Opportunities for more experience … in and out of the classroom.
There are three main types of assistantships available to graduate students:
- Graduate Assistantship – This assistantship is offered through departments other than Biological Sciences and may involve working at the library, an administrative office, the university tutoring center or another university department or office for 20 hours a week. The assistantship will pay your tuition and a semester stipend. The stipend amount may depend on where you work but is usually $2,500 per semester. More information can be found on the graduate assistants Web page.
- Graduate Teaching Assistantship - This assistantship is offered through the Department of Biological Sciences and is awarded based on availability and applicants’ GPA and GRE scores. You will be required to work 20 hours a week assisting with and teaching freshmen labs. You may begin teaching labs after you have completed at least 18 hours of graduate coursework, which is usually your third and fourth semester. The assistantship will pay your tuition and a $4,500 per semester (not including summer) stipend.
- Graduate Research Assistantship – This assistantship is offered through an individual faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences to work on a research project. The time required cannot be more than 20 hours per week and the pay depends on the research grant. Graduate teaching assistants may receive a graduate research assistantship, depending on availability, for the summer semester.
If you would like more information about assistantships, please contact Dr. Aaron Pierce.