The Department of Earth & Environmental Science offers merit-based graduate assistantships. All admitted graduate students are eligible for assistantships.
M.S. students may hold an assistantship for two academic years and Ph.D. students for up to four. In order to retain their appointments from semester to semester, students must perform satisfactorily in the assistantship and must continue to make satisfactory progress toward completion of their degrees. Students who begin graduate study without an assistantship may become eligible for one as appointments become available.
Teaching assistants are evaluated each semester for teaching proficiency and communication skills, through student evaluations and observation by a supervising instructor. Research assistantships are typically funded by individual faculty grants; they vary depending on the nature of the funded project. Duties often involve activities such as sample collection and preparation; sample analysis; preparation of maps and diagrams; and assistance with fieldwork.
The Graduate College also offers a number of fellowships for qualified graduate students.