Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowships in Materials Science and Engineering

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowships in Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan has been awarded several fellowships by the U.S. Department of Education for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN). We solicit applications for these fellowships, which are to be used to educate a new generation of Ph.D. materials scientists and specifically prepare them for careers as educators at research universities.
GAANN Fellows will be trained in a broad range of methods of investigation, with emphasis on integrating computational tools with experimental methodologies. Modeling and simulation has matured into an essential tool for interpreting experimental observations and predicting materials properties, and can be considered as an integral component of a materials scientist’s research repertoire.
GAANN Fellows will be able to draw from the expertise of both computational and experimental faculty while carrying out thesis projects that emphasize computational approaches in traditionally experimental areas of study. Furthermore, we will engage GAANN Fellows in the development of new curricula and instructional technologies, based on the use of computation for enhancing the cognitive process, knowledge transfer, and increasing the computational skill of materials science graduates.
We expect this project will generate a progressive way of thinking in materials research that will proliferate during the GAANN Fellows’ subsequent professional careers and constructively affect the undergraduate curriculum in this discipline. We invite applications to this program and hope to attract a diverse group of students, including women and underrepresented minority students in our program.
For additional information, please contact John Kieffer (kieffer@umich.edu)