Financial Support

The Department awards teaching and graduate assistantships to students in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs to help with financial support through their studies. A limited number of in-state and out-of-state tuition waivers are also available. M.S. students with assistantships are generally supported for two years, which is the planned length of the M.S. programs. Ph.D. students with assistantships are generally supported for five years.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching and graduate assistants are assigned duties within the undergraduate teaching program of the Department. Assignments are usually in the general and introductory chemistry laboratory courses, but other laboratory assignments (organic, analytical, or physical) may be made. Duties typically require about 20 hours per week during the semester. Assistantship stipends are paid through the summer without the assignment of teaching duties, so that students can work full-time on their thesis research during the summer months.

Research Assistantships

Research assistantships may be available through individual faculty members who hold grants or contracts. Prospective graduate students may contact faculty members directly to enquire about the possibility of research assistantship support.

Additional funding information is available from the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Liam Duffy ( and more generally through the Office of Financial Aid.