Opportunities

2021 MnDRIVE PhD Graduate Assistantship Program

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship program supports UMN PhD candidates pursuing research at the intersection of informatics and any of the five MnDRIVE areas: Robotics, Sensors and Advanced Manufacturing; Global Food Ventures; Advancing Industry, Conserving Our Environment; Discoveries and Treatments for Brain Conditions; and Cancer Clinical Trials. 

Program and Application Details

The program aims to support approximately ten 12-month research assistantships for a 12-month (2 semesters and 1 summer), 50% graduate research assistantship, including tuition for up to 14 credits each semester (Fall & Spring) and subsidized health insurance through the Graduate Assistant Health Plan (contact department/unit accountant for current rates). Depending on the number of applicants and the availability of funding, smaller stipends may also be offered.

Applications for assistantships may begin as early as the following Spring term and must be started by June 1 of the year following the submission of your application. Graduate students are expected to have successfully completed their preliminary oral exam by the start of the appointment. Depending on the availability of funding, awards may include up to $1,500 for travel to a conference or to defray costs for specialized training support if they are directly related to the proposed research. A final report of accomplishments made possible by this support is expected after the completion of this award. 

Application Deadline and Submission Details

Completed applications are due by October 1, 2020, 5:00 pm CST. Fellowship awards will be announced by the end of the calendar year. To submit an application and see detailed application instructions, see the MnDRIVE-UMII Informatics PhD Graduate Assistantship Program on the UMII Research Funding Portal. Note: You must log in with your UMN credentials (preferred) by selecting “UMN Login” from the Login dropdown, or create a SM Apply account to access the application. 

Please email questions regarding the program to Sarah Landwehr at landw020@umn.edu.  


MnDRIVE Graduate Scholars

Apply now for several MnDRIVE (Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing) GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS with emphasis on outreach activities (mentorship for robotics teams, technology camps, etc.).

Position Details

  • MnDRIVE's objective is to create excitement about science and engineering with emphasis on robotics, sensing, and manufacturing. We do this through outreach to schools and other relevant groups, in order to provide broader access to STEM before post-secondary education.
  • Graduate students with energy and ideas for outreach activities are encouraged to apply. You will be assisting and guiding these outreach activities, as well as working with participants to provide the best experience possible. Priority will be given to those who will graduate after the 2021 calendar year.
  • The maximum award will be at the level of a 25% graduate assistantship and will be awarded to graduate students from the University of Minnesota for the 2020 Spring session.

Application Submission

  • A transcript (including overall GPA), a 2-page curriculum vitae with contact information, and a 1-page description of the applicant's outreach ideas are required. Please submit the information as a single PDF file to Char Psihos (psiho002@umn.edu). In addition, please arrange for one recommendation letter to be sent directly to the same email address. For more information, visit mndrive.umn.edu.

 

MnDRIVE Undergraduate Scholars

Apply now for several MnDRIVE (Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing) UNDERGRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS with emphasis on outreach activities (mentorship for robotics teams, technology camps, etc.).

Position Details

  • MnDRIVE's objective is to create excitement about science and engineering with emphasis on robotics, sensing, and manufacturing. We do this through outreach to schools and other relevant groups, in order to provide broader access to STEM before post-secondary education.
  • Students with energy and ideas for outreach activities are encouraged to apply. You will be assisting these outreach activities, as well as working with participants to provide the best experience possible. Priority will be given to those who will graduate after the 2021 calendar year.
  • The assistantship will include competitive hourly pay and will be awarded to undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota for the 2020 Spring session.

Application Submission

  • A transcript (including overall GPA), a 2-page curriculum vitae with contact information, and a 1-page description of the applicant's outreach ideas are required. Please submit the information as a single PDF file to Char Psihos (psiho002@umn.edu). In addition, please arrange for one recommendation letter to be sent directly to the same email address. For more information, visit mndrive.umn.edu.