The Department of Education's program, Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN), provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in a field designated as an area of national need. The services provided include a stipend in the amount of the fellow's financial need and an institutional payment to cover the cost of the fellow's tuition and required fees.
The GAANN program is designed to train graduate students and future scientists and engineers in research, coursework, and teaching in a proposed area of national need. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado has hosted or currently hosts four distinct GAANN programs, each supplying four or more fellowships per year for student training and research support. The four programs the department has hosted are in the following areas of national need:
• Separations (1998-2002)
• Macromolecular Science and Engineering (2000-2004)
• Micro- and Nanoparticles (2001-2005)
• Functional Materials (9/2003-2007)
• Liquid Crystals (funded through Physics) (2000-2003, and
one recently funded to start 9/2003)
These programs provide graduate students unique opportunities, supplemental funding, and a targeted research and educational program. Students supported by the GAANN funds have traveled numerous places to perform internships, including Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. They have experienced industrial environments and had internships at National Laboratories. Each student's GAANN program includes focused coursework, a supervised teaching experience, and other professional activities. Faculty-student interactions are emphasized in these programs. These occur through classes, research, seminars, a variety of special events, and the involvement of students in social events.
The primary objective of the Center for Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is to facilitate and enhance educational programs that train students to work in pharmaceutical biotechnology. The center has received a five-year, $1.4 million training grant from the National Institutes of Health, which will support graduate education and 12 new fellowships in this emerging, interdisciplinary field.