If you are interested in applying for the SAM program, please keep in mind the following guidelines for the admissions process.
Applications are considered for Summer II term entrance only. You should apply by February 1 to compete for financial awards, but applications will continue to be reviewed until all assistantship positions are filled. No separate application is required for financial support. The SAM program expects to offer 4-5 new assistantship positions each year.
Applications for admission to the SAM program are available through the CMU College of Graduate Studies.
Students with a master's degree in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, geology, engineering, mathematics or other relevant areas of science will be considered for admission. You must be admitted to the CMU College of Graduate Studies and the SAM program.
Transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate studies, GRE scores, a statement of research interests and letters of recommendation will be used in evaluating candidates for admission. All materials must be submitted for your application to be considered complete. Incomplete applications are not likely to be competitive in the admissions review.
Relevant graduate coursework taken previously may be counted toward meeting some of the program requirements. A completed M.S. thesis on a materials-related topic will be counted toward the directed research credits required for the SAM Ph.D.
Students in the SAM program may be considered for support as teaching (TA) or research (RA) assistants. You will normally work as teaching assistants during the first 2 years and as research assistants during the final 1-2 years of the program, once you have selected an advisor.
Teaching assistantships are awarded through the SAM program. Research assistantships may be available from individual faculty members through external grants and contracts. Once you have been admitted to the program, you may discuss with faculty whether funding is available for research support.
No separate assistantship application is required. You will be considered for support as part of our admissions process.
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