Contact: Glenn McRae, Graduate Program Coordinator
UTC Graduate Scholars are:UVM graduate students who work as research assistants (RAs) for 20 hours per week on transportation research related to the Center's theme. Students may be in any graduate program within UVM's colleges or schools. In addition to $28,000 of direct (employment based) support, an additional $2,000 may be available to support the selected student's research expenses including computer and other technology, data purchases, books, professional travel, conferences or registration fees. Most RAs are provided with office space at the Transportation Research Center. Students are expected to work 20 hours each week on their transportation-related research over the course of the 12 months. The TRC awards between five and ten GRAs each year. Starting in 2013 these GRAs will be directly recruited and sponsored by Faculty Associates of the TRC. If you are interested in learning more please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at the TRC.
Applicants must be applying to and accepted into a UVM Graduate Program or currently enrolled in a UVM Graduate program. Applicants also must apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in Sustainable Transportation Systems and Planning. They must exhibit a strong professional and academic interest in the Transportation field, make the case of how it applies to their chosen program of study, and be nominated by a UVM faculty member. Acceptance to both a Graduate program and to the Graduate Certificate is required to be eligible for funding. Scholars must maintain full-time enrollment status to continue to receive Scholar support. Summer class enrollment is not necessary.
The TRC is funding 8 GRAs next year as follows (please contact the faculty directly for information):
|Britt A. Holmén||School of Engineering||Evaluation of EPA's Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) model for tailpipe emissions from hybrid-electric vehicles||Lisa Aultman-Hall||School of Engineering||Seasonal Walking Behavior|
|Lisa Aultman-Hall||School of Engineering||Network Robustness|
|CDAE / MPA / CALS||Transportation Infrastructure Governance|
|Brian Lee||School of Engineering||Bicycling and Traffic Controls: Assessing the effectiveness of various traffic controls recommended by the new NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide|
|Mandar Dewoolkar||School of Engineering||Prediction and Mitigation of Scour for Vermont Bridges|
|Robert Manning||RSENR / Parks Study Lab||Sustainable Transportation Planning for Rural, Recreational and Park Landscapes: Calibrating Levels of Service for Multiple Modes|
|Jane Kolodinsky||CDAE / CALS||Assessing Healthcare Access Among Vermont's Rural Elderly|
Eligible Outreach Work: The program will also consider applicants with a strong interest in transportation who bring skills and experience in program development, business and communications and wish to pursue applied project work on workforce development, education and policy directly with the TRC Outreach staff.
Level of Support: The UTC Scholar program provides students with annual support of $28,000. This is employment-based support (not a scholarship).
Tuition payment is the responsibility of the student. Students are responsible for the payment of in-state tuition and fees. If applicable, the out-of-state tuition differential, research credits, and a portion of the single student health insurance premium are provided by the Graduate College. For specific information on tuition rates and research credits see the UVM policy statement on "Tuition Scholarship for Research Credits or Continuous Registration Fee for Graduate Students funded on Research Grants and Contracts" along with the UVM Scholarship Application Form for Graduate Assistants.
Renewal of Support: Master degree students may apply for a second year of funding. Continued funding is not guaranteed and is based on successful progress in their first year (renewal request deadline is February 1, 2013). Doctoral students may be eligible to request additional years of support but this is not guaranteed and they should discuss this with their advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator.
The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Transportation Systems
Students selected to receive UTC Scholar funding will have also been accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Transportation Systems program . The expectation is that they will enroll in TRC312 in the Fall. During their first semester they will work with the Graduate Program Coordinator to design and submit a Certificate Program Plan to the Graduate College. Continued progress on the Certificate by taking at least one Certificate graduate course will be expected during the next Spring semester. Progress on the Certificate as well as positive performance on their direct research activities and scholarly pursuits will all be taken into consideration for their application to renew funding in a second year.
Glenn McRae, UVM TRC Graduate Program Coordinator
Farrell Hall 116
Updated: January 3, 2013