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).

Eligibility: For the 2022-2023 academic year, Mellowes Masters Research Assistantships are open to new Architecture graduate students only, applying to the Master of Architecture or Master of Science in Architecture program for enrollment in Fall 2022.
3-year M.Arch applicants can apply.

How to apply:

  1. Submit your graduate school application for UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. In the essay portion of the application, indicate your interest in the Mellowes Graduate Research Assistantship program and provide a 5-7 sentence statement detailing your interest in the assistantship.
  2. If your graduate school application has already been submitted for UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning, submit your 5-7 sentence statement of interest to Tammy Taylor at
  3. Faculty will review the applications that indicate an interest in assistantship and will follow up with questions for applicants.

Deadline to apply: January 15, 2022