Other Educational Opportunities
A limited number of scholarships, which cover a graduate student's tuition, are offered by the College of Science and Mathematics. The goals of the scholarship program are to recruit and retain master's students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the past and who exhibit the potential for continued academic excellence in the future. Tuition scholarships cover the cost of tuition for course work for two years (five consecutive semesters) or program completion, whichever is less. They are only offered to new, full-time, incoming students and are based on undergraduate GPA. The scholarship program requires students to enroll for a minimum of six graduate credit hours per semester (except summer) and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Assistantships are awarded through the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology (NCBP) and require students to spend approximately 20 hours per week assisting either in instruction, research or academic support. Graduate assistants are required by the graduate school to register for a minimum of six hours of graduate credit per semester. Students who are assisting in instruction are required to enroll in Topics of Instruction (ANT 7000) during the first semester in which they teach. Assistantships are usually awarded to second-year students.
For information regarding assistantships, contact the anatomy graduate program director.
Topics of Instruction
Topics of Instruction is required of all students who are appointed as anatomy graduate teaching assistants (GTA)—a paid position— and of all students who select the course option—a non-paid position. GTAs are required to enroll in Topics of Instruction during the first semester of their employment. Students either assist in the teaching of the department’s undergraduate anatomy and physiology course (ANT 2100, 2120, 3100 and 3120) or in the teaching of three of the anatomy graduate core courses (microanatomy, gross anatomy and neurobiology). In preparation for this responsibility, students receive instruction on course content and methods of presentation from the course director. Graded pass/fail; 1 credit hour.
Laboratory and Travel Funds
All second year NCBP graduate students who are engaged in thesis research are eligible to apply for up to $200 for laboratory related expenses (e.g., supplies, software, etc.). In those cases where the research mentor provides a stipend to a student, that student is eligible for up to $400 for laboratory related expenses. This money may also be used toward travel, lodging, registration and related costs for attending a scientific meeting if the student is first author of a paper, poster etc.
All requests require prior approval by the director of the graduate programs. All requests should be made in writing and each request should list the expenditures along with a justification for each expenditure.
The Galen Award
The Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Physiology annually gives the Galen Award to the student who has achieved the highest combined grade average for the four core graduate anatomy courses.