Graduate Blog

On campus?  Off campus?  What are my options?

Where should I start when looking for housing options?

March 24, 2014 - 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
What comes after the offer of admission?

I've been offered what?"

March 18, 2014 - Congratulations to those who have been offered admission for Fall 2014!  When an offer of admission has been received, admitted students may begin contacting faculty to discuss research opportunities. In the March-September timeframe, MechSE faculty will be hiring for the coming academic year. The faculty have access to all application materials for this purpose. While the hiring process is controlled by faculty members themselves, the Graduate Programs Office assists both admitted students and faculty in this process as well.
New rankings, new admissions, and Engineering Open House!

Wrapping up a busy week at MechSE

March 13, 2014 - It's been a great week in MechSE Grad!  One of this week's highlights included the announcement that MechSE's Grad Programs are now ranking No.
Snapshots from last week's events!

MechSE Grad Events, 2014

March 6, 2014 - Last week's glad events went off without a hitch!  It was great to see such a great turnout of our current students.  I'll post a few pictures...I would also recommend you check out MechSE's Facebook page for more photos!   
How fitting that "I <3 Illinois Week" coincided with MechSE Grad's busiest week of the year!

I <3 Illinois Week...I <3 MechSE Week!

February 25, 2014 - This week, the 1867 Society is sponsoring their annual "I
This spring, Elizabeth Jones will guide a legally blind high school student through a half marathon.

MechSE grad student to guide legally blind runner

February 16, 2014 - Over the weekend, the News-Gazette profiled MechSE's Elizabeth Jones, a graduate student in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. This spring she will guide a legally blind high school student through a half marathon. The full story is here:
Apply today for weSTEM 2014!

2014 Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) Conference

February 10, 2014 - 2014 Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) ConferenceSaturday, April 19, I Hotel Conference Center GradSWE's flagship conference, Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM), brings together women engineers and scientists with advanced degrees to share experiences from their academic and professional career paths, providing insight into their personal successes in STEM.
Over 50 posters representing numerous research projects

Graduate Students Collaborate for Poster Session

February 5, 2014 - This week our graduate students collaborated on a poster session in the Deere Pavilion commons in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory.  It was great to see over 50 posters containing pictures and findings from research projects happening in the department.  Over 60 graduate students served as presenters for fellow students, faculty, and staff.  In addition, an invited panel of faculty from our peer institutions attended.  
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