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.
November 17, 2016
College Choice as selected Grand Valley as one of the best business schools in Michigan.
November 10, 2016
Biology student Delilah Clement and Biology professor Al Steinman's paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Great Lakes Research.
November 03, 2016
The 2017 MAGS Thesis Nominees have recently been selected.
November 01, 2016
GSA calls on graduate students to nominate faculty and staff for two awards: The Faculty and Staff Award for Mentorship and the Kimboko Inclusion Award
October 06, 2016
All GVSU graduate students are now required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR) prior to engaging in any research activities.