Engineering Graduate Students

The Trinect Fellowship program is a partnership between Iowa State University and the Des Moines Public School District.  This program is funded by the National Science Foundation and provides support  to Iowa State University for graduate students (Fellows) associated with the College of Engineering.

Each Fellow works collaboratively with a selected elementary school teacher and Iowa State University student teacher to leverage the Fellow’s expertise in science and mathematics. Together they develop innovative and engaging STEM activities for elementary school students. The Fellows spend one full day every week throughout the public school year in a Des Moines elementary classroom performing the duties of a “resident engineer” as they interact with their partner teachers and students.

Learn more about the project objectives here or attend a Recruitment Open House on Thursday, November 9th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM in Conference Room 1124 Biorenewables Research Laboratory. 

Application Requirements

  • Ph.D. or Masters degree student in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University
  • Ability to work independently and with diverse groups of people
  • Sincere interest in working with young people to inspire and engage them in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Program commitment from 8/2018-5/2019 (1/2 time assistantship; 20 hours/week)
  • Ability to attend summer workshop during August 2018 – dates to be determined


  • $27,000 stipend plus benefits for Fall and Spring semesters
  • Tuition

Benefits for STEM Fellowships

  • Valuable teaching experiences
  • Pedagogical training at ISU
  • Professional relationship building with ISU faculty and elementary school teachers
  • First-hand observation of the challenges facing K-12 educators and students today
  • Rewarding instructional opportunities in the context of relevant, real-world research problems
  • Opportunities to enhance communication skills with lay audiences

Trinect Fellowship Application