Chemistry and Biochemistry

Financial Support

Annual Stipend

For Fall 2018, the stipend for our chemistry and biochemistry graduate students is $25,000.

All graduate students making normal progress toward their degrees are guaranteed teaching or research assistantship stipends for the 5.5 years normally needed to complete the PhD degree, or for the 2 to 2.5 years needed for the MS degree. A small number of one-year fellowships may be awarded to graduate students with outstanding preparation and records.

Those students on a teaching assistantship participate in teaching-related assignments which can include working with a professor to teach a course, overseeing student laboratories, grading coursework, being responsible for a departmental instrument or helping with seminars. Most students are required to have two semesters of teaching responsibilities.

Students working in many laboratories may be supported on research assistantships. These stipends provide the same amount of support but are provided to students to carry out their individual degree-related research. A few of these awards are available to any student based on merit. Most of these stipends come from external funding of research provided to a specific faculty member through successful grant applications. These research assistantships can be for the full financial support or for some portion of it, the balance coming through teaching assistantships. A majority of students are on teaching assistantships during their first one or two years, while they themselves are also taking classes. Spring and summer terms are usually free for individual research regardless of the type of assistantship.

Tuition Support

All graduate students are provided full tuition for all degree-related coursework at the university required for a masters (30 hours) or doctorate (54 hours) degree. Tuition is paid for the course work and research credits as long as the student is progressing in his/her program.

Last updated 27 April 2018