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Our Chemistry Graduate Students are offered full assistantships upon entering our program. These assistantships are initially offered for a period of five years but are evaluated each semester to ensure that the student remains in good standing with our department and the Graduate School.The department holds the right to revoke an assistantship at any time.

Assistantships are offered in two forms as described below:

Types of Financial Assistance

  • Teaching Assistantships- Teaching is considered an integral part of graduate education; hence, most graduate students receive a teaching assistantship for the first two semesters. These appointments, which require approximately twenty hours per week of service (laboratory or recitation instruction, preparation, grading, etc.), permit the student to carry 12 credits of graduate course work. Students usually find teaching personally rewarding, because it enhances their own understanding of basic chemical principles and allows them to pass this understanding on to others. The Department provides all new teaching assistants comprehensive training before the start of their teaching assignments. All teaching assistantships include tuition remission as well as medical, dental and vision health insurance coverage.
  • Research Assistantships- Graduate students are typically supported by research assistantships after the spring semester of their first year. The research assistantship provides more time for creative thinking and independent research, ultimately leading to the PhD thesis and degree. These assistantships are generally paid from funds by various agencies, such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. All research assistantships include tuition remission as well as medical, dental and vision health insurance coverage.


  • Each year a fraction of our entering graduate students are awarded fellowships. These awards supplement the Department assistantship.
  • Fellowship awards range from $2,000 to $6,000.
  • Fellowships are supported entirely by endowments from generous alumni and industrial sponsors.