Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (SDAP) Graduate Research Assistant

Graduate Assistantship


One-year Graduate Research Assistant Mentee (GRAM).

Please note: The GRAM award pays 14k per year in exchange for 20 hours/week support during spring/fall semesters. No summer requirements but there may be optional opportunities with SDAP for summer hours for additional pay. This is for one year only.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Regular (unconditional) admission to a main campus graduate degree program at Appalachian;
  • Full-time enrollment of 9-12 hours (no exceptions);
  • Preference will be given for admission credentials with a minimum of 3.5 undergraduate GPA and 50th percentile on standardized test score (where applicable).

Additional selection criteria would include a demonstration of:

  • a commitment to inclusive excellence,
  • strong leadership qualities.

Consideration would be given to those candidates who are interested in:

  • career and professional goals that include working in special education, social work, or related field
  • pursuing a doctoral degree that involves the above professional interest area

The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (SDAP) at Appalachian State University is an innovative Comprehensive Postsecondary Transition Program (CTP) for students with intellectual disabilities and is one of only three such programs in North Carolina. CTPs are relatively new in higher education and little is known about what elements of these programs are most effective. These programs provide a variety of research opportunities requiring both qualitative and quantitative methods. One study we will be working on in the fall is a Health and Wellness study involving building regular exercise and healthy eating habits.



Contact Name: 
Susan Hedges
Contact Email: 
Expiration Date: 
Wednesday, June 15, 2022