to teach students techniques that can help them better cope with strong and difficult emotions and use mindfulness to better manage stress and anxiety. Attached is a flyer with the details. Students do not need to be current Counseling Center clients to attend.


April 6, 2018

Fulbright Scholarship Workshops: Spring 2018


All events sponsored by the National and International Scholarships Program.  
Full event descriptions are in the attached document titled: Fulbright Meeting Schedule.


The US Student Fulbright website is:  https://us.fulbrightonline.org
Facebook UIUC Fulbright Events page is here.

Tuesday, April 10
Kickoff Fulbright Information Session – 3:30-5:00 pm, 180 Bevier Hall.
Recent Fulbright award winners will be present to share their experiences, an introduction to the Fulbright application process will be shared, and then pizza will arrive as we continue informal conversations!  Please come and bring someone with you.

Friday, April 20
Personal Statement Workshop – 3:30-5:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
A key part of the Fulbright Application is the Personal Statement, a one-page essay. Come learn how to create this document and tell your unique story.

Webinars for those off campus:
If you are not currently on campus to take advantage of our Fulbright Information Session, join us remotely for these webinars!  The same detailed overview will be provided for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, including: eligibility, grant types, and application advice.  There will also be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Wednesday, April 25
Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 8:30-9:30 am CST

Thursday, April 26
Informational Webinar for Illinois Alumni and Students Abroad – 12:00-1:00 pm CST


Friday, April 27
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Application Workshop – 2:00-3:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
The Fulbright ETA application includes a one-page essay on your case for Why the Fulbright program should fund You to Teach English to students in ____________ (insert your host country).  We will discuss how to approach this essay and more during this workshop.

Friday, April 27
Designing a Fulbright Research Proposal Workshop – 3:30-5:00 pm, 514 Illini Union Bookstore
If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright research grant, join us for this workshop to learn how to craft this important two-page grant request, how to secure a letter of affiliation, and how to select your reference letter writers.

The US Student Fulbright website is:  https://us.fulbrightonline.org
Facebook UIUC Fulbright Events page is here.


April 5, 2018

Faculty Candidate Seminar for the Zhejiang-University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute (ZJUI)


Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethenes: pH Effects, Novel Dechlorinators and Decision-Making Tools


Dr. Yi Yang

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Marine Sciences

University of Georgia


Monday, April 9, 2018

12:00 p.m.

3310 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

205 N. Mathews, Urbana



Chlorinated solvents have been widely used in different areas of modern society. Improper handling and disposal of these chlorinated hazardous compounds caused a variety of environmental problems and continues to affect human health. Among the available treatment technologies, bioremediation shows great promise as a cost-effective corrective strategy for a variety of environmental pollutants. Prerequisites are that the microbiology involved in contaminant degradation and geochemical factors, such as pH, are understood, so that bioremediation technologies can be confidently implemented. In this research we investigated chemical and microbiological factors affecting chlorinated ethenes biodegradation, and developed an Excel-based tool to guide remedial practitioners to select suitable remediation strategies. The research findings advance understanding of the microbial reductive dechlorination process and will improve the implementation of in situ bioremediation.




Dr. Yi Yang received his double bachelor’s degrees (Environmental engineering and law, 2007) and Master of Engineering Degree (2009) from Wuhan University. Then he had been studying in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in environmental biotechnology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, supervised by Dr. Frank Löffler. There he earned his MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2012 and 2016, respectively. His main interests were biotic and abiotic processes that contribute to contaminant degradation in anoxic environments (e.g., microbial reductive dehalogenation). He continued his postdoctoral training in Dr. Samantha Joye’s lab at the University of Georgia, Athens, working on characterizing petroleum hydrocarbons and enriching microorganisms capable of anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation. He has authored and co-authored research papers published in ISME, Environmental Science & Technology, and Nature Chemical Biology.