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.
February 21, 2017
Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) has announced its 2017 Student Research Paper Contest.
February 14, 2017
Grand Valley State University has been recognized as one of the top 9 finalists for the 2016 West Michigan Sustainable Business of the Year by the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.
February 14, 2017
GVSU's Professional Science Master's (PSM) programs recently had their application for re-affiliation approved by the PSM National Office.
January 31, 2017
Grand Valley graduate students have been invited to the University of Toledo's Midwest Graduate Research Symposium.
January 24, 2017
The Social Security Administration is granting graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation and disability issues through the ARDRAW Small Grant Program.