Graduate Assistantships are awarded to well-qualified students, however, not all qualified graduate students receive assistantships. Normally, Graduate Assistantships are awarded on an academic year (Fall-Spring) basis; however, some are available in the summer semester.
There are two types of Assistantships: Teaching and Research Assistantships.
- Teaching Assistants (TAs) serve in many roles to help faculty teach both undergraduate and graduate lecture courses and laboratories. First-time TA's must attend the Teaching Assistant Seminar prior to beginning their assignments. In addition, there are specific, additional language proficiency requirements for TAs for whom English is not their home language. TAs must be formally evaluated (in writing) by their faculty supervisor as a condition for renewal of their award (normally once per academic year). These evaluations become a part of the TA's record.
- Research Assistants (RAs) work with faculty members on scientific and engineering research projects supported by governmental and private sponsors. In many cases, these projects are directly related to the student's thesis or dissertation research. Formal evaluations are not required for RAs.
Both TAs and RAs must maintain appropriate grade point averages (GPAs) and must continue to pursue their full-time graduate studies in their disciplines in order to retain their assistantships.