Monday, May 6, 2013

[STUDENT AMBASSADOR] Peter Lyu – University of Michigan Part 2 学生大使 吕宙捷 - 密歇根大学第2部分

1. Applying to graduate school can be different than applying to undergraduate schools. What was your application process like and how did you ultimately choose University of Michigan for your graduate studies? 申请研究生和本科学校是很不同的,你的申请经验是怎样的呢?最终又为什么会选择在密歇根大学继续攻读研究生呢?

In terms of applying to graduate school, there are a few more factors to consider. Besides comparing the overall university quality, the ranking and the quality of the major that you are interested in is also important. Many universities offer research-based masters or doctoral degrees especially in engineering and sciences. Therefore, I also looked at the research aspect of the program, such as reputation of the faculties, research facilities, and research funding opportunities, etc. 

In my senior year, I applied to a number of universities with strong aerospace programs. I ultimately chose to stay at University of Michigan mostly due to my research interests. When I was an undergrad, I worked on a few undergraduate research projects. The one with my current PhD advisor on the topic of aircraft design interested me the most. I decided to continue to work on this research at Michigan, and I am really glad with my decision.


2. Were you able to receive funding for your graduate studies? Do you have any tips for future students needing financial aid? 你研究生项目获得什么资助吗?对于未来需要学费资助的学生,你有什么建议吗?

For the aerospace department at the University of Michigan, all PhD students are covered with a 5-year guaranteed funding. My first year was covered by a departmental fellowship. Now, I am funded by a research assistantship (RA) though the research project that I am working on.

Graduate students in general have more funding opportunities than undergraduate students. The most common way to get funded is by being a teaching assistant (TA) or research assistant (RA). At least for engineering and science courses, a professor would usually hire a graduate student that has previously taken the class to assist him/her in teaching the lectures, organizing practice classes, or administrating lab work. Usually TA positions can cover the entire or at least a portion of your tuition, in addition to a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. There are also many fellowship opportunities from the department, university, or other funding agencies. Universities usually have many resources to help you navigate through different fellowship applications.

如果在密歇根大学的航空项目读博士生,5年的学费是全额资助的,我第一年拿到了学院的的奖学金,现在是在一个项目上做研究助理(RA)。一般的研究生比本科生有更多的奖助机会, 最常见的方式是助教(TA)或研究助理(RA),工程和科学学科教授通常会聘请以前上过他课的研究生帮他/她教学、组织实践课程或管理实验室工作。一般情况下,除了每月的生活费津贴,助教的工资就可以覆盖整个或者至少部分的学费。学院、大学以及其他资助机构也有很多奖助学金机会,此外大学还有很多资源帮助你浏览不同的奖学金申请。

3. How has your graduate degree prepared you for your future career? What are the most pragmatic and valuable skills you’ve learned? 你觉得你研究生学历对你未来的职业生涯有什么帮助吗?哪些是你学到的最实用、有价值的技能?

It is hard to draw a conclusion at this point, but I am confident with the skills that I learned throughout my graduate study. What I value most from my graduate school is not only the knowledge that I learned, but more importantly the skill that I needed to work in a team-oriented environment, such as communication and leadership skills. Experiences such as making presentation at conferences, discussing at research meetings, collaborating with teammates, have really helped sharpen my skill sets. I believe those skills will be very beneficial for my future career.


Hello everyone, my name is Peter Lyu, and I am current a PhD candidate at University of Michigan. 大家好,我叫吕宙捷,是密歇根大学的在读博士生。

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