Financial Support

Teaching and Research Assistantships. 

Prospective graduate students are eligible for teaching assistantships, which carry an academic year stipend of $9,000 and $12,000 for master's and doctoral students, respectively, and can expect a summer stipend yielding annual support of $12,000 and $16,000, respectively. Grant-supported research assistantships carry at least comparable support and a full tuition grant. Graduate assistantships, whether teaching or research, include a full tuition grant and full health insurance.


The Department encourages students to apply for competitive fellowships, and several of our graduate students are supported by fellowships, which carry a stipend, tuition waiver, and in some cases a research/ educational allowance, during the 2006-2007 academic year.

GAANN Fellowships - Awards are available to doctoral students through the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need [GAANN] program for Science and Mathematics. Each award includes a financial supplement to existing support, and a research/educational allowance.

NERR [National Estuarine Research Reserve] Fellowship

Russell E. Train Education for Nature Scholarship sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund


University Graduate Assistantships

Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to apply for University Graduate Assistantships, which are available on a competitive basis. Students in the Biological Sciences awarded a University Graduate Assistantship receive a $16,000.00/year stipend plus tuition over the course of their graduate studies. Contact Dr. Jake Schaefer, the Graduate Coordinator, for more information.

Health Insurance. Basic and major medical health coverage is provided to fulltime graduate students in good standing academically.


Travel Support. The department provides support for students to participate in national and international scientific meetings, conferences and workshops.