Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
Graduate research and teaching assistantships with competitive stipends are available to students in our plan-A (Thesis) graduate programs. They are not available for students in the plan-B (non-Thesis) AEG-MS degree. For PhD students, the value of the TA/RA stipend is increased once you have officially “advanced to candidacy” after your comprehensive exams and Dissertation proposal are complete. We anticipate that 9 month graduate stipends for the 2014-2015 academic year will be $14,500 for Plan A MS and PhD students ($16,500 for PhD students who have achieved candidacy). MS AEG students may be eligible to receive in-state tuition as part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). Finally, prestigious College and University-level Fellowships are awarded to select graduate students.
The Department of Geology works hard to provide graduate tuition funding through a combination of state funding, research grants, and donations from generous alumni. Generally, if you receive a graduate teaching or research assistantship, or a graduate Fellowship, your tuition is covered. In order to do so, we must ask that you take the steps to gain formal Utah residency in your first year here.
Student Health Insurance
Full-time graduate students receiving assistantship support are required to have health insurance, and we subsidize the majority of costs for USU’s student health insurance program. All enrolled graduate students, including those less than full time or not receiving assistantship support, are eligible for this insurance.
Geology Department Funding Sources
The Geology Department has several named scholarships that are awarded on an annual basis to graduate students in support of field research.