Graduate Blog

Fall 2014 applications received from 40 countries.

Record high of applications for Fall 2014

January 29, 2014 - We are excited to announce that we've received a record number of applications received for 2014; over 1000 applications were submitted.  Each year the committee is excited to review potential candidates for our programs.  This year's pool represents 40 countries around the world. 
The Spring 2014 seminar schedule is out!

Seminar schedule - Spring 2014

January 21, 2014 - Every semester, MechSE invites leading researchers in mechanical engineering and theoretical and applied mechanics to visit our department and offer a seminar to our students.  Every semester we have a diverse schedule of talks covering biomechanics, controls & dynamics, fluid mechanics & thermal sciences, nanomechanics & nanomanufacturing, and solid mechanics & materials. 
Application deadline is Jan 4

Still time to apply for Fall 2014

January 1, 2014 - Welcome back from winter break, all, and Happy New Year!  We're busy processing applications so this will be a short entry.  If you have yet to apply for Fall 2014 and you would like to be considered, we are accepting applications until January 4th.  After January 4th, MechSE Grad will no longer take applications for Fall 2014.  This is a firm deadline.  If you want to be considered for Fall 2014 admission to MechSE Grad, you must apply by January 4th.
Apply today!

MechSE is accepting applications until January 4th!

December 18, 2013 - Our department is accepting applications until January 4th.  If you are interested in MechSE, we encourage you to apply today!  Application instructions can be found here. 
Important points for applicants!

Applying FAQ

December 5, 2013 - Hello all!  We are excited to be receiving your applications for Fall 2014 admission.  Please keep in mind that we receive a high volume of applications and will work to update the status of your documents in the My.MechSE system as quickly as possible.  We have been receiving many questions at mechse-gradillinois [dot] edu, and there are 3 items I would like to make sure you are aware of:
What do students do when they're not in the lab?

What do Illinois students do for fun?

December 2, 2013 - Wondering about things to do in the Champaign-Urbana area?  Champaign-Urbana is a rich, vibrant community. If you are seeking arts and cultural programs, you can find a full list here.
Welcome to our new enrollees this spring!

Getting started at Illinois-Spring 2014

November 25, 2013 - We're excited that you've chosen Illinois for graduate study, and we know this is a busy time for you as you prepare for the transition.  We're here to help! 
Where should you start?

How does a graduate student look for an advisor?

November 20, 2013 - Hello everyone!  I'm re-posting an old blog entry today on how students can start the process of looking for an advisor.  Remember that you do not need to find a research advisor prior to the start of your program in MechSE.  If you are an applicant, please wait to contact faculty until after you have received an offer of admission. ----------------------------------
The committee offers its congratulations to those who have been offered admission for Spring 2014.

Spring 2014 Admission Decisions

November 13, 2013 - The committee has completed their review of the applications submitted for Spring 2014, and congratulations to those who have been offered admission!
Applications are rolling in!

International Applicants - Frequently Asked Questions

November 11, 2013 - Good afternoon, all!  Applications are rolling in, and we have just a little over a month until our priority deadline (Dec. 15th).  Today I am posting some frequently asked questions that our international applicants may have.  Q:  Is there a different deadline for international applicants?A:  We do not have different deadlines for international applicants.  For all applicants, the deadline for full funding consideration is December 15th.  We will continue to accept applications until January 4th. 
We have what you're looking for!

What do you want in your grad school? Choose MechSE, apply today!

November 5, 2013 -   What are you looking for in your graduate school? Research opportunities? Laboratory facilities? Flexible program requirements?Funding for your degree? Wide variety of courses to choose from? MechSE at Illinois has it all.  
A great professional portrait can add the finishing touch to your online presence.

Update your professional portrait!

November 3, 2013 - Take advantage of this great opportunity! - Professional Portrait Event with GradSWEFriday, November 8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., 3003 MNTL, 208 N. Wright Street
December 15th will be here before we know it!

Back in the office! Key info for prospective students.

October 27, 2013 - What a great week it was last week while attending the Big Ten+ Grad Fair and I-74 Grad Fair at Monmouth, Knox, and Bradley!  For those of you that I was able to speak with, it was a pleasure to answer your questions, and I look forward to receiving your application!  If you have any additional questions, you can contact me at mechse-gradillinois [dot] edu. UPDATE: MechSE Grad will be at the SHPE conference this weekend!  Stop by our booth to learn about MechSE!
See you there!

MechSE Grad at Big Ten+ Grad Fair and I-74 Grad Fair

October 17, 2013 - Just a reminder that I'll be at the Big Ten+ Grad Fair at Purdue University Monday, October 21st, and the I-74 Grad Fair on Wednesday, October 23rd, and Thursday, October 24th.  Stop by my booth for an Illinois souvenir, and I can answer any questions you have about MechSE Grad! Key points for Fall 2014 applicants:
Another great MERGE event, Fall 2013

MERGE, 2013

October 14, 2013 - Last week we had the pleasure of hosting 19 students for the MERGE event.  It was such a pleasure to meet these students and learn about their research interests!  I know the students had busy itineraries meeting with faculty and current MechSE students.  It was especially cool to open up our new graduate student lounge and see our current students sharing advice with our prospective students!  Over the weekend I had the added pleasure of assisting with
Many events happening at MechSE this weekend!

Welcome, MechSE Visitors!

October 10, 2013 - MechSE is bustling with activity today!  Our annual open house is today, the College of Engineering MERGE event kicks off today, and tonight is the annual scholarship/fellowship banquet!  What a day we have to look forward to!  Welcome to all the current students, prospective students, and parents!
Stop by our booth at these graduate school fairs!

MechSE Grad is hitting the road!

September 25, 2013 - It's that time of year again, and MechSE Grad and the College of Engineering are hitting the road for graduate school fairs.  Be sure to stop by our booth if you're at one of these fairs! Big 10+ Expo at PurdueOctober 21, 2013 at Purdue University I-74 Graduate School FairOctober 23, 2013 at Monmouth College and Knox CollegeOctober 24, 2013 at Bradley University
Career Fairs, Grad Fairs, Workshops, and more!

Busy month at MechSE Grad!

September 22, 2013 - It sure has been a busy month here at MechSE!  September kicked off with the Engineering Career Fair, MechSE Corporate After-Hours, Graduate College ASPIRE Event, and great workshops such as Grainger Library Tools workshop. 
GraMS News!

GraMS BBQ and Grad Lounge Opening

September 17, 2013 - On behalf of the GraMS Council, I would like to announce that GraMS will be hosting a BBQ this Friday, September 20th, in the MEB courtyard from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to celebrate the new semester and to welcome the new graduate students to the department.  Students can access the courtyard by going to the basement of MEB and walking up the wamp between MEB 45 and 49 (the door to the courtyard is on the left).  Family members are also welcome; the more t
Applying for an external fellowship? Be sure to attend one or both of these helpful workshops.

Upcoming Fellowship Workshops

September 10, 2013 - We're proud to say that many of our students are external fellowship winners.  In fact, we have an article at this page and this page about some of our students who have been awarded such fellowships.  Interested in applying for an external fellowship?  Attend these helpful workshops (details below).