Prospective Students

Hello and welcome! Thank you for your interest in joining our research team.

We are always on the lookout for exceptionally bright and eager students to join our team. I supervise students in both Civil Engineering and Planning programs, and am looking for students who are (in this order): 1) passionate about sustainable transportation, 2) good communicators, 3) independent and creative thinkers, and 4) proficient at technical analysis. We seek a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and personalities in our lab, and encourage applicants from un(der)-represented groups. Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions are limited and competitive, partly because I keep the team moderately-sized so that I can work closely with every student in the lab.

Representative minimum qualifications for students in our group include:

  • For prospective PhD students:
    • A master’s degree with high marks from a reputable institution,
    • Demonstrated research interest related to REACT Lab projects,
    • At least one academic paper accepted in a high-quality venue (well-respected journal or peer-reviewed conference such as TRB), and
    • Excellent English language skills (for international students, minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores of 110 or 7.5, respectively).
  • For prospective Master’s students:
    •  A bachelor’s degree with high marks from a reputable institution,
    • Research interest related to REACT Lab projects,
    • Excellent English language skills (for international students, minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores of 110 or 7.5, respectively).

Students who pursue and receive funding through outside scholarships or fellowships greatly increase their likelihood of admission.

If you would like to join our team, please do the following:

  1. Review the requirements for the program you are interested in Civil Engineering or Planning, and be sure you meet all the criteria. Potential planning PhD students should follow the procedures here.
  2. Review our recent work on this website to ensure it aligns with your research interests and goals.
  3. Contact me (Alex Bigazzi) by email with:
    1. A subject line of “REACT Lab Prospective Student: [surname]”
    2. A brief (1-2 paragraph) statement of your interest and qualifications in the body of the email,
    3. A CV (pdf attachment), and
    4. A one-paragraph (<250 word) summary of what you see in this figure.

Thank you again for your interest,

Dr. Alex Bigazzi