Graduate Blog

Intel wants to talk to both undergrad and grad students September 9 and 10

Join Intel for a Tech Talk and Info Session

September 5, 2013 - See Intel's flier on the September 9 Info Session.
Graduate, Undergraduate
Apply for an all-expense-paid trip to visit campus!

Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE)

September 4, 2013 - Today I attended the College of Engineering planning meeting for the Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) event.  The MERGE program invites students to visit campus for an all-expense-paid, in-depth view of the programs and facilities in engineering at the University of Illinois.  This is an annual event and one that we look forward to every year.  This year they have made some adjustments and additions to the schedule of events, and it looks to be more exciting than ever!
Series of professional development opportunities and workshops on campus this semester.

Professional Development Opportunities, Fall 2013

September 2, 2013 - CVs and Cover LettersMonday, September 9th, 2:30-3:30 p.m.405 Illini UnionCV's are used for the academic job search and fellowship applications.  This workshop will provide guidelines for writing CVs and cover letters.
Opening soon!

Sneak peek at the grad lounge!

August 27, 2013 - Amidst our busy first week of orientation workshops and classes, I managed to grad a few pictures of the new GraMS lounge for MechSE Graduate Students.  We're excited that the lounge will be ready soon!  GraMS also posted an update on their website - be sure to check it out!
Scott Daigle (BSME '09, MSME '11), who started the company IntelliWheels while still a MechSE student, hosts the company's recently released promo video.

Alumnus releases new company promo video

August 25, 2013 - Alumnus Scott Daigle, who started the company IntelliWheels while still a MechSE student, hosts the company's recently released promo video. Take a look below:
Graduate, Undergraduate, Alumni
Welcome to MechSE Grad!

Orientation & New Student Documents

August 21, 2013 - We are looking forward to new student orientation tomorrow, August 23rd, 9:00 a.m., in the Deere Pavilion in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. New student resources are available online this year! To access, log in to Click on “Secure Document Distribution” under “Administrative Apps.”Owner of documents is kkappes2. Click “Link” to download each resource.  The following documents are now available.  We will email you if/when additional documents are made available.
Welcome back!

MechSE Graduate Women (MGW) Fall Retreat

August 12, 2013 - MGW invites all women graduate students in MechSE to attend their fall retreat at Curtis Orchard on August 24th! Come meet and socialize with new and returning female grad students students while enjoying fun fall activities! Please RSVP here: 
Joining MechSE Grad this summer or fall?  Follow these important steps!

Getting Started at Illinois *Updated*

August 6, 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! 
Which classes?  How many credit hours?

What should I register for?

July 7, 2013 - Happy summer, everyone!  We are receiving many inquiries about registration for fall, so we are reposting this blog entry.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact us.  We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!   Many of our new students are excited about the classes they will be taking in the fall! Here are some guidelines to help you through selecting your courses for the fall.  
MechSE Grad Students enjoying summer at Kickapoo State Park!

Summer fun!

June 18, 2013 -   It's a beautiful summer here at MechSE!    Recently, MechSE's GraMS organization enjoyed a retreat full of good food, soccer, and canoeing at Kickapoo State Park.  Looks like fun!   
Start your graduate study at Illinois off on the right foot!

Best Practices for Graduate Study

June 12, 2013 - Best Practices for MechSE Graduate StudentsHow can you ensure success in your graduate studies? Follow these best practices!
Helpful information for new graduate students

Resources at Illinois

June 2, 2013 - Here's a list of helpful websites for our new students!  My.MechSE - -Get the latest info from the MechSE department via our portal.
There are a number of ways one can start the process of looking for an advisor!

How does a graduate student look for an advisor?

May 27, 2013 - If you have been offered admission to our program or you are currently a student in our program, you should be actively looking for opportunities to join a faculty member's group.  Many students ask our office for advice on this process. There are a number of ways one can start this process.
Do you plan to apply for Spring 2014 admission?

Applying for Spring 2014 Admission

May 19, 2013 - The Spring 2013 semester has come to a close, and we are starting to receive inquiries regarding Spring 2014 admission.  If you are preparing an application, you may notice that the Apply Yourself system won't currently let you choose your "desired term of enrollment."  This is because the system isn't currently accepting applications.  During the late-spring-to-summer timeframe, the system is incorporating our annual summer updates. 
Women Empowered in STEM...what a successful event!

Inaugural GradSWE weSTEM Conference 2013

May 1, 2013 - The inaugural GradSWE weSTEM Conference at the University of Illinois was a success!  You may remember my mention of this event previously here.  The graduate committee of SWE (GradSWE) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was pleased to host its inaugural conference, weSTEM (Women Empowered in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)!  WeSTEM served as a forum through which current and future STEM leaders could motivate and inspire each other to excel at the frontie
What an eventful week!

It's been a great week in MechSE!

April 18, 2013 - It's been an eventful week in the MechSE Grad Office!
April 15th is almost here!

Choose Illinois!

April 9, 2013 - We're receiving many enrollment acceptances for Fall 2013!  Looks like we're going to have an amazing new class of students joining our department.  Are you a recently admitted student trying to decide where you will go next year?  Want to get a better feel for the department and campus, but maybe you're not able to visit in person?  Check out these resources if you haven't already done so!
We look forward to meeting our new class of graduate students!

Approaching April 15th

April 3, 2013 - You may remember from previous posts that our applicant pool for Fall 2013 was one of the most, if not the most, competitive pools for admission that we've had.  Applicants with an offer of aid must respond to their offer by April 15th in order to accept or decline the offer.  After April 15th, offers of admission are still valid, but we are not able to hold financial offers past April 15th. 
It's an entire week dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of our students!

It's National Graduate Student Appreciation Week!

April 1, 2013 - It's Graduate Student Appreciation week!  Check out the events hosted by the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at this website.  Included in the lineup are workshops, webinars, speakers, special events at the ARC, and a special Krannert Uncorked event.  The Graduate Office in MechSE also has something planned, so students should watch their email tomorrow (Wednesday) for this surprise!
On campus? Off campus? What are my options?

Where should I start when looking for housing options?

March 27, 2013 - Making plans for graduate study is such an exciting time.  Perhaps one of your first thoughts after receiving your offer of admission (or maybe even when you filled out your application) was, "Where will I live?"  There are a number of housing opportunities in the Champaign-Urbana area - both on campus and off campus.  Personally, I recommend that students first consider what location would work best for them.  If you're planning remotely, this may be a little tricky, but there's a great campus map