Undergraduate Blog

To submit an item for the undergraduate blog, email Greg Coughlin.

April 3, 2018

The DFI Educational Trust, the charitable arm of the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), announces the availability of scholarships in 2018 under its At-Large Scholarship Program.


Applicants must be enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. college or university; be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in civil, geotechnical engineering or other related deep foundations curriculum; or an undergraduate degree in construction management; and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.   In addition, they must demonstrate interest in the deep foundation industry and financial need.  There are several scholarships available ranging from  $2,000 to $5,000 each.   Applicants need to submit only one application and they will be considered for all available scholarships.   The awards can be used for tuition, fees, books and/or educational living expenses. 


The application period is open now.    The deadline for submission is May 15, 2018


To apply, go to At Large Application      Application, essay, and resume, are accepted online only.     Transcript and letters of recommendation must be sent by mail.   All materials must be received by the above deadline.


For more information on the DFI Educational Trust, visit www.dfitrust.org.

April 2, 2018

The Mark Alvarado Scholarship was created to help the future generations get the education they need to survive once they enter adulthood. It’s no secret that the cost of education is always increasing and Mark Alvarado has made it his mission to take at least a small part of the burden off of one student’s shoulder each year.

Applicants will have to submit a 500-word essay in order to apply for this scholarship. Full details can be found below.

You are eligible for the Mark Alvarado Scholarship if you meet one of the below criteria:

You’re a current college or university student that has not reached your final year in your degree program.
You’re a current high school senior that has already been accepted into a college or university.


Mark Alvarado wants to hear your answer to the following question:

How can schools better prepare students for the workforce? For example, students in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) are often going into a high tech workforce in the Silicon Valley, are they well prepared for this type of work?

Submission Deadline:
January 31, 2019

Winner Selection:
Once the application period closes a committee will review all applications. A winner will be selected and contacted in February 2019. The winner will have two weeks to respond and the money will be awarded to their school’s financial aid department.

Please share the link below with the correct departments and any interested students.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Jackie Sawyer
Program Administrator
3055 Vesuvius Ln.
San Jose, CA


April 2, 2018

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and I will be teaching a course this fall (UP494: Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning) that I believe will be of interest to CEE students in transportation engineering, sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems, and related specializations. I am wondering how I might go about sharing the attached course flyer with graduate and undergraduate students in your department. Would you be able to do this, or point me in the direction of somebody with access to the appropriate listservs? Please let me know if I can provide any additional information.


Thank you in advance for your help!





Lindsay M. Braun

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

312 Temple Buell Hall

611 Lorado Taft Drive

Champaign, IL 61821


April 2, 2018

The job description is attached and the link to Korte’s website is below.  This position is in Highland, IL which is right off of I-70 about 30 miles east of St. Louis.  Your help is greatly appreciated.





Brian Taylor | Project Manager


618.654.8611 (office)

314.242.0196 (direct)

217.417.9044 (cell)



March 29, 2018

Univ. of Iowa has a CZO related upcoming REU opportunity. For details see