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Graduate students interested in the public sector of aviation can apply for a shot at a $10,000 award thanks to a program sponsored by the US Department of Transportation and run by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

The Graduate Research Awards in Public Sector Aviation Issues—part of the National Academies Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program—pairs up to ten winners with faculty mentors to help guide them on transportation projects related to public aviation.

The award is open to students who will be full-time enrollees in the 2014–15 academic year and are US or Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or holders of valid student visas from abroad.

In addition to funding and mentoring, winners will have access to a pair of experts in the field, and will present their final research papers at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting. Those papers will also be published in the Compendium of Papers and considered for publication in the board’s official record.

For application requirements, more information, or to ask any questions, students can visit the program’s website or can e-mail the Virginia Space Grant Consortium at

The deadline to apply is May 29.

C O N T A C T :

David Goddard (865-974-0683,