Graduate students in the Department of Chemistry are usually supported financially by graduate teaching or research assistantships, fellowships or scholarships. Assistantships carry a living stipend of $20,000/year and include a complete waiver of tuition (approximately $3,006/per term), although students are responsible to cover University health service and incidental fees amounting to about $480/per term.
New graduate students are usually awarded teaching assistantships. These offer students an opportunity to gain teaching experience at the college level, to sharpen their understanding of fundamental chemical concepts, and to practice presenting technical material to a group. The teaching assistantship involves a maximum of 9 contact hours per week as an instructor in an undergraduate laboratory, with other duties, such as tutoring and grading, bringing the total to ~12 hours per week. Typically students hold teaching assistantships for at least their first year.
Funds for research appointments come from grants, which provide support for research in defined areas. Graduate students typically are not appointed to these research positions until their second year of study. However, students whose backgrounds are well-matched to the activities of one of the research groups, and who are accepted by the faculty research director, may join a group and receive support on a research assistantship upon beginning the program.
Fellowships and Scholarships
There are special fellowships and scholarships awarded on a competitive basis by the University. These are available after a student has begun the program and can start as early as the second year in residence.
Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships at the beginningof their senior year of college.