Transportation Scholars Program

The Texas A&M University Transportation Scholars Program (TSP) is a part of the Southwest Region University Transportation Center affiliated with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). This program, which is managed by faculty in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, promotes the academic and scholarly development of graduate and undergraduate students in the department. The program has two components: the Graduate Transportation Scholars Program and the Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program.

Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program

The purpose of the Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program is to promote interest in transportation research among undergraduate students. In this program, selected undergraduate students from across the U.S. will spend a portion of the summer working on a research project and learning about the transportation research program at Texas A&M University and the Texas Transportation Institute. During the summer program, undergraduate students will be responsible for preparing a work plan to accomplish a research objective, conducting the plan, and reporting the results. Students will work directly with an A&M faculty member or TTI full-time researcher during their assignment. Students will also meet with selected current graduate students to gain additional insight into the Texas A&M programs.

Graduate Transportation Scholars Program

The purpose of the Graduate Transportation Scholars Program is to advance scholarly development of transportation graduate students enrolled in the transportation engineering and materials programs in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. The eligibility for the program is defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation (currently open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents). Students admitted to the program will receive several financial benefits including tuition and fees paid by the program, an additional monthly fellowship stipend paid by the program, and travel expenses to attend the TRB Annual Meeting. In addition, the student will work on a research project that provides a monthly research stipend.

Financial Benefits

The Texas A&M University Graduate Transportation Scholars Program provides financial support to graduate students through several mechanisms as described below. The total value of financial benefits can range from $37000 to $43000 for a M.S. student and $84000 to $99,000 for a Ph.D. student. Students may participate in the TSP for a maximum of 15½ months for an M.S. student and 36 months for a Ph.D. student.

Tuition

Students accepted into the TSP will have their tuition paid during the time that they are participating in the program up to a maximum limit of credit hours. The program will pay up to 34 hours for an M.S. student and up to 64 hours for a Ph.D. student. The value of the tuition is about $4700 per year. The table below summarizes the total value of tuition for MS and Ph.D. students over the course of their academic career.

Fees

Students accepted into the TSP will have selected fees paid as part of the program during the time that they are participating in the program. The amount of the fees will vary depending upon several factors, such as the courses taken, lab fees, and other factors. The value of the fees is about $2800 per year. The table below summarizes the total value of tuition for M.S. and Ph.D. students over the course of their academic career.

Fellowship

Students accepted into the TSP will receive a monthly fellowship (in addition to the research stipend) of up to $600/month. The amount of fellowship stipend ranges between $200 and $600 per month depending upon a student's qualifications (including the student's GRE and GPA). The value of the fellowship ranges from $2400 to $7200 per year. The table below summarizes the total value of the fellowship for M.S. and Ph.D. students over the course of their academic career.

Research Stipend

Students accepted into the TSP also are provided with a research assistantship position with the Texas Transportation Institute or Texas A&M University. This funding is external to the TSP. This position requires that they work 20 hours/week on a research project, which normally provides the subject matter for the thesis or dissertation. TSP students receive a research stipend of $1500 (M.S.) or $1600 (Ph.D.) per month. The value of the research stipend is about $18000 per year for M.S. students and $19200 for Ph.D. students. The table below summarizes the total value of the research stipend for M.S. and Ph.D. students over the course of their academic career.

Health Insurance

Low-cost comprehensive health insurance plan is available to students as part of their research assistantship position. The majority of the premium is paid by the University.

Travel Allowance

TSP students are eligible for reimbursement of qualified travel expenses for travel to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington , D.C. in January each year. Travel expenses are reimbursed in accordance with TSP and Texas A&M University travel policies.

Total Value of Financial Package

Benefit Element
Total Value of Benefits
 

M.S. Student (15.5 months, 34 hours)

Ph.D. Student (36 months, 64 hours)

Tuition
$6664
$12544
Fees
$4000 (approximate)
$7500 (approximate)
Fellowship
$3100-$9300
$7200-21600
Research Stipend
$23250
$57600
Health Insurance
Provided
Provided
TRB Travel Allowance
Provided
Provided
Total Benefits
$37014-43214 plus
$84844-$99244 plus

Application Information

Graduate Transportation Scholars Program

All U.S. citizens and permanent residents that are accepted into the transportation systems and transportation materials graduate programs are automatically considered for the Graduate Transportation Scholars Program. Selection of students for the Graduate TSP will begin on March 15. Students accepted into the graduate program after this date will be considered for the TSP only if funding is available.

Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program

The Undergraduate TSP is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. To apply for the Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program, a student should submit the information listed below.

  • Completed application form;
  • Resume, including your education, work experience, awards, and accomplishments;
  • Summary of career goals and objectives (2 page limit);
  • University transcript (a copy is acceptable), and
  • At least two letters of recommendation.

The deadline for applying for the Undergraduate TSP is March 20, 2015.

Send applications to:

Undergraduate Transportation Scholars Program
c/o Pam Stracener
Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University
TAMU 3136
College Station, TX 77843-3136

Email: gene.hawkins@tamu.edu