Augmentation Awards for Science and Engineering Research Training (A Department of Defense [DOD] program that awards money to academic institutions to support graduate student training in science and engineering fields important to national defense. AASERT awards are made to professors who hold DoD contracts or grants to perform research, and who compete for additional AASERT funding. The awards enable each professor to award graduate research traineeships to one or two U.S. citizens. Each traineeship supports tuition, living expenses, and research expenses (materials, show services, computer time, etc.) connected with the graduate student’s thesis research. The AASERT program is one element of DoD’s University Research Initiative [URI].