The Department of Education 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 Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences GAANN program in Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) will award 4-8 fellowships annually.
The overall goal of the program is to offer excellent students with demonstrated financial need, the encouragement, opportunity, and support to pursue and complete the PhD program in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. We will provide rich experiences in research and teaching that prepare students for leadership positions in the field. In research, GAANN fellows will work closely with faculty mentors to learn research methods, and exercise their skills through joint and individual research projects. Fellows will receive training in teaching practices and are individually supervised in teaching at several levels – mentoring of undergraduate research students, serving as a teaching assistant, and team-teaching an undergraduate course or graduate course together with their research mentor. GAANN fellows are guaranteed financial support for up to five years through completion of their degree.
To be considered for the AES GAANN applicants must satisfy three criteria:
The department is committed to increasing diversity of qualified researchers and teachers in aerospace engineering and particularly encourages applications from eligible students with backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the field, including women.
Students who are selected as GAANN Fellows must commit to:
In supporting the development of selected GAANN Fellows, the AES department commits to:
Accepting a GAANN fellowship means a student is committed to the 4-element teaching program, the faculty member must guarantee support for completion of degree (subject to acceptable progress), and must provide high quality supervision of research, teaching, allow for summer internship, assist with job placement, and complete annual progress report.