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Graduate Student Financial Aid

Utah State University, and the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department pride themselves on making graduate education afforable. To be consdiered a full-time student at the university, graduate students must take 9 credits per semester. The current Utah resident rate of tuition and fees for nine graduate credit hours is approximately $3,500. The current non-resident tuition and fees rate for nine credit hours is approximately $10,700. To view the most recent tuition costs and the cost of additional credit hours, please see the University's Tuition and Fee Calculator.

In addition to the University tuition & fees, LAEP graduate students pay differential tuition for each course taken. Course fees are listed on Banner, and they are outlined in each class syllabus. CREATE 2020 is an initiative led by the department to empower students to decide what differential tuition is used for. 

To aid you in paying for graduate school, please review the various forms of financial aid available:

University-Wide Scholarships

The School of Research and Graduate Studies offers several scholarships and fellowships to incoming graduate students. It is estimated 75% of all graduate students within the university receive some form of financial assistance from the university. To view all available university-wide assistantships, please see The School of Graduate Studies Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Several of the LAEP Department's grad students are employed as a graduate teaching assistant. Depending on the class, this requires between 15 and 20 hours of work a week. Job responsibilities include attending classes, grading assignments, preparing lecture materials and attending course field-trips. To be paid as a graduate teaching assistant, students must be registered for a minimum of 3 credits. Graduate TA's are paid a monthly stipend of approximately $800, and are eligible for university health care.

Graduate teaching assistants also receive a non-resident tuition waiver, regardless of what state they are from. Please note, for the non-resident tuition waiver to be applied to your account, you must first meet with an LAEP office administrator and provide proof of ID. This can be done by providing a passport or the combination of a driver's liscense and social security card. The School of Graduate Studies also processes tuition-waivers on certain dates throughout the months of August & September. If you have questions regarding your tuition balance, please contact Katie Stringham at Katie.Stringham@usu.edu. 

If interested in becoming a graduate teaching assistant, please contact Keith Christensen at Keith.Christensen@usu.edu at the time of your application.

Graduate Research Assistantships

Several of the LAEP Department's grad students are employed as graduate research assistants. Based on an individual's experience and research interest, a faculty member from within the department may offer them an assistantship position. This offer may come at the beginning of their graduate studies, or at any time during their course work. To be paid as a graduate research assistant, students must be registered for a minimum of 3 credits. Graduate research assistants are paid a monthly stipend of approximately $800, and are eligible for university health care.

Graduate research assistants also receive a non-resident tuition waiver, regardless of what state they are from. Please note, for the non-resident tuition waiver to be applied to your account, you must first meet with an LAEP office administrator and provide proof of ID. This can be done by providing a passport or the combination of a driver's liscense and social security card. The School of Graduate Studies also processes tuition-waivers on certain dates throughout the months of August & September. If you have questions regarding your tuition balance, please contact Katie Stringham at Katie.Stringham@usu.edu. 

Open Positions

We are delighted to have several research positions opening this Fall 2020! These positions are part of nearly $4 million dollars that our department and colleagues have been awarded through grants in the past and current year. Please note that all applications for these positions will be reviewed by January 15th. Please send your interest to the faculty listed in the specific postings. Contacting us soon to let us know of your interest is highly recommended. We anticipate reviewing applications and providing a decision within a few weeks after January 15th.

Environmental Planning and Spatial Cognition

Dr. Brent Chamberlain invites candidates for a fully funded Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship! This position focuses on identifying how environmental characteristics, landmarks and design of urban and natural places influence memory and wayfinding. This research is part of a three-year, $800,000 project funded by the US Army Research Institute, Behavioral and Social Science. This student will have the opportunity to lead a lab of multiple graduate and undergraduate students from landscape architecture, computer science and psychology, as well as working with a team of collaborators from the University of Utah. The research blends cognitive mapping, virtual reality, psychology and urban form into a study of spatial memory and urban design.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the department
  • Master’s Degree in landscape architecture, planning, architecture or related discipline

Preferred Qualification

  • Strong 3D visualization skills (sketchup, gaming engines)
  • Experience with experimental design
  • Background or capacity for data analysis and statistics

Funding:

  • 4-year years of $16,000 - $18,000/yr. DOE
  • Tuition and health care also covered
  • Funded travel to conferences and meetings
  • Position includes your own computer and more technology than you’d ever want!

Application and Due Date: ASAP

Questions about this opportunity? Contact Dr. Chamberlain: brent.chamberlain@usu.edu.
For a list of current and past projects, visit: laep.usu.edu/vivid (coming soon)
For more information about Dr. Chamberlain, visit: brentchamberlain.org

Urban Space Syntax: Measuring Health and Environmental Affect Using Mobile Sensors

Dr. Brent Chamberlain invites candidates for a Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship. This position focuses on conducting one or both of: 1) quantifying space syntax in urban environments; 2) conducting experimental studies to measure human stress in the urban environment. Previous efforts blended advancements in geospatial modelling with machine learning data analytics to explore linkages between urban form/design and physiological health.

Topics related to this position include:

  • Relating Urban Form and Human Health
  • Urban Design, Green Infrastructure and Stress
  • Smart and Connected Cities

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the department

Preferred Qualification

  • Degree in planning, psychology, architecture, landscape architecture, computer science or similar discipline
  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with undergraduate research experience
  • Training in quantitative research methods
  • Experience with GIS
  • Experience with statistical and data analysis

Funding (salary to be discussed):

  • Ph.D. Students: 2-year GRA (incl nationally competitive salary, tuition + health), additional years based on successful review and available funding.
  • Potential for TA funding also available in lieu or partial with GRA.

Application and Due Date: ASAP

Questions about this opportunity? Contact Dr. Chamberlain: brent.chamberlain@usu.edu.
For a list of current and past projects, visit: ksualive.com
For more information about Dr. Chamberlain, visit: brentchamberlain.org

Digital Technologies and Spatial Data Analytics

Dr. Keun Park invites candidates for a Master/Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantship. This position is intended to be primarily skill-based within strong interests related to one of the following topics:

  • Spatial analysis, modelling, and visualization
  • Digital technologies (drone, VR/AR, sensor, image processing)
  • Observational research in public space
  • Built environment and health/travel behaviors

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the department

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience with GIS
  • Experience with data analysis and statistics
  • Strong 2D/3D visualization skills
  • Degree in planning, landscape architecture, architecture, psychology, geography, computer science, or similar discipline
  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree with undergraduate research experience

Funding (salary to be discussed):

  • 1-year GRA (including health insurance), additional years based on successful review and available funding. In-state tuition rates will apply.
  • Potential for TA funding also available in lieu or partial with GRA.

If interested, please send a brief letter of interest (including your CV) to Dr. Park at keunhyun.park@usu.edu. Any questions are also welcome.

Due Date: ASAP

For more information about Dr. Park, visit: keunhyunpark.com

Planning Resilient Communities for People with Disabilities

Two fully funded Ph.D. positions in planning are available as part of a LAEP-led $2,500,000 award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. We are seeking students interested in joining a stellar team of faculty and students from multiple disciplines to develop a socio-ecological framework that aims to create more resilient communities for individuals living with disabilities. There are two distinct position offerings:

  1. Theory and Policy (Position #1): This position is oriented toward investigating and developing planning policies and strategies, coupled with best practices oriented toward individuals with disabilities’ activities of daily community living. The faculty leads for this project are Dr. Carlos Licon and Dr. Keith Christensen in collaboration with the Center for Persons with Disabilities.
  2. Geospatial and Analytical Modelling (Position #2): This position is oriented toward investigating models related to transportation, social networking, activities of community living, and geospatial science. This student will help oversee the integration of numerous planning models that will advance their computational skills and theoretical knowledge within community planning and scenario development. This study may also develop a user-friendly, online community planning tool. The faculty leads are Dr. Keun Park and Dr. Brent Chamberlain in collaboration with the Engineering College.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must meet the minimum qualifications for the department
  • Master’s or Bachelor’s (with stellar record)

Preferred Qualification

  • Position #1: Experience with planning theory and/or policy. Strong research skills in synthesizing literature and excellent written abilities.
  • Position #2: Experience with geospatial modelling, web GIS, and other planning-related models. A strong quantitative background with an interest in data analytics.

Funding:

  • 4-year at $15,000 - $17,000/yr. DOE
  • Tuition and health care also covered
  • Funded travel to conferences and meetings
  • Position includes your own computer

Application and Due Date: ASAP to facilitate our team planning

Questions about this opportunity? Contact the faculty leads listed above by visiting: laep.usu.edu/directory/faculty

Apply for the Western Regional Graduate Program

All LAEP graduate degree programs are part of the Western Regional Graduate Program, which allows residents of any of the 15 member states to pay Utah resident tuition. Students who are residents of other states can qualify for resident tuition after one year of Utah residency.

To apply to the WRGP, a student must first be accepted into the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department. You then must complete the Non-Resident Tuition Waiver. To submit the form for review by the School of Graduate Studies, please email Katie Stringham at Katie.Stringham@usu.edu.

Once the form has been processed and approved, the student's balance will automatically be adjusted by the Registrar's Office.

Department Scholarships

The LAEP Department has 14 scholarships given annually to both undergraduate and graduate students. These scholarships are given based on merit and need. Scholarships range in amount. To view all current scholarships, please visit laep.usu.edu/students/scholarships.

Map of participating WRGP States
The 15 member states of WRGP.

Financial Aid Questions

Any questions regarding financial aid, scholarships, assistantships, health care, etc. can be addressed to Katie Stringham at Katie.Stringham@usu.edu.