Grad Students 2016


The Department of Statisitcs offers graduate assistantships to a number of its students each year on a competitive basis.  Full and half appointments are offered, with assigned duties either on or off campus.

Assistantship Duties

Most of our graduate assistants are assigned duties on campus.  These students may:

  • assist in one or more statistics classes by some combination of the following: grading, holding office hours, providing help sessions, leading small group sections, or otherwise assisting a professor,
  • assist with projects in the Statistical Consulting Center, or
  • work in some other capacity, e.g., as a research assistant.

Recently, some of our graduate assistantships have been funded externally.  Students in these positions spend two days per week off campus performing specialized work for the funding agency.  During the 2013-14 academic year, three of our masters students have full assistantship duties off campus.  Two are working at Procter and Gamble and a third is working at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Appointment Levels

Full assistantships require 16-20 hours of work per week.  In return, the student receives a 100% tuition waiver and a stipend for living expenses.  Half assistantships require 8-10 hours of work per week and provide a 50% tuition waiver and half stipend.


Prosepctive students interested in applying for assistantship funding should fill out the application after completing an admission application through the Graduate School. Three letters of reference are required for those seeking assistantship funding.  These may be either sent directly to the Graduate Director, Dr. Jing Zhang, via email or included with the admission application.