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Student News - April 2015

MatSE Awards Banquet

The MatSE Student and Alumni Awards Banquet will be held on Friday, April 17, at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. There will be a social hour with a cash bar from 6:00-7:00; dinner will be served at 7:00; and the awards ceremony will begin at 8:00. Tickets are $10 for UIUC students and $15 for faculty/staff/non-UIUC guests. Purchase your ticket from Cindy Brya in room 201B MSEB by April 10. Please bring a check or exact change and let her know your choice of entree: Seared Beef Filet, Grilled Mahi Mahi, or Pappardelle Pasta Primavera. Students will be notified by April 6 if they are receiving a departmental scholarship or award.


Thanks to all the students for their hard work during this year's Engineering Open House. The MSEB hallway was packed with visitors. It was a great opportunity to showcase Materials Science and Engineering at Illinois! For more EOH photos, go to the MatSE Facebook album.



Hanze Ying, PhD student in the Cheng group, was recently honored as a 2015 Illinois Technology Foundation "Fifty for the Future" Awardee.

Jichuan Zhang, PhD student in Taekjip Ha's group, will receive a Yee Fellowship for 2015-2016 worth $5,000.

The following instructors were on the list of teachers ranked as excellent for Fall 2014: Pascal Bellon, Paul Braun, Andy Ferguson, Nathan Gabrielson, Kris Kilian, Ken Schweizer, Dallas Trinkle, and Anna Czerepak (TA).

Special Alumni Seminar

Katharine Nickell (BS ChemE '03, MS MatSE '05) will be on campus on Monday, April 27, to talk to MatSE undergraduates about her career at Kraft Foods and her experiences as a female engineer. The lunch seminar will take place in room 205A MSEB from 12:00-1:00. Registration will be limited to 14 female undergraduates in MatSE. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Cindy Brya.

Intel Info Session

Britt Turkot (BS MetE '90, PhD MetE '96) will be on campus on Friday, April 17, to talk to graduate students in MatSE, ChemE, ECE, Physics, and Chemistry about working at Intel. The talk will be held from 1:30-3:00 in room 253 Mechanical Engineering Building.

Material Advantage News

The spring MatSE auction will be held on Thursday, April 2, at 7PM in room 119 MSEB. Come bid on these items and more...
- Spots in the student faculty basketball/volleyball games
- Seats at the 21st annual Keane - Kriven dinner on April 18th
- Rock climbing with Professor Shoemaker
- Wine Tasting with Professor Goodman (21+)
- Delicious baked goods
- Starbucks gift basket
- Gift card to Apricot Lane
- Athena's hand-crafted keychains

Material Advantage Elections will be on Thursday, April 9, at 7PM in 119 MSEB.
To run, you need to do three things:
1) File your intent to run here (http://goo.gl/forms/QQLtMhkIHD). This must be done by April 2 at 11:59PM.
2) Email Meher (bharuch2@illinois.edu) a slide for each position with your name, concentration, some activities you've done in the past, and some ideas for what you would do in the position. Meher would be happy to look over anyone's slides if they want help. This needs to be emailed by April 7 at 11:59PM.
3) Attend the April 9 General Meeting to give a 2 minute pitch.  

At the meeting: We'll go down the list. Each candidate will give a 2 minute pitch going off of their slides. The audience will then ask candidates questions. After each candidate has given their pitch, all of the candidates will leave the room. The room will then deliberate for a maximum of 5 minutes, where people in the audience are allowed to "pro" one of the candidates. We will then do an anonymous vote. Please do not hesitate to contact Meher or anyone else on the board if you have any questions at all.

Material Advantage is co-hositing the Spring Engineering Barn Dance on April 17.  For more information and ticket sales, check the FB event - https://www.facebook.com/events/1557641764498685/

Keramos News

The next Keramos General Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 8, at 6PM in 218 Ceramics. We will be wrapping up with end of the semester Keramos events, and we will be hosting elections for the new Keramos Board. If you want to be considered for elections, please send Mike Sarantos (saranto2@illinois.edu) your powerpoint slide explaining what your goals are and what your qualifications are for the position by 12PM April 3. More information about the positions and other details can be found here. Feel free to email Mike with any questions! 

The Keramos April Professor Lunch will be Monday, April 6, from 12-1PM in 205A MSEB. Sign up to join Professor Trinkle and Professor Schleife for lunch. Spots are limited, so it is first come, first served. Sign up can be found here.

MatSE Feedback Session - Every semester, the MatSE Department hosts a feedback session at the end of the semester for the students to gripe and praise what has occurred in your MatSE courses. Both MA and Keramos will be hosting an in-person feedback session in late April (date, time, location TBA). In the meantime, please fill out this online form to provide feedback to your courses. Thank you in advance!

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Graduation Lunch

May 2015 BS/MS/PhD graduates and their families are invited to the MatSE Graduation Lunch on Sunday, May 17, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Illini Rooms A & B, Illini Union. The lunch buffet will be followed by a short program. Graduates will receive three complimentary tickets. The three tickets includes the ticket for the graduate's lunch. Additional tickets may be purchased for $10 each. Online registration for the MatSE Graduation Lunch will open in late April.

Biomedical Networking Forum

Biomaterials students are invited to a special networking event with biomedical industry representatives on Monday, April 6, from 5:00-7:00PM in DCL. More information will be available on I-Link.

Racheff-Intel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in MatSE

The Award - In memory of Ivan Racheff, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Illinois, the award will be given for excellent graduate research in any sub-field to students currently enrolled in the Graduate Program of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois.  The award consists of a plaque and up to $1,000 financial support to attend a conference at which the student will present the relevant research, within eighteen months from the date of the award.  This conference can be anywhere in the world, but the student is expected to make a presentation, and the Graduate Awards Committee must approve the choice of conference.  Up to four awards may be given in any one year, but no more than one award in the lifetime of any individual student.

Requirements - Students must submit a written description of the research for which they wish to be considered.  This must occupy less than one double-spaced typed page. The impact of the student's research and the student's individual role should be addressed. A single relevant preprint or reprint of a paper can be attached. Written recommendations by two persons qualified to judge the work must also be provided. One of these recommendations should normally be from the candidate's thesis advisor.  All of these materials are due to Michelle Malloch, in the Department Office, by 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 3 (deadline extended). From the summaries and recommendations, finalists will be selected who then must give a fifteen minute oral presentation (with additional time for questions) to a panel of judges including the Graduate Awards Committee members. This competition will occur in a public meeting in the afternoon of April 24 in 280 MRL. The award will be given based on the quality and originality of the student's research and its presentation. The final award winners will give a 15-minute oral presentation of their work during the final MatSE colloquium on May 4. Applications will be active for only one year, but can be resubmitted in the following years.

LEADing Themes Contest

Help future students choose more meaningful courses by taking a few minutes to design a LEADing theme. What is a LEADing theme? Check out: http://engineering.illinois.edu/leading-themes/ for more info. The individual with the best theme will be awarded a $150 Amazon gift card, and next 10 best win $20 Amazon gift cards! Survey closes April 9.

Looking for summer work on campus?

Apply to become a Resident Program Advisor for Summer Scholars as part of the Illinois Engineering First-Year Experience. Competitive stipend, free housing and dining, gain engineering leadership skills, serve as a teaching assistant, attend corporate tours, and have fun! Resident Program Advisors (RPAs) will begin during Summer Session 2 from June 10-August 9. RPAs will assist in maintaining a positive community environment while serving as a role model for incoming engineering students. Application deadline: April 10. Apply online or contact LaShea Conner-Gaten for more info.

Volunteers needed for Symposium

The International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2015 symposium will be held at the Phoenix convention center from May 17-22. IMS is known throughout the RF and Microwave industry. Student volunteers are essential to the success of the symposium and are encouraged to participate. Eligibility requirements, duties and benefits are outlined on the IMS webpage. Students must be undergrads, grads or postdocs. They must fill out the student application by the required date (April 17). Duties include such things as organizational activities, registration assistance, and distribution of workshop and course materials. Benefits include free IMS registration, workshop(s) and food depending on level of commitment. Click on the following link http://www.ims2015.org/students-main/student-volunteers for more details.

ISUR Poster Expo

The College of Engineering Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research (ISUR) Program will have its annual research poster expo in conjunction with the campus-wide undergraduate research symposium. The poster expo will be held on Thursday, April 23, from 4:30-6:30PM in 210 Illini Union. MatSE students who will be presenting posters: Anna Jedralski, Grace Pakeltis, Satoshi Takekuma, and Gabriel Velarde.

MatSE Jobs

Cindy Brya emails the undergrad and grad student listserves with job opportunities or internships for MatSE students. If you miss an email or accidentally delete a job posting in which you're interested, go to http://go.illinois.edu/matse_jobs. On the site, you will find current and previous job postings which Cindy has forwarded to students.