Graduate Blog

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September 1, 2017

Friday, Sept 8, 2017

2-4 pm

Illini Union, Room 314

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September 1, 2017

Meg Griffin will be available for the first few weeks of classes to answer questions about classes, the program in general, and any other questions you may have at the following times:

Monday, Aug 28 – Friday, Sept 1: 11am-1pm CST

Tuesday, Sept 5 – Friday, Sept 8: 11am-1pm CST

Sundays, Aug 27 & Sept 10: 8pm-11pm CST

Please IM Meg via Skype for Business (available to graduate students) or Google Hangouts (use

September 1, 2017

PURE: Promoting Undergraduate Research in Engineering. PURE is a student-run group that connects graduate students with freshmen interested in research. The graduate students mentor the freshmen through a semester long research project, culminating in a poster symposium in December.

Every semester, our greatest struggle is recruiting enough graduate students into the program. While grad school can be a busy time, mentoring is not a huge commitment, and it is very rewarding for both the mentor and the undergrad. Many students even continue to work with their mentors after the semester is over.

I would appreciate your help in spreading the word to graduate students in your department. Please direct them to the link below to apply to mentor. We are accepting applications until next Thursday, 9/7.

August 30, 2017

CITL and the ITA Program in Linguistics are offering a series of four 1-hour workshops designed to help interested students learn about and prepare for the EPI. This is the same series (and content) that we offered in Spring 2017. Please share this information with students in your unit who may be planning to take or retake the EPI this semester.

Each session is offered from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The dates and topics are as follows:

September 14, Session 1: Overview. Defining terms. Practice strategies.

September 18, Session 2: Using clarification and negotiation strategies

September 27, Session 3: Answering open-ended questions

October 2, Session 4: EPI practice. Setting goals. Resources.

Sessions are open to first-time examinees as well as EPI re-takers. Students may register at this URL:

Students may select the sessions they wish to attend, but registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 35 students for each session.


August 29, 2017

Newmark Lab now has a lactation lounge available for the use of nursing mothers among the CEE faculty, staff and visitors to the department. The lounge is located on the southeast corner in room 3154. To gain swipe-card access to the CEE Mother’s Room, please send your name and UIN to Tim Prunkard,