Thank you for your interest in the RObotics and Computational Kinematics INnovation
(ROCKIN) Laboratory at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T). I
receive many inquiries regarding the availability of research positions in the lab and
unfortunately cannot always respond to these requests. Nevertheless, rest assured that your email
message has been received and read by me.
Because I am unable to respond to all inquiries personally I am posting here some guidelines and comments that should help you learn more about our lab and the opportunities that may be available to you.
The strengths of the graduate programs in ROCKIN include having access to state of the art laboratory facilities and cutting-edge research opportunities in a vibrant small-school setting where faculty take great pride in offering personalized mentoring and advising to our graduate students. ROCKIN students are challenged and immersed in a collaborative, supportive, and nurturing environment made up of faculty, doctoral students, masters students, undergraduate students, and international visitors.
For general questions on the graduate application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office. For specific questions regarding graduate studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering please contact the Department Head Dr. Pierre Larochelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is expected that all students applying for graduate studies at either the masters or doctoral level will have taken the GRE Exam. As part of your application, official score reports should be sent directly from ETS to our Office of Graduate Admissions. The general exam is required, the engineering subject test is not. In order for your application to study with RASSL to be competitive your scores on the general GRE exam should exceed the following: Verbal Reasoning 155, Analytical Writing 4, Quantitative Reasoning 160. Unfortunately, if any one of your three scores are below these minimum scores you will not be considered for any financial assistance.
I am always interested in adding highly qualified, motivated, and hard-working students to the
To be considered for financial assistance of any form the following steps need to be taken, in order:
Successful part-time graduate students are often able to define a research project related to their
technical work responsibilities that is also of interest to the faculty advisor. Several processes are
in place at SD Mines to support part-time graduate studies. For example, many graduate courses
are offered in the afternoon or evenings. If you have confirmed that your employer would
support you participating in such a program please contact me directly for further discussion.
(Some of the material on this page is used with permission from Prof. Dave Cappelleri's website)