Graduate Blog

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January 24, 2018

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2018-19 Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) program.  DFI offers fellowships to underrepresented graduate students who intend to teach or become administrators in higher education in the state of Illinois following graduation.  See program details here.

To be eligible, a student must be a US citizen or permanent resident, a member of an underrepresented ethnic group, a resident of the state of Illinois, in a master’s or doctoral program, able to demonstrate financial need, and able to demonstrate academic excellence.  Applicants must also commit to working full-time in higher education in the state of Illinois starting upon graduation and continuing for as many years as was supported by the fellowship.

Master’s students may receive two years of support; doctoral students may receive four years of support. IBHE has not yet finalized the stipend levels, but we anticipate ~$13,000 for new fellows and ~$15,000 for renewing fellows.  Fellowships may also qualify for tuition waivers.  For students holding up to a 50% assistantship, the fellowship may be held concurrently with the assistantship.       

Students in any discipline are eligible, and students in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. 

The deadline for students to submit applications to the Graduate College is February 16, 2018.

January 23, 2018

PhD Final Defense – Gaston Fermandois

Development and implementation of a multi-axial
real-time hybrid simulation framework

Advisor: Professor Billie F. Spencer, Jr.

Date: Wednesday February 7th, 9:00 am

Location: Newmark Civil Engineering Building Room 3218


January 23, 2018

Please see the enclosed flyer about the MBA-Engineering Grad Student Info Session on February 6


January 22, 2018
Need an internship this summer? Looking for a job?

Attend the CEE Spring 2018 Job Fair on
Thursday, February 22 in the Crane Bay of Newmark Lab!

Each year approximately 600 CEE students fill the Crane Bay in search of a job or internship, or simply to practice talking with recruiters and establish relationships for future opportunities. The event format includes company booths, an informal lunch, and opportunities for interviews. Students of all levels are encouraged to attend. It’s a good way to find alumni speakers for your student groups as well!

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For a list of companies who will attend the job fair, check the CEE website

Looking for more ways to connect with recruiters? Consider attending the CEE Networking Night the evening before the fair, hosted by the CEE Student Committee. Visit  for more details and to register.

Not sure how to prepare for the job fair? Need your resume polished? Consider visiting with a career advisor in Engineering Career Services (ECS). Call ECS for an appointment: 217-333-1960.

Questions? Contact Keely Ashman,, 217-333-6454

January 22, 2018

PhD Final Defense – Siyang Xie
Reliable Design of Interdependent Facility System under Correlated Disruption Risks
Advisor: Professor Yanfeng Ouyang
Date: Thursday February 1st, 2:00 pm
Location: NCEL 3218