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Graduate Appointments

Most graduate students in the Ph.D. program receive financial support as Graduate Associates, either Teaching Associates (GTA) or Research Associates (GRA), or as Fellows during their student career.  These appointments cover the cost of tuition and the instructional fee waiver, stipend, and 100% subsidized health insurance provided students remain in good academic standing, adhere to the Code of Student Conduct, and make reasonable progress toward receiving their degree.  Faculty members and lecturers will provide the Graduate Studies Office with graded evaluations of students holding GTA or GRA appointments.  Inadequate performance of a GTA or GRA is considered lack of progress towards the Ph.D. degree and could result in removal of funding.

A limited number of Fellowships are available each year to incoming students and are only awarded to students meeting certain criteria who are successfully nominated by the Admissions Committee to the Graduate School's Fellowship Competition. Applicants interested in being considered for a Fellowship nomination do not need to complete additional forms or request Fellowship nomination consideration.

2023-2024 Stipend Amounts and Distribution

A student's monthly stipend rate will be indicated on the offer letter that is routed to the student's Workday inbox after the student is hired for the subsequent semester. All GA stipends are distributed on a monthly basis according to the schedule shown below. The 2023-24 GTA and GRA minimum stipend for Chemistry graduate students is $2670/month.

Semester and Dates of Appointment

Autumn 2023 (8/16/2023-12/31/2023) - paid on August 31st, September 29th, October 31st, November 30th, and December 29th (4.5 months)
Spring 2024 (1/1/2024 – 5/6/2024) - paid on January 31st, February 29th, March 29th, April 30th, and May 31st (4.5 months)
Summer 2024 (5/8/2024 – 8/15/2024) - paid on May 31st, June 28th, and July 31st (3 months)

There are overlapping dates in August and in May when the current semester ends and the next begins. Your stipend rate may be affected by an appointment type change (e.g., Fellowship to GA or vice versa), but you will still receive your stipend check at the end of each month.

Tuition and Fees

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will make GA appointments in a manner such that students will not be billed for tuition. If a GA fails to register for classes according to the schedule published by the Registrar’s Office or class/registration information provided by the Graduate Program Coordinator, the student will be responsible for any late registration penalties that are assessed. 


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