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Alliance for Person-Centered Accessible Technologies

an IGERT program developed by ASU & CSULB

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What departments or Schools are affiliated with this NSF-IGERT?

2. How do I find out about faculty affiliated with this graduate training program?

3. How do I apply to be admitted to this NSF-IGERT?

4. I have already been accepted into the graduate program of an ASU/CSULB School/Department that is affiliated with this NSF-IGERT. Do I also need to apply to the IGERT, or does my acceptance into the graduate program guarantee acceptance into this NSF-IGERT?

5. Do I need to choose an NSF-IGERT faculty member I want to work with before I apply for admission?

6. What is the coursework associated with this NSF-IGERT?

7. Will I be asked to take undergraduate credits to make up for deficiencies in background knowledge that might be expected to be part of this NSF-IGERT?

8. Will I graduate with a PhD in “Person-Centered Technologies and Practices for Individuals with Disabilities”, or will my PhD be in the discipline of the graduate program of my School/Department?

9. I see that this NSF-IGERT involves two academic institutions, Arizona State University (ASU) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Will I be required to spend time at both institutions?

10. Where can I find the research questions and projects within this NSF-IGERT?

11. What are the skills and careers for which this NSF-IGERT will prepare me?

12. Would this NSF-IGERT increase my job opportunities relative to working in the graduate program in my School/Department?

13. How long can this NSF-IGERT guarantee financial support?

1. What departments or Schools are affiliated with this NSF-IGERT?

The Core Discipline at CSULB is Engineering (ENG) (jointly offered with Claremont Graduate University).

Core disciplines at ASU include: Computer Science (CSE); Bioengineering (BME): and Science Policy (HSD, currently called Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology).

Faculty participants from other contributing disciplines include but are not limited to: College of Engineering; College of Education; College of Health & Human Services; Educational Studies (EDT); Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) ; Psychology (PSY); Design and Architecture (IND); Health Science (HSC); Social Work (SSW); Life Sciences (SOLS); Social Transformation (SST); Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC); Electrical Engineering (ENG) and Speech and Hearing Science (SHS). Faculty members will serve as research mentors, committee members or will co-advise the trainees, providing them with exposure to a broad interdisciplinary experience while maintaining their focus in the enrolled discipline.

2. How do I find out about faculty affiliated with this graduate training program?

Click on the link on this site for faculty or visit our home page on IGERT.org

3. How do I apply to be admitted to this NSF-IGERT?

In order to apply for entry into this IGERT for the Fall 2012 semester, please review the admission criteria and expectations for APAcT Fellowships. If you meet these criteria and need further information, please contact APAcT.

4. I have already been accepted into the graduate program of an ASU/CSULB School/Department that is affiliated with this NSF-IGERT. Do I also need to apply to the IGERT, or does my acceptance into the graduate program guarantee acceptance into this NSF-IGERT?

You will need to apply separately to be an IGERT fellow and trainee as there is specific criteria that you must meet in order to receive an IGERT fellowship.

5. Do I need to choose an NSF-IGERT faculty member I want to work with before I apply for admission?

It is not a specific requirement of admission to this IGERT that you choose a NSF-IGERT affiliated faculty member before you apply for admission. However, it strongly recommended that you minimally contact IGERT affiliated faculty with whom you are interested in working and ask him or her to endorse your application before applying for admission into the IGERT.

6. What is the coursework associated with this NSF-IGERT?

IGERT coursework will be delivered through an integrated education model that includes IGERT core courses, discipline-specific core courses, and course electives. The IGERT core courses include Introduction to Disabilities; Overview of Disability Technologies; Legislative, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disabilities; and Human Factors and Person-centeredness. Please see the curriculum page on this web site for course descriptions. The discipline-specific core courses and electives may be chosen in consultation with the Fellow’s advising faculty.

7. Will I be asked to take undergraduate credits to make up for deficiencies in background knowledge that might be expected to be part of this NSF-IGERT?

No, you will not be asked to take additional undergraduate credits specifically related to this NSF-IGERT.

8. Will I graduate with a PhD in “Person-Centered Technologies and Practices for Individuals with Disabilities”, or will my PhD be in the discipline of the graduate program of my School/Department?

You will graduate with a PhD in the discipline of the graduate program of your School/Department/University.

9. I see that this NSF-IGERT involves two academic institutions, Arizona State University (ASU) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Will I be required to spend time at both institutions?

Yes, you may be required to spend time at the either ASU or CSULB for service or applied learning, forums/lectures/workshops, retreats, and to conduct joint research. You will, however, be awarded a degree in your “home” institution. We believe that visits to the other institution will broaden your PhD experience.

10. Where can I find the research questions and projects within this NSF-IGERT?

Please see the research page on this web site

11. What are the skills and careers for which this NSF-IGERT will prepare me?

At the end of their PhD program, IGERT trainees will be qualified to choose from a variety of career opportunities. They may choose to become professors/researchers who specialize in the area of disability research, while pursuing other scholarly aspects of their scientific or engineering discipline; in this instance, their unique experience will be invaluable in spreading pedagogies to new institutions and programs. They may work on university campuses in other capacities, i.e., as resident assistive technology experts, who are becoming more vital as more people with disabilities pursue post-secondary education. Further, employment by the government in a technical (such as in National Center for Injury Prevention and Control) or policy-making (such as in National Council on Disability) position, by the military for technology transfer or by agencies such as AZ Rehabilitation Services Administration as a rehabilitation engineer are potential career paths. Trainees may work for companies in manufacturing or IT as consultants or designers specializing in universal accessibility issues. Some may embrace entrepreneurship and start companies that focus on designing and marketing cost-effective person-centered products for individuals with disabilities and the general population. We especially hope that some graduates will engage with the K-12 educational system, working as administrators, designers of assistive technology, or curriculum specialists. The possibilities are as extensive as the trainees’ interests.

12. Would this NSF-IGERT increase my job opportunities relative to working in the graduate program in my School/Department?

While we cannot speak for specific Schools and Departments and search committees at ASU and CSULB, we hope that they will look favorably at a candidate who has the multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research, education, training, and unique experiences that a graduate of this NSF-IGERT program will achieve.

13. How long can this NSF-IGERT guarantee financial support?

An IGERT fellow will be guaranteed financial support for four years: two-years of IGERT funding with a commitment from their graduate program and or advisor/chair for two more years of a teaching assistantship and/or research assistantship.