United States Military Academy West Point United States
The Davies Teaching Fellowship is a National Research Council NRC teaching and research award sponsored jointly by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory ARL and the United States Military Academy USMA in West Point, NY. For the last 20 years 40 different civilian scholars from mathematical and engineering backgrounds have been selected from this three-year award. The joint award can be characterized as assistance from an ARL research project while the remainder of the award is granted by a department at USMA. This fellowship not only assists USMA at an operational level, but it also is a unique opportunity for civilian faculty because it provides an environment to conduct research at an undergraduate institution without the interruption of classroom instruction that can minimize original research, grant submission, and publishing. Here, we discuss the history of the Davies Fellowship and offer it as a model to conduct efficient research at undergraduate institutions by enabling a research model in a robust fashion. This analysis will illustrate how undergraduate institutions can efficiently integrate research to bolster classroom activities. Additionally, we draw conclusions and predictions on how the Davies Teaching Fellowship can improve in the next 20 years.