Collegians urged to apply for SMART Scholarship for Service Program

August 31, 2009

By hammersmith

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

Sponsor: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Amount: $25,000; Upper Amount: $41,000

Participants receive – full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking); – cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 to $41,000 depending on prior educational experience (may be prorated depending on award length); – paid summer internships; – health insurance reimbursement allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year; – book allowance of $1,000 per academic year; – mentoring; and – employment placement after graduation.

Deadline: Dec 15, 2009

Activity Location: United States

Citizenship or Residency: United States

Requirements: Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student

The program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. Engineering programs must be ABET-accredited. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. The program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

The program will support the pursuit of degrees related to the following: 1. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering 2. Biosciences 3. Chemical Engineering 4. Chemistry 5. Civil Engineering 6. Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences 7. Computer and Computational Sciences 8. Electrical Engineering 9. Geosciences 10. Industrial and Systems Engineering (technical tracks only) 11. Information Sciences 12. Materials Science and Engineering 13. Mathematics 14. Mechanical Engineering 15. Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 16. Nuclear Engineering 17. Oceanography 18. Operations Research (technical tracks only) 19. Physics

Eligibility The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories, willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD, a student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by the SMART application), be enrolled in a full-time accredited program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the eligible disciplines, and be eligible to receive and hold a security clearance. Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply. Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, the applicant must be accepted for entrance in the fall term of the year following the SMART program application deadline.

Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE General Test and scores must be reportable by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Subject tests are not required. Graduate applicants must sit for the GRE General Test by the November 15 before the application deadline to ensure that scores reach ASEE by the application deadline. GMAT/MCAT/LSAT test scores cannot be substituted for GRE test scores. Freshman/First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. In addition, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate’s Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement. SMART scholarships are tenable only at regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher education offering degrees in scientific areas specified in this announcement; engineering programs must be ABET-accredited. The duration of SMART awards range from one academic term, that being the term just prior to completion, up to five academic years. SMART cannot fund awards for more than five academic years. The length of SMART awards are determined by the degree completion and degree conferral dates set forth in the application and award documents. Applicants must indicate whether they are registered for selective service, not registered for selective service, or not required to register for selective service. Failure to register (if required) will prohibit them from receiving federal student aid, job training benefits, and most federal employment opportunities including the SMART Scholarship.

COS Keywords Aeronautical or Astronautical Engineering Biological Sciences Chemical Engineering Chemical Sciences Civil Engineering Coastal and Ocean Engineering Cognitive Science Computer and Information Sciences Electrical Engineering or Electronics Geoscience Human Ethology Information Science or Systems Materials Engineering Materials Sciences Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Naval Architecture Neuroscience Nuclear Engineering Oceanography Operations Research Physics

Funding Type: Training, Scholarship, or Fellowship

Address: Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Service Program, American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: +1 (202) 331-3544

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