Email list for transportation students
in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP) has
a list announce transportation-related jobs, internships, scholarships,
research assistantships, seminars, classes, meetings, field
trips, events, lectures, conferences, social events and
other opportunities. The volume of messages is not great,
so please don't hesitate to join. That's where we'll send
messages about events and jobs.
In response to questions from USP 697 students, try this list of potential sources of funding for dissertations and theses.
Field Area Projects
MURP students may choose to either prepare an original
research paper or project in their field of specialization.
The research paper or project is meant to demonstrate a
student's ability to integrate and apply material from his
or her course work and is designed in consultation with
faculty. Students may register for 3-6 USP 510 Research
credits for work on their FAP.
here for more information
Looking for Research Ideas?
Research Board maintains a database of research needs statements. Some may be appropriate for students projects, theses or dissertations.
Notes to Prospective Students
If you are a prospective student and have questions about
our graduate programs, curriculum, classes, etc., in the
School of Urban Studies & Planning please first contact
our Student Services Coordinator, Tracy Braden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective MURP students often ask me about opportunities
to work with me on research. That's a difficult question
to answer clearly. First of all, I often do not know too
far ahead how many and what type of graduate research assistants
(GRAs) I need. I am unlikely to know in the spring what
I will need in the fall. That's the nature of many of the
funding sources for my research. Second, I try to first
hire PhD students, who are pursuing a research degree. It's
important to remember that the MURP degree is a professional
degree, aimed at preparing you to work professionally in
the planning field, as opposed to the MUS or PhD degrees,
which focus on research. Therefore, I tend to advise MURP
students to focus more on internships during their two years
in the program, rather than research assistantships (in
addition to their coursework, of course). That being said,
I have had many strong MURP students work for me as research
Prospective PhD students should e-mail and tell
me about their background, experience and objectives. I
encourage all prospective PhD students to think about and
clearly articulate why they want to pursue a PhD.
Too often I encounter masters students who really enjoy
the topics they are studying and want to continue doing
so and thus enter a PhD program. Simply wanting to continue
learning about a topic isn't enough for pursuing a PhD.
I also generally recommend that in the field of planning,
students get some professional experience before pursuing
Are you looking for planning and transportation journals
and other information? Here are some useful links:
PSU Library Guidance
- A great place to start.
online database - TRID is an integrated database providing access to millions of transportation documents, books, articles, and more.
Bureau of Transportation
Statistics - A federal agency with lots of transportation
data and free publications
Updated September 2013