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.
August 25, 2014
Anthony Weinke, incoming Biology graduate student, is the first author on a paper published by J. Plankton Research
August 21, 2014
The Office of Graduate Studies, Admissions Office, and Pew Student Services hosted New Graduate Student Orientation for 375 students on August 20, 2014.
August 13, 2014
Apply now for grants to support student presentations at academic conferences by offsetting the cost of travel and attendance.
August 04, 2014
The Office of Graduate Studies has released its 2013-14 Annual Report.
August 01, 2014
Lindsey Schulte, a graduate student with the Annis Water Resources Institute, who won first place in the student paper presentation competition at the national Aquatic Plant Management Society meeting in Savannah, Georgia.