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Appointments

Types of Appointments

Graduate students may receive appointments as Graduate Assistants, Teaching Assistants or Fellows. The normal appointment offered to new graduate students in Chemical Engineering is the half time Graduate Assistantship. The Graduate Assistantship requires the student to carry out research which culminates in a thesis/dissertation satisfying the requirements for a graduate degree.

Teaching Assistantships are offered to continuing students whenever they are assigned teaching responsibilities. All Ph.D. students are required to demonstrate some teaching experience as a part of their degree requirements; this requirement is currently satisfied by serving as a Teaching Assistants for at least 1 semester. Usually, no student has the Teaching Assistantship for the entire duration of his/her graduate studies.

M.S. students are not required to serve as Teaching Assistantships. Fellowships are offered to continuing as well as incoming graduate students on a merit basis. The evaluation of the credential of the graduate students and the decisions on the Fellowships are made by the Graduate School. The department nominates suitable candidates for the Fellowship competition to the Graduate School.

  • Graduate Assistantships
    Appointments are based on "superior ability and promise". Reappointment to an assistantship is based on availability of positions and the quality of the student's work.
  • Quarter-Time
    The student normally schedules 9-14 credits per semester, receives a stipend plus a grant- in-aid of resident education tuition, and performs tasks that, on the average, occupy approximately ten hours per week.
  • Half-Time
    The student normally schedules 9-12 credits per semester, receives a stipend plus a grant-in aid of resident education tuition, and performs tasks that, on the average, occupy approximately twenty hours per week.
  • Three-Quarter-Time
    The student normally schedules 6-8 credits per semester, receives a stipend plus a grant-in-aid of resident education tuition, and performs tasks that, on the average, occupy approximately thirty hours per week.
  • Graduate School Fellowship
    Awarded by the Graduate School to a limited number of scholastically outstanding students. Fellows receive a stipend plus payment of tuition. Fellows are required to enroll as full-time students.

Updated on 07/22/14

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