Assistantships

Saint Louis University’s Department of Chemistry offers both undergraduate and graduate assistantships to students enrolled in our programs.

Assistantships offer funding and allow you to deepen your chemistry knowledge and contribute to the Saint Louis University’s chemistry community.

Undergraduate Assistantships

Laboratory assistantships are available for high-performing sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in chemistry. As a laboratory assistant, you will help with grading and supervision of laboratory classes. You should be familiar with the techniques and calculations used in common experiments. Stipends for laboratory assistantships vary depending on the course, but are typically between $700 and $850 per semester.

Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are available to M.S. and M.A. students interested in transitioning to the Ph.D. program and Ph.D. students. These assistantships are funded by the Department of Chemistry and external grants.

Types of Assistantships

The Department of Chemistry currently offers two types of assistantships to graduate students: teaching and research. As a teaching assistant, you will help faculty in chemistry laboratories and/or lecture classes for up to 20 hours per week, with the remaining time dedicated to research under your chosen mentor.

As a research assistant, you will carry out research for a minimum of 40 hours per week. All externally-funded chemistry assistantships are research assistant positions. Incoming graduate assistants are typically assigned as teaching assistants.

Requirements

You must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate chemistry coursework to be considered for an assistantship.

If you are admitted to the graduate program with a probationary status, you are not eligible for assistantships. If you raise your academic standing following your first semester to a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you can apply for an assistantship.

Stipends and Benefits

Graduate assistantships include a stipend of $24,000 for a 12-month contract period (usually beginning on July 1, although it may be prorated for August or January starts). In addition to full health benefits, an assistantship includes tuition for the academic year.

Maintaining the Assistantship

To keep an assistantship, you must stay enrolled in graduate coursework and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. You must also work 40 hours per week in your assistantship capacity.

Deadline

If you want to be considered for an assistantship, you should submit your complete applicatio package to the graduate chemistry program by Jan. 15.