Graduate Blog

MechSE Grad visits Georgia Tech

MechSE Grad On the Road

November 20, 2014 - Earlier this week I had the pleasure of speaking to Pi Tau Sigma students at Georgia Tech.  What a great group of students!  It was great to talk to them about our programs and the projects our students are engaged in.  Couldn't attend?  Check out my presentation here.
Wow - Fall Semester is Flying By!

November already?!

October 30, 2014 - It's been a very busy semester at MechSE Grad!  There have been so many activities including our annual MERGE visit, the MechSE Fellowship banquet, the MechSE open house, and so much more!  We're continuing a busy semester on the road.
MEB and MEL are buzzing with activity!

Fall 2014 in full swing for grad students

September 28, 2014 - Recently MechSE Grad Women (MGW) and Graduate MechSE Students (GraMS) have held their elections for their new leadership and they have also been busy planning new events for this semester.  Stay tuned for those announcements to be sent out via email.  Want to learn more about MGW and GraMS?  Their websites can be found at our Grad Student Life page.
The Fall 2014 semester is in full motion!

Fall Semester Underway!

September 11, 2014 - We can't believe that we are already through the 3rd week in the semester!  MEB and MEL are buzzing with activity. MechSE has announced its Fall 2014 Internal NSF Competition to assist students in applying for National Science Foundation Fellowships.  Essays must be submitted to me, Katrina Hagler, by 5:00 p.m. on October 14th.  Essays can be turned in either electronically or in hard copy.  The competition is open to MechSE graduate students and MechSE seniors.  Any questions, please contact us!
Fall 2014 Workshops and Presentations for Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities, Fall 2014

September 11, 2014 - Career Fair Success for Graduate StudentsSept. 16th, 4:00-5:00 p.m.210 Illini UnionWe’ll break down the dreaded “elevator speech,” practice talking to employers about skills and experiences, and develop strategies for making connections at career fairs.Presented by the Graduate College  
The fall semester is upon us!

What should I register for this fall?

August 6, 2014 - Here are some FAQ regarding course registration which we thought would be helpful as students get ready for the fall semester.  We look forward to seeing our students return from summer break!  
Ritu blogs about her most recent research exchange - this time from MIT in Boston.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Taking my own advice at MIT

August 3, 2014 - Hello World!
Ritu wraps up her six weeks abroad with thoughtful tips for those traveling internationally for research.

Ritu’s Mechanics of Motion: Tips and tricks for success abroad, week 6

July 9, 2014 - Hello World! I have wrapped up my time in Singapore – I can hardly believe that I lived and worked in another country for six whole weeks! I’d grown quite accustomed to the Singaporean environment and will miss many aspects of my life there as I return to Champaign-Urbana. All the same, I miss being “home” and am excited to return to the University of Illinois!
Ritu discovers her learning style strengths and weaknesses, uses an AFM on her samples, and visits Kuala Lumpur.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Learning about my learning style, week 5

June 24, 2014 - Hello World! The weeks are absolutely flying by, and I feel barely able to process all the thoughts flying through my brain! First and foremost, I was able to do several trial runs of my muscle strip stiffness measurements on an atomic force microscope (AFM) located in one of the research buildings/institutes (“SMART” – Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) in the newest part of campus, University Town.
Ritu compares the ins and outs of the biotechnology industries in Singapore and the U.S.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Thoughts on biotechnology, week 4

June 16, 2014 - This week was off to a great start—our journal paper on engineered skeletal muscle based bio-bots (in which I am co-first author along with a fellow lab mate) was accepted to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences! It feels great to have our work recognized by such a prestigious journal and hopefully marks the start to many productive years ahead.
In her third week in Singapore, Ritu can finally get down to the real business in the lab.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Getting down to business, week 3

June 4, 2014 - Hello World! Things are finally coming together in Singapore! My trainings are complete, I have all the required access cards, all my required reagents have arrived, and it’s time to get down to real work.
Ritu faces challenges in the lab, but is committed to her goals of learning more and improving her research.

Ritu’s Mechanics of Motion: All about the research, week 2

May 28, 2014 - Hello World! It’s been a rough second week of my international research experience. The required safety trainings and paperwork for the “Ministry of Manpower” (MOM) are far from complete, and I’ve had to attend several hours of informational training on proper lab safety. This is all very useful in theory, but seems somewhat unnecessary for graduate students who have already undergone entire classes on lab safety at Illinois!
Elizabeth Jones tells how she helped an area high school senior train for and complete the half-marathon.

MechSE grad student goes extra mile for blind runner

May 22, 2014 - Elizabeth JonesUnity High School senior Ashley Eisenmenger (left) trains with MechSE grad student Elizabeth Jones.
Blogger Ritu Raman finishes up her first week as a visiting research scholar at the National University of Singapore.

Ritu's Mechanics of Motion: Settling in, week 1

May 19, 2014 - Hello World! (Yes, this programming reference is completely intentional.) I’ve successfully finished my first week as a visiting research scholar in the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS)!
Graduate, RitusMech
Make note of these dates before you leave for summer break!

Important dates for Fall 2014

May 14, 2014 - Congrats to all our grads this year!  Congrats, also, to students who are finishing their current degree and starting in MechSE Grad Programs this fall.  Before you leave for summer break, be sure to add these important dates to your calendar!
Connect with MechSE Grad!

MechSE Grad Social Media Links

April 27, 2014 - New and Continuing MechSE Students - be sure to connect with us on Social Media! GraMS (Graduate MechSE Students) facebook page - Grad Women (MGW) facebook page - LinkedIn group - Grad on Twitter at 
MechSE celebrated the department's grad and undergrad student award recipients at a banquet on April 11, 2014.

Congratulations to our 2014 award recipients!

April 22, 2014 -
Graduate, Undergraduate
We look forward to our new class of students!

April 15th is near...

April 8, 2014 - You may remember from previous posts that our applicant pool for 2014 was a record high, and very competitive!  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.
See photos of the return of Alma Mater to her home at the corner of Green and Wright streets.

Alma comes home

April 8, 2014 -
Graduate, Undergraduate, Alumni
Congrats to our NSF-GRFP Winners!

Another great week wraps up at MechSE Grad!

April 2, 2014 - It's been another great week here in MechSE Grad---a couple days ago it was announced that 9 MechSE students were recognized by the National Science Foundation for their submissions to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  Five of those students were awarded fellowships, and four received honorable mentions.  Congrats to winners - Marc Deetjen, Nathan Dostart, Ritu Raman, Rishi Bal Singh, and Nicolas Tobin, and honorable mentions - Zachary Berent, Yung Fan, Kyle Mackay, and Herschel Pangborn.