Scholarships in Semiconductor Device Engineering
Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ 1). Am I eligible to apply for the scholarship?
If you meet the residency requirements, are in good standing with the university, and have completed through EE 3302 in an ECE program, then you are eligible to apply. The strongest applicants will demonstrate financial need, high academic achievement and potential, professionalism, and a strong interest in pursuing semiconductor device.
(FAQ 2). If I'm not selected this year, can I re-apply next year?
Yes. Students who meet the various requirements are free to re-apply the next time applications are being accepted. Some students will start the program their junior year, while some might start senior year. Awardees are expected to spend at least two semesters in the program.
(FAQ 3) How much will the scholarship be?
Scholarship amounts will vary ($1000-5,000 per semester). The amount will primarily be based on level of financial need, previous academic achievement, and professional potential.
(FAQ 4) What are "mentor teams?"
The student will be mentored by a faculty member and a TTU electrical engineering alum in industry. The student will be expected to meet with the mentors for ~0.5 hours, once a month in person, by phone, or through video conferencing. The mentors will review student progress, study issues, internship possibilities, and other topics of benefit to the student.
(FAQ 5). Do awardees need to join the PSPE (Program for Semiconductor Product Engineering) after finishing their BS degree?
No. However, the PSPE program has been a great pathway for students to enter the semiconductor device industry. PSPE includes a generous fellowship and a 3-7 month internship with a top semiconductor company as a part of the MS EE program. See Figure 1 for a typical plan for a student that receives the scholarship as a junior and continues on to the PSPE program (MS EE).
Figure 1. Suggested plan and timeline for a 150 hours student receiving an S-STEM scholarship.