Graduate Student Support

General Information:

Information regarding all forms of financial aid for graduate students can be found through the Graduate College website. A PDF of this information is also available at: http://www.uco.edu/graduate/financial/FinAidForGradStudents.pdf

Graduate Student Assistantships:

Acceptance of a student into the Department of Biology M.S. program does not guarantee that the student will be provided with financial assistance. Both Graduate Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Graduate Research Assistantships (RAs) are available. Availability of both TAs and RAs depends on the number of students competing for the positions and availability of funds. Other forms of support are discussed below. 

Graduate Teaching Assistantships:

Contact the Biology Graduate Committee Chair (Graduate Program Advisor, Dr. Michelle Haynie) to inquire about the availability of a TA. To apply, complete the TA application found on the forms page. Graduate TAs will be awarded by the Biology Graduate Committee with assistance from the Biology Department Chair. TAs will be awarded only to students who remain in good standing in the department. See the Biology Department Graduate Program Guide (Appendix IX) for the criteria used to evaluate good standing. TAs typically come with a stipend and a tuition waiver.

Graduate Research Assistantships:

Graduate RAs can be obtained in the following ways: the student has applied for and received a student Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities (RCSA) grant through the UCO Office of High Impact Practices (OHIP; http://www.uco.edu/academic-affairs/ohip/RCSA/index.asp); the faculty mentor has applied for and received a faculty grant through the UCO Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; the student or faculty mentor has applied for and received a Student Transformative Learning Record – Transformative Learning (STLR-TL) grant (http://www.uco.edu/central/tl/stlr/index.asp); the student or faculty mentor has applied for and received external funding that contains money available for student salaries. Grants awarded to faculty mentors do not guarantee RAs for graduate students. RAs awarded through UCO RCSA typically include a stipend and a tuition waiver. RAs awarded through external grants will vary with regards to associated benefits (tuition waiver, health benefits, etc.) depending on the granting agency. STLR grants do not include tuition waivers.

Departmental Tuition Waivers:

Applications are available at the end of the fall semester and will be awarded for the following academic year. The form can be found here.  

Departmental Scholarships:

The Department of Biology is able to offer several scholarships through the UCO Foundation. Applications are available at the end of the fall semester and typically are due in February of the spring semester. The application can be found at: http://www.uco.edu/cms/development/scholarship.asp.

Information for university-wide scholarships can be found at: http://www.uco.edu/academic-affairs/ohip/Scholarships%20and%20Fellowships/index.asp.

Travel Funds:

Student RCSA Travel Presentation Grant – This grant is offered through OHIP and is intended for travel to present research at a conference. Information regarding this travel award and the application can be found at: http://www.uco.edu/academic-affairs/ohip/student-travel-presentation-grants.asp .

Additional travel funds may be available through your faculty mentor.