Graduate Blog

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).
Hundreds of MechSE undergraduate and graduate students met with representatives from 16 companies on the evening of September 9.

MechSE's Fall 2013 Corporate After Hours

September 9, 2013 -
Graduate, Undergraduate
Another year off to a great start!

Semester in full swing

September 8, 2013 - The fall 2013 semester is in full swing, and it's off to a great start.  We started off the semester by welcoming our incoming graduate students at our orientation workshops hosted by myself and Dr.
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.