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.
September 22, 2016
Grand Valley State University's international graduate student enrollment has increased over the last five academic years.
September 13, 2016
The American Society for Engineering Education is administering 180 new The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships in April 2017.
September 06, 2016
The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District and the graduate program in School Psychology at GVSU will be working collaboratively during the 2016-17 academic year to develop behavior support plans for Ottawa County students.
September 06, 2016
Godwin Heights Public Schools, Kelloggsville Public Schools, and GVSU will be working cooperatively with the Michigan College Access Network to continue the school-based college advising program at Godwin Heights High School.