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APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE TOPS Applicants
Academic Year 2017-18
Application Deadline: February 17th or until all scholarships have been awarded
Toward Outstanding Postgraduate Students (TOPS): A Fellowship to Support Campus Diversity
The TOPS program offers awards to first year doctoral students in the form of a 49% Graduate Student Researcher (GSR), Step I position. The award includes GSR Step I salary, California resident tuition and fees remission, and Student Health Insurance. Up to six awards will be made for new, Fall 2017 Ph.D students.
To be eligible for a fellowship that promotes diversity, applicants must be an incoming graduate student in the College of Engineering and have an interest in an academic career in teaching and research, be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident, and meet one or more of the following criteria:
Demonstrate potential to bring to their academic research the perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of groups historically underrepresented in higher education or underserved by academic research generally. Provide evidence of academic achievement while overcoming barriers such as economic, social, or educational disadvantage. Demonstrate potential to contribute to higher education through the understanding of the barriers facing women, domestic minorities, students with disabilities, and members of other groups underrepresented in higher education careers, as evidenced by life experiences and educational background. Exhibit a record of leadership or significant experience teaching and mentoring students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education.
Please provide your name and the graduate program to which you are applying. Complete the Diversity Statement section below and submit your
February 17th or until all scholarships have been awarded
. Questions can be referred to Kim Reinking, Research and Graduate Programs Coordinator for the College of Engineering at UC Davis.
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Biological Systems Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Materials Science Enginering
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Transportation Technology & Policy
Please compose a 250 word explanation of your experience, background and upbringing that explain how you meet the eligibility criteria above.
Consider the following questions as you think about your experiences. These are not questions you must answer, only ways for framing your thoughts.
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Did you have a diverse experience, background, or upbringing?
Does this background make you genuinely different and more diverse than others?
Did these experiences allow you to have a different perspective?
How has this diverse perspective influenced your educational goals?
How will this experience help build inclusiveness and diversity in the academy in general and more specifically, your graduate field of study and the College of Engineering?
Additional tips for writing a diversity statement can be found
although your statement must meet the word restriction so you will have to be concise.
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