Graduate assistants are expected to concentrate on their studies under the direction of faculty mentors with the aim of developing knowledge of their field of study and their professional skills. The primary goal of an assistantship is to permit orderly progress, academically and financially, through a graduate degree program. Assistantships are academic awards generally made in the spring to begin in the fall of the following academic year. Selections are based on the applicant's academic record, test scores, recommendations and other pertinent information.

Applications for assistantships are submitted to the Graduate Coordinator. The graduate coordinator will then recommend the candidate for all relevant assistantship competitions.

Presidential Graduate Fellows Program

From 5 to 12 awards are made each year in a University-wide competition designed to attract the most outstanding young scholars. The awards combine funds from the Graduate School, the University Research Foundation, and the Department. Candidates with a master's degree are funded for 3 years; candidates without the master's degree are funded for 5 years. These awards carry a stipend that is higher than the regular assistantship stipend.

Graduate Recruitment Opportunity Assistantships

The GRO program is designed to attract new students to the university from underrepresented populations. These include students who are first generation graduate students, students from economically or educationally disadvantaged situations, or students with special background to contribute to the discipline.

Graduate School Assistantships

A limited number of assistantships are awarded via university-wide competition. The program can recommend only a few highly qualified candidates for this competition. These awards are for two academic years and the summer between them. Occassionaly, the program is given an option to supplement an award.

Departmental Graduate Assistantships

The Mathematics Education program can award assistantships to help with the work of the Department of Mathematics and Science Education. These assistantships involve working with a faculty member in some instructional setting or assisting a faculty member with research. These assistantships are awarded on the basis of students' productivity and expertise and the needs of the program.

Project Assistantships

The mathematics education faculty must secure funds from sources outside the University to support a wide variety of research and development initiatives. Often these funds include support for graduate students who facilitate the work of the project. These projects have included but are not limited to developing materials for teachers, studying children's understanding of rational numbers, developing uses of technology for teaching mathematics, developing strategies to enhance the teaching of problem solving, creating tools for teachers to better assess students' understanding of mathematics, and research on professional development of mathematics teachers and mathematics teacher educators.

FDIG awards

The Faculty Development in Georgia (FDIG) awards are granted to faculty of colleges in Georgia who pursue full time study for the doctorate. The application process is started at the home institution of the candidate.


Fellowships, when available, generally come from outside the university and application procedures depend on the source of the funding.


Out-of-state Tuition Waivers

The Graduate School awards out-of-state tuition waivers to students who are classified as non-residents of the State of Georgia. The awards are based upon applicants' academic records and recommendations by graduate coordinator. These awards waive only the non-resident portion of a student's tuition. Students interested in being nominated for this award should contact the Graduate Coordinator. The academic record should reflect at least a 3.5 GPA.

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