Graduate students in the department receive financial assistance through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, tuition scholarships, University loans and Louisiana Board of Regents Fellowships.
Research assistantships are provided by a student's faculty research advisor, and are available at their discretion. Stipend amounts and durations are decided by the advisor, although they normally carry a tuition waver associated with them.
Teaching assistantships for 2015-2016 carry a stipend of $19,200 for approx. nine months, plus a waiver of the Graduate School tuition and health insurance supplement. They normally require about six hours of teaching in undergraduate laboratory classes per week plus grading of laboratory reports. The total time required usually does not exceed 15-16 hours/week, so that teaching assistants are able to carry a full load of graduate work.
In most cases, Ph.D. students who make satisfactory progress toward their degree also receive a summer research stipend. A small number of summer teaching assistantships are normally available, and are usually reserved for student with special circumstances.
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