Grainger Engineering PhD students guaranteed a funded five-year appointment

Starting in Fall 2020, Grainger Engineering PhD students in their first five years of enrollment are guaranteed a funded appointment for fall and spring that includes a full tuition waiver, a partial fee waiver, and a stipend. Students are also eligible for summer support. Students must remain in Good Academic Standing and successfully perform the duties of their assistantships.

“With this program, we are reaffirming our unwavering commitment to the success of our students,” said Rashid Bashir, Dean of The Grainger College of Engineering. “This funding guarantee gives our PhD students freedom to explore new possibilities and lead the way toward solutions to the world’s toughest engineering challenges.”

Team Cubic LEDs selected as a 2019 National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition Finalist

Team Cubic LEDs [Graduate Student: Mr. Richard Liu, Advisor: Prof. Can Bayram] invented a method for enabling single-crystal single-phase cubic GaN semiconductors. U of I U.S. Patent 10,027,086 (issued July 17, 2018) lays the foundations for enabling this next phase of III-nitride materials for advanced light emitting diodes and transistors. 

National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Competition (held since 1990) selected Team Cubic LEDs and this co-invention as one of the five graduate finalists in this year’s competition. 

Richard will represent U of I as a finalist with our invention on Oct 29-30th in Washington DC in front of the distinguished Hall of Famers.

Select Highlights by

– Nick Holonyak, Jr Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

– University of Illinois ECE Department

– Collegiate Inventors Competition

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