The graduate assistantship program is administered by the Graduate School to provide financial support, academic training and work experience to graduate students. Appointments for assistantships are made by departments/schools for not more than four enrollment periods, based on the recommendation and approval of the Graduate School. Departmental GA's are hired by the department/school/program. These awards provide experiential learning opportunities, involvement in ongoing faculty research, instructional activities and/or administrative work. The Graduate School is notified of the department's GA selection and handles the subsequent paperwork.
In most instances, graduate assistants perform duties in the department or school to which they have been degree-admitted. In addition to the policies provided here, the department/school might have specific regulations that apply to the GA position. During the departmental orientation process, a GA should become familiar with any additional regulations and procedures governing the appointment. First-time graduate assistants are required to attend the GA Orientation held by the Graduate School at either the beginning of the Fall or Winter semesters. Check the Orientation page for more information.
Note: All GA's and Doc Fellows must complete the Sexual Harassment Training, print the certificate, sign it and send it to the Graduate School.
GAs are also eligible for the Ronald and Gerrie Collins GA Awards, presented annually at the Graduate Research Fair Reception.