GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS: FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

What is an Assistantship?
In engineering, a Graduate Assistantship (GA) is the most common way for students to fund their graduate studies. With a GA, the student is paid a stipend and perhaps tuition support in exchange for research or teaching assistant work. Research is normally done on the topic that is funded by an external agency or internally by Villanova, and on which the student will study to earn their MS or PhD. A teaching assistant might teach part of a lecture class or run problem sessions, hold office hours, organize and run a laboratory course, or grade for a professor. At some schools, the GA is labeled GRA if it applies to research. At Villanova, we use GA as the research assistantship and TA as the teaching assistantship. GAs are awarded based on the student’s interest in the research and their qualifications. TAs are awarded based on the student’s expertise and qualifications.

Eligibility
Awarding of all assistantships is handled by the academic departments and programs. There are no additional requirements beyond what the college or departments outline in their admissions criteria. Eligibility is limited to full-time students admitted for graduate degree programs; non-degree students (those students in the ICA program and not yet matriculated) and part-time students are not eligible. A GA must be enrolled in at least one course during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

External Fellowships
A variety of fellowships funded by external organizations are also available (DOE, NSF, and SMART fellowships, private foundations, etc.). Information can be found at the websites of these organizations. Students should apply directly to the specific organization awarding a particular external fellowship.

Professional Development for PhD Students
If awarded a GA, in addition to stipend and tuition, the College of Engineering at Villanova has a unique professional development (PD) program for all PhD students. All full-time, post-qual PhD students are required to take at least one PD course. In addition, through additional courses and activities, a PhD student can earn a valuable certificate as a Teaching Scholar or an Industry Scholar. The certificate and PD courses are recorded on the student’s transcript and are highly valued by academia and industry in the job-search process. See further details here.

GRADUATE STUDENT OPEN POSITIONS

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS IN CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Position number: 22-BMW-1

Category: Graduate Assistantship

Student Classification: Master’s or PhD

Discipline Area: Water Resources

Project Title: Long-term Monitoring and Analysis of Green Stormwater Infrastructures

Description: The project is continuing a long history of monitoring a bio-infiltration rain garden and a constructed stormwater wetland. The project entails maintaining the monitoring program and analyzing associated data. Because of the long data record, the student and advisor will determine a thesis topic together that may entail additional lab or field analysis and/or modeling. The candidate will work within a team of other graduate students and undergraduate researchers on this stormwater research project and be involved with the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems.

Qualifications for Appointment: The candidate should have their BS or MS in Civil Engineering or related field (must be completed at the time of hire) and a willingness to perform field and laboratory research, along with data analysis and modeling.

Start Date: 01/03/2022

PI: Bridget Wadzuk; Google Scholar

Lab: Bridget Wadzuk faculty bio

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Position number: 21-QW-1

Category: Graduate Assistantship

Student Classification: PhD

Discipline Area: Fluid Mechanics, Fluid-Assisted Manufacturing

Project Title: Physics-based Modeling and Experimentation of nanoparticle deposition on Polymer Substrates for Fabrication of Flexible Electronic Devices

Description: The goal of this research is to achieve sorted, high-rate and environment-friendly assembly of nanomaterials on polymer substrate by integrating novel fluidic design/modeling and nanomaterial assembly in a comprehensive research plan. Microfluidic devices that are typically used in cellular biomechanics research are introduced in the nanomanufacturing process. Transport models that are typically used in the drug delivery research are utilized to examine the transport, deposition, and assembly of nanoparticles in the fluidic assisted systems. This research is aimed to uncover the interaction and synergy between the fluidic field and the weak sono field and their influences on the sorting and assembly processes, through the integration of theoretical modelling modeling, numerical simulation and experimental investigations.

Qualifications for Appointment: The ideal candidate is expected to have a solid background in fundamental fluid dynamics. Previous research experience using analytical, numerical and experimental approach is strongly preferred.

Start Date: 1/1/2022

PI: Qianhong Wu, Google Scholar

Lab: Cellular Biomechanics and Sports Science

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Position number: 21-CL-2

Category: Graduate Assistantship

Student Classification: PhD

Discipline Area: Thermal Fluids

Project Title: Computational Investigation of Odor-Guided Flapping Flight in Nature

Description: This project aims to develop a multi-physics computational framework to investigate the underlying flow physics of odor tracking flight in nature. This framework will integrate several challenging computational components, including odor transport in turbulent flow, flow-structure-interaction, and reinforcement learning for POMDPs.

Qualifications for Appointment: A solid background in numerical methods for PDEs, strong hands-on experience with programming in Fortran or C++, and effective communication skills (written/spoken English) are required. Previous in-house code development experience is strongly preferred.

Start Date: 1/10/2022

PI: Chengyu Li, Google Scholar

Lab: Flow Simulation & Flow Physics Lab

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Position number: 21-QW-2

Category: Graduate Assistantship

Student Classification: PhD

Discipline Area: Fluid Mechanics, Biomechanics

Project Title: On the Study of Transient Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Flow during Impacts on the Head

Description: In this project, we are developing a novel biomimetic approach, with the assistance of modern manufacturing and supramolecular chemistry, to examine two fundamental problems in bio-fluid dynamics: 1) the transient cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow in the subarachnoid space (SAS) as the head is exposed to sudden translational or rotational impacts; 2) the fluid-structure interaction between the CSF and the brain matter, and the resulting motion and deformation of the brain matter The goal is to elucidate the critical role of the CSF flow through the porous arachnoid trabeculae (AT) in transmitting and mitigating external impacts, and hence understand the mechanism of concussive brain injury.

Qualifications for Appointment: The ideal candidate is expected to have a solid background in fundamental fluid dynamics. Previous research experience using analytical, numerical and experimental approach is strongly preferred.

Start Date: 1/1/2022

PI: Qianhong Wu, Google Scholar

Lab: Cellular Biomechanics and Sports Science

Above are the currently available GA openings in the College of Engineering. Please contact the PI if interested. Students are also encouraged to contact faculty members to explore other opportunities for research and possible GA funding, TA work, and scholarships. Several specific qualifications for appointment are provided below. Others appear under Guidelines and Responsibilities for Graduate Students. Please review all qualifications for appointment before contacting a faculty member.

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