Financial support is offered to qualified students in the chemistry Ph.D. program in the form of assistantships. Assistantships are for either teaching or research. Both kinds of assistantship include tuition, fees, and a stipend.
Decisions about financial support
A select number (usually 3-10) of admitted Ph.D. students will be offered financial support. Support decisions are made in January-February (for Fall admission) and August-September (for Spring admission). Decisions depend on the budget and on space in research groups, especially those with external funding.
Everyone who submits a graduate application package is automatically considered for available support positions and notified if they qualify.
Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) teach undergraduate students in laboratory courses, under the supervision of the course instructor.
Graduate research assistants (GRAs) work for advisors who have obtained external funds to support their projects. These funds, from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and others, have specific project goals and deadlines.
Students pursuing a Masters degree are not offered GTA or GRA support. However, once they arrive on campus, they may apply for jobs in the department or elsewhere at Michigan Tech. Preference for department employment is given to students who have successfully completed at least one semester of coursework.