Do you need help paying for your graduate work in the Department of Biology? Are you interested in working closely with faculty while gaining hands-on experience in your field? Our department is committed to providing practical opportunities for both professional and personal growth through our graduate assistantships and internships.

Compensation and Benefits

As a graduate assistant, you’ll receive:

  • a tuition waiver (some fees still apply)
  • a yearly stipend (paid over 10 months)

How to Apply

The Department of Biology graduate committee begins reviewing applications for assistantships as early as February 1. While later applicants may be considered for assistantships, you should complete your application by this date to increase the likelihood your will receive an assistantship. Your application should include recommendations from three references.

Selection Criteria

Master of Arts or Master of Science in Biology

Formal faculty sponsorship is important in the process of granting assistantships to students applying to the masters in biology programs. A faculty member who wants you to work in his or her research program can promote your application for an assistantship. While applicants to the master of arts in biology program (course work, non-thesis) are eligible for an assistantship, applicants to the master of science in biology program (includes a thesis research project) who are sponsored by a faculty member are given preference. 

Read our guide on how to find a sponsor (PDF)

After you have followed the recommendations in this document to prepare yourself, you should contact appropriate faculty members to determine if one of them would be willing and able to serve as your thesis research advisor. You should ask that faculty member if they would submit a sponsorship form in support of your application for an assistantship.

When you are adequately prepared, contact appropriate faculty members to determine if one of them would be willing and able to serve as your research advisor. You should ask that faculty member if they would submit a sponsorship form in support of your application for an assistantship.

Master of Arts or Master of Science in Physiology

Most applicants apply to the master of arts in physiology program, which is comprised of coursework that prepares students to go on to medical, dental, or other professional schools. Hence, it is not necessary for applicants to these programs to have a thesis research advisor sponsor their application for an assistantship. Preference in awarding assistantships to students in these programs is given to those who have a strong undergraduate record of coursework in anatomy and physiology.

Paying for Your Education