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Graduate Assistantships

Oregon Institute of Technology offers graduate assistantships, awarded on a competitive basis, to qualified graduate students based on department needs. Compensation varies with the type of service, the amount of time required for performing the service, and the academic qualifications and experience of the appointee.

An applicant for a graduate assistantship must be admitted to a graduate program. Graduate departments usually award appointments and assistantships by early summer, effective at the beginning of the next academic year. A graduate assistant application form is available from the appropriate department.

Types of Assistantships

Graduate assistantships at Oregon Tech are either research assistantships (RA's) or teaching assistantships (TA's). Research assistantships are awarded by the faculty member administering the research grant and involve providing assistance in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the grant. Depending upon the grant, research assistantships may include additional support for summer term. If you are interested in a research assistantship, contact the faculty members responsible for the grant.

Types of Assistance

Teaching assistantships are awarded by the department and involve classroom and laboratory instruction. TA's are only awarded for nine-month periods during the academic year. If you are interested in a TA, contact the individual department to determine availability.

Assistantship Offer

Assistantship contracts are awarded annually and renewal is dependent on your competent performance of assistantship duties, adequate academic progress, and the availability of funds. Your assistantship appointment is for two academic years; however, under special circumstances, you may be appointed for a third and final year. Assistantships include a tuition waiver as well as a monthly stipend.

Assistantship Course Load

Graduate assistants are expected to maintain full-time enrollment (nine credits) per term.