Our graduate students are financially supported by a mix of Teaching Assistantships (TAs), Research Assistantships (RAs) or Fellowships.
These positions involve such activities as teaching undergraduate laboratories, grading
undergraduate or graduate homework assignments, or other related duties. A TA has a
working obligation of 15-18 hours a week in addition to the full-time (9 credit hour)
course load, and renewals of assistantships are contingent upon satisfactory academic
progress. The stipend for a 9 month TA in 2011-12 is $16,312 (out-of state status) and
$16,812 (in-state status). Summer appointments (to either a TA or RA), bring the annual
stipend to at least$22k.
Individual professors offer RAs to students involved in their research. The stipend is determined
by the professor offering the position, and typically ranges from $23k to $28k on an annual basis.
Supplements for Excellence
Each year, several incoming students are recognized with supplemental awards ranging from $8k to $22k,
providing full or partial release from TA assignments in the initial year(s). This allows recipients to
focus on completing their coursework and exams, placing them on an accelerated track towards degree completion.
Selection for these awards is based on the student's application and the letters of recommendation, and is open to
all applicants. If you wish to specifically nominate someone for a Fellowship or Supplement please
send the name and contact information of the nominee to The Graduate Program.
Graduate Student Support Plan