|A.||Cost of Study|
Out-of-state tuition and fees are waived for out-of-state students receiving a departmental assistantship. In addition, graduate assistants also receive a scholarship to cover the cost of tuition and fees.
|B.||Graduate Laboratory Assistantships|
The Department of Biology provides several graduate assistantships for work in our introductory biology laboratory courses. Stipends of at least $5000 per academic year (9 months) are available. For further information contact the Graduate Coordinator.
The application and additional information for Graduate Assistants can be found here.
Graduate Laboratory Assistant Job Description
A GA is assigned to a position as a graduate laboratory assistant in the Department of Biology performs duties that primarily are related to undergraduate laboratory courses. Under the supervision of a Lab Manager and a faculty member, these duties concern the organization, direction and evaluation of laboratory activities in lower division introductory biology courses. The GA also may function as a teaching assistant in laboratory sections of these courses.
In addition to instructional activities, the GA must bear in mind the responsibility for the proper use and safety of valuable and sensitive laboratory equipment. More important is the necessity for the GA to safeguard the students regarding exposure to potentially dangerous equipment and materials. These latter two areas of responsibility warrant establishing a policy of regular consultation with the Lab Manager or faculty member.
Specific Duties: The following represents a partial listing of laboratory-related duties for which the GA may be held responsible:
Graduate Laboratory Assistants must be PUNCTUAL, PREPARED, PROFESSIONAL and PLEASANT as you carry out your duties. A GA is expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week toward fulfilling laboratory duties. A plausible time budget for the laboratory assistant may be patterned somewhat after the example below:
Keep in mind that the labs vary considerably in the difficulty of preparation and therefore the GA's time investment will vary from week to week. The above time budget should be considered an average only. The GA's chief goal must be the production of a quality laboratory experience for the undergraduate students.
|C.||Graduate Research Assistantships|
The Center for Field Biology provides research assistantships ($1000 - up to $7000) for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to develop their research skills in field biology under the tutorship of a Center Principal Investigator. Duties and responsibilities of a graduate research assistant will be determined by the principal investigator and the Director of the Center for Field Biology. For further information contact the Director of the Center for Field Biology.