The University of Kansas is a major research university with a long and successful record of research collaboration promoted through independent and NSF multidisciplinary research centers that focus on common themes. KU is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University and has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1909. Each department and program in the KU School of Engineering has access to modern, fully equipped facilities and laboratories. Graduate students receive individualized support from faculty and staff. A variety of scholarships, fellowships and assistantships are available to graduate students through the School of Engineering, KU Graduate Studies and outside sources including federal agencies.