Nearly $1.47 million in federal grants will help qualified
graduate students at The University of Texas at Arlington earn their doctoral
degrees in areas of national need.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Graduate
Assistance in Areas of National Need, or GAANN, grants of $533,064 to the UT
Arlington College of Science’s Mathematics Department and the College of
Engineering’s Computer Science & Engineering Department. The College of
Engineering’s Bioengineering Department also received a $399,798 GAANN grant.
Each grant can potentially benefit 20 students during the
next three years.
Principal investigators include: Math Professor Tuncay
Aktosun, Bioengineering Chair and Professor Khosrow Behbehani and Gergely
Zaruba, associate professor of computer science & engineering.
Philip Cohen, graduate school dean and co-principal
investigator on the grants, said the program will allow UT Arlington to recruit
more doctoral students in these areas of high national demand.
“The grants also contribute to our efforts to improve
doctoral education,” Cohen said.
College of Engineering Dean J.-P. Bardet said there is a
growing interest in computer science and bioengineering across the nation.
“Recruiting more graduate students in those areas is
beneficial for research that will transform the healthcare of present and
future generations,” he said.
All the departments are working in partnership with the
Office of Graduate Studies to develop common recruiting and retention
activities for the GAANN fellows that are designed to address the unique needs
of underrepresented and first-generation college students.
College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma said the grants are
important because mathematics is an integral link to so many other studies.
“Assuring more doctoral students in math contributes to
success in many other disciplines, as well as the overall University,” Jansma
Call Alisa Johnson in the Office of Graduate Studies at
817-272-2708 for more information.
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