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The microEP Graduate Program is a full participant in the Walton Fellowship Program
at the University of Arkansas. The funding for this program was provided by the Walton
Family Charitable Trust, and is used to fund two types of Fellowships in support of
students planning to complete a PhD at the University of Arkansas. The first type
is a Walton Doctoral Academy Fellowship (DAF) and the second type is a Doctoral Distinguished
These Fellowships provide supplemental funding to a base financial position (Teaching
Assistantship, Research Assistantship). Walton Fellows are provided a stipend and
all tuition costs, but must pay miscellaneous fees from their private funds.
Students applying for either of the Doctoral Fellowships are expected to have a record
of high academic performance, prior demonstrated excellence in the pursuit of research
opportunities, demonstrated leadership ability, and the ability to thrive in the type
of non-structured environment that enables rapid progress in the high tech arena.
The following table shows both the selection criteria and the financial benefits of
the two types of Fellowships.
Note 1: Some NSF Fellowships used as base funding allow payment of student feesNote 2: MS GPA will be used if candidate is currently enrolled in a MS graduate program
In addition, the microEP program will qualitatively assess all evidence brought forth
by candidates when considering applicants. Exceptional performance outside of the
numerically measured academic areas above may be used as justification for forwarding
an application that does not meet all of the numerical minimum values to the Graduate
School for consideration.
Walton Fellowships will be used to help attract new students to the microEP graduate
program whose skills, interests, and background are strongly aligned with the needs
of the varied research efforts associated with the microEP program. The process is
designed to allow some flexibility when considering students with high potential but
limited access to research opportunities at their prior institution.
Applicants with completed MS degrees will receive higher consideration than applicants
just completing a BS degree because of their higher level of research training, but
no microEP applicant will be arbitrarily excluded due to lack of a completed MS degree.
These Fellowships are not restricted to US citizens, although US citizens will be given preference when selecting Fellowship recipients.
There are two types of Graduate Assistantships, Teaching and Research. If you are
on a 50% appointment (requiring 20 hours per week of work), the fund that pays your
stipend will also pay your in-state tuition and the Graduate School will directly
pay any out-of-state tuition that is assessed. If you are on 25% appointment (10 hours
per week of work), the Graduate School will pay any out-of-state tuition but you must
pay your own in-state tuition.
Regardless of the type of Graduate Assistantship that you may receive, the student
must pay all supplemental fees themselves.
Teaching Assistantships require that a student be competent in both written and spoken
English. Students who graduate from an undergraduate institution where English was
not the language of instruction must take the Test of Spoken English before they can
be considered for positions requiring live instruction (such as a being an undergraduate
lab class instructor). TAs that have not passed the TSE or equivalent can only qualify
for grading assignments, which are both few in number and usually have heavier workloads
than TAs leading laboratory sections. Applicants from these non-English instruction
institutions that are requesting TA funding are strongly encouraged to take the TSE
as soon as possible in their current location and to submit their TSE scores as part
of their application materials.
Generally, departments make their primary selection of Teaching Assistants in late
March or early April. The earlier a student applies for consideration for a Teaching
Assistant, the higher the likelihood that they will be funded as a TA. MicroEP graduate
students have worked as TAs for Physics, Chemistry, EE, ChE, and microEP, depending
on the background of the individual student. TAs are generally paid about $1000 -$1800
per month, depending on the department in which the TA is located.
Individual professors, through research grants that they win in the highly competitive
marketplace, directly fund Research Assistantships. Students are selected directly
by these professors to work on the specific research projects supported by these funded
grants. Students hired by a professor in a RA position are expected to align their
own research (in support of their theses or dissertations) with the research of their
hiring Professor. In a typical workweek, the student would do 20 hours of work directed
by his or her major professor and then do additional research in the professor’s laboratory
in support of their thesis/dissertation. In this way, both the professor and the student
make progress toward their common research goal in a shorter calendar period than
would otherwise be possible.
Research Assistantships generally pay about the same as a TA in that professor's department,
although individual researchers may budget higher stipends in their proposals in an
attempt to attract top graduate students.
The microEP Graduate Program acts as an agent for microEP students to match their
talents and interests with RA and TA positions as they become available. TA positions
most abundant during the fall semester, although some TA positions may become available
in the spring and summer semesters as students move into RA positions. RA positions
may become available at any time due to graduation of current students or new research
grants being approved for funding.
As an agent for both microEP students and faculty, the microEP director uses knowledge
of both the open positions’ requirements and microEP students’ skills to quickly arrange
job interviews that seem likely to produce strong partnerships. It must be noted that
these interviews are very similar to job interviews after graduation – they are only
opportunities to compete, not guarantees of being given the new funded position. For
a microEP student to win an appointment, the student must convince the hiring supervisor
that they can together form an effective partnership that will result in the goals
of both parties being attained.
Students can obtain funded TA or RA positions before arriving on campus on the basis
of such things as their academic record, their GRE scores, their record of prior research,
and strong recommendations from faculty. However, the chances of a new student competing
successfully for new positions are much higher if the new student is already on our
campus, taking UA graduate classes and volunteering in a research laboratory under
a professor whose research matches their own interests. The fact that UA professors
can directly observe the work ethic and academic capabilities of an on-campus student
gives that student a distinct advantage over off-campus students who are represented
only by paperwork.
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