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Transportation Thesis or Dissertation Scholarship


The CTEDD Transportation Fellowship program recognizes outstanding students working on original research in transportation leading to an advanced degree in a transportation field.

Purpose: To recognize and promote the highest-quality research conducted by our graduate students.

Prizes: At least $1,200 each to the authors of the master's theses and doctoral dissertations judged most outstanding by a panel of CTEDD-affiliated faculty, and the CTEDD Advisory Board.

Eligibility: Transportation-related theses and dissertations completed by a CTEDD━consortium member (University of Texas at Arlington, Georgia Tech, University of South Florida, University of Wisconsin at Madison, California Polytechnic State University) student during the calendar year (January ━ December). Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and may receive this scholarship only once.

Due Date: May 29, 2020

Procedure: Nominations are to be submitted electronically by the student, and are to include files covering the following two items:
  • A confidential nomination letter, outlining why the thesis/dissertation merits the award, confirming the semester/quarter in which it was filed, and listing the signing committee members. The letter should be sent by the faculty member directly to CTEDD, and should address the faculty member's expectations of the student's career path; how the student's research relates to transportation and how it relates to one or more of CTEDD's focal areas, including:
    • Creative use of existing infrastructures for future transportation needs.
    • Innovative funding strategies for future transportation infrastructure and better maintenance of the existing one
    • Transportation systems, economic competitiveness and equal access
    • Employing big data and innovative techniques to improve system efficiency
    • Ensuring transportation system vitality through performance management and monitoring systems
    • Transportation policy and decision-making
  • Information on the thesis/dissertation itself: Files should include:
    • Student letter describing his/her research and its impacts on their field of study.
    • Thesis/dissertation proposal.

    All items should be sent to the CTEDD Program Manager at: c-tedd@uta.edu.
    After the close of the nomination period, a committee of Advisory Board members and relevant faculty will evaluate the submissions, endeavoring to balance the disciplinary perspectives of the nominated theses and minimize obvious conflicts of interest.
    The panel will evaluate the MS and PhD nominations separately. Suggested evaluation criteria include the following, but the panel is free to develop its own criteria and to weight them as they wish (with either common or individual-specific weights):

    • Originality of research approach (creativity vs straightforward extension).
    • Significance of findings (importance, impact, can include relevance to CTEDD's six focal areas).
    • Tightness (rigor, logic, care).
    • Completeness.
    • Quality.
    • Clarity of explanation.
    • Relevance to one or more of CTEDD's six focal areas, including:
      • Creative use of existing infrastructures for future transportation needs.
      • Innovative funding strategies for future transportation infrastructure and better maintenance of the existing one
      • Transportation systems, economic competitiveness and equal access
      • Employing big data and innovative techniques to improve system efficiency
      • Ensuring transportation system vitality through performance management and monitoring systems
      • Transportation policy and decision-making
    • Likelihood of future accomplishments.
    • Letter of nomination.
    • Time to graduation.
    • US Citizenship or permanent resident status of applicant.

    The panel may decline to make an award in a given category in a given year, if it does not consider any of the nominations to be sufficiently outstanding.
    The winners will have their names placed on a plaque that will be displayed at CTEDD's offices at UT-Arlington.
    Apply by sending a single PDF to the following email address: c-tedd@uta.edu
    Faculty nominating students should send confidential letters to this address separately.

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