The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame has been awarded a grant from the Department of Education's prestigious Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. Our GAANN program will educate and mentor talented U.S. citizen and permanent resident PhD students toward successful careers in teaching and research at the College and University level. In an effort to diversify the "pipeline" of people completing PhDs in Computer Science and Engineering, our program will have a special emphasis on identifying and recruiting talented students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
We are now actively seeking applications from PhD students eligible for a GAANN Fellowship. Applicants for a GAANN Fellowship must have a strong academic record and demonstrate exceptional promise. An additional distinctive element of the GAANN program is that fellowship recipients must demonstrate a high degree of financial need. Recipients must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) form each year, for analysis by the Financial Aid Office, to determine the student's demonstrated level of need and stipend amount. The maximum stipend that a Fellow may qualify for in AY 2011/2012 is $30,000.
GAANN Fellows in CSE at Notre Dame will have an extensive, individualized mentoring program designed to help them become excellent teachers. Part of this program will involve completing workshops and earning certificates sponsored by Notre Dame's Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning. Another part of this program will involve experience within the CSE department, first as a teaching assistant, then as a guest teacher, and then as primary instructor for a course. The Fellow will have a designated CSE Faculty Mentor for this part of their GAANN experience.
To apply for a GAANN Fellowship in Computer Science and Engineering at Notre Dame, email a short (max two pages) statement to both the Director of Graduate Studies in CSE, Associate Professor Douglas Thain dthain AT cse.nd.edu ) and the GAANN project director, Professor Kevin Bowyer ( kwb AT cse.nd.edu ). The statement should clearly address the following criteria: (a) U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, (b) commitment to completing the PhD in Computer Science and Engineering, and (c) commitment to pursuing a career in teaching and research. The regular application for admission to the PhD program should also be completed; more information is available here.