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Funding Opportunity For Veteran Graduate Student / Graduate Assistant At FCMF

The Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF) has graduate assistantship opportunities for US Armed Forces Veteran student(s). This will be an excellent opportunity to advance your graduate, networking and community support skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Currently admitted to the Graduate School in an Engineering Field

2. Be a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces

3. Be in good academic standing

4. Be registered full-time for the respective semester (nine semester credit hours during the fall semester, nine semester credit hours during spring semester), or in the required number of semester credit hours to fulfill the only remaining requirements on the degree plan.

Preferred: Graduate Assistant in Mechanical Engineering (or related field) interested in composite materials research. Student should be interested assessing STEM education programs for veterans.

Maximum appointment is limited to twenty (20) hours per week.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications

The Graduate Assistant assistantship award is available to master’s and doctoral students who are assigned to a specific faculty member. Duties are split into two categories.

1) Duties related to SERVE (Shaping Experiential Research for Veteran Education), a veteran’s program in partnership between UT Knoxville and UNC Charlotte. These duties will include but are not limited to:

a. Working with faculty and preparing URE (Undergraduate Research Experiences) projects at UTK.

b. Planning travel between UTK and UNCC for program participants

c. Planning and coordinating housing for student participants at UTK

d. Assisting evaluation team with gathering information on program participants

e. Assist faculty in various administrative tasks

f. Developing and publishing marketing material on program

g. Giving program orientations and holding interest meetings to veteran undergraduate students

h. Co-authoring research papers (Engineering and/or Education) with faculty

These duties will be a small portion of the GRA hours during the normal semesters (~5 hrs/wk) but will be substantial during the summer months (~15-20) and may include several trips between UTK and UNCC to monitor the progress of the program.

2) Duties related to the student’s field of study and will vary depending upon the project and assigned responsibilities. Graduate Assistants may also function as lab assistants, graders, for creative activity, and/or other endeavors that assist faculty members in the department’s instructional efforts.

If you meet the above and are interested– please contact Dr. Uday Vaidya, and include a resume.

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