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Basque PhD Scholarships at BSU 2012

Last week I mentioned the PhD Scholarship available to Basque students from Boise State University. Today I have additional information on this topic.

Boise State University’s (BSU) Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is proud to announce that it has partnered with the BSU Basque Studies Program and the Boise Basque Museum & Cultural Center to offer two scholarships to qualified applicants to pursue the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State.

The scholarship, officially known as an assistantship, will provide monetary compensation in the range $18,000-$24,000 per year to allow the student to cover living expenses. It will also provide full payment of tuition costs.

Boise is home to a large population of Basques. The BSU Basque Studies Program and the Basque Museum & Cultural Center will coordinate members of the community to welcome the scholars to the city by inviting them to dinners, gatherings, and other events in the area.

Outstanding applicants who have completed the Masters degree or Licenciatura, or expect to complete it by August 2012, in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering are encouraged to apply. Candidates should submit :

by 15 April 2012. Research specialties of Boise State’s ECE faculty can be found at link. Application materials should be submitted electronically to the BSU Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at ece@boisestate.edu with the subject line “Basque PhD Scholarship”. Notification of awardees is expected by 15 May 2012.

Scholars who are selected will then be required to take and demonstrate adequate levels in the GRE exam, and the TOEFL English language proficiency exam. Students with a C1 English language level should be able to achieve passing scores on the TOEFL exam.

This must then be followed by a formal application for admission to Boise State University’s Graduate College and the Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program. The process for this is explained at Boise State University Graduate College.

For the original publication, click here.

– Boise State University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department –

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Maria Jesusl Steven Roosevelt Mark Bieter nere Tracy Ann Fleming

8 thoughts on “Basque PhD Scholarships at BSU 2012

  1. Steven Roosevelt

    How does this square with this:

    “Boise State University’s Non-discrimination Policy
    Boise State University prohibits discrimination in educational and employment opportunities, services, and benefits on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities.”

    http://osrr.boisestate.edu/title-ix-information/

  2. Steven Roosevelt

    How does this square with this:

    “Boise State University’s Non-discrimination Policy
    Boise State University prohibits discrimination in educational and employment opportunities, services, and benefits on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities.”

    http://osrr.boisestate.edu/title-ix-information/

  3. Henar Chico

    Hi Steven. I got in touch with Dr. Elisa H. Barney Smith, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at BSU. The Department is not prohibiting other students from applying for many other PhD assistantships, they just won’t get the Basque community welcome-wagon. Although the Scholarships I mention today in my blog are particularly for Basques, there are many other assistantships of equal monetary value available for non-Basques, and the Department encourages interested non-Basque students to apply for those assistantships. If you need further insight, please let me know and I’ll see about getting you in touch with the appropriate party.

  4. Henar Chico

    Hi Steven. I got in touch with Dr. Elisa H. Barney Smith, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at BSU. The Department is not prohibiting other students from applying for many other PhD assistantships, they just won’t get the Basque community welcome-wagon. Although the Scholarships I mention today in my blog are particularly for Basques, there are many other assistantships of equal monetary value available for non-Basques, and the Department encourages interested non-Basque students to apply for those assistantships. If you need further insight, please let me know and I’ll see about getting you in touch with the appropriate party.

  5. Mark Bieter

    Steven raises an interesting point, but from what I see here and in the scholarship application, there is no requirement that an applicant be of a certain race, ethnicity, etc. They just need to have a certain degree.

    It would be more difficult if an applicant had to be “Basque.” Leaving aside the difficulty of defining what a Basque is, would that be any different from requiring an applicant to be “white” or “black” or “Hipanic” or “Christian”? On the other hand, there are probably scholarships available just for students from Idaho. That doesn’t seem any different for a scholarhip available to students within the Basque Country.

  6. Mark Bieter

    Steven raises an interesting point, but from what I see here and in the scholarship application, there is no requirement that an applicant be of a certain race, ethnicity, etc. They just need to have a certain degree.

    It would be more difficult if an applicant had to be “Basque.” Leaving aside the difficulty of defining what a Basque is, would that be any different from requiring an applicant to be “white” or “black” or “Hipanic” or “Christian”? On the other hand, there are probably scholarships available just for students from Idaho. That doesn’t seem any different for a scholarhip available to students within the Basque Country.

  7. Henar Chico

    Hi Mark. So this what I think, which has absolutely nothing to do with BSU, their Basque Studies program or the Basque Museum, and is based on no research at all.

    People have to relax and stop their whining. The US is so politically correct we’ll soon have to call it a Caucasianboard. I know there are reasons why this country is the way it is, I get it, but still. We should be looking at the positive aspect of things. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that these Scholarships appeal to Basques when you take a look at the parties involved (Basque Studies program, Basque Museum). What would be weird is if they targeted Russian nationals. I would understand someone’s frustration if these Scholarships were the only monetary help available, but that’s not the case. Go ahead and apply for a different grant, it’s not that hard.

    I found the Society of Women Engineers (www.swiswe.org), but even Google can’t find one single Society of Men Engineers.

  8. Henar Chico

    Hi Mark. So this what I think, which has absolutely nothing to do with BSU, their Basque Studies program or the Basque Museum, and is based on no research at all.

    People have to relax and stop their whining. The US is so politically correct we’ll soon have to call it a Caucasianboard. I know there are reasons why this country is the way it is, I get it, but still. We should be looking at the positive aspect of things. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that these Scholarships appeal to Basques when you take a look at the parties involved (Basque Studies program, Basque Museum). What would be weird is if they targeted Russian nationals. I would understand someone’s frustration if these Scholarships were the only monetary help available, but that’s not the case. Go ahead and apply for a different grant, it’s not that hard.

    I found the Society of Women Engineers (www.swiswe.org), but even Google can’t find one single Society of Men Engineers.

  9. Henar Chico

    Javier, eskerrik asko! La verdad que yo también podía haber andado algo más fina y haberte pegado un toque sobre esta noticia. Espero que te vaya todo bien. Te sigo por Facebook todos los días. Musus!

  10. Henar Chico

    Javier, eskerrik asko! La verdad que yo también podía haber andado algo más fina y haberte pegado un toque sobre esta noticia. Espero que te vaya todo bien. Te sigo por Facebook todos los días. Musus!

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