Graduate Blog

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November 9, 2017

The Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference, which is a forum for graduate students (women and underrepresented groups especially,) to inspire one another to become leaders in their fields and to fuel their motivation to pursue their graduate degree in tackling the technological challenges of today’s society will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Illini Union.

Join the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at Illinois for the annual Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) Conference. STEM leaders in academia and industry alike will share their insights on pursuing diverse career paths beginning with a graduate degree. The conference includes panel discussions and breakout sessions to facilitate one-on-one interactions with these speakers and promote the discussion of topics unique to the graduate student experience. Come fuel your inspiration to excel in your field, motivation to complete your graduate degree, and passion for making an impact on the world.

Registration is filling up quickly and will close when we reach capacity, so register today to secure your spot. Please contact Erin Molloy ( with any questions. Learn more and register

November 9, 2017

The Engineering Education Research Group and AE3 invite you to a research presentation next week on women in engineering:

Fri. Nov. 17 | 2:00 - 3:00pm | 2407 Siebel Center


November 9, 2017

A research team at the Univeristy of Illinois, funded through the National Science Foundation, islooking for participants in a project that seeks to help a diverse community of researchers to develop innovative research projects focused around the topic of food and water security.

More information, as well as a link to the application, can be found here.

Applications are due by December 15, 2017. They plan to notify participants of their acceptances shortly after the first of the year.

If you have any questions, please contact Will Barley at:

November 6, 2017

Dropping Courses

Friday, November 17 is the last day for graduate students to drop ALL Fall semester courses from their Fall registration without a grade of W and thus withdraw from Fall semester. Students need to complete a Withdrawal/Cancellation form and obtain their department’s signature and, in the case of International Students, a signature from International Student Scholar Services. Students considering this action are encouraged first to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program.

Friday, November 17 is the last day to drop individual full term Fall semester courses without a grade of W. Students need to submit a Late Course Change form to the Graduate College to complete the process, but first are encouraged to discuss their decision with their adviser and/or program. Dropping a course may affect progress toward degree completion, so the decision is best done in consultation with a student’s program.




Credit/ No Credit

Friday, November 17 is the last day to change a course to the credit/no-credit grading option for a Fall semester course or to change from the credit/no-credit grading option to a regular grade. Adviser approval is required. Please consult with your program if you are considering this grading option for any course because course and department restrictions may apply.




December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony: Have you Designated a Faculty Hooder?

If you plan to designate a faculty hooder for the December Doctoral Hooding ceremony, please do so by November 15. Students typically choose their adviser, another faculty member, or perhaps a family member to hood them in the ceremony. This person must have an earned doctorate. Students who have not designated a hooder will be hooded by a member of the platform party. For more information about the Doctoral Hooding and to designate a hooder, please register.

November 6, 2017

Please see the two attached abstracts for CEE595AG seminar taking place on Nov. 9, from Noon – 12:50 p.m. in Room 2312 Newmark.  Speakers will be Yaochun Yu and Josue Lopez.