A graduate assistantship serves two purposes:
The activities assigned are to have educational value for the student, to enhance the student's academic experience. Although some tasks may include a clerical component, a graduate assistantship is not meant to be used to provide primarily clerical and office support to departments.
Many graduate assistants are assigned to work in their own program, e.g., a Social Work student will work in the School of Social Work. However, a number of departments will hire across disciplines when the need arises. For example, a position in the Physical Therapy department may require someone with advanced computer skills, thus a student majoring in Computer Science & Information Systems would be eligible for the assistantship in that department. Additionally, some non-academic units may have no specific major in mind when hiring a GA. Some of the non-academic units are: Office of Graduate Studies, Autism Education Center, Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and the Office of Sponsored Programs.
To qualify for a graduate assistantship, the student must:
A typical full-time assistantship includes the following responsibilities and benefits during the appointment:
A typical half-time assistantship includes the following responsibilities and benefits during the appointment:
*Stipend payments are split up through the semester so that the student receives a regular paycheck every two weeks.
March 27, 2015
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is now accepting nominations for the Faculty Mentor Award as well as the Kimboko Inclusion Award. These awards honor faculty who exemplify exceptional mentoring and inclusion practices.
February 25, 2015
Grand Valley State University has approved the new Medical Dosimetry, M.S. graduate program, preparing students to be leaders in the field of medical dosimetry or radiation oncology.
January 20, 2015
GVSU's online Educational Technology, M.Ed. program was ranked in the Top 100 Online Graduate Programs according to Worlds News and Report.
January 06, 2015
GVSU's Biostatistics graduate program was ranked in the Top 10 nationally according to Education Portal.
January 06, 2015
The Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center (formerly WMIPEI) is pleased to announce the launch of the Interprofessional Education Student Certificate for students earning a degree in a health or health-related discipline.