A graduate assistantship serves two purposes:
The activities assigned are to have educational value for the student, to enhance the student's academic experience. Although some tasks may include a clerical component, a graduate assistantship is not meant to be used to provide primarily clerical and office support to departments.
Many graduate assistants are assigned to work in their own program, e.g., a Social Work student will work in the School of Social Work. However, a number of departments will hire across disciplines when the need arises. For example, a position in the Physical Therapy department may require someone with advanced computer skills, thus a student majoring in Computer Science & Information Systems would be eligible for the assistantship in that department. Additionally, some non-academic units may have no specific major in mind when hiring a GA. Some of the non-academic units are: The Graduate School, Autism Education Center, Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and the Office of Sponsored Programs.
To qualify for a graduate assistantship, the student must:
A typical full-time assistantship includes the following responsibilities and benefits during the appointment:
A typical half-time assistantship includes the following responsibilities and benefits during the appointment:
*Stipend payments are split up through the semester so that the student receives a regular paycheck every two weeks.
March 22, 2017
Nominations are now being accepted for the Faculty and Staff Award for Mentorship and the Kimboko Inclusion Award.
March 15, 2017
Eight MPH Students visited our nation's capital during their spring break to learn more about public health at the federal level.
March 10, 2017
Answer Health on Demand, a Grand Rapids-based telemedicine platform, partners with Grand Valley State University.
March 10, 2017
Two graduate students receive Michigan Space Grant Consortium fellowships for 2017-18.
March 02, 2017
Answer Health on Demand has recently begun partnering with the GVSU College of Health Professions.