TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER
@ CU DENVER
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The SHRC Program is a U.S. Department of Education (DoEd) sponsored
GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) PhD fellowship program, focusing on interdisciplinary training of fellows in the area of
Transportation Engineering for Safe, Healthy, and Resilient Communities.
The fellowship program will cover tuition, fees, travel to select conferences,
as well as an annual stipend for each fellow.
The maximum permitted annual stipend is $34,000. Final stipend amounts depend upon each fellow's financial need, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
If you are interested in joining SHRC,
check out the eligibility requirements below!
We are currently recruiting fellows for the class of Fall 2017...
The fellowships are highly competitive and space is extremely limited.
We will review applicants on a rolling basis,
so please contact us as soon as possible.
The focus of this project is on our nation’s crumbling infrastructure and the related health and safety impacts of the conventional approach to transportation engineering. In the US, road crashes are the number one cause of death for every age group from 4 through 34, but the systems designed by transportation engineers are seldom scrutinized as a public health concern. With respect to more “popular” health outcomes – such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease – traffic engineers rarely acknowledge the impact of their community designs, despite extensive evidence to the contrary. In terms of the infrastructure crisis, transportation engineers are quick to spend billions on improvements but slow to realize that our history of poor investment choices has only exacerbated our problems. Instead of continuing to ask those that created these problems to fix them, we need to first target our investments toward education and creating a new breed of transportation engineer equipped to solve these critical issues.
The primary goal of the proposed GAANN project is to increase the number of transportation engineering scholars at the doctoral level that can tackle the fundamental disconnect between the current focus of the transportation engineering discipline and what it actually takes to build safer, healthier, and more resilient communities. The standard approach to transportation engineering education endures because it gives engineers standard guidelines to follow; unfortunately, this approach fails to train engineers to recognize or be critical of the associated outcomes. We've developed a novel transportation research and teaching concentration within Civil Engineering – a designated area of national need – by combining specialized transportation knowledge with broader and generalizable skills. By improving the educational breadth of transportation engineering students of diverse backgrounds with new applied skills – such as GIS, life cycle assessment, and statistical methodologies – we hope to encourage a fundamentally different and more empirical approach to transportation research that will equip our students to handle the complex transportation problems related to building safe, healthy, and resilient communities... and share this knowledge with the next generation of transportation engineers.
You've Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers!
AM I ELIGIBLE?
We are looking for students of superior ability, that have an excellent academic record, and are planning for a career in transportation-related teaching or research.
You must be a resident of the United States (U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident only) to apply to the SHRC Program. To be considered for the fellowship, you must apply for the transportation engineering PhD program at the University of Colorado Denver.
Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM fields (e.g. women, minorities) are especially encouraged to apply.
HOW DO I APPLY?
If you are eligible, please start by sending us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject heading "GAANN" that includes your resume.
We are currently recruiting for Fall 2017 and admission to the fellowship program is very limited.
HOW MUCH IS TUITION?
Tuition, fees, as well as some conference travel will be covered by the fellowship program.
WILL I ACTUALLY BE GETTING PAID TO GET MY PHD?
Yes! In addition to tuition and fees, stipends will be awarded to all fellows, depending upon financial need. The maximum allowed stipend is $34,000 per year. However, financial need is determined by the US Department of Education using their standard FAFSA process.
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM?
The SHRC program is a U.S. Department of Education GAANN (Graduate Assistance in the Areas of National Need) Program. The GAANN program provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course study at the institution in a field designated as an area of national need. For more information about the GAANN Program, see the DoEd website.
SO WHERE IS CU DENVER LOCATED ANYWAY?
The University of Colorado Denver is located on the Auraria Campus in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado. We offer a high-quality education that takes full advantage of our location in the heart of Denver, particularly with respect to the transportation research you will be able to do. With a growing bicycle network and a state-of-the art transit system what was once a highly automobile-oriented city, Denver offers unique advantages when it comes to studying transportation up close.
MEET OUR STAFF
The GAANN program for Transportation Engineering for Safe, Healthy, and Resilient Communities (SHRC) has an outstanding team of dedicated instructors, all of whom are determined to help students succeed. Our team members offer support and guidance, uniquely tailored to each student. Our goal is to provide an environment where teachers are valued for their outside-the-box thinking, creative ideas, and connection with their students.
DR. WES MARSHALL
DR. BRUCE JANSON
ROXANN HAYES, PE
Senior Instructor, CTT
If you are interested in finding out more about our GAANN transportation engineering
PhD fellowship program, please start by emailing or calling us.