In planning for my education after Wesleyan,
I applied to five different graduate school programs
in either Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.
My decision to apply to a particular program was based
on the types of research projects available, and also was
based on your recommendation or Dr. Wiest's.
I applied to the graduate programs at
Johns Hopkins University, Vanderbilt University, Duke University,
the University of Tennessee
and the University of Virginia. All five schools accepted me.
The University of Virginia gave me all-expense-paid visit.
They offered me a research assistantship to work on their hypersonic propulsion project.
I was offered the special Ph.D. stipend for the entire time,
not just the latter part of my graduate work there.
I had a similar visit to Vanderbilt University.
They offered me a research assistantship to work on a project involving
microgravity engineering, geomechanics or biomechanics.
Much like the University of Virginia,
this assistantship covers all tuition and fees, plus a stipend of $18,600 per year.
After much thought, I decided to accept the offer from the University of Virginia.
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