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 21, 2016
GSA is seeking nominations for the Winter 2016 faculty awards!
February 26, 2016
Biology graduate student Matthew Lindenberg wins the inaugural 3-Minute Thesis Competition hosted by The Graduate School.
February 01, 2016
Amanda Cox, graphics editor at The New York Times will be speaking to students on Monday, March 21, 2016 on the Allendale Campus. Amanda will be presenting on behalf of Big Data at GVSU.
January 25, 2016
Kathryn Christoper and Brianna Taylor have continued a project that they started as undergraduates and have now won the Entrepreneur-You Plan Pitch Competition.
January 22, 2016
Students from both the Physical Therapy and Engineering graduate programs are working together to find innovative ways to improve the lives of children right here in West Michigan.