What is a GA?

Graduate assistants, or GAs, have the unique dual role: they are both graduate students and research or teaching assistants who contribute to the academic mission of the university. Graduate students awarded these competitive positions receive a stipend and benefits package for their work in the classrooms, offices, and laboratories of the university.

Types of Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants may express interest in their placement of choice, but are ultimately assigned to one of two categories:

  • Research GAs conduct cutting-edge research alongside faculty members.
  • Teaching GAs instruct undergraduate-level courses.

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