Life in Champaign-Urbana

The students of PBAGS (Plant Biology Association of Graduate Students) have put together a great resource for those living in CU or considering moving here.  Life in Champaign-Urbana serves as an introduction to the community. It covers a general overview, organized activities, food options and how to locate a good place to live.  The section on housing is particularly helpful.

If you are new to the area, go take a look.  Hopefully it will be helpful.  If you are a CU-pro, take a look anyway.  Maybe you can leave some suggestions below on how the resource can be improved?!?

NSF Grant Workshop – 9/7/12

Posted on Behalf of Ken Veckery


Dear Graduate Students,

Greetings from the Graduate College’s Office of External Fellowships. As part of our efforts to help graduate students win grants and fellowships from external funders, we will hold a workshop on the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program on Friday, September 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m., in the Illini Union, room 314.

Former Director of the NSF-GRF program, William Hahn (Georgetown University), along with University of Illinois faculty members Mark Hasegawa-Johnson and Glaucio Paulino, will provide a comprehensive overview of the fellowship program and offer guidance on preparing effective applications. Registration is required.

The Graduate Research Fellowship is NSF’s premiere fellowship for graduate students. Open to US citizens and permanent residents in their first or second year of graduate school, the fellowship provides three years of support complete with a $30,000 annual stipend and coverage of tuition and fees. It also offers a major commendation to add to your CV along with entrée into one of the nation’s most prestigious of academic communities. Students in NSF-supported disciplines in STEM and select social sciences are eligible (see details on eligibility).

To complement the workshop, the Graduate College has also created a short video tutorial entitled Starting an NSF-GRF Application that points you to excellent resources.

If you have any questions about the workshop or the NSF-GRF program itself, feel free to contact me at If you’d like to learn more about our other services designed to help you find fellowships and submit competitive proposals, see our new webpages. Until then, I hope your school year is off to a great start, and I look forward to seeing you at the workshop.


Ken Vickery

Ken Vickery, Ph.D.
Director of External Fellowships
Graduate College
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We’re On Facebook!

In case anyone hasn’t noticed yet, we are on facebook!

Our academic advisors have set up a page where announcements are made and questions can be asked.  Check it out for updates on what is going on with the school, particularly if you are looking for reminders of those important dates and opportunities for our students.

UIUC Integrative Biology Academic Advisors

In addition, an Integrative Biology group has been created within the “Groups at UIUC” umbrella.  You’ll need a email to join the community, but it looks to be a great place for students and professors to exchange ideas and advice.

Integrative Biology Group

Groups At UIUC

Lastly, in case you missed it the first time, we have a linked in group.  If you aren’t on linked in yet, get on there.  There’s nothing wrong with a little networking.  That is especially true when you can add some of our world class researchers to your contacts list.

School of Integrative Biology, Linked In

Welcome Biologists!

Dr. Evan DeLucia, Director of the School of Integrative Biology, shares his personal welcome to the new SIB Blog

Welcome to the School of Integrative Biology Blog!

This is a place where our students, staff, faculty and alumni can tell their stories and share their accomplishments.  It is also a place where those getting started can ask questions and the veterans can give advice about how to turn their experience at the University of Illinois into a fulfilling career and life.

Check back and see how the blog develops!

You can submit your content for review via this blog or email it to

Address questions to Joanne Manaster

Check out the School of Integrative Biology website for even more information about us!