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: Office of Graduate Studies, 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.
September 01, 2015
GVSU is hosting a local Hult Prize competition as part of a global competition in social entrepreneurship.
August 07, 2015
Shatha Abusrour, a graduate student in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration (SPNHA), contributed to the discussions at the United Nations Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
August 05, 2015
Grand Valley, Godwin Heights Public Schools and Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) are working together to establish a school-based college advising program.
July 30, 2015
The Office of Graduate Studies 2014-15 Annual Report is now available. Click the full article to view the complete report.
July 21, 2015
Biomedical Sciences graduate student Katherine Hekstra and Deborah Lown, associate professor of biomedical sciences, collected data that helped two Grand Rapids food pantries establish policies and ensure fresh produce and healthy foods are available to t