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If you are looking for a fellowship to pursue a PhD in Data Analytics, the University of Georgia College of Engineering’s Data Analytics Graduate Fellowship, commencing in either Spring or Fall 2022, will be a great choice. Particularly, if you have a BS or MS degree in computer science/engineering, electrical engineering, statistics or applied mathematics, have practical experience in signal processing, machine learning, deep learning and computer networking, and project experience in programming languages and system development skills on top of computer science and engineering related awards.

Successful fellows will receive a US$30,000 annual stipend, tuition waiver and travel funds for conferences (US$1,000 in Years Three and Four). You will be able to work one-on-one with world-renowned engineering faculty in machine learning, data analytics, and artificial intelligence projects besides knowing how to conduct research, teach and produce collaborative proposal writing.

“I wanted to go somewhere that I felt like I could best develop both as an engineer and as a person. Since arriving at UGA I am surrounded by motivated people who each individually have their own amazing story, especially within the College of Engineering. It was the best decision I could have ever made and I wouldn’t change a thing about it,” Grant Bilderback, an Engineering Student Ambassador from Alpharetta, Georgia, enthuses.

Indeed, UGA College of Engineering has several excellent reasons why it should be your top choice, especially if you enjoy data analytics and want to be part of a dynamic and inclusive university.

Firstly, besides being the pioneer of public higher education, UGA is Georgia’s flagship institution. This means you will have an exceptional learning experience in and out of the classroom, which includes hands-on research and leadership opportunities. This explains why UGA excels in student retention, graduation and career placement, and counts many Rhodes Scholars among its graduates.

Secondly, UGA holds many impressive accolades. It is ranked 16th among public universities in the US (US News and World Report) and among the top five universities for new commercial technology products to market for eight consecutive years (AUTM). In fact, some 850 products have been made from UGA’s research alone.

UGA’s superb location in Athens is another big perk. Just an hour away from Atlanta, Athens is considered to be one of America’s greatest college towns due to its community vibes coupled with a strong economic centre.

The city’s easily walkable downtown – with art galleries, a vibrant music scene and increasingly trendy dining options – is just across UGA’s North Campus, making it easy for students to relax and explore in just a matter of minutes. Outside Athens downtown are scores of beautiful and friendly neighbourhoods, giving students additional recreation, accommodation and social options.

Life is just as dynamic on campus. UGA is home to over 800 student and service organisations as well; their Georgia Bulldogs athletic teams often perform well within NCAA Division 1. UCA College of Engineering students can join over a dozen student organisations too – Graduate Student Club, Engineers Without Borders and Society of Women Engineers, among others – where they can explore opportunities for cross-cultural learning and support, gain teamwork and leadership skills, as well as pursue their favourite cause.

That’s not all. UGA and the College of Engineering place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research. UGA, being a Tier One Research Institution, has identified three innovation and discovery challenge clusters for interdisciplinary research among faculty within different departments: Secure, Resilient and Sustainable Systems; Human Wellness, Cognition and Learning; and Advanced Material, Device and Cyber Technologies and Tools.

UGA’s investing some US$80 million to upgrade facilities, an indication of how serious it is about research. The US$65 million I-STEM building provides research and collaborative space for faculty and graduate students in chemistry and engineering.

Besides the newly renovated Driftmier Engineering Centre, students can also use the 1,500 square feet of space for graduate student work spaces at the Boyd Graduate Studies Research Centre.

Finally, UGA College of Engineering students can learn by doing through co-ops, internships, field work and study abroad trips — all of which ensure they progress to the next step of their professional lives with ease and confidence. More opportunities to turn theories into action await at top-range facilities such as the Experiential, Research and Teaching Labs.

“The freedom to explore better equips us for the job market afterwards because that critical thinking and creativity are what really helps you become a successful scientist,” Caitlin Cato, a student working at the New Materials Institute, shares.

UGA College of Engineering offers seven graduate programmes including the Master of Science programmes and several doctoral programmes. If you have always wanted to pursue a graduate degree on a fantastic fellowship at one of the nation’s best college towns, consider applying to UGA College of Engineering today.

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