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Civil and Environmental Engineering awarded NSF S-STEM

Preparing academically-talented Masters students in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure specialties among the focus of a new NSF S-STEM grant


The MU Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department was awarded the prestigious NSF S-STEM grant to train 24 undergraduate and 8 Masters students for careers in CEE (see also Student Success Focus of NSF grant article). The five-year grant that started in January 1, 2020, is led by Prof. Vellore S. Gopalaratnam, and has several ambitious goals – preparing Masters students for advanced careers in smart, sustainable and resilient infrastructure engineering among them.  Co-PIs for the for $959,547 NSF grant include Profs. Rose Marra, Sarah Orton and Dr. Tojan Rahhal. In addition to scholarship and holistic academic support, knowledge generation on how to better educate civil engineering students from low-income backgrounds is also central to the project objectives.


Selected CEE Graduate STEM Scholars will receive $9,500 for the first year, and, with satisfactory academic progress, $10,000 during their second year. They will also be awarded tuition waivers during their Masters program. Scholars can receive additional funding from ongoing CEE projects and have the opportunity to work with internationally-acclaimed faculty for their thesis research in cutting-edge technologies. The first cohort of Scholars are now being recruited for Fall 2020 entry. To apply for the CEE Graduate STEM Scholarships or to get additional information, please contact the principal investigator, Prof. Vellore S. Gopalaratnam (, (573) 882-2683)). US Citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for these prestigious scholarships.