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Student News - November 2014

Grad School Information Night

MatSE juniors and seniors who are thinking of applying to graduate school are invited to attend Graduate School Information Night on Thursday, November 6, at 5:00 p.m. in room 4101 MSEB. Prof. Shim, Director of Graduate Studies, will lead the discussion on what to look for in a graduate program, how to choose an advisor, and answer questions students might have.  MatSE graduate students will be on hand to tell students what grad student life is really like. Food will be served! RSVP to Cindy by Tuesday, November 4.

Alumni Reception

MatSE students are invited to network with alumni at a reception in the Chicago area on Thursday, November 13. It will be from at 6:00-8:00pm at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg. We will be taking a charter from MSEB to the event, departing around 2:15 and returning around 11:30. So far, alumni have registered from the following companies: Unified Engineering, EN Engineering, Rogers Corporation, S&C Electric, Rohde & Schwarz, General Mills, Baxter Healthcare, ACH Food Companies, Akerman LLP, CareFusion, Nypro Healthcare, Abbvie, NanoAl, and Solid Interactive. Join us! The cost is only $10 which includes transportation and drinks and food at the cocktail reception. Contact Cindy by November 4 if you are interested in attending.

Quals/Prelims Discussion

Prof. Shim, Director of Graduate Studies, will lead a discussion on qualifying and preliminary exams on Thursday, November 13, at 5:00 p.m. in room 119 MSEB. First- and second-year Ph.D. students are encouraged to attend. Food will be served! RSVP to Cindy by Tuesday, November 11.

MatSE faculty and graduate students took on undergraduates in a volleyball game on October 19.
After the game, everyone went to Mia Za's for lunch. A basketball game is planned for November 8.

Material Advantage news

MA will host the seminar “How to get involved in research & How to apply to REUs” on Monday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. in 119 MSEB.

The MSE 401 Review Session will be held on Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m., location TBD.

Material Advantage's next General Meeting will be Thursday, November 6, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in 119 MSEB.

Material Advantage received a Chapter of Excellence Award at the MS&T conference in Pittsburgh.

Keramos News

Keramos will be putting together a Thanksgiving basket to donate to people in need.  If you would like to contribute to the cause, you can find collection boxes in the first floor ceramics student lounge, and first floor lounge in MSEB.  This is useful for those that still need to complete their initiation requirements! Donations will be due November 14th. Sign up here if you wish to donate! 

The next Keramos general meeting is on WednesdayNovember 5, 7:00 p.m. in 218 Ceramics. We will be having elections for Treasurer for the Spring '15 semester during this meeting, discussing upcoming events, distributing quarter-zips to students who ordered one, and providing free food. Finally, if you were initiated in Spring '14, and you have completed your requirements to become a member, come to the meeting. You'll receive a special surprise from us!

We have cleaned up the Ceramics basement recently! Come enjoy the newly organized and cleaned basement with Play with Clay! The upcoming Play with Clay events are, Mondays, November 3 and 17 from 5:00-7:00 p.m., and Tuesday, November 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m..  There's no need to stay for the whole two hours, so if you can only stay for an hour, we would love to have you Play with Clay! 

If you need help on any homework, labs, or a place to study, Keramos will be hosting weekly study hours every Sunday from 7:00-11:00 p.m. in 414 Grainger Library. This is great if you need any help with studying for exams that will be coming up in a couple of weeks.  

On February 15, 1915, our organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was nationally recognized as the Keramos-Alpha Chapter. Since then, our chapter has grown to nearly 150 members as a professional society. To celebrate 100 years of growth, please join us on Saturday, February 21, at the iHotel in Champaign. We will be sending further updates regarding tickets and food options.

Keramos received both The Most Improved Chapter Award and the Sapphire Award (given to chapters that have done outstanding work) at the MS&T conference.

Keramos plaque
Mike Sarantos,UIUC Keramos president, and Gregory
Hilmas, the outgoing national president of Keramos.


The following MatSE graduate students received 2014 Fall Conference Travel Awards from the Graduate College: Brett Krull, Elham Mohimi, Lizhi Xu, Hanze Ying.

Summer Research Opportunities Program

The Summer Research Opportunities Program is for undergraduates interested in graduate school. Enhance your academic and research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty mentor from top ranked research institutions. Gain experience as an undergraduate student to put you at an advantage as a graduate applicant, at the same time you’ll earn money and have all expenses paid during this full-time summer research opportunity. If you’re interested in conducting research, improving your academic skills, engaging with a cohort of undergraduate researchers, and enhancing your graduate application, don’t miss this chance to put your summer to good use! Talented undergraduates are awarded the opportunity to study and research at premier academic institutions. Get more information and complete program details: www.cic.net/srop

Grad SWE Conference

Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) is a professional development and support group advocating for graduate women in STEM. GradSWE promotes diversity in graduate education through academic, professional, and social events catering to graduate student needs. GradSWE is an inclusive organization and welcomes participation from women and men in STEM. GradSWE’s flagship initiative, the Women Empowered in STEM (weSTEM) conference, provides graduate students with access to current and future STEM leaders, lending insight into diverse career paths stemming from a graduate degree. This annual conference is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the I Hotel. Apply online. Space is limited (more than half available spots have been filled), so register early to secure your spot! 

Nanotechnology REU at Cornell

During the summer of 2015, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network will host its final Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program from June through August. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology are eligible to apply.

The chosen undergraduates taking part in this ten-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research, with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at the participating NNIN research facilities. Interns then work with faculty and graduate students on projects, using the unique resources offered at their award site. A scientific convocation, attended by all NNIN REU interns, is held in August to allow interns the opportunity to present their work to their peers in a concise scientific presentation. Interns also must complete a written report, akin to a research paper, summarizing the findings of their research project. These reports are published as the NNIN REU Research Accomplishments and distributed to the interns and sites, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and many others.

Participants receive a $5,000 stipend, plus housing and all reasonable travel expenses to their research site and the convocation site. They may be responsible for their own meals. Full participation in the site program, network convocation and final reporting is mandatory.

Again, the full and complete program information -- including restrictions and deadlines, and a link to the online application -- is at http://www.nnin.org/reu. Deadline: February 11, 2015

REU at University of Utah

University of Utah MRSEC Next-Generation Materials for Plasmonics & Organic Spintronics will be held June 1 to July 31, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Participants will receive a $4,500 stipend, travel allowance, housing and meal plan. Apply online by January 19, 2015 at: www.mrsec.utah.edu/reu. Open to U.S. citizens & permanent residents obtaining an undergraduate degree after December 2015.

Interview Workshop

Would you like to prepare for your next job interview with real corporate recruiters? Engineering Council FEO committee is holding an interviews workshop with recruiters from Caterpillar and Abbott. Come and learn about how you could better sell yourself to the recruiters through experience! The event will take place in 119 MSEB on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:00-8:00pm. Food will be provided.
RSVP online at http://goo.gl/forms/kwJ9esp8mD.

Hoeft Technology & Management Program

First and second year students interested in learning more about the Hoeft Technology & Management Program are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, November 18, from 5:00-6:00pm in 1320 DCL or Wednesday, November 19, from 4:30-5:30pm in 3039 BIF.

Harvard Environmental Fellows Program

Harvard Environmental Fellows Program awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding young scholars in any environment-related discipline. The goal of the program is to create a community of interdisciplinary researchers united by intellectual curiosity, top-quality scholarship, and a drive to understand—working alongside Harvard faculty hosts—our most compelling environmental challenges. Program alumni are currently working at universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, and Ohio State University. Other former Fellows are working at research institutes around the world and in new energy start-ups. The Center will award approximately six two-year postdoctoral fellowships this coming spring for an award to start in September 2015. The fellowships are among the most generous at Harvard, paying a salary of $60,000 per year with benefits eligibility and $2,500 each year for professional/research expenses. The application deadline is January 14, 2015. The Center asks applicants to propose a research program and to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to host their work.  Hosts provide office or lab space as well as mentoring, and the Center handles the rest of the administrative responsibilities. Additional information on the Environmental Fellows Program and the application form are posted at www.environment.harvard.edu.

NNIS Fellowship

The Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards Graduate Fellowship program (NNIS) provides support to graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in nuclear science and engineering disciplines directly relevant to international safeguards and nuclear nonproliferation. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of Nonproliferation and International Security's Next Generation Safeguards Initiative. Application deadline: February 2, 2015. Apply online at www.scuref.org

MatSE T-shirt Design Contest

Artist of the winning design will: Receive one free t-shirt (your design), receive one free piece of MatSE merchandise of your choice, and have your shirt be featured in an upcoming MatSE student newsletter. Designs must incorporate MatSE concepts in some way, say MatSE or Materials Science and Engineering and Illinois somewhere on the shirt, and not include a date or year. Designs due November 4. Send submission artwork to sikaufm2@illinois.edu

Liberty Mutual Grants

The Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars program challenges students in undergraduate programs with excellent academic achievements to demonstrate what it means to be responsible. The Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars Alternative Spring Break Grants provide funding for up to 10 student organizations to help rebuild and strengthen communities across the globe through $2,000 grants. Applications will be accepted from through 11:59pm EST, November 30, 2014. Apply online at www.ResponsibleScholars.com/ASB

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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.