Distinguished Undergraduate Hypersonics Research Scholarship Program

Ragini Acharya, Ph.D

Dept. of Mechanical Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering
The University of Tennessee, Space Institute
411 B.H. Goethert Parkway, MS 24
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Email: ragini.acharya@utsi.edu


Application Form Distinguished Undergraduate Hypersonics Research Scholarship Program

Applications are requested for the 2021 Distinguished Undergraduate Hypersonics Research

Scholarship Program. Funded by the Joint Hypersonic Transition Office (JHTO) and Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, this program provides research experience for undergraduate students in fields related to hypersonic systems and technologies. Of particular interest is research in technical areas that align with JHTO research priorities; 1) Materials, Structures, and Thermal Protection Systems, 2) Guidance, Navigation, and Control, 3) Air-

Breathing Propulsion, 4) Hypersonic Environments and Phenomenology, 5) Applied Aerodynamics and Hypersonic Systems, and 6) Lethality and Energetics. Selected students will participate in a 10week summer internship at their own university, under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The program will culminate with a national student symposium that will provide opportunities for participants to present the results of their research to the broader hypersonics and academic community.  

Award: 10 week summer research internship with at least $3,000 in funding. At least two awards per university.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student (minimum of 12 credit hours) with a graduation date not before April, 2022. U.S. citizenship is required. In this initial offering, applicants must be a student at the University of Tennessee, Georgia Institute of Technology, Ohio State University, Florida A&M University – Florida State University College of

Engineering, Purdue University, Missouri University of Science & Technology or University of Virginia. A faculty member at a participating university must agree to be the research advisor and student participants agree to present their research virtually at the Undergraduate Hypersonics Research Symposium in September, 2021. University of Tennessee student applicants must have a research advisor from UT Space Institute. Participation of underrepresented minorities and females is encouraged.

Important Dates:       Application window opens: January 18, 2021

Applications due: 11:59 pm EST, February 28, 2021

Awardees notified: mid March, 2021

Internship period: 10 weeks between May 17, 2021 and August 27, 2021 Online research symposium: September 3, 2021 (tentative)

Application process:  

Student applicants must email a single Microsoft Word or PDF file to your university’s point of contact with the following:

  • Completed application form describing proposed research that is aligned with JHTO priorities, with resume (2 page limit), as well as a statement from proposed faculty research advisor stating support for the application, availability of resources and providing a guarantee of any cost share.

University points of contact: 

To submit your application or to ask questions about the program, please contact the representative at your university:

  • University of Virginia: Prof. Chris Goyne, goyne@virginia.edu
  • University of Tennessee Space Institute: Prof. Ragini Acharya, acharya@utsi.edu
  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Prof. Dimitri Mavris, mavris@aerospace.gatech.edu
  • Ohio State University: Prof. Jim Gregory, 234@osu.edu
  • Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering: Prof. Farrukh Alvi, alvi@eng.famu.fsu.edu
  • Purdue University: Prof. Jonathan Poggie, jpoggie@purdue.edu
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology: Prof. David Lipke, lipke@mst.edu

Evaluation process:

Each university point of contact will convene a selection panel that will consist of at least three local university representatives. The selection panel will make a recommendation and the participating university will be responsible for notifying awardees and establishing the research position. Evaluation criteria will consist of: 1) Proposed research (relevance and feasibility), 2) Resume and academic preparation (including GPA), and 3) Advisor support, availability of resources and cost share. Cost share of up to 50% is desirable, but not required, and may be from university, sponsored research awards, or other sources.

Proposed research products must be suitable for public release. Students must work with the research advisor to obtain permission for public release if necessary.