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Qualifying Titles for Graduate Assistants and Fellows

Holding one of the titles below qualifies a graduate student for both that Graduate Tuition Support Program and a student medical insurance subsidy:

  • 4717 Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • 4715 Graduate Research Assistant
  • 4685 Graduate Instructor
  • 4690 Graduate Library Assistant
  • 4680 Graduate Fellow

Expectations

Departments' expectations for their graduate students vary. Generally, a student who holds any of the above qualifying titles should expect to complete a particular task, such as teaching a class or running an experiment, to gain relevant career experience and to develop a relationship with a mentor.

A quarter-time appointment requires an average of 10 hours per week. A half-time appointment requires an average of 20 hours per week. Enrollment requirements are determined by individual departments.

Graduate assistantships

Examples of teaching assistant tasks:

  • Teach one to three 3-hour classes
  • Teach one to two 5-hour classes
  • Lead one to five discussion or laboratory sections of a course
  • Proctor and grade large lecture exams
  • Prepare and grade lab exams

Examples of research assistant tasks:

  • Assist faculty with research activities which vary from providing assistance with proposal development through participating in preparation of research reports for refereed journals
  • Help students and faculty use microscopes, computers and other lab equipment
  • Help solve assigned research and class problems
  • Possibly teach one class or some lab sections

Examples of library assistant tasks:

  • Keep library open and staffed to assist users
  • Catalog new acquisitions
  • Check out assigned readings

    Graduate fellowships

    Responsibilities are determined by departments and are based on specific arrangements made on an individual basis. Required enrollment is generally six to 12 hours per semester. Post-comp doctoral students are required to maintain continuous enrollment.

        Research fellow

        This title is reserved for post-comp doctoral students who are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their dissertations. Required enrollment is two hours of Research each fall and spring semester and 1 hour of Research each summer session.

        Teaching fellow

        This title is reserved for post-comp doctoral students who are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their dissertations and teaching at least one course. Required enrollment is two hours of Research each fall and spring semester and 1 hour of Research each summer session.

Continuous enrollment

Doctoral students must register on myZou every semester to maintain doctoral candidacy and retain access to campus resources.

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