Graduate assistantships (teaching or research) are available on a competitive basis. These positions presently pay $13,590 per academic year (9 months) at a monthly stipend of $1,510 and include a tuition waiver valued up to $10,312 per semester. Applicants should contact the department chair for the most recent stipend information. Applications to the graduate program for the current academic year will be accepted until all assistantships are awarded.
Students are responsible for payment of university fees which include medical insurance; fees can vary in amount but average about $1200 per semester.
Teaching Assistants devote approximately 20 hours per week to instruction and related activities. Most teach laboratory sections of introductory and advanced Geology courses. Research Assistants spend an equal amount of time on research projects assigned by individual faculty members. The availability of Research Assistantships depends upon external or internal funding obtained by individual faculty members.
As a matter of policy, the Department of Geology does not guarantee a student working toward a M.S. degree financial support for more than two academic years nor a Ph.D. student for more than four academic years.
Geology students applying to the M.S. program, the Ph.D. in Geosciences program, and the Environmental Resources and Policy Ph.D. program are eligible to apply for teaching and research assistantships from the Department of Geology.
In addition to Assistantships, the Department of Geology offers fellowship and scholarship support to graduate students on a competitive basis. Funding to help offset expenses of thesis or dissertation research and presentation of research results at national and/or regional professional meetings is available.
The University also offers fellowships, research awards, and others means of financial support at both the Masters and Ph.D. levels: graduate financial assistance.