The Biology department offers several graduate assistantships to qualified applicants.
These assistantships are awarded competitively (based on applicants’ GPA, GRE scores, experience) and require a separate application (240kb - pdf) available on the Graduate School website.
The number of assistantships available varies from year to year. Assistantships provide a tuition waiver for 9 hours of coursework and a small stipend ($1800/semester) in return for 20 hours of work per week in the department.
Work assignments vary but typically include preparing materials for and assisting instructors in undergraduate laboratory courses.
Assistantships are awarded for one academic year (two semesters) with renewal for a second year based on awardees maintaining academic eligibility and receiving satisfactory evaluations for their work.
Deadline for applications: Priority given to applications received by Feb. 15th, however, applications will be accepted after this date if assistantships remain available.
The King Graduate Fellowship:
This award is made to an outstanding graduate student accepted to or currently in the MS in Biology Program whose research area includes a major cellular or molecular biology component. The current award is for $16,500 per year. The fellowship is awarded for one year with renewal possible for a second year. Application materials are distributed to eligible candidates in the spring and awards are typically made in May.
Some faculty members have external grant funding and may have support available for graduate students. Applicants should inquire about such funding when contacting potential advisors about thesis research possibilities.