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MERGE Program Agenda

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Wednesday, September 23

MERGE recruits can request to arrive a day early to take advantage of a full day on campus, attend a class, have additional faculty meetings, and visit additional labs. No meals are provided.

Thursday, September 24

8 to 4 pm:  (optional) Attend a class, additional faculty meetings, additional lab visits

Noon to 11 pm:  MERGE recruits arrive on campus

4 to 7 pm:  Campus Tours

Note:  No meals are provided on Thursday.   

Friday, September 25

8 to 8:15 am:  Meet in the front lobby of the Illini Union by the hotel registration desk to walk over to the CSL Auditorium

8:15 to 8:30 am:  Check-in at CSL Auditorium

8:30 to 8:40 am:  MERGE Welcome and Overview

8:40 to 9:30 am:  College Welcome and Overview

9:30 to 9:45 am:  BREAK

9:45 to 10:30 am:  Research at Illinois

10:45 to 11:45 am:  Graduate Student Mentoring Program

11:45 to 1:00 pm:  LUNCH

1:00 to 5:00 pm:  Individual Department Visits with Students and Faculty

5:30 to 6:30 pm:  Life as a Grainger Engineering Graduate Student – Illini Union room 314A

6:30 to 8:30 pm:  Dinner & Social Time with current Engineering Graduate Students

Saturday, September 26

7:30 to 8:00 am:  Check out of hotel

8:00 to 8:30 am:  Report to Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

8:30 to 9:30 am:  Funding Graduate School

9:30 to 10:30 am:  The Application Process and What to Expect

10:30 to 11:30 am:  Overview of Life in the Champaign-Urbana and Surrounding Communities / Wrap-up

11:30 to 12:30 pm:  LUNCH

11:30 to 5 pm:  Travel back home