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 85% 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.
Further information is available in theGraduate Associate Appointment Policies and Procedures [pdf] and theFellowship Appointment Document [pdf].
2016-2017 Stipend Amounts and Distribution
Monthly stipend amounts for students appointed through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are awarded as follows:
GAA - $1,876.00
dGRA (Departmental GRA) - $2,300.00*
GTA - $2,300.00*
Research - Variable as determined by faculty advisor*
* Please contact your advisor or the Graduate Program Coordinator for the exact amount of your research appointment. Monthly stipend amounts will be listed on Page 1 of the contract. Contracts will be distributed via DocuSign each semester regardless of thes student's appointment. All GA stipends are distributed on a monthly basis according to the schedule shown below.
Semester and Dates of Appointment
Pay Dates (last working day of month)
Autumn 2016:(8/16/2016 – 12/31/2016) August, September, October, November, and December (4.5 months)
Spring 2017:(1/1/2017 – 5/15/2017) January, February, March, April and May (4.5 months)
Summer 2017:(5/16/2017 – 8/15/2017) May, June, July and August (3 months)
There are overlapping dates in August and in May where the semesters end and begin. Your stipend rate may be affected by an appointment-type change, 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.
The GA will also be responsible for obtaining health insurance. A health plan that is subsidized 85% by the University is available through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (students are responsible for the remaining 15% of the insurance premium). This charge will be deducted from your stipend checks. If there are questions, please visit our:
GRAs and dGRAs are responsible for conducting research directed toward their M.S. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation in collaboration with the faculty research advisor (supervisor).
GTAs are responsible for the following types of duties: teaching recitation sections, supervising laboratory sections, grading assignments associated with the course to which they have been assigned, occasionally grading and proctoring examinations associated with courses with which they are familiar but have not been assigned, holding two office hours per week, attending lectures associated with the course to which they have been assigned, proctoring examinations, assisting their supervisor with the preparation of materials for use in class. GTAs may have to perform all or a portion of the aforementioned duties depending on the class to which they have been assigned for a given semester. The duties specific to a given assignment will be provided to the GTA by their supervisor prior to the beginning of a given semester.
GAAs are responsible for the following types of duties: assisting with a course by grading assignments and examinations, holding office hours, proctoring examinations, preparing and/or breaking down lecture demonstrations, assisting departmental offices such as the Personnel Office, the Graduate Studies Office, assisting with the operations of departmental support facilities such as the NMR or MS facilities, and other tasks of importance to the Department of Chemistry that do not involve direct student contact. GAAs may have to perform all or a portion of the aforementioned duties depending on the class to which they have been assigned for a given semester. The duties specific to a given assignment will be provided to the GAA by their supervisor prior to the beginning of a given semester.
Supervisor Name and Contact Information
The permanent supervisor of any GRA who is enrolled in the graduate program of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is the Ph.D. dissertation or M.S. thesis advisor of the GRA. Contact information for faculty advising graduate students is posted on the supervisor's People page.
The supervisors for all GTA and GAA appointments for a given semester will be posted by the Graduate Studies Office under Graduate Appointments by the following dates for a given semester:
Semester of Appointment Posting Dates (by or before)
Autumn 2016 August 22, 2016
Spring 2017 January 2, 2017
Summer 2017 May 1, 2017
Before a permanent supervisor is assigned, the Vice Chair of Graduate Studies will serve as temporary supervisor.
Vice Chair of Graduate Studies
100 West 18th Avenue
Required Orientation/Training for Appointment
Other than first-year orientation, there is no required orientation for GRAs. All GTAs and GAAs will be notified as soon as possible in advance of any required orientation event by direct email and/or posted on this page.
2016 New Chemistry Grad Student Welcome Presentation/Grad Program Overview [pdf]
2016 Chem Ph.D Grad Student Best Practices Presentation [pdf]
2016 General Chemistry TA Training Schedule [pdf]
2016 Organic Chemistry TA Training Schedule [pdf]
General Chemistry beginning of the semester meeting:
Monday, August 22, 2016
2PM-2:45PM - Meetings with instructors; various rooms in McPherson Lab (TBA)
3PM-4:30PM - General Chemistry Closing Event; 1000 McPherson Lab
Information for Graduate Associate Appointments
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