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Financial Support

About 175 students now serve as teaching or research assistants. Students are usually teaching assistants in laboratory or recitation sections for introductory physics during the first year of graduate study. Later they transfer to research assistantships in their chosen area of doctoral research specialization. Half-time graduate research and teaching assistantship stipends begin at $1020 bi-weekly for the 2017-2018 academic year. Summer assistantships are available (upon request). In addition to this stipend, students receive a full tuition waiver for all of the recommended physics/astronomy courses up to 9 credits in the fall and spring, 5 credits in the summer semester. Health insurance is also provided for the academic year. Teaching Assistants spend up to 20 hours a week on their duties, including 6-10 contact hours in laboratories or help rooms. The normal graduate level course load taken by first year students in our graduate program is 6 to 9 credit hours per semester. Graduate assistants are represented by a union.

The following support is also available for exceptionally skilled incoming graduate students:

  • College of Natural Science Doctoral Fellowships
  • Herbert T. Graham Scholarships
  • NSCL Fellowships (to be determined by NSCL)
  • GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) MSU has a multi-disciplinary award from the GAANN program which can support students working in areas overlapping with biomolecules. This includes numerous fields including energy and environmental science. More information can be found here.

Students with outstanding records are automatically considered for and nominated for these fellowships/scholarships.