Center Support Opportunities
The center has three missions: research, teaching, and service to industries. This service mission is accomplished through outreach programs, where the center assists companies in analyzing their manufacturing processes, assisting in product design, building product prototypes, presenting specialized workshops, and providing many other specialized services. The center employs many students to assist in these programs. Typically, these positions are not filled until the students come to campus.

Additional funding from the center may be available to support outstanding students to promote the strategic directions of the center. Such opportunities are primarily available to students who’ve chosen the thesis option.

Kentucky Graduate Scholarships
Starting in Fall 2001, all new nonresident students enrolled in a University of Kentucky graduate degree program will be eligible for tuition scholarships based on their prior academic performance. These scholarships will allow the candidate to attend the University of Kentucky at the instate tuition rate. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant must have achieved:

  • an earned bachelor’s degree, with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.00 scale
  • a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on any prior graduate work

All nonresident applicants for admission (including international applicants) to the University of Kentucky Graduate School will be automatically considered for this award; no separate scholarship application is required. Please see the Graduate School homepage for more information.

Faculty Sponsored Research Assistantships
The faculty involved in the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program have active research programs, with projects funded by industry and government agencies. Faculty will hire research assistants to work on these projects. Faculty will assign these assistantships based on the current needs of their programs, the availability of funds, and the capabilities of the individual students. Students should contact faculty members directly about the availability of these assistantships.

Graduate School Fellowships

The Graduate School of the University offers a limited number of fellowships, usually on an academic year basis. These are typically awarded based on recommendations from academic departments and are highly competitive. Application forms are available from the Graduate School and from their web site: