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.
November 18, 2015
GVSU's first Darwin Day will feature events celebrating intellectual curiosity, intellectual bravery, activism, education, and well-being. Students and faculty are encouraged to submit art and abstracts for the February event.
November 13, 2015
Graduate Assistant Star Zetocha provides quality college advising to local high school students in partnership with GVSU, Godwin Heights Public Schools, and Michigan College Access Network.
November 11, 2015
The Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineers and Technology, Inc. (ABET) has granted reaccreditation to programs within the School of Computing and Information Systems at Grand Valley.
November 02, 2015
GVSU has nominated two outstanding graduate theses for the MAGS (Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools) annual thesis competition.
October 28, 2015
The Office of Graduate Studies will be hosting presentation sessions for each candidate for Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.