Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Scholarships & Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

Applicants are primarily selected based on their GPA, TOEFL score, GRE score, and recommendations. The GRE General Test (Package 2, including verbal reasoning, analytical reasoning, writing sample and mathematical reasoning) is required. Teaching assistants are required to have a minimum "paper-based" TOEFL score of 600 (which is a "computer-based" score of 250); research assistants should have a paper-based TOEFL score of 550 (computer-based 213) or higher. Teaching assistants are required to take a weeklong seminar, before classes begin, and demonstrate teaching proficiency after completing the seminar. The cost of the seminar is $20. See information about packages and requirements below.

Availability

The Department awards from five to ten partial-to-full research assistantships each year. Typically six teaching assistantship packages are available each academic year. Research assistantships are typically not given to new students, therefore, those accepted to the Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program are encouraged to attend school for one semester using their personal finances. A good academic performance for one semester greatly improves the possibility of receiving a research assistantship or possibly a teaching assistantship when openings arise.

Research Assistantships

These assistantships cover tuition and provide a stipend for living expenses. Applicants are primarily selected based on their GPA, TOEFL score, GRE score, recommendations, and expressed interest in carrying out research work. Typically, research assistants are hired by a faculty to work on a particular research project. Therefore, availability depends on current research grants. A student on a full research assistantship is required to work an average of 20 hours per week on the research project. Partial research assistantships may also be available and are sometimes combined with teaching assistantships. Students are encouraged to contact the faculty in their respective areas of interest for availability of research assistantships.

Selection Criteria

Applicants are primarily selected based on their GPA, TOEFL score, GRE score, and recommendations. Teaching assistants are required to have a "paper-based" TOEFL score of greater than 600; research assistants should have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher. Teaching assistants are required to take a weeklong seminar, before classes begin, and demonstrate teaching proficiency after completing the seminar. The cost of the seminar is $20. See information about packages and requirements. Please indicate, when applying, if a two-semester package or a one-semester package will be acceptable, if a full assistantship package is not available.

Teaching Requirements

Teaching assistants with a full assistantship package or a two-semester package are required to support the undergraduate program in a number of ways. They may teach up to four sections of a laboratory course, they may support certain classroom activities, e.g., computer-aided design exercises, machine shop support, laboratory development, etc. Students who receive a one-semester package are required to support the undergraduate program at the same level, but have guaranteed support for only one semester. Some of these students may have their support partially covered by research.

Teaching Assistantship Packages

Florida Tech offers a number of graduate student packages. A full teaching assistantship for two semesters consists of a total stipend for 38 weeks of $6,440 (masters level) or $7,220 (doctoral level) and a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours (6 courses). The total package is valued at approximately $18,140 - $18,920 per academic year. A one-semester package offered in the Fall (or Spring) semester has a total value equal to one-half of the values given above. Some graduate students are also supported with ½ coming from teaching and ½ coming from research. The total value of these packages is typically higher than pure teaching assistantships because research grants typically have a higher level of support for stipend and are strongly a function of the funding agency. Assistantships can be renewed as needed. The assistantship packages are subject to negotiation based on the needs of the student and Department. Assistantship values may change at any time.