DrAL scholarships opportunities for the 2016-2017 academic year

Design Research for Active Living (DrAL) scholarships are awarded to graduate students in the College of Architecture with an expressed interest in research and/or evidence-based design related to active living, and with a strong potential to become a leading scholar/professional in this interdisciplinary field. The number and amount of awards may vary each year.

For the 2016-17 academic year, up to three competitive $1000 scholarships will be awarded. To apply, please submit your complete resume/vitae (2 pages maximum) including your GPAs and a short description of your research interest and its relevance to active living (2 pages recommended), to Chanam Lee ( by noon on August 31, 2016. Please write “DrAL Scholarship Application” in the email subject line. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty panel from DrAL and Center for Health Systems and Design, and announced by September 22016.


DrAL scholarships Winners for the 2016-2017 academic year

Thank you all for applying for the DrAL scholarship. After a careful and independent review by five faculty members, we are delighted to inform the three recipients of the DrAL scholarship this year. We had a large number (25+) of applications this year and congratulations on being winners below.


Jeongjae Yoon

Ph.D. student in Urban and Regional Science

After graduating from Chungang University, South Korea, JeongJae Yoon received my master’s degree in urban planning from University of Seoul, South Korea. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning. Upon graduation, he is looking forward to joining a research institute for a career of research/ teaching in urban planning/design.

Research Statement

His research interests include urban design and physical planning; urban form/land use and non-motorized transportation; residential preferences and residential location choices regarding physical activity, preferred lifestyles and residential satisfaction. He is also interested in applying the outcome of research into urban planning policies for healthy cities, revitalization of downtown areas, and development of user-friendly transportation systems.


Sara Soltani

Master of Architecture Student

Sara Soltani is a second-year masters student in architecture from Isfahan, Iran. After graduating with bachelors degree in architecture from Art University of Isfahan, She started her graduate studies at Texas A&M University in 2015. Her interests in architecture lie in vernacular architecture, interactive design methods, and user-centered design. She enjoys architectural sketching, painting, and travelling. Being interested in community spaces and human social interactions, she is designing a community school for children from pre-k to 5th grade as for her final studies. Her dream is travel all over the world, visit architectural masterpieces and get to know different cultures.

Research Statement

In the past, elementary schools used to be the center of the communities, however this role has faded away with the expansion of cities through time and this project tries to revitalize this role by utilizing school as a community center. Community Schools are like normal schools but they are more interconnected with the community. They work as schools during normal school hours, however they're also provided with a number of flexible spaces that can be employed as a common space after school hours. These centers can become more active by providing walkable routes to them. Well-lid, walkable routes and sufficient greenery along the walkways, can increase safety among the neighborhood and therefore, encourage people to walk to these community centers and decrease their dependency to automobiles, helping them maintain a healthier lifestyle.




Jinuk Hwang

Ph.D. student in Urban and Regional Science

He is a Ph.D. student in Urban and Regional Science program at Texas A&M University and a Graduate Assistant of Research at Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). He received my master’s degree in Urban Planning at Texas A&M in May, 2016. Prior to enrolling at Texas A&M, he completed my B.S. in Urban Engineering at Pusan National University, South Korea in 2014.


Research Statement

His research interests lie in the area of sustainable transportation planning, exploring the environmental and socio-economic impacts of transportation infrastructure, policy, and planning on our community. His interests also include traffic safety of active transportation modes, alternative transportation and human behavior, and social justice in planning and policy.