Getting Started at Illinois *Updated*
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? I recommend you start with this Graduate Student Orientation Video. Then follow up with the Graduate College's Quick Guide where you'll find detailed instructions for setting up your NetID, email, EnterpriseID and more.
Psst...Once you've set up your illinois.edu email address, I recommend that you sign up for GradLinks - a weekly e-bulletin for the graduate community at Illinois.
How do you know when you should plan to arrive at Illinois? If you will be on a research assistantships (RA) or a teaching assistantship (TA), it is recommended that you arrive by August 15th. When you arrive at the department, make sure you complete your employment paperwork with the MechSE Business Office in 142 MEB. If you will be on a fellowship appointment, make sure that you check in with me, Katrina Hagler, in 164 MEB, for your fellowship paperwork.
Here's a list of important dates to keep in mind for Fall 2013. You can find the campus calendar for 2013-2014 at this website.
Thursday, August 15th - Recommended arrival for students who will be on RAs or TAs. Note: You must check in with the MechSE Business Office in 142 MEB to fill out your employment paperwork!
Monday and Tuesday, August 19th and 20th - Required TA training for new TAs (more info at this website).
*Friday, August 23rd - MechSE New Graduate Student Orientation, Part 1 - The orientation will start at 9:00 am in the Deere Pavilion in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. Note: While the grad orientation is not mandatory, we do recommend that all new students attend.
Monday, August 26th - classes begin
*Tuesday, August 27th - MechSE New Grad Student Orientation, Part 2 - 4:00 p.m., Deere Pavilion in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. Dr. Johnson, Associate Head for Graduate Programs, will present information on best practices as a graduate student and getting involved in research.
Monday, September 16th - first payday for students on fellowships, RAs, and TAs.
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