MRSEC Support for Graduate Students

1. MRSEC Graduate Fellowship 

All graduate students training in MRSEC-supported laboratories are invited to submit applications for MRSEC graduate Fellowships.  This fellowship supports collaborative research projects that advance scientific and/or outreach goals of the MRSEC.

Individuals or teams of graduate students are invited to submit proposals for collaborative research among MRSEC laboratories.  Proposals can be to establish new or support ongoing projects in materials research that advance the IRG/Seed research agenda.  Graduate students at any stage of their education are welcome to apply.  The criteria for proposal evaluation are (i) quality of the proposed materials science and (ii) demonstrated excellence in collaborative research of participants.

The fellowship is for a 1 year period and carries a full stipend for 1 graduate student plus a $2500 travel budget.  In the case of a team, monetary support will be divided equally among graduate students, but all will be considered  MRSEC graduate fellows.  We expect to have support for three positions at any given time, with funding to start immediately after a decision is made.  Decisions will be made by the MRSEC director and members of the MRSEC Policy Committee.

The competition schedule is as follows:

A complete application contains

  • a CV for graduate student participant(s);
  • a 1 page proposal (figures on additional pages) written by the graduate student(s) describing work to be performed during the fellowship period;
  • a short letter from at least two MRSEC PIs describing how the proposal advances scientific and/or outreach goals of the MRSEC
2. MRSEC Travel Support
MRSEC has a subsidy to encourage graduate student participation at conferences so they can present results from MRSEC-supported research.  Student participation in professional conferences is key to their maturation as scientists and helps them do better science.  The MRSEC will provide up to $750 to help graduate students attend scientific conferences at which they present either oral or poster presentations on MRSEC-supported research.  This subsidy is intended to be used in situations where effort has been made to secure student fellowships that pay partial confernce support, but no such support was received.  Receiving such support is not a prerequisite, but will help us to leverage these funds. 

All graduate students working on MRSEC-supported research are eligible (and most conferences are eligible except for APS March meeting and the ACS National meetings where student participation is presupposed).

Graduate students planning to use this subsidy should let the MRSEC Director and Eileen Sheu know BEFORE the meeting. Graduate students must send in: the poster or oral presentation title, the meeting's name and location, and co-authors on the presentation. The presentation must also acknowledge MRSEC support for the research. We will need a statement that an effort has been made to secure additional support through conference participation and/or travel fellowships. To get reimbursed, these items should also be included with the Travel Voucher. There will be no advance payments. Funds have been set aside for this subsidy based on demand from previous years (roughly sufficient to support 20 applications). MRSEC will consider applications as they come in (generally one application per grad student per year), and until the earmarked funds are exhausted.