Scholarships, Fellowships, and Assistantships
There are many scholarships available to undergraduate civil engineering students. These scholarships vary in funding amounts, range from one to four years, and all current and prospective students are highly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. Undergraduate students interested in learning more and applying for scholarships should contact the Civil Engineering Department office for specific instructions.
In addition to teaching courses and the many other scholastic and service activities, all professors manage their own rigorous research programs. Most research projects involve undergraduate and/or graduate students to help conduct the research and maintain laboratories; therefore, these professors are always looking for talented and energetic students to help with their projects. The availability of funding and the responsibilities of the students vary greatly, but students find these activities rewarding and educational. Any student interested in participating in research projects, particularly students who may be interested in continuing their education beyond the BSCE degree, are strongly encouraged to inquire about such opportunities.
Graduate fellowships are essentially scholarships
provided to graduate students so that they can complete the coursework required
for their graduate degree and conduct research under the guidance of a
professor. The funding for fellowships
typically includes tuition, books, and a stipend that will cover cost-of-living
expenses. Graduate fellowships are
always excellent opportunities, however, they are competitive. Each year, several graduate fellowships are
available through the
Similar to fellowships, graduate research assistantships (GRA) and graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) provide a monthly stipend intended to support graduate students through their coursework and research. The funding for research assistantships comes from research grants or contracts and therefore typically entails specific research responsibilities. The awarding of an assistantship is primarily at the discretion of the professor in charge of the research in which the student would be involved. Graduate teaching assistantships involve assisting with the teaching of a course or laboratory. The responsibilities and funding for assistantships vary. There are many research assistantships available through the department and prospective graduate students are strongly encouraged to inquire about availability. The level of funding associated with graduate assistantships is typically sufficient to pay for cost-of-living expenses, and tuition is “waived.” Students supported through full fellowships, GTA positions, and GRA positions can typically complete their graduate education degrees without borrowing money or depending on their families for financial support.
Finally, one of the best ways to explore fellowship and assistantship opportunities is to directly contact the professor(s) who are teaching and working in your areas of interest.
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