Undergraduate Blog

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February 7, 2018



Here is some information about the scholarship:


Applicants must be of junior, senior or fifth year status in the Fall 2018 semester. The recipient must have a B average (3.0 GPA). Preference will be given to a student who is interested in space studies and/or earth sciences, and whose major field of study includes at least one of these areas. Preference is also given to students with demonstrated financial need. In addition, students must demonstrate vision, perseverance and enthusiasm for his/her chosen field. This application and all supporting materials must be received or postmarked by March 2 , 2018.


February 7, 2018

Salt Creek Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers.


 Each year the Salt Creek Chapter members award scholarships to engineering students. This year we are awarding two $1000 scholarships to qualifying undergraduate engineering students, enrolled in an ABET accredited engineering program at an Illinois university. I would greatly appreciate your assistance in passing this information on to your students. I have attached a copy of the application form to this email.   Please refer to attachment for all details.   Application Deadline – April 9, 2018


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