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Center Identification Number: 350-04

Project Title: Graduate Research Program

Co-Principal Investigators: 

Dennis Hinebaugh, Transit Program Director
813-974-9833
E-mail: hinebaugh@cutr.eng.usf.edu

Institution: 

National Center for Transportation Research at Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

I. Project Objective:

To develop and guide a pool of student research assistants used to aid in progressing the NCTR public transportation research program.

II. Project Abstract:

A key goal of the NCTR program is to continue the education mission of the university. While it has retained the client focus and "real world" problem solving mission, NCTR has increasingly embraced the educational mission, both as a natural complement to its mission and as a result of the logical opportunity to contribute in the area of education. Involvement has grown from adjunct teaching and collaborative research to being a substantial employer of graduate research assistants and providing advisory faculty for student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, ITS America, and the Society of Automotive Engineers to more recent commitments to provide teaching and explore transportation education opportunities and needs in the context of possible degree program additions at USF.

The specific purpose of the NCTR Graduate Research Program is to assure student involvement in the program, through student participation in research activities, mentoring of students by faculty, intern programs, professional development activities, and outstanding student recognition awards.

 

III. Task Descriptions:

Activities to be funded from the Graduate Research Program include:

  • Student involvement in NCTR research projects 
  • Development of a student intern program to attract students to the NCTR program at the national level 
  • Student involvement in professional development activities including attendance at Annual TRB meetings, APTA conferences, etc. 
  • Development and payment of a $1,000 outstanding student award and attendance at the UTC award ceremony at the annual TRB meeting.

IV. Student Involvement:

This project is intended to fund the advancement of student researchers through the NCTR program.

V. Potential Benefits:

The specific purpose of the NCTR Graduate Research Program is to aid in the educational advancement of students through involvement in research activities, mentoring of students by faculty, intern programs, professional development activities, and outstanding student recognition awards.

VI. TRB Keywords:

Transportation education, student involvement.

 

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