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GAANN fellowship aims to train new teachers

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Missouri Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering a grant to fund talented doctoral students with financial need who anticipate a career in academia. GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) grants are funded in order to remedy a shortage of college professors.

Students accepted into the MU IMSE Department as GAANN fellows will not be allowed to hold outside jobs but tuition and fees will be waived and they also will receive a stipend of up to $34,000 per year — based on financial need as determined by FAFSA application — for up to three years as long as they remain in good academic standing.

Fellows must be U.S. citizens or residents and the grant stipulates preference be given to students in under-represented demographics.

Fellows in the MU IMSE program may choose their program focus and will be assigned to a faculty mentor. They will be required to participate in MU’s Prepare Future Faculty (PFF) seminar program, a one-credit two-semester commitment, and also will be encouraged to consider a minor in College teaching – nine credit hours plus a teaching practicum.

MU IMSE Fellows additionally will undergo a teaching practicum, first as a teaching assistant (TA) for a required undergraduate course and then will teach it on their own with oversight from the course’s usual instructor and the fellow’s faculty mentor.

Please note: GAANN funding will last only for three years, but all GAANN fellows will be funded for a total of five years, with years four and five coming from MU IMSE department funds.