Assistantship in Research
Assistants in research are normally expected to devote approximately 20 hours per week to the research activities of the principal investigator with whom they are working. In 2012-13, full-time assistants in research for the academic year receive a salary of $23,650 if they have not passed the general examination or $24,680 if they have passed.1 This compensation is taxable. The hours worked are arranged by the department but in such a way as to constitute an integral part of the student's training. The student is expected, in addition, to carry on a full program of study.
- In some cases graduate students are assigned to federal research contracts that mandate "E-Verification" of the student. You can find out more about the E-Verify process by visiting the university's Human Resources home page.
Summer research salaries are paid in addition to the amounts noted above. Some departments pay as much as $8,000 each summer for full-time work on research grants.
Less-than-full-time assistantships in research may be offered, and the compensation prorated according to the amount of time devoted to research.
1 Effective 9/1/13, there will not be a differential between pre-general and post-general rates for Assistantships in Research and Assistantships in Instruction.