Financial Assistance

The Department of Geology offers qualified students high levels of support in the form of teaching or research assistantships. Assistantships provide stipends ranging up to $14,000 per year plus a tuition scholarships. Summer assistantships are also available. Graduate students admitted with an assistantship are eligible to receive scholarships for the summer field course (GEOL 6930). A Masters student may receive up to four semesters of assistantship support. See our Admissions page for more information about applying for an assistantship.

Students on Teaching Assistantships (TAs) will typically teach lab sections of undergraduate Geology courses and receive training on teaching techniques and classroom leadership. Students on Research Assistantships (RAs) will work with a faculty member on a funded research project.

Students without assistantships may still qualify for scholarships for tuition and non-resident fees (if applicable). In addition, support via various loans, scholarships, and student employment are available through the university's Office of Financial Aid and Graduate College.

The department also offers thesis research support from several external funds. The Mancuso Family Scholarship fund supports students attending field camp and performing field-based research. The Hoare fund supports graduate student research projects. The Practical Geophysics fund assists students with field-oriented expenses. The Mineral Science/Economic Geology Research fund stimulates and supports research in those disciplines. The department also provides funding of Graduate Student Research Awards.