Graduate students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are supported in three different ways. Most students are supported on Teaching Assistantships that require teaching service each semester. Some students are supported on Research Assistantships, which are available only through the laboratories of individual faculty; they usually involve research responsibilities beyond that which the student pursues for the doctoral degree. Other students are supported on outside fellowships such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Prospective students should contact faculty with whom they are potentially interested in working to inquire about any Research Assistantships that are available through that person's laboratory. The other forms of support are described below. All three modes of support carry a full tuition waiver. Although Teaching Assistantships are available only to doctoral students, some Research Assistantships may be awarded to those seeking the Masters degree in addition to doctoral students.
Qualified applicants may be eligible for teaching assistantships. Teaching assistants receive a cash stipend of $27,680 per academic year for undergraduate teaching or related duties within the department, along with a full tuition waiver.
Potential students should communicate (preferably by e-mail) directly with the faculty member most appropriate to support the relevant research project before making application for graduate school. Admission applications should be made online by December 1.
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