There are a limited number of assistantships available for M.S. students in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs), funded by the Department, or Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs), funded by grants to individual faculty members. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Generally there are more assistantships available for the fall semester than the spring semester. Please see the How to Apply webpage for target application dates and the Biology Graduate Handbook for more information..