Prof. Soheil Ghiasi Leads Team for $1.3M Funded by DOE's GAANN Program

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The ECE Graduate Program has received a $1.3-million grant award to enhance activities and training of Ph.D. students in critical areas of national need. 

Led by Professor Soheil Ghiasi, the project primarily is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in the Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program, and supplemental support will be provided via UC Davis institutional resources.

Through this project funding, the ECE Graduate Program plans to offer GAANN fellows -- a pool of incoming domestic Ph.D. students with strong records -- full financial support and quality doctoral education spanning both research and teaching training in emerging areas of ECE.

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program provides fellowships through graduate academic departments, programs, and units of institutions of higher education (IHE) to graduate students of superior ability who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest possible degree available in their field of study. The current areas of national need include: area studies, biology sciences/life sciences, chemistry, computer and information sciences, engineering, foreign languages and literature, mathematics, nursing, physics, and educational evaluation, research, and statistics.

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