Graduate assistantships (GAs) are university employment positions for graduate students only. GAs work a set number of hours per week learning valuable skills relevant to their educational goals. In addition, each GA earns a salary and receives a scholarship of up to 6 hours. Examples of GA duties are laboratory supervision, teaching and research-related tasks.
In the Department of Biological Sciences, multiple teaching assistantships are competitively awarded to incoming master’s students every fall. All application materials must be on file with the EKU Graduate School to be considered for a graduate assistantship. Consideration of applications by the Graduate Affairs Committee will begin on February 1, with a rolling deadline for applications thereafter. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early to ensure full consideration for graduate assistantships. Further, part-time teaching opportunities are commonly available for students not awarded assistantships. Teaching assistantships include a partial (66%) tuition waiver and a stipend of $11,200 per academic year. Research assistantships may also be available through individual faculty members, and many graduate students are funded through summer months while conducting thesis research.