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.
May 05, 2017
The GVSU Speech Lab has announced that they will be open to serve the Grand Valley community during the Spring/Summer sessions.
April 03, 2017
The NCAA Research Committee invites graduate student research proposals for students working on doctoral dissertations, master's theses, or external publications.
March 30, 2017
Enrollment for international graduate students at Grand Valley State University has gone up by 60 percent in the past five years.
March 22, 2017
Nominations are now being accepted for the Faculty and Staff Award for Mentorship and the Kimboko Inclusion Award.
March 15, 2017
Eight MPH Students visited our nation's capital during their spring break to learn more about public health at the federal level.