- Graduate Program
A number of teaching and research assistantships are available to M.S. students, M.A. students who are interested in transitioning to the Ph.D. program, and Ph.D. students, funded by the Graduate School and also by faculty external grants (NIH, DoD, NSF, etc.). Information here pertains specifically to the Graduate School assistantships, and although conditions for externally funded assistantships are at a minimum, the same. Formal applications for assistantships are made by the Graduate Program Director upon successful admission to the Graduate Program by the Graduate School.
Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA (or the equivalent) in undergraduate chemistry coursework to be considered for an assistantship and must be enrolled as full-time classified graduate students in the Graduate Program.
Stipends & Benefits
The current Graduate School stipend is $24,000 for a 12 month contract period (usually beginning on July 1st, although may be prorated for August 1st, or January starts). In addition to full health benefits, an assistantship entitles students to a tuition scholarship for the academic year. To hold assistantships students must remain in good standing and be enrolled in graduate coursework, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must commit a minimum of 40 hours per week to the Department, divided between teaching and research responsibilities, depending on the type of assistantship (TA or RA).
Teaching and Research Assistantships
The Department is currently able to offer two types of assistantship: teaching (TA) and research (RA). TA's are expected to assist faculty in assigned laboratory and/or lecture classes for up to 20 hours per week, with the remaining time dedicated to research under their chosen mentor. RA's have no teaching duties, but are expected to carry out research for a minimum of 40 hours per week. All externally funded assistantships are RA's. Incoming graduate assistants are typically assigned as TA's.
Students admitted with a probationary status (at the discretion of the Graduate School and the Department), usually because of deficiencies in undergraduate credit requirements, are not eligible for assistantships. However, if such students enroll and subsequently elevate their academic standing following their first semester (GPA 3.0 or higher), application for an assistantship, should one be available, is supported and encouraged following successful petition for full classified status.
Although there is no formal deadline for admission to the Graduate Program, applicants wishing to be considered for an assistantship (beginning July 1st when most stipends become available) should have their complete application package submitted by January 15th.