As part of the School of Architecture & Urban Planning’s ongoing commitment to research and engagement, new graduate students can apply for paid master’s research assistantships that cover the cost of tuition (in-state).

Objective: Alongside expert faculty, paid graduate students will develop proficiency in researching and communicating advanced topics in architecture. Research will have broader implications for the field of architecture while reinforcing SARUP’s reputation as a leading research institution.

Funding: The generous support of James and Maureen Mellowes has provided master’s research assistantship funding for three years, beginning with the first cohort enrolling for the 2022-2023 academic year. Up to three positions will be available annually.

Mellowes Master’s Research Assistants (MMRAs) will receive a stipend of $11,000, which can be applied to cover tuition or dispersed as a summer salary. Note that the stipend covers the full cost of in-state tuition.

Faculty-led research topics for 2022-2023 include:

  • Research and mapping on waterfront cities of the Great Lakes Basin to address water-related climate resilience, with Professor Jim Wasley
  • Research thermally active concrete structures through form and performance, with Assistant Professor Alex Timmer
  • Waste-related research and design work for a second book with Associate Professor Nikole Bouchard, titled Atlas of AFTERLIVES. This follows her first book WASTE MATTERS: Adaptive Reuse for Productive Landscapes (Routledge, 2021).
2022 Cohort

Bennett Westling will be helping Associate Professor Nikole Bouchard on her 2nd book titled Atlas of AFTERLIVES. This follows her first book WASTE MATTERS: Adaptive Reuse for Productive Landscapes (Routledge, 2021).

Duncan McGlachlin will be working on researching thermally active concrete structures through form and performance with Assistant Professor Alex Timmer.

Fouzia Emon will be researching and mapping waterfront cities of the Great Lakes Basin to address water-related climate resilience with Professor Jim Wasley.