for Graduate Research is one of our top funding priorities.
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
The goal is to have all full-time Engineering
School graduate students fully funded. These new fellowships bring
the total to more than 95 percent.
By Charlotte Crystal
Engineering and Applied Science will be better able to attract
some of the countrys best graduate students thanks to recent
gifts totaling $200,000 that will be used to endow two new graduate
great universities offer outstanding graduate students fellowships,
so in order to compete, we do, too, said Dean Richard Miksad.
Support for graduate research is one of our top funding
endowed fellowships were established through a $100,000 unrestricted
gift from the estate of John Bell McGaughy and through $100,000
in funds given by Engineering School alumni. The school expects
to tap about 5 percent of the endowment annually, said George
Cahen, associate vice president of the Virginia Engineering Foundation
and a professor of materials science.
a Norfolk native who died on June 8 at age 87, attended classes
at U.Va. and received a degree in civil engineering from Duke
University in 1938. He worked as an engineer for the federal government
for several years, then formed Lublin, McGaughy and Associates,
an architectural and engineering firm headquartered in Norfolk.
In 1967, he was named by Gov. Mills Godwin to the Metropolitan
Areas Study Commission, which recommended the establishment of
municipal planning districts. He was recognized as the Virginia
Engineer of the Year in 1970.
gifts to the Engineering School are significant because most of
the graduate students admitted to the Engineering School are from
out of state and must pay the higher out-of-state tuition rates,
said J. Milton Adams, associate dean for academic programs.
600 resident graduate students are enrolled in the Engineering
School, with the majority in doctoral programs, he said. While
65 percent of the undergraduates are in-state students, more than
70 percent of the graduate students are from out of state. And
the tuition for full-time, out-of-state engineering graduate students
is about $19,000 a year.
are great because they allow us to give students money that is
not connected to a specific grant, Adams said. The
grants give students flexibility they can study with two
or three different faculty members before they have to commit
to a particular research project because it has funds available
for research support.
year, U.Va.s graduate students in engineering received a
total of $9.6 million in financial support. That included $900,000
for teaching assistantships; $4 million for research assistantships
and $4.6 million in fellowships from all sources University,
foundation, corporate and federal. This year, graduate engineering
students are expected to receive an estimated $10.6 million in
goal is to have all of our full-time graduate students fully funded,
Adams said. These new fellowships bring us up to over 95