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Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Teaching Fellowships

Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Teaching Fellowships

A select group of new Ph.D. students who qualify will receive a newly enhanced competitive stipend for 9-months (Fall and Spring semesters) with full tuition benefits and additional support and tuition benefits during Summer.

Minimum Requirements

Eligible candidates will

Other College of Science Criteria

The above are the minimum requirements. Performance in standardized tests, while obviously useful for evaluations will be one set of criteria but will not be the sole or primary determinant of a decision to end consideration of an applicant for this award. The Department Committee will evaluate the candidate’s credentials and take into account other factors such as recommendation letters from faculty mentors, previous research experience, prior contacts with either the candidate or mentor or other faculty as relevant. Clearly, excellence in academic performance and potential to satisfactorily complete the graduate curriculum coupled with evidence for research talent will weigh heavily toward award of the Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

The Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Teaching Fellowship will not be in effect during Summer Terms. However, a limited amount of summer support depending on departmental needs and funding may be available through regular GTA appointments. These appointments typically provide some but not full tuition benefits.

The offer is subject to all relevant provisions of the Graduate Assistantship Policy of the University. It is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment screening requirements, including a criminal background check for security sensitive positions.

Continuation of Enhanced GTA and Graduate Teaching Fellowship Support

To continue to hold this assistantship and fellowship each year, a student must meet the following criteria, some of which are more stringent than the requirements for a regular GTA:

If the student fails to meet any of these criteria, the enhanced GTA may be revoked. Depending on the severity of the problem(s), the student may not be able to be supported as a regular GTA. Please see the Biology Department Graduate Handbook for evaluation and grievance procedures.