The Undergraduate Blog is designed to give students relevant information about academics, class registration, internships, research, scholarships/awards, student organizations, job opportunties, and events for the department, college, and campus.
Saturday December 7th, the second floor common area in the Yeh Center will be closed from 10am-3pm for a Chi Epsilon event. The first and third floors will remain open along with the Newmark basement study space, please excuse yourself from the 2nd floor space during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
You are cordially invited to the International Taste of SWE, Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm in 212 Engineering Hall! All Engineering domestic and international students, faculty and staff are welcome!
Have you ever wanted to taste food from around the world in one night? The Society of Women Engineers, DSAC and International Student Programs invite international and domestic students to celebrate cultural diversity in the College of Engineering at the International Taste of SWE!!!
International Taste of SWE: Location: 212 Engineering Hall Date: Thursday, December 5th Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) has several openings for paid undergraduate research positions for Summer 2014 through its Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Positions are available at ReNUWIt's four partner schools: Stanford, UC-Berkeley, Colorado School of Mines, and New Mexico State University. More information about the program, including application requirements and instructions, may be found at http://renuwitreu.weebly.com/
Please contact Pam McLeod (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns. The application deadline is February 15, 2014.
The IAAP Education Foundation Scholarship program strengthens the Illinois aggregates industry by promoting the education of worthy students seeking a career in the aggregates industry. Furthermore, this scholarship enhances the relationship between the IAAP and institutions of higher learning that are educating and training the next generation of aggregate industry professionals. The IAAP Education Foundation will award up to four (4) $2,000 scholarships. These scholarships are a one-year grant. Students may re-apply in subsequent years. The Scholarship Committee reviews the applications and interviews eligible applicants.
Students who were admitted for Summer or Fall 2013 and who did not complete their placement testing last summer may also log in to take the test(s) they still need to take.
We recommend students review all of our instructions before logging in, particularly that placement testing requires their Active Directory username and password. Please refer to Step 1 . The PNP homepage provides them with additional information.
MACS 166 section A is now open to all James Scholars on campus. This class is a great opportunity for your James Scholars to take a popular MACS course for honors credit. Professor Cole will be going beyond the typical course description to do some production work. Please see the description below.
MACS 166 section A
331 Gregory Hall
What does it mean to be "literate" in a world defined by constantly
changing communication technology? Is multitasking spreading us too
thin or is it necessary to our survival? What skills will we need to
be part of the digital future? Do Wikipedia and Facebook expand our
freedom or constrain it? Do we control social media or does it shape
us? This course will jump into the middle of lively conversations like
these and many others. In the process, we will collaborate to produce
our own media projects with with various digital tools including
Scalar, an interactive, non-linear publishing platform.
We have a session this Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Illini Room B of the Union, specifically for undergraduates, and we can accommodate many more students than have registered. Food will be served, and students will have a facilitated conversation in small groups to talk about what every Illinois student should know or be able to do, and what should be distinctive about the Illinois undergraduate experience. The results of these conversations will be important in shaping campus actions to improve undergraduate education.
Course Announcement: Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, NPRE 442: Radioactive Waste Management Spring 2014, 3:30 to 4:50 pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 243 Mechanical Engineering Building Please see attached description and syllabus.
We are delighted to inform you about the launch of Shell Ideas360, and hope that you will be able to support this exciting new opportunity.
Shell Ideas360 is a global competition organized by Shell International for students from any degree discipline – to develop game-changing ideas for tackling Energy, Water and Food issues.
Whether your students decide to work in teams or on their own, it’s a chance for them to join an international community of like-minded individuals, to get direct access to Shell Subject Matter Experts and Mentors, and to learn skills that will be invaluable in their studies as well as their future careers.
5 teams or individuals will be invited to Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, in May 2014 where they will meet and present their ideas to a Panel of Judges.
The winners will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a National Geographic Expedition.
The best ideas will be considered for funding by Shell’s GameChanger Program – whether or not they are selected to participate in the Final Event.
CAWST is growing, and we have a number of positions available for people passionate in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). All positions are based in Calgary, Canada. See attached document: Download CAWST is Growing_Job Postings_2013-11
Interested in studying abroad? Stop by the Study Abroad Fair!
Warm up with some hot chocolate at the Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, November 19th from 11am-4pm in the Illini Union.
Learn about study abroad programs located around the world. Discover how to incorporate your study abroad experience into your major, minor, or career plans. Talk to returnees, peer advisors, study abroad advisors, faculty, scholarships, and more. All in one location!
Whether you're a freshman just starting to think about studying abroad, or a junior aiming for the January 15th Priority Deadline, this is the one place you'll want to stop by to explore your program options.
Midwest Engineering Associates is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a full-time project engineering position in the Civil/Transportation Department.
General Assignments: Responsible for working within a project team towards the timely completion of various projects. Projects would include studies, design plans and construction plans for highways/roadways, parking lots, sewers, water main, and site development. Some construction observation also may be required.
Qualifications: Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited University. Experience with AutoCad and/or Microstation Software is preferred but not required. The candidate must be able to work independently and as a team member; and have the desire to learn new skills and be self-motivated.
Contact: Interested and qualified candidates should submit a current resume to Midwest Engineering Associates, Inc., Attn: Human Resources, 100 North Main Street, Suite 301, East Peoria, Illinois 61611; or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Midwest Engineering Associates is a locally owned firm which offers exciting career growth opportunities.
for a summer research opportunity? Consider the opportunity to participate in
an international collaboration. The Bose Program places students from all
disciplines of science and engineering at leading universities and research
laboratories in India. Funding includes housing, a stipend and airfare support.
Come learn more about this opportunity from former participants at the Bose
Program Information Session on November 20 at 5:30PM in Lincoln Hall Room 1024.
To learn more about the program and application process, you can also visit http://www.khorana-bose.org/.
"Navigating the graduate and professional school
Monday, November 18, 2013
140 Burrill Hall
This panel is meant to help undergraduates navigate
the process of applying to graduate or professional school. Please see the
attached flyer for the list of panelists representing various departments and
more details about the event.
1. For Students – all majors, all levels—Learning in Community Courses
If you’re interested in real-life projects, service-learning, and gaining valuable teamwork and leadership experience, register for ENG 315-Learning in Community (LINC). Students in LINC engage in a variety of research, service and fieldwork activities and collaborate on interdisciplinary projects of significance to local and international community partners. In the past, students have built bridges, produced marketing campaigns, improved water systems, developed youth programs, designed rain gardens, and lots more. Students can expect to gain knowledge and skills in conducting research, understanding social and environmental issues, analyzing community and organizational needs and assets, defining problems, generating and analyzing solutions, project scoping, planning, and execution, communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and professional writing. Don’t miss your opportunity to gain professional experience and make a lasting impact in the community!
Open to all majors and levels (no prerequisites). ENG 315 counts as an elective for the Leadership Studies Minor. To learn more about LINC projects, see linc.illinois.edu and watch the video, "What is LINC?" at http://youtu.be/f7s3aniu_40.
Sections offered for Spring 2014 –
AP – Allerton Park. Project related to environmental sustainability and education.
BGC – Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club. Projects related to youth programs and community development.
BMP – Bump Nonprofit Design Studio. Projects related to product design for nonprofits.
BTC – Bridge to China. Projects related to international development.
CAD – AON Center for Community Arts and Development. Projects related to youth empowerment, education and arts-based community development.
CAP – Champaign-Urbana Area Project. Projects related to youth development and juvenile delinquency prevention.
CAU – COVE Alliance Uganda. Projects related to international development and education.
CFP – Homer Interpretive Center, Champaign County Forest Preserve. Projects related to museum, education, natural and cultural history preservation.
CHC – Champaign County Healthcare Consumers. Projects related to community health, education, and health advocacy.
CUH – C-U at Home. Projects related to homelessness, support services, and advocacy.
HCS – Haiti Clean Stove Project. Projects related to international development and sustainable clean stoves.
HID – Haiti Infrastructure and Development. Projects related to international development and Haiti reforestation.
MWP – Mali Water Project. Projects related to international development, water issues, health and education.
OKO – Old King’s Orchard Community Center and Krannert Center Office of Engagement. Projects related to community development, youth programs, and arts engagement.
UES – City of Urbana Environmental Sustainability Division. Projects related to energy efficiency, water conservation and recycling.
2. Call for Applications: Spring 2014 LINC Project Managers
For Graduate Students and Advanced Undergraduate Students
Consider this significant opportunity to acquire training and experience in project management and classroom facilitation while leading a real project of importance to a nonprofit community partner! There are many positions available to co-manage a LINC-Learning in Community section (ENG 315) with interdisciplinary projects related to social and environmental issues, engineering and technical problems, education, community health, international development, and more!
Project Managers earn 4 credit hours for ENG 598: Applied Project Management and facilitate the regularly scheduled ENG 315 sessions for one of the projects. They assess student work, coordinate communications with the partner, manage the project, and participate in a weekly professional development course. Project Managers will receive preparation for their roles during a pre-semester training on Jan 15-17. Apply ASAP for equal consideration. Applications and interviews are rolling and will continue until positions are filled. For more information and to join the LINC team, see http://linc.illinois.edu/information-project-managers and view our introductory video, "What is LINC?" posted at http://youtu.be/f7s3aniu_40 . For questions, contact Shikhank Sharma (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ASDSO's sixth annual Student Paper Competition and second annual Student Poster Competition will be held in conjunction with Dam Safety 2014, Sept. 21-25 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
ASDSO invites students to submit papers and posters on dam and levee safety. Topics may include traditional areas of design engineering, structural and geotechnical analysis, hydrology, hydraulics, construction, risk management and hazard mitigation, emergency action planning, dam security, and policy. In addition, case studies, emerging and innovative technologies, and senior capstone projects are encouraged. Example topics may include,
but are not limited to:
Legal, social, economic, environmental impacts of dam removal
Real-time hydrologic modeling applied to dam safety decision making
Stability & safety of fly ash impoundment structures
State & federal dam safety programs: What's working? What's not?
Effects of extreme flood events (e.g. hurricanes, tropical storms) on dam safety
Private dam ownership responsibility for dam safety
Remediation alternatives for deficient (unsafe) High Hazard Potential dams &
Levees & hazardous low-head dams
Policy toward management of existing trees on dam & levee safety
Innovative monitoring techniques for dam & levee safety
Lessons learned from dam & levee failures
Public safety at dams, including low-head dams
Each winning paper will receive $500 and a travel stipend to present at Dam Safety 2014. Winning papers will also be published in the annual conference proceedings. Other selected entries will be invited to participate in the Dam Safety 2014 Poster Forum.
February 17, 2014-Executive summaries & brief abstracts due (Executive summary should be about 1,200 words and abstract should be 350 words or less. Both are required for the paper competition)
Each poster winner will receive a certificate and special recognition during Dam Safety 2014. Poster submissions are encouraged for those students with topics of a more narrow scope or limited depth and do not wish to submit a paper or be considered for a full technical session presentation. Note: Poster winners will have the option of writing a paper for the proceedings.
February 17, 2014-Abstracts due (Abstracts should be 350 words or less)
Scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded for the 2014/2015 school year. Successful
recipients must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full-time at the senior level (during the 2014/2015 school year) in an accredited civil engineering program, or in a related field as determined by ASDSO, and must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation of dams. Undergraduate students planning to graduate in May/December 2015 will be eligible for the 2014 scholarship. Visit the Scholarship Main page to download an application. Applications are due March 31, 2014.
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is pleased to sponsor
a Certificate in Undergraduate Research for undergraduate students at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This certificate has
been established to create a framework by which the university recognizes
student achievement in undergraduate research. Although research for
undergraduates can take many forms and sometimes be given for academic credit,
this certificate program is meant to highlight those students who make research
central to their academic experiences at the University of
Illinois. This certificate will provide students with an added
credential that they can present to employers and graduate
schools. Completion of the certificate will not appear on the
students’ transcripts, but they can add it to their resumes. OUR
will provide students with a printed document signifying completion of the
Students will be required to complete the following during their
undergraduate career at the university to receive a Certificate in
1. Two (2) presentations of original research at a
conference or symposium.
· One presentation must be at the
Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by OUR that is held every Spring
semester in April. Students can receive credit by presenting in a
group or as a sole presenter.
· The other presentation can be at a
department, unit, or college event OR at a professional conference.
· Presentations can be in the form of
posters, oral presentations, or artistic performances.
OUR offers a Travel Assistance program that can help defray some
of the travel expenses associated with presenting at a national or
international conference. Awards are given on a competitive basis.
2. Nine (9) hours of coursework related to undergraduate
· Courses that count for this requirement
will vary by department but are those (1) specifically designated as
undergraduate research, (2) independent studies that are specifically designed
for undergraduate research, (3) research methods (e.g., survey research), (4)
senior theses and capstone seminars, and (5) other classes as
· Three (3) hours of the course
requirement can be substituted by publishing in a peer-reviewed journal,
undergraduate research journal, or work on a unit’s undergraduate research
· Three (3) hours of the course
requirement can be substituted by paid or volunteer employment as a research
assistant, equivalent to 10 hours per week for a full semester. To ensure
completion the student needs a letter from the supervisor stipulating the
Courses that are taken pass/fail count, but courses that carry
no credit are not eligible to count towards the certificate.
3. Attendance at one (1) campus workshop on
undergraduate research OR one (1) professional research presentation.
· Students must attend one workshop
related to undergraduate research; these are conducted periodically throughout
the year by departments, the University Library, and the Office of
Undergraduate Research. A one page summary (approximately 200 words)
is required for certification.
· Students must attend one professional
research presentation (e.g., guest speakers, faculty presentations, job
candidate talks) in their own units. Students should consult their
units for these opportunities. A one page summary (approximately 200
words) is required for certification.
Some colleges or departments might require specific elements
that meet the general requirements noted above.
How to Register for the Certificate in Undergraduate Research
Students must be currently enrolled at the University of
Illinois in order to be eligible for the program. Students who want
to participate in the certificate program should express interest prior to the
start of their senior year.
Students must complete a form (online or in Word) available
at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/2745913, submit the appropriate documentation,
and have it certified by the Office of Undergraduate Research, which will make
the final determination as to whether or not the student has completed the
requirements for the certificate.
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To become a
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Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) that governs the FE and PE
exams also governs the FS and PS exams.
degree contains most of the degree requirements for the FS exam. The
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-International Taste of SWE – for ALL Engineering students, faculty and staff!!!
Thursday, December 5 (6:00-8:00pm, 212 Engineering Hall)
Join the Society of Women Engineers, Engineering International Student Programs, Engineering Council and the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee as we celebrate international student cultures, cuisines and traditions. All Engineering domestic and international students, faculty and staff are welcome!
-FREE registration and additional updates forthcoming!
***Develop leadership skills, and get involved… as we partner with the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee (DSAC), the Engineering Leadership Committee and Engineering Career Services (ECS). We are also working with campus-wide liaisons including McKinley Health Center, the Counseling Center, the Asian American Cultural Center (AACC), International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and other students, faculty and staff. We look forward to your presence and support! ***
like to hire one or two new students for the Spring semester. My preference is a Junior or Senior with a
structural engineering emphasis, who has an interest in completing their MS in
Civil Engineering. They would set-up and
process data for shake table tests. They
should have experience with AutoCAD, Matlab, MS Word and Excel. They would be required to use power tools and
lift heavy objects in a laboratory environment.
They may also set-up camcorders and edit video. They would be expected to work an average of
10 hours/week as an undergrad and 20 hours per week as a graduate student.
Their contract would be through CEE, so that their rates and tuition and fees
(for grad students) would be identical to those who work on campus. I hope to make hiring decisions next week, so
the students should contact me soon for a brief interview.
Materials and Structures Branch
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center,
Construction Engineering Research Laboratory