Graduate Assistantships may be awarded to students who enter with a GPA of 3.00 or above. These are awarded on a competitive basis and most start at the beginning of the fall semester. A student entering with less than a 3.00 GPA is usually eligible only after he/she has completed one semester with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Any student holding a Graduate Assistantship and failing to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 will lose such support immediately and will be eligible again only after raising his/her cumulative GPA to 3.00 or above.
Students entering with support as a Graduate Teaching Assistant from the CMB Program currently receive a monthly stipend of $1800. Alternative and subsequent support for graduate students are provided through a diversity of sources, including fellowships, research grants awarded to faculty members, and GTAs from various departments that utilize different guidelines. However, the goal of the CMB Program is that all students should receive a stipend of at least equal $1800 per month or the level set by the departmental program of their advisor if that is greater than $1800 per month.
Students who have been advanced to candidacy and are appointed to a graduate research assistantship are expected to devote a full-time effort to their research. It is the responsibility of the adviser to designate the work load. Graduate Assistants are considered temporary employees by the University and, as such, do not earn vacation time. The general CMB Program leave policy is two weeks per year for all Graduate Assistants, subject to approval of their adviser.