Support for Graduate Study
Graduate students in good standing have full support available during their first two years in the program. Besides full-time positions during the academic year, such students are also given an opportunity to apply for at least partial financial support during the summers. Some students are supported by Research Assistantships as early as their first year. Customarily, students who are making progress in their program receive full financial support through some combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships.
Most students accepted into the department through normal admissions procedures are also offered teaching assistantships. A teaching assistant spends an average of no more than 20 hours per week teaching in one of our laboratory or recitation classes, grading, and preparation. Students may also apply for consideration for summer teaching positions.
Many graduate students are offered research assistantships. A research assistant is generally paid for research work leading to a master or doctoral dissertation, although a student may also be supported as a research assistant before a formal commitment to a research advisor has been made. Summer research assistantships are also available, and are a good way for students and potential advisors to get to know each other before committing to a formal advisor/student relationship. Research assistantships are obtained through negotiation between the student and the individual research groups. Interested students should contact the research groups directly for more information.
**Tuition Awards with Assistantships:
Students supported on graduate assistantships are awarded up to 24 credits of tuition per year, until they have completed their program coursework requirements (48 credits, for students in the Ph.D. program). Students are encouraged to use all credits awarded from Teaching Assistantships earlier in their academic careers.
The Graduate School awards a stipend and tuition support for those few students each year who present truly outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions to their future professions. The department nominates candidates for fellowships upon admission to the Physics, Ph.D. program. Fellowships awarded to new graduate students are awarded for two years total, typically for their first and third years of graduate study. During years of fellowship support, graduate students are awarded up 30 credits of tuition until they have completed their program coursework requirements (48 credits, for students in the Ph.D. program).